petite anglaise

November 2, 2006

impertinent

Filed under: misc — bipolarinparis @ 1:28 pm

This article was published in the Paris section of weekly news magazine The Nouvel Observateur today. The interview actually took place in early September, if I remember correctly, and the photographer popped round to see me at home a few weeks later.

A bit of a character, he started by telling me that he thought all the pictures which had been used by the English press – with the exception of the one used by the Guardian – had been hideous and aged me approximately ten years.

I was inclined to agree, most had been taken under sweltering sun, in the middle of the day, when the light conditions were at their most unforgiving and I could do little more than squint at the camera with a furrowed brow. I also suspect that the editors specifically picked photos where I looked mildly annoyed (with the photographer, because I hated every minute of leaning in unnatural poses against pillars, trees and balcony railings) because they matched the story (annoyed with my former employer).

Mr Obs Photographer said his “Fait Divers” page tended to be a little artier, and that he was looking for something which summed up my personality, and my blog, and liked to keep snapping away until he got precisely what he wanted. I posed, awkwardly, in the room which serves as my living room/bedroom/study for approximately two hours, until I finally begged him to leave, at the end of my patience. The pictures taken seated in front of my computer, I could understand. Those photos which showed my bookcase in the background, ditto. But the ones taken against a backdrop of scarlet sheets, I admit to having some reservations about.

It was only when the photographer was on the verge of leaving that I finally understood what the “scarlet woman” sequence had been about.

“The thing that really struck me when I looked at your blog,” he said, in French, “was the fact that you said you have been living dans le péché.”

I giggled. The penny (or centime) had finally dropped.

“Living in sin is an English phrase which just means that I wasn’t married,” I clarified.

“Oh!” he said, clearly crestfallen.

I don’t know if I dare imagine what he thought “vivre dans le péché” might mean, but the result of his misunderstanding makes quite a nice picture, I think.

104 Comments

  1. Tres sexy!

    A far better picture than the others I have seen. My first thought – before reading your post – was, “Someone’s had her hair done.”

    There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look a bit glamourous – if you’re going to be dooced, then sentenced to months indoors typing until your fingers bleed, you may as well look good while you do it.

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

  2. I’ve heard “vivre dans le péché” many times in France, to mean just the same thing as “living in sin”. I’m French (living in the UK – and in sin) and always thought “living in sin” was a transparent phrase. Weird Nouvel Obs photographer.

    Comment by Amélie — November 2, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  3. I agree with Damian, it’s a cracking picture and if you carry on like this it will move over Helen Mirren, we have the new “thinking Man’s crumpet!”

    Comment by David — November 2, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  4. Hmm…..The only thing missing was a letter sewn to the front of your shirt, but, which letter might that be? Hmm…….;-) (You wanton woman you!)

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — November 2, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

  5. Well at least he spent time to make you look your best. Nothing to worry about, I would say… The result is very nice.

    The Nouvel Obs article is online :

    http://parisobs.nouvelobs.com/p298_2191/articles/a321713.html

    Comment by ontario frog — November 2, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  6. Try this URL: http://parisobs.nouvelobs.com/p298_2191/articles/a321713.html

    (I’ll stop procrastinating now, and do some work.)

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

  7. Thanks, yes, I see the link is now fixed. Thank you.

    Comment by petite — November 2, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

  8. My wife and I lived in sin for five years before we got married. Nobody in Australia gave it a second thought – except her Grandmother, but I baked her a cake and things were sorted in a year or two.

    Our first indication that it may not be quite as accepted overseas was when we stepped forward to slap our passports down on the desk at LA Airport. The lady looked up at me and said, “Are you married?”

    I replied, “No.”

    She frowned, took a deep breath and with strong theatrical projection, said, “Then get back behind the line.”

    We later discovered that British immigration law provides a unique loophole for sinful Australians to be legally recognised as married for immigration purposes, because living in sin has legal status in Australia.

    And to think, in Australia, everyone think’s it’s an exotic, saucy European thing.

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  9. Sorry, I’m hogging things here.

    I’ll go now.

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  10. Byeee

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

  11. * waves *

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

  12. * Petite slams door *

    Comment by Damian — November 2, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  13. I didn’t know scarlet had the same connotation in France, even if the Scarlet Letter is required reading in most English departments…

    I just read the Nouvel Obs article and thought, wow, a ‘contrat à six chiffres’ for Penguin! That’s wonderful!

