Why couldn’t it be more simple? I could have stayed in my village near Saint Tropez where apparently my grandmother has found an ancestor who was living there more than 400 years ago. But no, I had to escape. I don’t know why.
Hello from London everyone! Please sit down and have a cup of coffee. Welcome to my blog, 40blogSpot (despite the name of this blog, I am not 40 -yet). Have a look at some of my posts, make yourself comfortable and tell me what you think. I am a newbie: I started this blog as a new year’s resolution.
I belong to She Writes community and I have always been amazed by the amount of support I have received.
Where do you stand on PDA? The question was asked in the news yesterday when Arnaud Lagardere, a leading French businessman, decided to inform the whole world of his relationship with a (very, very tall & pneumatic) model with cheesy, borderline pictures (have a look at the video here –no need to understand what they say anyway, just look…).
Please have a look at my today’s post here:
“Having joined some great blogging groups this year, I often feel humbled being in the company of some great writers. My occasional rants and raves here pale into comparison compared to the talents there are to be found out there in the world wide web-o-sphere! So I’ve decided to use ‘ChooseDay Choon’ as a way of introducing you to some of these writers…it’s always good to broaden your horizons and I think you will find some new blogs you really like. Each guest ‘Choon-ster’ will introduce themselves by way of a song.
I urge you to not only turn up the volume and sing along with them, but also to visit their blog, comment, let them know you popped by and what you thought. It’s about having fun – enjoy!
Now over to our first ChooseDay Choon-ster – Bonjour Muriel!…”
Enjoy without moderation!
In this country you see, condescending comments are made in a very subtle way, which means that the answer must be adapted. Here are a few examples and some suggested responses –feel free to add more in the comment section, we need to devise a strategy for each type of comment and fight consistently:
There is a new story in town: the phone-hacking scandal. To cut a long story short, it seems that all the scoops made by some newspapers over the last twelve years (News Of The World, the Sun and the Sunday Times) have been published because some ruthless journalists have managed to hack into private phones. I wasn’t born yesterday and I know that there is no such thing as a free scoop, but where has real investigative journalism gone?
Maybe that’s the reason why everybody here feels a burning need to embellish the reports and talk about the weather all the time. After all, it is only human to interpret harsh, brutal facts. We all need to interpret facts. By contrast, the French bulletins are much, much more creative. And pragmatic. Take, for instance, the Channel 1 website (see here) and you have a very useful application where, if you enter your postcode, you know whether it will rain within the hour. How cool is this? Come to think of it, this is probably because, in London, you KNOW that you need an umbrella at all times. What a depressing thought!