Sunday, June 26, 2011

French Cartoon XIV

Mooning the Eurostar

While I was still in school, a group of us girls (12 total) had a mischevious mood, and longed for an opportunity to act out wild.

One of us came up with the idea of mooning the Eurostar, the fast train between Paris and London.  So we did.

We gathered within view of the early train, bringing Brits to Paris, and we dropped our daisy dukes.

By the way,some of us, in a whim, wore Alsatian headdress.

It made the local news bulletin.  Apparently, it is not good form to turn the other cheek sometimes.  The local priest was incensed; but looked forward to hearing Confession on Saturday night.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Public Display of Affection, or Cheap Feel?

This over display happened during an awards ceremony in the USA.  Justin Timberlake apparently cupped Mila Kunis' breasts while making an awards anouncement.  I hope this was simply a spontaneous, though awkward, moment of passion, and that he was not doing it to toy with her affections or for other purposes. 

I suggest that he refrain from any commentary on their action: whether she became angry off-stage, the nature of her assets, and so forth.

Or maybe there's no need.  It seems that a U.S. Congressman is now in the limelight for sending pictures of his lower body to various women.

By the way, I love her skirt!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


November 25th,  Sainte Catherine's feast day, is sometimes known in France as the day of the Catherinettes. On this day, young women aged 25 who are not yet married have the opportunity to wear an outlandish hat and go looking for a husband!  It's like Sadie Hawkins' Day in the USA, but with funny hats.

This was a day in which traditionally unmarried women over age 25  wear their Catherinette finery, and going on the town to parties or balls, looking for fun and possibly a husband, if they're lucky.  The day of Saint Catherine was an important day for it gave young working women the opportunity to break away from the harsh conditions of the workshop. They would put on their best clothes (and a specially made hat) and attend organised balls and parties, events that were sometimes for some considered their last chance to find a husband!

Becoming 25, and being known as a Catherinette has only ironic implications in today's France, which has a lower marriage rate than most countries; and the average age of first marriages for women has climbed to 28.

But, all in all: one must take an opportunity to wear a pretty hat.  They don't have a Kentucky Derby to attend.