    Comment by O. — November 2, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  14. I think it’s rather ravishing – you look somewhat like a young, tousled Emma Thompson. Tres funky!! Personally, I’ll be happily cast as a scarlet woman in the name of marketing. Make the most of it – it’s all good, good, good!!

    Comment by Jen — November 2, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  15. Interesting to read the article which openly mentions your old firm and their ‘self-generated’ bad publicity! Serves them right.
    Hope your sister is making progress.

    Comment by Sablonneuse — November 2, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

  16. He’s right and talented, it’s a nice one and you look your age.

    And I’m discovering a new Petite, with an impertinent rebel tuft of hair.

    Call of the wild?

    Comment by 4 roses — November 2, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

  17. I agree with Amelie, I’ve always heard it used in that sense in both languages.

    Comment by Mathieu — November 2, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  18. Yaxlich wonders whether or not the French understand the irony of Tadpoles name. He doesn’t know whether or not the French have got a sense of humour or not.

    Anyway Yaxlich thinks petite looks very pretty in her picture even if it does look like she’s just fallen off her bed.

    Comment by Yaxlich — November 2, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  19. As an amateur photographer (cf. flickr link on my homepage), I agree with the other comments, it’s a pretty good picture. You look good on it, which is the only criteria, really. The position may be a bit peculiar but that’s all. However if you were annoyed by the photographer, then I’m not sure I’d agree with his method. I generally prefer the people I photograph to be either comfortable about it, or completely unaware that I’m taking their picture.

    Comment by Guillaume Laurent — November 2, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  20. Nice photo. You have a lovely head of hair which I’ve always admired…very lustrous.

    Comment by Susannah — November 2, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

  21. “… british humor à l’appui”

    “british humor” – oh dear
    That upsets me, probably more than it should…

    Comment by anxious — November 2, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  22. Great photo actually- adorable. Education anglais?

    Comment by strandy — November 2, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

  23. Interesting picture.
    These days my French is better than my eyesight (both awful) so I am not sure what the caption says. Is it ‘Drunken woman falls out of bed and wonders where she is?’

    Comment by laurence — November 2, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  24. Hah! Delectable!

    Comment by Loxias — November 2, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

  25. Sorry Petite, I have to call it like I see it. I do not like this photo AT ALL. It makes you look as though you have just (ahem) arisen from the scarlet bed. You look dazed and confused and maybe even a little desperate. It does not covey your substantially sharp mind.

    I find it a very sexist photo.

    Comment by Daisy — November 2, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  26. To be fair to the guy, my living room/bedroom/office is 12 metres squared, and the bed takes up a rather large chunk of the room. It would have been there in some shape or form, whatever the picture.

    Comment by petite — November 2, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  27. Wow – tres chic.
    I have to confess though that I thought the aspect of your personality / blog he was trying to capture was being a Mum (before I read to the end)

    I thought it looks like you’re looking for your keys / purse / handbag / jewellery under the bed after Tadpole has decided to ‘tidy’ up for you

    Comment by Howard — November 2, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

  28. “vivre ds le peché ” is really a common expression in France.
    Other expressions would be “Paques avant les rameaux” or “mettre la charrue avant les boeufs”.
    Less tactful I admit

    Your blog is a delight!

    Mad moo moo , already 3 years living in sin with her leprechaun

    Comment by MadMooMoo — November 2, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

  29. It reminds me of the photo shoot in the French-Polish movie Red:
    http://www.mediacircus.net/red____2.jpg

    Comment by HuckleCat — November 2, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

  30. #18: Yaxlich, as frog as I am concerned, I think I can get Tadpole’s conception.

    It’s a Petite wand’s spark.

    By the way, she already had a leg up to grow a frog into a princess.

    Comment by 4 roses — November 2, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

  31. Wow, I had no idea you were quite so pretty, Petite! For some reason I always think of people who write blogs as dull, unattractive and baddly dressed, but I guess that must be just me!

    Sadly I can’t read the article as I have a mental block against foreign languages which stopped me ever getting any good at learning the language. I’m sure it is very good though :)

    Comment by Ignorminious — November 2, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

  32. Darn! I wish I knew French so that I could read it. Great picure though — nice hair. :)

    Comment by Zandria — November 2, 2006 @ 7:05 pm

  33. Hello Petite
    I have to agree with everyone else that the picture is very nice. I have just read the article, which seems to be a pretty good summary of the situation as I can see from my reading of the blog and the papers.
    As I am a French Canadian (but living in the UK), I do not know how the French feel about the phrase “frog”. I do feel that the journalist either didn’t know why “Mr Frog” is named thus, or she thought her readers might be offended. As for Tadpole’s name, …

    Comment by Pierre L — November 2, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

  34. now that’s a proper photograph of you.

