Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nice to pour ...

I'm really not sure what Fany Milk is, but I know I won't like it in my tea. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A lucky escape...

I was staying across the road...

Friday, October 22, 2010

How low is America's view of the French?

This is a coffee cup from Tennessee. It has "warning, this is HOT!!!" on it.

 Ignoring for a moment the implications of half-wittedness that such awarning makes about the general population of coffee drinkers in the region where it is on offer, lets consider for a moment the use of space, and how it has been prioritized.

Firstly, the warning is in English (fair enough one might say. It patronizes the intelligence of almost everyone locally),

Secondly it is in Spanish (again, reasonable given demographics in the Southern US. If you are to patronize the English speakers patronize the second biggest ethnic group too. After all, thats only fair - get them all!)

So, whats the third choice of language?


Because the nearest French Speakers live in Canada ....? Like, if you lived in a place where outdoor pursuits are obligatory, where the air is fresh and clear and you live on a diet of seafood plucked from the ocean less than 20 minutes ago, and where you abhor all things American.....of course you'd drive 29 hours cross country to go on holiday in a state notable for its humid climate, lack of mountains and diet of excessively processed and deep fried food ?

I think not.

Because the staunchly Republican gun toting South wants to make sure that they are doing all they can to be creeping up the preferred holiday destination list for visitors from one of the gastronomic heartlands of Old Europe, and a "Don't burn yourself Francois!" note on a plastic cup will compensate for the lack of nouvelle cuisine, great wines, well preserved, sophisticated pencil-thin ulra-stylish middle aged women and collections of great art and 16th century architecture??

I suspect not.

Because for most anyone living in this part of the USA, France is the only foreign country they have ever fricking heard of, so they assume that the entire rest of the "furriners" out there in the world probably speak French as well...?

That gets my vote!

Viva Las Starbucks...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

American Car Magazines

Clearly anyone claiming to do a review in which a Ford Mustang is even remotely worthy of being discussed in the same breath as a 3-series Beemer is utterly incompetent, however this magazine demonstrates a masterfully spectacular ignorance (or maybe a knowing, subtle and ironic awareness) of Cockney Rhyming Slang in its cover caption ....

Compared to a 3-series, a 'Stang is indeed a "pony" car.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mile High Baseball

Mile High Stadium Denver Colorado

Saturday, June 12, 2010


So, how does a traditional native instrument end up being made of moulded plastic?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cops with Guns

I know that police in America are usually tooled up, but yesterday I saw two "Park Police" who were both packing state-of-the-art looking pistols.

I guess sometimes those squirrels can be right little b***rds....

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Good with Food

You know you are in a classy restaurant when the wine list notes that a particular bottle is "good with food"