"In a restaurant, the average Englishman would much prefer poor food, poor service and a good complaint to the manager and maybe even a letter to the Times rather than a good meal"
Malcom Ruggeridge (1903-1990)
It seems that the further I travel, the more astonishing stories. So what about you? What's your weirdest "small world" anecdote?
PS: I am sure that this is post title is quite evocative for many of you... So I cannot resist to waste your day with this video. Look at it, and bing! You are victim of a cognitive itching for the rest of the day. Enjoy:)
Were the producers expecting such a success? Probably not. But it's worth noting that they adopted an interesting launch strategy. They indeed decided to release the film only in the North first, and then on the national networks. And it worked very well because the Ch'ti rushed to see their region beamed on big screens with pride instead of shame. The buzz did the rest to spread the word around the country. And beyond since I am writing about it today...
But don't think of this film as an epiphenomenon. It's only the tip of an Iceberg (maybe the one that is to sink Titanic). As a matter of fact, the Northern culture is spreading. It is not only synonym of French fries and mussels, bier, chavs, red-and-yellow scarves... Nowadays being from Ch'ti land has become hype. Another example? One of the current icon of the French Touch, DJ Medhi, has just released a new video clip for one of his tune called, Signatune (Dj Mehdi / T. Bangalter edit) on YouTube. The video has been shot with real life actors in real environment... And of course you need to have a look at this video with an ironic eye:
The Ch'ti have managed to conquer France, they are reaching currently beyond the frontiers. Where will they stop? Maybe when they will run out of beer... Maybe.
A dream come true.
What if it was true after all? As I was rushing to jump into my train, I snapped this little image. I loved the subtle reference from British Rail to this iconic book. You don't know what I am refering to? Then you are probably from another planet...
Anyhow, if like me you appreciate to come across such cultural references in the streets and you happen to be in Paris, then wander in Montmartre. Amélie's café is of course on every uptodate guides but for proper contemporary litterature look out for Garou-Garou, the passe-muraille. The Marcel Aymé's iconic hero, an extremly boring civil servant who was able to walk through walls, is also evoked on the eponymous square. How? A bronze statue is literally coming out of the wall...