    Comment by andre — November 2, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

  35. Fabulous picture. I think you look really sound and I can’t help but picture Tadpole somewhere in your line of vision. You’re all class, petite.

    Comment by shelley — November 2, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

  36. It’s a lovely picture…but why do male photographers so often do that? Stand over one…I am an american photographer here for mois de la photo, and I stumbled across your blog while googling my way to a cafe where I could use my laptop. You remind me of my friends at home, and I don’t think they would like being stood over either…

    I have given up and I’m going to Place de l’Odéon for the starbucks. Yes I know, I’m a sell-out, but living in LA for two years will do that to you. I think they must put smack in the maple machiatto…

    Comment by Julia — November 2, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

  37. ooh, me too, i LIKE this photo!
    the others in the summer were okay, but this is luvverly… all fresh and sassy and er.. well you know.
    ;)

    Comment by lucy blogzira — November 2, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  38. That’s it girls. The hair is fab. Needs a blog of its own

    Comment by Flighty — November 2, 2006 @ 9:03 pm

  39. Smart, pretty and soon wealthy… Sounds pretty perfect to me!

    Well done, jolie Petite Anglaise, montre-leur à ces coincés du cul qu’ils ont eu tort. Je te dis “Merde” d’avance pour le 19 février.

    Comment by Boris — November 2, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

  40. Hmm…scarlet sheets. It’s not a bad photo but I’m guessing you’re much more attractive in real life. I’d like to see one of you laughing. BTW…women in glasses really turn my crank. Bisous. Malkie in the 15th (Metro Felix Faure)

    Comment by Les Miserable — November 2, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  41. Excusez-moi…meant to say “even more attractive in real life”. :-)

    Comment by Les Miserable — November 2, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  42. You look sort of rumpled in a grrr way… sort of like you’ve just pulled that top on after a spot of afternoon frottage with a photographer who’s just flattered the arse off you and you haven’t quite straightened the sheets yet.

    Comment by backroads — November 2, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  43. Hmmmm!

    Comment by Jim — November 2, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  44. Blimey… ummm… yes… (awkward silence) lol – at least I know what you look like now.

    I would love to be a photographer. Photographing people is brilliant, but nobody ever wants to have their photo taken (well… not the people I know anyway).

    Isn’t there a girly side of you that loved the attention? Even a tiny bit?

    Comment by Jonathan — November 2, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  45. oh my goodness, backroads! still here! That just made my day.

    Comment by petite — November 3, 2006 @ 12:58 am

  46. i like the photo, too, particularly because it’s not the typical trite magazine beauty shot, or the posed-and-staged portrait photo. you look like someone who is self-confident, and doesn’t mind getting down to work and even getting your hands dirty — all of which (i assume) is borne out in the article about your situation with your former employer.

    (sadly, i cannot read french, despite my best efforts over the years).

    Comment by franko — November 3, 2006 @ 3:08 am

  47. yes photos do make people look older. I loath having my photo taken whether it be for professional reasons or for family shots. & rarely do I make an apperance.
    Still, you are in good nick for someone who is 40 ;o)

    Comment by simon — November 3, 2006 @ 3:21 am

  48. “mettre la charrue avant les boeufs”.

    Madmoomoo, saw your comment: the phrase above is the equivalent of “putting the horse before the cart” and is just a general phrase, not linked specifically to living in sin.

    Comment by Collins Roberta — November 3, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  49. Quite weird he did not know what “living in sin” means. We have that expression in french too…

    Comment by Chris — November 3, 2006 @ 9:26 am

  50. Maybe he was pretending. And just a perv. I’m not ruling that out.

    Comment by petite — November 3, 2006 @ 10:58 am

  51. The photo is very nice — it shows character!

    Comment by Lost in France — November 3, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  52. Your hair is good, as said in post 51 it shows character…

    I think he’s used your profile to define add a definition to your temperament.

    But… if I may make a very small suggestion?

    Consider losing the bins for your next photoshoot.

    T.

    Comment by TryingTimes — November 3, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  53. your fingers are short.. like my sisters….

    Comment by simon — November 3, 2006 @ 11:20 am

  54. bins?

