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I told you that I was behind, and, as you can see, I wasn’t lying…Before I go to the award part of this post, I would like to talk a little bit about DSK –you know the former IMF director who ended up in a very sticky situation with a hotel maid in Manhattan (see, you remember now).

Well, he is back in France and, as I am sure you have heard, the criminal charges against him have been dropped. As for me, I am disappointed. Secretly, I was hoping that the Americans would do what we French never dared to: punish him. I know that it is childish and that you are innocent until proven guilty, but come on, the guy doesn’t deserve to be hailed as a hero (as he was) when he landed in France. You see, DSK has simply been too lucky and it certainly looks like he is never going to be caught for what he did.

Let me refresh your memory here:
1.     He has falsified invoices for a student health Insurance company (MNEF). He recognized it and claimed it was a mistake. He wasn’t charged but had to resign (he was the “minister of economy” at the time -the French equivalent of the Chancellor of the Exchequer );
2.     He had an affair with one of his subordinates, Piroska Nagy, when he was in charge of the IMF. Once again, despite the fact that she stated that she had been coerced into the affair, he was cleared of any wrongdoing and simply admitted an “error of judgment”;
3.     This self-proclaimed happily married man had a sexual encounter with a maid in his hotel room. No-one but them knows what happened. But shortly after, he went on to have his lunch with his daughter as if nothing had happened.
There are other stories about him but frankly, I think that you get the gist of what I am trying to say. Don’t get me wrong: I know that everybody makes mistakes, but this is a bit too much –even with my French hat on-. In short, my conclusions are as follows:
       Some can get away with a lot. Even if he hasn’t committed any punishable crime, I don’t think that his behavior is exemplary and this whole saga makes me uncomfortable.
       As my mother told me: always close your hotel bedroom’s door when you travel.

Anyway, to come back to something a bit more light-hearted, I have received another Liebster award, from my friend, fellow blogger and soon to be writing buddy Stacey- see her blog Nail Polish, here .

The rules, as you know, are:
The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections. 

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet—other writers.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the karma. 
So, here are the lucky winners tonight:

1.     Dathai c : an Irish expat in London, also struggling to understand the Brits and passionate about London  you can read him here
2.     The talented Kenya and her blog, Sleep Deprivation and Me. Kenya has a gift with words, she has a limpid style.
3.     Mary/Hocam’s musing and fantastic pictures @ the adventures of Cilgin Kiz. Just looking at it makes you feel on holiday…
4.     MarieHarmony, the mysterious French lady living in Dublin who writes wonderful poetry at To make a Rhyme
5.     And, last but not least, the wonderful Brynne, who once posted about the pleasure of dancing naked in the rain (I am sorry to admit that I am not quite there yet, Brynne), @ The Presence of magic.    
Finally, I have to tell you that I have at least another award that I need to pass on…Watch this space.

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London