Every Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.
Some of these you may have seen yourselves.
And some of them you may have missed.
I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.
This isn’t a top-ten listing.
They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.
1). I have to admit that I’m getting seriously addicted to Left Bank Manc and her ever expanding adventures!
She’s always up to something!
Whether it’s vomiting on the dance floor or…
Being sexually assaulted by a giant, hairy, yellow mute.
I almost don’t know which post to recommend to you…
But The Dog Incident seems to be pretty typical?
Which explained exactly what she had been up to during the summer.
I do worry when people stop blogging for a while.
And am always very happy…
To see them return!
But then, there’s often plenty of mouthwatering stuff to be found on this site…
Such as her delicious Ham and Chorizo Cake (I’ve tried that!)
Well worth a visit
4). Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France was busy trying to track down a serial killer in Meutre, elle a ecrit.
Which, to my mind, is far more healthy than Roundabout Spotting (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)
Or Baring Your Botty and Getting Sand in Your Privates (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)
They are a funny lot, that lot up in Nord Pas de Calais and I would suggest that those men found in the canal may have flung themselves in…
To escape from mad psychopathic (or psychotic? Or perhaps both?) motorists whose…
Unforgettable adventures with Scooters and Roundabouts are never going to be forgot!
5). A French Frye in Paris is a fantastic blog that I really must get round to reviewing before I get too old to do all that sort of stuff!
And How to Make Your Own Cheese in France is probably the best Dead Mouse behind the Fridge post that I’ve read for weeks!
This is what the blog’s master/owner says of himself…
“In early 2010 a 33 year-old New Yorker married a Parisian girl, threw away most of his stuff and packed what was left heading for France to start anew. Deciding it was too unique an experience to keep all to himself, he became a writer.
Spoiler alert — that guy is me, Corey Frye, and I’m now A French Frye in Paris.
This blog chronicles my slow journey from wide-eyed tourist to (hopefully) savvy local, and all my discoveries along the way. If you’ve ever been interested in, curious about, confused by, or in love with Paris, this is the place for you. Bienvenue.”
So far, to my knowledge, Corey has not bared his bottom on his blog (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)
OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…
Of course, it’s Awards Time!
And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!
This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.
This week’s Blog of the Week has been won by Nikki at A Mother in France.
The deciding post was Nikki’s honest and cleverly written post about Losing Weight in France.
Go on a diet ourselves!
So far we’ve managed 20 hours and 13 minutes (and about 30 seconds) without alcohol and had salad for lunch!
And not our usual Pig’s Trotter Salad either!
Proper salad with green things like lettuce!
Nikki, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
New blogs on the block….
Chateau Living is a blog that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before?
And, if I have, I’ll mention it again!
The blog has had a good start and is nicely foodie in places.
There’s even a decent rant – and that’s always a good selling point!
I think that I’ve mentioned Manny’s Blog but I can’t find any reference to it so perhaps I dreamed that I mentioned it?
So, I’ll mention it here just to make sure.
Manny is an actress, a singer, a wife and a mother and…
Her blog is full of good stuff.
Why not pay her a visit?
Living in Brittany is Mike’s blog and Mike lives (with his wife) in…
Beautiful Brittany (where the sun shines every day and it only rains “sur les cons!”)
Still a youngish blog, it is well worth visiting if you want to find out about life in The Pretty Part of France!
Doing It In French is a fantastic new blog by a girl called Jessica who comes from Kansas and…
For whom French was bay far her worst subject at high school!
Jessica is now over here and working as an Assistant near Grasse.
Why not be a good sport and pop in and say hello?
A Life in Translation is Jamie’s blog and is where Jamie talks about her life in Paris.
I don’t know much about Jamie but I think that I’ll like her as she says…
“It’s not possible for me to be unhappy when I’m dancing in my underwear, especially if it’s an Impromptu Dance Party.”
“Every bad mood I’ve ever been in has been significantly reduced by a shower, a fabulous outfit, sexy perfume, and red lipstick.”
Well, if it does….
Why not pop over and…
I hardly know where to start!
His dad was photographed with his clothes on (you’ll understand that bit pretty soon – don’t get too excited though!)
Ed, you need to get your mum or dad to buy you a favicon for Christmas!
I’m not sure if she was wearing any clothes at the time but the pain au chocolat looked pretty ravishing!
I’m not sure that I’ll ever take up Roundabout Spotting but…
It’s nice to know that people do!
Has this to say about driving….
“France seems to be the land for road rage. Its dam scary crossing the road in Barcelonnette. First I have to contend with the different way the traffic flows and then there is the fact that drivers don’t seem to care about zebra crossing, they will not stop!!!”
I didn’t like to enquire too closely about this turn of events (or, indeed, who Jacob is and what his doings were doing) because Vera said…
“I could feel cold wet seepage starting to move up my skirt and onto my botty.”
And there’s only so much detail…
That a man can take!
Now for the rest of the awards….
Congratulations Delana and you’ll be glad to hear that, this week, I’m not even going to ask if you’ve finally got round to defrosting your freezer compartment!
