Susie at No Damn Blog has kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. Susie is an accomplished writer, author of several travel books where she puts herself through hell on foot, bike or other mode of transport and recounts her adventures in a highly readable and entertaining way.
Her blog is indeed a versatile collection of writing on subjects ranging from the time she nicked a dress, to the shock of insurance company home truths, her favourite book reads and her love of animals.
This is the second time I've been awarded this title. The last time was in November 2010 and if you'd like to read the way I stuck to the rules then, click here.
It was all about revealing more information about yourself, but I've done that recently, so I'll just go on to linking to some interesting blogs. I've been trying to widen my sources of news recently. This is because my free subscription to the Times Online ran out in December and I'm buggered if I'm going to pay £120 to continue it, and the Telegraph Online now only lets you read 20 pages for free before they are blocking your reading with a big notice advising you on how to pay to read more.
Yeah, right, so I know I should be supporting these worthy journalistic types, but I'm not giving any money to that bastard Murdoch, so the Times can get stuffed, and I don't like the Telegraph sufficiently to sign up financially either. On the other hand, as I'm in France, and have been for a long time, maybe it's time to dig out some interesting websites on the increasingly dire situation here. While most of the following are written in French, the last one is written in English.
Here is the fruit of my labours:
Nouvelles de France which is a site written by journalists who are "droite, libéraux et conservateurs". An interesting post was written on Friday about the TF1 news appearance by Christiane Taubira, ministre de la Justice, Garde des Sceaux, who spoke about the mariage pour tous projet de loi. In front of millions of viewers she said that the words 'mother' and 'father' would not be removed from the Code Civil. She said « C’est un texte de loi qui n’enlève strictement rien à personne, qui ne supprime pas les mots de « père » et de « mère »».
I'm not sure if she's actually read the projet de loi, but the writer of the post had, and found that "Il comporte 9 pages, 23 articles. Eh bien, les pages 2 à 9, les articles 4 à 21, consistent en la chasse aux mots « père » et « mère » dans tout le corpus juridique français" which basically means that throughout the projet, the words 'mother' and 'father' have been systematically removed. And it's just the start, so basically, she's been caught lying on television in front of millions of viewers.
La Reforme Sabotée is a website dedicated to taking the piss out of François Hollande's U-turn over a reform of the banking system. He made a pre-electoral promise that he would separate commercial banking from speculative banking in order to protect the public. Well, the banking lobby apparently got to work on him, and his new projet de loi is a mealy-mouthed sop to the idea of change while not really changing at all. The banks love it, the media declare he's wimped out. Here's an example:
More seriously, LIESI is a bi-monthly blog where "Une analyse très pointue de l’actualité est proposée tous les quinze jours par la LETTRE d’INFORMATIONS ÉCONOMIQUES et STRATÉGIQUE." Two recent blog posts have been written by Pascal Roussel, "analyste au sein du Département des Risques Financiers de la Banque Européenne d’Investissement (BEI)" on the announcement of end of the euro, and suggesting that it is hiding a different objective.
For nitty gritty and often sensational news that is difficult to access in the MSM (main stream media) because they have politically correct instructions not to talk about certain things, I read Dreuz.info. I don't always appreciate what they write, they can get a tad extreme (they are very anti-Obama), but it is a useful source. One article that had me absolutely gob-smacked was this one on the French justice system dealing with a recidivist criminal, Icham Dapchi, whose latest escapade was taking his girlfriend hostage during 7 hours, necessitating the intervention of the GIPN with helicopters.
Despite telling the judge that he was dangerous when drunk and on drugs, he left the court on the arm of his girlfriend: "Condamné à 30 mois d’emprisonnement, dont 24 mois avec sursis et mise à l’épreuve, obligation de soins, de travail et de formation… mais sans mandat de dépôt."
I'm sure he'll be a good boy from now on...
Finally, for some light relief, in English, I can strongly advise you read MulitfariousMeanderings written by a jolly lady who lives somewhere in Hérault and has a highly individual and humoristic take on life. Her most recent hilarious post is on 'Nesting and migration in the lesser-spotted boob' which I strongly recommend.
Congratulations, Sarah, and thanks for the interesting links. Good practice for my French. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Perpetua. Happy reading. Keep Google Translate close by. :) They are definitely worth reading.Delete
Well you are a Versatile Blogger, it has to be said and I really enjoy your blog. I explore with different sources of news, but, ultimatey, it's same old, same old. Not in France, it seems though!ReplyDelete
Thanks OSM. Have you tried reading The Slog http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/? Definitely not same old, same old.Delete
The paywall thing is weird. My old newspaper introduced one but you can get around seeing many of the stories by checking them out on Facebook, it's a desperate tactic that I can't see working - is it really bad in France? Read about all the military stuff in MaliReplyDelete
It's like an unexploded bomb here. The French msm keep quiet on the whole as they all voted Hollande and are in cahoots. Meanwhile, injustices are being done all over France, you're not allowed say Islam and terrorist in the same breath despite the evidence, and the monetary system gets crazier and more volatile by the day.Delete
It's probably best not to try and keep tabs on what's really going on actually.
Congratulations for the award, Sarah! Thanks for the sites as well, i have to admit that I sometimes don't know where to look when I want to understand what is going on in France. I like Madame Michu as well. It is an account on Twitter, and it can be very funny!ReplyDelete
Thanks MuMu. I'll have a look at Madame Michu, not that I go on Twitter that much personally these days as I got bored with it, and it took up way too much time. :)Delete
Congratulations on the award...so well deserved!ReplyDelete
Good to have some more French sources too! Not surprising that Hollande reneged on his promises re the banks...just look at where the ministerial and presidential cabinets are coming from...
I would have signed this as myself...but illegal URL comes up when I try....
Thanks Fly. No surprise at all re Hollande and the banks. The man is out of his league.Delete
Well done, the award is well deserved! I'll be checking out your links shortly... I don't bother with French MSM anymore, too predictable for me. Last but not least, heaps of gratitude for sending readers my way - I'm a well chuffed bunny :-) For French readers, I also have a blog in French called "Ruminations d'une vache folle" - the link is on Multifarious Meanderings ;-)ReplyDelete
Thanks, MM, I hope you get lots of lovely new readers to your blogs. :)Delete
My rusty French is getting a lot of practice these days as my French cousin has just written to me and, for the first time ever, failed to include an English translation! I should follow some of your links and try to improve!ReplyDelete
Oh yes, a letter in French will give you some good practice! So will these links. :)Delete
Well done Sarah, and well deserved. What? You mean it's not all wine and roses in France? But that's what the few friends still there tell me. But then they also didn't know that snow was forecast last week, so that speaks volumes! I will have a look at those links. I like to keep up my French.ReplyDelete
The ostrich approach is a good one, but it does mean that when the shit hits the fan it strikes the ostrich that momentarily raises its head to find out what all the fuss is about.Delete
Everyone else made preparations to take cover long ago. :)
Yes, I remembered too that you were awarded this before. Congratulations, a second time!ReplyDelete
Thanks, DD. :)Delete
What a good memory you have!