Tag Archives: French

Part Four: Ten do’s and don’t’s for the Anglo-Saxon visitor to France #france #french

Do go. Don’t go via Calais unless you hail from Redditch in which case the comparison will be positive Do try and speak the language Don’t try too hard to speak the language because you won’t understand the answer – … Continue reading

Posted in France, miscellany, thought piece | Tagged , | 26 Comments

Part Two: You Old (French) Romantic #france #french

More reminiscences of France… I married in 1984, May and we decided to postpone a proper honeymoon until later because, well, we were pretty skint. But, in case that wasn’t romantic enough, we had four days in Paris. It didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in France, holidays, miscellany | Tagged , , , , | 25 Comments

French: Its Part In My Humiliation

South London tried its hand at snow today (Sunday) without much success. The alternating snow-rain-snow combo isn’t going to work, weather-people. It did generate a little brolly-flattery as we walked Dog, with a passer-by calling out ‘nice umbrella’ to the … Continue reading

Posted in humour, memories, miscellany | Tagged , , , | 47 Comments

F is for the French and the Foreign #atozchallenge

The English are a mongrel race; given London is not, by some distance, situated in the cradle of humanity in Africa and we British are still 2% neanderthal (and I can think of a few who top that percentage by … Continue reading

Posted in A to Z blogging challenge, Blogging, challenge, London, miscellany | Tagged , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Taking stock

In a week when we commemorated a Nation’s war dead with a two minute’s silence and share our neighbour’s grieving from a fresh atrocity, a lot of voices call for action. Radios are filled with declarations of war and bombing … Continue reading

Posted in poems, poetry | Tagged , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Me and France: a tale of a label and a mirror

On Saturday last I sat watching another instalment in the long running ‘war without weapons’ that are sporting engagements with France. France won. Deservedly so. As it was rugby the final whistle is always tinged with a frisson of regret: … Continue reading

Posted in French, miscellany | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments