Archive: May, 2011

Dukan … or du can not …

On April 1, 2000, I bought the book Je Ne Sais Pas Maigrir by Dr Pierre Dukan and published by Flammarion. I thought I had to lose weight although everyone said: “Marilyn you are not fat!” About two months into the diet I felt like a million dollars because I’d lost weight: a few kilos. […]

Streets of Paris … Rue Mouffetard …

If you’ve been to Paris you will know that Paris is divided into twenty districts. We call such a district an arrondissement, and they are numbered in a circle from the middle, clockwise around and out. Therefore, if you draw a line from #1 out to #20, you will have a squiggle like a snail […]

Rape’s not okay … After DSK case … French women say no no no …!

After the alleged sexual assault by French politician (ex-politician because this man’s dead in the water as far as politics are concerned here in this country and anywhere else) Dominique Strauss-Kahn on a Hotel Sofitel chambermaid, a website is sending the ‘alleged’ victim a rose for every 50 messages of support they receive for her […]

Sex please … we’re French … !

There is just one topic of conversation in France : Dominique Strauss-Kahn. DSK as he is known here. No need for me to tell you who he is – his lawyers said his was the most famous face in the world right now. This brings me to sex and rape and the French. Each year 75,000 […]

Maupassant … Axel Munthe … Bel Ami … Robert Pattinson …

Because Robert Pattinson is in the movie ‘Water for Elephants’ which was released here in Paris a couple of weeks ago with teenage girls doing much screaming and sobbing when he turned up for the premiere, it has been reported that he will next be seen in the movie Bel Ami based on the Guy […]

Will you be in Bugarach on December 21, 2012 … ?

I blogged about Bugarach, the only place, on our planet Earth, which, as esoterics believe, will survive the ‘end of the world’ on December 21,2012, which the Mayan calendar has apparently  predicted. If you are English or English-speaking and you plan to seek safety, and survival, in Bugarach that day, then the UK-based documentary company, […]

Oh Robespierre Robespierre Robespierre … How France has forgotten you …

At school (far from France) I had to learn French history. I therefore came to France, the names of several French heroes in my head One such name was Robespierre – Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre to give the full name. I still consider him a hero although he has fallen out of grace […]

Eurovision Song Festival 2011 … France … Amaury Vassili

This coming Saturday night (May 14, 2011) all of France will be watching television. It is that time of the year again: Eurovision Song Festival time. I’ve not watched this annual belting out of dreadful songs for quite a few years, but this Saturday I too will be in front of my television set. The […]

The Paris Ritz no longer so ritzy …

France’s previous Minister of Tourism, Hervé Novelli, had had the idea in 2009 to honor France’s best hotels with a palace classification. Palace is, as you will guess, higher than 5-star. Eight hotels have now been classified as such. These are: Le Bristol in Paris Le Meurice in Paris Le Park Hyatt Vendôme in Paris […]

Spoof … spoof … spoof …

Just to remind you that I write spoof pieces for Here is one of my spoofs on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, but you can read all of them by clicking on any on the list to the right on this page. Enjoy – and oh yes, do give me a thumbs up […]

Too many African & North-African players in French national football team …?

It is no secret that for quite a few years now (at least ten, but probably more) the French have been saying amongst themselves that France’s football team is no longer representative of the country. What they mean is that the players are not born and bred French. In other words they are not ‘white-skinned’ […]

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