    Comment by petite — November 3, 2006 @ 11:25 am

  55. Taking a guess, I reckon “bins” must be glasses. If so I’m bit disappointed by “Trying Times”‘s cliched view of what makes a woman attractive. As a fellow glasses wearer I was just thinking how refreshing it was that a photographer who deliberately set out to create a sexy photo should choose to ask his model to keep her glasses on. You so rarely see anybody “glamorous” wearing glasses in films or on TV, and yet they can indeed be really sexy, on men AND women.

    Comment by old school friend — November 3, 2006 @ 11:46 am

  56. Glasses – lunettes – spectacles! I think it comes from cockney rhyming slang “bins and receptacles = speactacles”

    Comment by Mungo — November 3, 2006 @ 11:50 am

  57. bins = glasses (BINocularS)

    Comment by lettsy — November 3, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  58. Bins are binoculars – so you already seem to have “lost” them. You look great in specs though!

    Comment by Jude — November 3, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

  59. I read the article this morning in the nouvel obs, very interesting and it made go & have a look at your blog. nice to see how foreign people see our beautiful city (even if you’ve been living here for some years now so you’re not really a foreigner anymore!).
    And yes, very nice photo of you.

    Comment by vincent — November 3, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  60. Looking lovely petite:)

    Yeah the > thing bugs me too

    Comment by Maxi — November 3, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

  61. i said …hmm why deleted?

    Comment by Maxi — November 3, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  62. Ah its computery talk to have arrows as quotations? Got it. I am silly. I said HUMOR

    Comment by Maxi — November 3, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

  63. It’s abit of Birkin isn’t it. Is he trying to imply that you are scarlet and have debts. I’m not sure her joke about bending over in her M & S nickers ever was fuly understood.

    Comment by fjl — November 3, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  64. What a transformation! Once upon a time Petite was another corporate mom putting on a costume everyday to go earn a living. Now look at her. I agree with comment #29 a.k.a. Hucklecat about the likeness to the movie “Red”. It’s a classic.

    All this talk about the symbolism in the photo is funny. Maybe it’s a blonde thing. Everyone wants to read so much into it for their own pleasure. I know it must be weird and surreal for Petite to see so much commentary on her life, but I hope that she finds a way to laugh about it.

    It’s a photo, that’s all.

    Comment by Sam — November 3, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

  65. Re old school friend’s comments in #55…

    My suggestion was nothing to do with anyone’s view of what makes a woman attractive; that I should be so shallow!

    It was merely a simple observation that when you appeared on Dick and Jude you were in glasses – so that you wear them is a given.

    As it is also a given as to how your appearance presents when you wear them.

    However I am putting forward the view that the opportunity to be pictured sans glasses is a missed opportunity…

    Nothing to do with attractiveness (or unattractiveness, for personality is far more compelling than physical appearance) or anything so cliched (sic), and everything everything to do with having an opportunity for presenting an alternative view.

    We are not what we wear (surely ‘old school friend’ would agree with this?) therefore why should we be categorised as a wearer of glasses – particularly when spectacles have the capacity to obstruct, rather than frame a face?

    TT.

    Comment by TryingTimes — November 3, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  66. And you had nothing on beneath the teeshirt I presume.
    These photographer types make me sick!

    Comment by Trevor — November 3, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

  67. “We are not what we wear”: absolutely, which is why I was rather surprised that people should presume to be telling Petite how she might “improve” her appearance. I wasn’t suggesting she should “define” herself as a glasses wearer, as some sort of statement, just saying the photographer’s conception of them as something appealing made a refreshing change to all the narrowly defined constructions of beauty in magazines, films etc. Anyway, maybe Petite has no choice but to wear glasses (in order to see), so why shouldn’t she be photographed in them?

    Comment by old school friend — November 3, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

  68. Sorry, but this photo makes you look like a “rag-a-muffin”. Next time someone wants to photgraph you for an article take control of the situation.

    Comment by Mary Jo — November 3, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

  69. Hi Petite

    At the end of the day it’s only a photo – admittedly a very good one – so I don’t want to over analyse it but personally I think the photo in conjunction with your blog is great way of showing that smart funny women can still be sexy and femine. I think it’s very sad in this day and age that for some people they can only still get their minds round either/or.

    I stumbled on your blog a mere 48 hours ago. I am one of these people who doesn’t so much discover ‘the next big thing’ as ‘the thing that is great and that everyone else has known about for ages’! And, in this instance, that thing is your blog which I will definitely be reading from now on.

    I was terribly sorry about your job though and I was a little panicked as well. I love to blog but I didn’t think an employer would take exception to a blog which was principally about someone’s personal life. Good luck with the case.

    Comment by Elisabeth — November 3, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  70. its always so much better when you can put a face to a name and tousled is good too.

    Pros and cons of bins – my 13yr old fashion afficianado of a daughter wants to wear them even though her eyesight is brilliant..give her a few years.. she’ll learn every time she goes into a warm bar from a cold night

    Comment by paulcatbells — November 3, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

  71. Personally, I like the artistic take of the photographer.

    Comment by H. (aka. NC_State_gal) — November 3, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  72. Je suis absolument d’accord avec ton appréciation, Petite Anglaise ; cette image est belle et dix mille fois plus flatteuse que les autres. Le côté sensuel et drôle qui s’en dégage correspond à ce qu’en tant que lectrice, je ressens sur ton blog. Et j’imagine le photographe fantasmant sur cette petite phrase de ta description, qu’il puisse la comprendre ou pas…

    PS. Désolée de trancher ainsi sur une série de commentaires en anglais, but I was afraid my english would not be good enough to write a whole comment. Or at least, it would not be good enough to be faithful to what I wanted to say…

    Comment by Ménille Avénale — November 3, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  73. Naked from the waist down, and all that concerns you people is her glasses!

    Comment by Trevor — November 3, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

  74. Love the “dans le péché”!

    The images that it conjures are hilarious!

    Sally

    Comment by Sally Lomax — November 3, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

  75. #70: Trevor, I have never ever been on Petite Anglaise half-naked, if that is what you’re looking for.

    Comment by 4 roses — November 3, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  76. Sometimes I think people blog after having taken drugs, I cannot specify the type of drug all I can summise is that they are pretty potent, I mean the drugs not the people… as for the people, they are as high as kites as a result of the potency. I stick to alcohol and as yet I remain sane (relatively speaking). Thank you and goodnight.
    Gregory :=)

    Comment by Gregory Weighell — November 3, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  77. Can’t think why you’re still Lost in France.
    More, A Loose Woman in France, I like to think.
    Sounds like a title for a book. Harrumph.
    Sorry, must go, Have I got News For You just started.

    Comment by andrew — November 3, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  78. oops! that did not read well..should have said “you have hands like my sisters”….sorry petite…

    Comment by simon — November 4, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  79. Hi Petite-i am a Bulgarian living in England for nearly 4 years (but as an honest woman!).Just to say-fantastic picture!Your blog is part of my every day i-net routine since i red about you in The Guardian.Keep on rocking!

    Princessmia97

    Comment by Mia Campbell — November 4, 2006 @ 12:55 am

  80. Is there a way to read the article without registering and paying? Probably not, just checking!
    Merci,
    Amy

    Comment by Amy — November 4, 2006 @ 2:03 am

  81. I feel like an old skool reader. Not that im being all “i discovered this cool thing before you” or anything. But it IS kind of like hippy clothes coming back into fashion when youve been wearing them for years. Not that ive experienced that either. Ill shush now

    Comment by Maxi — November 4, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  82. Re number 80. The article was definitely free on the first day (wish I had printed it). I guess it is now considered “archives” and has become chargeable.

    Comment by Pierre L — November 4, 2006 @ 10:52 am

  83. looking absolutely ravishing…

    Comment by .t — November 4, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  84. I was just wondering if you even read this far down.

    Comment by Bob — November 4, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

  85. I’m sorry to be slow but I didn’t even notice you were HOT on this photo!
    I still don’t know if it comes from the badly ironed sexy sheet or this interesting manner your arm lies on the bed (Michelangelo?), the wild tousled hair or the uptight secretary glasses, is it what you were thinking of then (a peachtree?) or is creation in camera’s eye, mystère et boule de gomme (ask Tad if don’t know what it means), or maybe simply because Nature made you so gorgeous and blonde.
    Anyway, now I just can’t wait until Monday, when I’ll caress my girl while dreaming of it. You Goddess of Fertility!

    Comment by 4 roses — November 4, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

  86. Interesting & lovely photo … indeed, quite different from others and very artistic. The “misunderstanding” of the photographer is very funny!

    Comment by Deborah — November 4, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

  87. Does Tadpole ever see mommy’s photo in the press?

    I like the photo.

    x, c

    Comment by clarissa — November 5, 2006 @ 1:48 am

  88. Dwelling the cursor over the image produces the word ‘bigger’, while the image name appears as ‘impertinent-and-big’.