Mind you, if you’ve been busy getting trashed with the girlies…
I don’t suppose you would have had much time for that?
I’m not sure if I should admit that I’ve been going back to that post every day….
He reminds me of one of the actors in Alpha Dog but he was a psychopathic murderer…
And anyway, I don’t think Shawn Hatosy would wear pink?
And, is it just me…
Or does it look like the guy in the photo has shaved his legs?
Is that normal?
For a man?
Jacqui at The French Village Diaries beat off all competition to win not one, but two awards this week!
Firstly, she gets the Ooh, What a Fibber Award for The Orange Tree Made Me Fall Off My Bike in which she pretends that her little cycling accident had absolutely nothing at all to do with…
The Sloe Gin that she is making!
Jacqui, a little tip…
You can’t go telling people about your sloe gin one week and then have a bicycle accident a week later and not have them put two and two together…
The other award that Jacqui wins is the prestigious…
Award for Getting Sand Stuck in Places We Don’t Talk About Over the Dinner Table
Now, I can’t remember the last time we handed out that award but…
It was rather a long time ago!
And all Jacqui had to do to win the award was to go to a nuddy beach and write about it in The beach.
And, just for the ladies (and maybe some of the men, who knows?) she included a picture of her husband’s bare bottom for those of you who like that sort of thing.
Michelle gets to share the award for discussing her two charges in the 13 and 15 year olds, after 3 weeks of carefully observed suspicions and…
Telling us what the 15 year old was doing over the dinner table? I think there might have been a comma missed out there, somewhere?
I hope there was a comma missed out there somewhere!
Whilst the 13 year old was just practising for the nuddy beach!
Linsday, on the other hand….
And then told us that sex over the dinner table was obligatory!
I keep telling myself that I must widen my circle of friends!
The dinner parties I get invited to seem tame by comparison!
Now, I have to admit to not liking Princess Diana one little bit (and yes, I do know that just saying those words means I’ll never be allowed back into England! Even if she was as daft as a brush and… an adulteress – or aren’t we allowed to mention that?) and I used to spend an awful lot of time trying to decide if I liked her less than, or more than, her terminally stupid inbred and unjustly privileged complete moron of a husband?
Then again, I used to walk past the Tower of London twice a day and used to spend an awful lot of time wondering why the English people had never come to their senses and lined the royal family up against the wall and shot the bloody lot of them!
I am not, you may have guessed, what you might call…
I’m not sure if Little Me is a royalist or not but…
She does rant quite nicely about the English hobby of building people up just so that you can say nasty things about them and…
She also dares to say some of those un-sayable things about The People’s Princess so…
I suppose she’ll not be allowed back into England either?
The Award for Coming Out of the Closet goes to MJ at An American Mom in Paris for her Pollution, Orange Hair, Sexism and Whatnot in which she talks about (among other things, you know what she’s like!) getting her hair dyed orange!
Now, when I first came over to live in France I worked at a pig abattoir and one of the women on the packing line once told me…
“Women who dye their hair red are lesbians, the whole lot of them!”
I’m not sure if orange counts but…
MJ does seem to be a hit with one of the other moms in Paris. I’ll use her words and you can make up your own minds…
“But here’s the even more incredible part. When Hot Thing Two saw me, she waved excitedly and pushed through people to give me the bisous! She kissed me on both cheeks! I think that means we’re married now.”
And I do feel that I ought to apologise to any lesbians who might be reading this but…
I’m not actually sure what I’m apologising for and…
Whether I should only apologise to lesbians who haven’t dyed their hair red (or orange?)
And anyway, if I was going to apologise for anything, it really ought to be for suggesting that Princess Diana might actually have been a little bit thick and may just, on occasion, have nobbed someone who wasn’t her husband whilst she was married to the future king of England?
The It’s Entertainment Jim, But Not As We Know It Award goes to Michael at 35 Hour Work Week who pointed out…
America has America’s Top Model or American Idol. The UK has X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. France has…
Now, I don’t watch television (and haven’t in fact, since Mrs A Taste of Garlic had that accident with the tractor and ended up parking it in the living room on top of our old Redifusion! And I must, while I think about it, get round to repairing the hole in the wall!)
But if I was glued to the goggle box like most people seem to be these days…
I’d make a point of watching….
And if he showed a photo of Little Nicholas flat on his arse with his tongue sticking out, he surely would have won!
I wonder if Romke Soldaat knows there’s a weekly award named after him?
I wonder what that wine tastes like?
I wonder if the world would be a better place if more polticians were as potty as Frédéric Mitterrand?
I’ll say no more but…
This is a post where you really do need to read (and possibly add to), the comments!
The Girls Gone Wild Section!
I’m proud to announce that, after months and months of negotiations with the French Minister of Culture (he is, actually, completely mad you know!), The American Consulate and The British Foreign Office…
We have finally received permission to instigate a section for ….
Girls Gone Wild!
Now, this really isn’t such a strange occurrence for Left Bank Manc and she seems to be getting better at it (practice makes perfect, I suppose) as…
She didn’t vomit until right at the end of the post!
