life in the south of france, and london

26 May

london 12.45pm 2015 tuesday

there is a tv program called london live and i am looking at it now, and had the thought that they should have a live update on the traffic in london.

for eg, i have just come back and seen the long queues at vauxhall bridge road, going south, (due to road works to do the bike paths) and the queue stretching right up to victoria, and victoria itself is jammed with a taxi demonstration against uber,(around this time, the taxi men are crowding and staying in the streets round victoria and jamming them up).

now when i see that program and no mention of these jams , i thought london live should be doing a running strip at the bottom of the screen telling people of the long delays there and to make up their minds whether to avoid it. it would make the program more relevant to us londoners.

added 1.01pm oh i spoke too soon, i see they have said coming up is the cabbie strike in victoria… technology is altering the landscape. uber and airbnb is making the home owners and car owners a chance to make money without the handicap of paying a license to let out their homes, or cars. 

i myself decided to take the tube on the return journey.  i earlier took the bus to marble arch, i saw the long queues and  when i want to get back i decided to take the tube to pimlico from marble arch instead of the bus.

so that is a taste of life in london haha. but it is more than that. like i got an email from the korean culture people telling me that i have got a place at their free lecture with food prep of how to make bibimpap tonight. i only asked in an email on sunday so it is quick of them to reply and to make a place for me. i got notice of it happening from this blog dosirakbento

now to get to life in south france. actually it is something i thought about when i finished this book i borrowed from the library. it is celia imrie’s ‘not quite nice‘, about expats from uk living in Nice and the area round it. i used to wonder what these expats do all day …. nice weather is all very well, but when u get it all the time it can get taken for granted and anyway life is not all the time sitting in the sun soaking up the sun. you have to do something else… so what do they do? well, it is a novel, so i suppose it must show a cast of eccentrics and troubled people but the basic story of them being targetted by crooks out to cheat them or steal from them and stealing their husbands or wives is what the plot is about. it makes me think ya, i guess it is something that expats can get bothered with… i would find it boring, drinking and eating and doing highly dramatic interactions with each other fellow brits expats.

there dont seem to be any interaction with the local french people except as servers and tradesmen…. since none of them know enough french to be fluent in it. so there are no french characters.

well, if that is what expats do to while the time away in their sunny hideaway in the south of france, i think i prefer to stay in london, where everyone speaks english and so do i , even the visitors to london speak english so it is easy to interact with everyone. also british tv is very nice, unlike french, which even if very nice i wont be able to understand at all. in the end, if ever i had any yearnings to go there and live , i can strike that out right now. the book is quite nicely written, and considering celia imrie is better known as an actress, this is a good first effort.

added 1.6.15. i am missing all these books about the south of france, written in this fashion. light gossipy read , and i hope she will write more in this vein, and bringing in the atmosphere and sunlight and heady way of life there. i am reminded of the lucia and mapp books but there must be loads of characters living in the south of france, they could all be added to the mix and aspects of their lives there can be included to make some kind of story. 

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9 Responses to “life in the south of france, and london”

  1. dosirakbento Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    He thanks for the link back!
    I hope you went and enjoyed it. I thought it was quite interesting, especially as mr Huyn Soo Yim used so many -unknown to me- ingredients. But I could have done with more food tasting 😜
    Next time I will make sure I have a (Korean) snack beforehand.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      what surprised me was that after carefully arranging all the individual parts and preparing them so meticulously, when it is served the whole thing is mixed up so that all the tastes and textures are jumbled together. it took hours to prepare and minutes to eat. i was looking around and trying to guess which ones of the ladies present is you. haha. the lady next to me told me that she went to the previous one and there were only 25 people so they had a lot to eat. to night there were like 45 people when he counted them and more may have come in after. i should look up your previous post and search for bibimbap posts that u have made. it would be interesting to see how u do it.

      • dosirakbento Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

        Haha. But that’s exactly what is is; Bibim = to mix and bap/bab = rice. It wouldn’t be Bibimbap if you don’t mix it!

        It seems a lot of effort. But that’s what he explained at the start, you can eat it in 10 minutes without realising how much prep it can take.
        However, if you cook Korean food often, you will have a stock of varying namul (veg dishes) in your fridge. A simple bibimbap only needs a few namul dishes. Some supermarkets even sell prepped bibimbap sets 😊

        I have made some lunch box variations on bibimbap, not sure if I tagged them as such, you might need to digg through the archive…

        (Ps…I was sitting towards the back…)

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

        he used some unusual namul, they are dried and it was handed round for us to see. were u able to see it? i had a good sniff at it, and felt it. but i am not a good observer, as i forgot to write down the name of the strange stuff. one of the stuff was bracken, is it really bracken that grows wild in the scottish highlands and lake district??? hard to believe it can be eaten. maybe it is a special korean variety of bracken. and that separated egg yolk and white fried thing, such a lot of work isn’t it to keep the whole thing intact; and then what does he do but destroys it by minutely cutting it all up. haha. it is like carefully and meticulously building something into an intricate set up and then destroying it…it is in a way magnificent in its madness…haha.

      • dosirakbento Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

        He used quite a few unique things, but yes bracken (gosari) is basically fern. I have to confess that I am not much of an forager..so wouldn’t go off to the woods myself to pick some but young fern is used in other cuisines as well.
        I think the other stuff he handed around was dried aster leaves and something called dog’s tooth violet (which sounds quite scary actually) and Siberia Gooseberry….
        I think he got a bit frustrated making the egg white lace, but he couldn’t back out after his remarks about chefs shouldn’t blame shxxxy equipment…

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

        oh, is that egg white supposed to come out as lace like? with fine holes in it to make it look like a filigree? but why then cut it all up into small pieces? or did he cut it up because it did not turn out well? when i saw him helping the girl assistant with the frying of the kelp, i knew that egg white will be over heated. that electric stove really did him in, i think. i whispered to the lady next to me that i would have preferred a hot plate that glows so i can tell how hot it was. as it was, that modern looking ceramic hob was totally clueless as to how hot it was. haha.

      • dosirakbento Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

        My bad, I meant thin as lace…not holey as lace… 😁
        I was slightly disappointed (aside from the small portion) that he didn’t explain more about the namul and different colour representations but I guess there’s only limited time available.

  2. Sarah M Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    I don’t know about the south of France, but in Spain the ex-pats sit around drinking and bad-mouthing everyone, whilst bragging to each other about how much they sold their houses in UK for. Really unpleasant. You don’t have to live in the ex-pat bubble though; it just takes a bit more effort. But most of these people just wanted England with sunshine and cheaper booze, so this little ex-pat world suited them.

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      i suspect it is universal behaviour for expats. i think the reason why they stick to each other is because of the language. it is difficult to learn the local language fluently enough to interact with the locals. the locals also are wary of making friends with foreigners too, who may not stay long. i was staying with a friend who bought in torrevieja, and after some time i too was very glad to be able to speak english with other expats there. i know it is my fault for not being fluent in spanish, but it is too much to expect all holidaymakers to know the host language of the country they visit when english is so universal .

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