What’s Bagging Area in French? L’area de bagging? Nope, zone d’ensachage apparently.
O level French, 1986, grade E. I do try with the language when we cross the Channel in the summer but I suspect I’ll never pass as a Frenchman once I open my mouth.

The French theme continues with Francoise Hardy, Mrs Jacques Dutronc and all round good oeuf. Which reminds me… why does a Frenchman only eat one egg for breakfast?

Because un oeuf is un oeuf.
Merci beaucoup.

Francois Hardy was courted by both Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, both of whom she towered over. This was a 1967 hit. J’adore.



Et Moi

Super sharp Jacques Dutronc and his equally sharp and beautiful girlfriend Francois Hardy looking pretty pleased themselves. And why not?

Dutronc’s 1966 hit Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi is a bit of a classic, mod drumming and fuzz guitar. It was also the first time French pop was taken seriously, breaking away from¬†chanson. The lyrics satirise mid 60s social consciousness-

Sept cent millions de chinois/Et moi, et moi, et moi¬†(“Seven hundred million Chinese people/And then there’s me”)

Co-writer Jacques Lanzmann said the song is about ‘complete selfishness… all the terrible things that go on a stone’s throw away, that touch us but do not prevent us from enjoying the evening’s barbeque’. The song is a blast and a must for any compilation cd or playlist of ‘songs in a language other than English’.

Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi

En Vacances

Right then mes amis– cheerio! See you all in two weeks. Shortly we hit the M62, Hull to Zeebrugee, long drive through France to Lake Annecy where we are camping for eleven nights; wine and cheese, the Alps, Dijon, Lyon, a potential day trip to Italy, near bankruptcy on our return….

Here’s some French songs to send us on our way, first one from the lovely Francoise Hardy…

Strange Shadows

And something from Serge…

Requiem Pour Un Con

And that’s pretty much how I expect the French to look.