This is a snippet from her week in which she tries to give up drinking (I think you can guess how that turned out?) and kicks a dog in the head!
Left Banc Manc – you certainly are a Girl Gone Wild!
Left Bank Manc, of course…
Earns a living by looking after little children!
Katherine is from Newcastle Upon Tyne…
Which is absolutely no excuse for her behaviour!
Is it normal for an Language Assistant to say…
“Currently writing this after a “fete chez nous”… there are 3 people passed out on the sofa… I imagine this will be a regular occurrence throughout the year.”
And as for…
“being driven by a random man we met the night before and drunkenly suggested he drive us to Calvi… and for some reason, he accepted… cool. “
Katherine, didn’t your mother never tell you not to get into a strange man’s car?
Katherine, of course…
Earns a living by teaching little children!
It seems that she (or, it might have been her mother – I was too busy laughing to take notes) didn’t pay for a restaurant meal and, as a result…
Risked going to “French jail over the theft of the Quiche Lorraine!”
I love this blog and Ella Coquine is one of the classiest Girls Gone Wild that I’ve ever seen.
I just wonder why she doesn’t just settle down with some nice young man?
I had a quick check with the tape measure and thought that i might pass muster until I realised that Candy Froggy was talking about boots!
Yes, shes thinking about buying yet another pair (or two) of booties!
If she goes on at this rate, there won’t be a pair of leather boots left anywhere in Paris!
We decided to put Sarah Hague from St. Bloggie de Riviere in the Girls Gone Wild section because, quite frankly, we couldn’t think of anywhere else to put her!
In Dinner Tales and A-Z she spends so much time drinking bubbly that she is late for her birthday dinner (getting stuck in a traffic jam didn’t help!)
She then goes on to mention her age (I won’t repeat it but…
She is old enough to remember when Televisions didn’t have remote controls!)
And she also lets us know that she has some underwear.
Which is always nice to know, isn’t it?
Sarah, you might be a bit old for the Girls Gone Wild section but…
It’s nice to see that you’re still trying!
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
In which she talks some absolute bollocks about Thierry Henri (but then, she is a girlie; how can she be expected to understand the beautiful game? Female brains just aren’t the right shape!)
And some completely incomprehensible stuff about Abolition of socially-ingrained sexism?
Shannon, a little tip for you…
If you want to get elected President of France you’ll need to avoid mentioning footballers who spent 8 years playing for the Gooners and…
Forget all that express checkout stuff; women like queuing in supermarkets! It allows them time to ponder what to cook for, and how best to look after, their hard working husbands!
I think you should stick with smut and prostitution stuff.
And leave the football to the men?
Sorry, Shannon but…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
Piglet, Piglet, have you locked yourself in the bathroom again, Piglet?
You know why you’re getting an Award for not Winning an Award This Week, don’t you?
If you leave it any longer between blogs, your keyboard will go rusty, you know!
Kitty, Kitty, Wherefore art thou, Kitty?
I’m starting to get worried about your slight lack of posts and…
Have no choice but to award you this Award for not Winning an Award This Week
In the hope that….
It’ll make you buck your ideas up, girl!
Amber, you’ve quit one of your jobs and you still don’t have time to blog?
Come on, you know the score…
Assume the position…
I’m afraid it’s…
An Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
Come on girl, pull yourself together!
I really don’t want you to have to suffer the everlasting humiliation and shame but…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
So, I’m going to have to do a mass award ceremony!
Karin at An Alien Parisienne – I know you got married recently but you should be over all that by now!
Delores at All the Days of Delores – last seen at a vide greniers; not blogged since!
If anyone spots Delores standing in a field, waiting for someone to buy her – could they ask her to start blogging again?
Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero – last spotted going into a macaron shop four weeks ago, not a whisper since!
Honey, if you’re still in there eating macarons, you’ll get fat!
Or did you already eat too many and, as a result…
Are now too fat to get out of the door?
Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs – last seen on her back with her legs in stirrups at her gynecologists, possibly still there?
Aidan, if you can get to a computer could you blog to let us know you’ve not been arrested for talking about vasectomies!
Or, are you just not blogging in order to give your typing fingers a rest?
I hope that the shame and humiliation causes you all to re-think your lives, promise to try harder and…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for each and every one of you!
And this gets shared between the following 6 blogs…
Katie, Mrs A Taste of Garlic has just come in and caught me licking the screen!
I don’t know what he is talking about?
Personally, I can’t remember a time when I found a Girolle…
Less than a metre across?
She was also kind enough to mention my mushrooming website and my famous lucky mushrooming hat!
Thank you Rosalyn!
Made some mushroom soup!
And, if the ingredients are anything to go by…
I bet it tasted gorgeous!
I think the driving theory is because Eva is having driving lessons…
Presumably so that she can drive further afield in order to hunt for mushrooms?
6). Sharon at My French Country Home said….
And showed us lots of lovely photos and…
Even included a recipe too!
Ladies and Gentlemen….
Please accept the Mushroom of the Week Award for your sterling efforts!
All the best