    What in the world could be impertinent or big even about Petite, who is litttle, or simply Petite?

    Pert, perhaps; but big and bigger? Are we soon to meet la Grande Anglaise?

    it is late and me i am confused

    Btw are the sheets scarlet? Burgundy, or wine coloured, surely? It’s only the sitter who’s the scarlet starlet…

    Comment by andrew — November 5, 2006 @ 2:45 am

  89. Andrew: It means that if you put your mouse over the picture and left click, the picture expands to fill the screen. Now, I wonder how many of Petite’s fans have set it as their desktop wallpaper! Who would get any work done ;-)

    Comment by Jim — November 5, 2006 @ 6:45 am

  90. I read the article. It is like the picture, good !

    Comment by Marie-Hélène — November 5, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

  91. petite froglaise does look french

    “fait divers” surely not the section for such an article

    Comment by zed — November 5, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

  92. What am I doing here. What the Hell am I doing HERE by this lovely sunny day.
    I used to check for new posts a few weeks ago (healthy curiosity) and now I’m craving for a new comment. I even can’t help but leaving a comment myself. What have you done to me? What is the matter with you? Will I have to haunt this blog every single day of my life? I know there are people who read the Times every day but you’re not the Times Petite, let me say it to you. What did you put in this rosy-pink-purple blog to trap me this way? Couldn’t you shut your eye sometimes? Couldn’t you stop the spell for five minutes? Time to disconnect everything. Leave me alone. I didn’t call you.
    You know, I’m really thinking about leaving this blog. I mean seriously, leave it FOR EVER Petite. And I’m serious now. It’s not just words. Do you really think you’re such an interesting person? Let me tell you: you are NOT. You’re.. er… common. I’d even say very common indeed. OK this is the end of it. Now it’s decided: enough is enough. You won’t see me again on your web, spider. I’m leaving. And You’ll have to catch fly-readers elsewhere.
    I’ve already found a new antipodean supercool weblog:

    http://www.desirsdavenir.org/

    And she, has guts and future!
    Ok now I leaving you.
    This is the end Petite.
    Bye bye.
    See you.
    Ciao.
    Hasta la vista.
    Yassas !
    Au revoir.
    Adios.
    You’ll never see me again, Petite!
    Byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeee!

    (and if I ever come back, you’d better have good lawyers)

    Comment by 4 roses — November 5, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

  93. geez ..I think you guys need to take a chill pill..really…. ouf!

    Comment by simon — November 5, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

  94. Four Roses, lithium might be another option.
    Don’t get cross now, I’m only trying to be helpful.

    Comment by Trevor — November 5, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

  95. hi, i’m scott from china. i found ur blog on the internet by accident. ur blog is very special and attractive. and i’m sure that u r attractive too.
    i will visit ur blog frequently.
    all the best

    Comment by scott — November 5, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  96. I live in Mauritius…

    Heard wht happened 2 u in a documentary film “NOUVO” …

    WAS SIMPLY AN ABUSE OF POWER…

    Be brave & Keep fighting…

    Comment by Yasfir — November 5, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

  97. Sound like 4 roses has become a petite addict, poor thing. So maybe time to start a Petite Anon meeting at desirdavenir, like you do.

    Jim, the trouble with computers is there’s always a logical reason. And there was me thinking Petite had idly typed in the soubriquet, ‘impertinent-and-big!’
    MMMmmmmmm…..

    Comment by andrew — November 5, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

  98. You look stunning, and désemparée, and serious, and cool, all at the same time… and that gorgeous pink behind you… C’est une photo très séduisante. Makes one feel happy for you :)

    Comment by periwinkle — November 5, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

  99. Back from a weekend in London: tired, sore throat, waiting for Tadpole to return (complete with chickenpox).

    I’ll put a link to a pdf version of this article on the press page, just as soon as I can, I promise.

    Comment by petite — November 5, 2006 @ 7:23 pm

  100. I think the pictures looks great. I’ve never posted before, love the blog!

    Comment by Rachel — November 5, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

  101. Je trouve que c’est beaucoup de chichi, tout votre blog.
    Bonne continuation quand même.

    Comment by Thierry Fernand — November 6, 2006 @ 3:37 am

  102. Comment by parkin pig — November 6, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

  103. pimpante indeed!

    Comment by parkin pig — November 6, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  104. Nice photo, slightly odd sounding photographer.

    Comment by Whisper — November 6, 2006 @ 10:22 pm


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