French paradox
The term ‘French paradox’ refers to the observation that while both the French and Americans have a diet high in saturated fats, smoke cigarettes and exercise little – which are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease – the French have a significantly lower risk of cardio vascular disease than that of the Americans: 36% compared with 75%. The difference in risk has been attributed to the consumption of alcohol and, in particular, red wine. The French consume 60 L per capita of wine per year, while the Americans only consume 7.7 L per year. (Source: http://www.thewineschool.co.za )

Which explains why I am such an avid Francophile …

Sidey’s weekend theme (for which I am, once again, late) is The Hat.

I love hats and buy them indiscriminately. I wear them in the garden, when I go work, at weddings and even, sometimes, when I am home alone watching television.  You can, therefore, understand how upset I was when I discovered the adverse publicity my habit had been given by the acid-tongued Mr. P.J. O’ Rourke:

“A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life.  Nothing looks for stupid than a hat.  When you put on a hat you are surrendering to the same urge that makes children wear mouse ears at Disney World or drunks wear lampshades at parties.  Wearing a hat implies that you are bald if you are a man and that your hair is dirty if you are a woman.  Every style of hat is identified with some form of undesirable (derby = corrupt party worker; fedora = Italian gangster; top hat = rich bum’ pillbox = Kennedy wife. Et cetera).  Furthermore, the head is symbolically identified with the sexual organs, so that when you walk down the street wearing a hat, anyone who has the least knowledge of psychology will see you as having a beaver hanging off your penis or feathers protruding from your genitals.  A hat should only be worn if you are employed as a racehorse trainer or are hunting ducks in the rain.”

Very rude, Sir!  I shall wear this hat, feathers and all.

Of late, I am wearing my caterer’s hat. It happened slowly; first one then another of the stylists eyed my work lunch and asked if I would consider that they pay me and I bring them lunch too. And so it began, with a quiche or a salad …

And then the orders started streaming in … customers got wind of it and I was asked for a large lasagne for a dinner party. Someone wanted a special birthday cake …

As my good friend Charlie always says: “And so it goes … “


76 Comments Add yours

  1. What an interesting take he has on hats! My son who is not bald almost always wears a beret. I love the idea of ladies hat’s from the 40’s and 50’s but I can not wear them. I look silly.

    Oh and as I understand the French chocolate is no where near as sweet as American.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve heard arguments that American chocolate is an oxymoron 😉

      1. SidevieW says:

        american (US not Canada) chocolate is more sugar and the base is different from Eurpopean chocolates, It wasn’t to my taste at all. Thank goodness for Godiva shops in the bigger places.

      2. theonlycin says:

        There is always Toblerone to fall back on 😀

  2. Tammy says:

    We have much in common. Low risk of heart disease but no one is paying me for lunch!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll raise my glass to you at sunset, Tammy 🙂

  3. nrhatch says:

    I have a hat that is almost exactly like yours!

    You can see it here:

    First in B&W and then in color . . . with the blue band!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to have a gander 🙂

  4. Sue Green says:

    I am never comfortable wearing hats, which is a shame as I consider them very stylish.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Au contrair, Sue, I think you’d carry it off very nicely 🙂

  5. SidevieW says:

    I love hats, but generally end up looking like an animated mushroom

  6. Tandy says:

    sounds like life is heading back to normal my friend xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sure is, but a different kind of normal 😀

  7. leigh says:

    A stylish alternative to a bag for one’s valuables 😉

  8. Awww … poor dear fellow resents people who stand out in a crowd! Vive les chapeaux ….. and ALL of my hats concur. I mean really! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chin chin, Cherie 🙂

  9. Mal says:

    Wow, what a meanie and downright rude! Hats off to you, dearie, for standing tall…and chapeau-ed.. 🙂

  10. Sparkle says:

    LOL at that silly man! I am not a hat person, I love admiring fancy ones and wish I could pull them off. My sister looks pretty in almost everything and her daughter delights when I say so, jewelery and bangles look good on her too. I only wear a cap when I am having a bad hair day.
    Morning and Enjoy the weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, you too, Sparky 🙂

  11. siggiofmaine says:

    I love you in a hat… and how RUDE to say that about people who wear hats..
    inferiority complex I’d say…severe toilet training maybe (Medical Dr. Spock).

    Enjoyed this immensely except for the rude fellow…

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha @ Dr Spock 😀

  12. Self mal oor hoed dra! Jy lyk stunning met die hoed op.

  13. MissChris says:

    But you look soooooo beautiful in hats so up his rudeships!!!
    I love hats but sadly they do not suit me as they do you – does not stop me from wearing them though xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You carry on, Chris, I am sure you look beautiful in a hat 🙂

  14. Fun and exciting things happening for you Cindy – cool!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very cool, thanks, Mandy 🙂

  15. colonialist says:

    I love those sorts of stats – except I wonder if I’m all white not looking upon the whine when it is already?
    I disagree entirely with Mr O’R. With the passing of the era of habitual liddedness was lost a wealth of elegance and of whimsical absurdity with taste (unlike the infamous Princess creations – B in particular).

    1. theonlycin says:

      We will not talk about B’s hat …

  16. souldipper says:

    My, my, doesn’t P.J. have a vivid imagination. Seems he must have interned under Sigmund.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You may be right, Amy 😉

  17. Hotly Spiced says:

    Oh, you are so busy. I do so very much want to be healthy so I’d better go straight to the cellar and pour myself a very large glass of red. Back to you shortly xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Refill time, HS? 😉

  18. Tilly Bud says:

    PJOR – what does he know? I love hats. I don’t suit hats, but I wear them anyway. Not indoors, though 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not even a nightcap?

  19. The Hook says:

    Very classy post, young lady!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gracious thanks, Dr Hook 😉

  20. slpmartin says:

    I suspect his comment is based upon the fact that he does not look good in hats and has been told so! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t believe I have ever seen him in a hat 😉

  21. suzicate says:

    You look lovely in all of your hats…wish I could wear them with such class…maybe PJ is jealous of those who can wear hats nicely…Love Amy’s comment!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a lovely comment 🙂

  22. dearrosie says:

    Love your hat photo. I also wear chapeaux. I keep them on all day at my cash register and get many complements from “strangers” who assume I’m French (perhaps because I wear a lot of berets?)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m fond of berets in winter too 🙂

      1. dearrosie says:

        I wear “cotton” berets year round

  23. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

    My Doc informs me that with my red wine,butter, cream and olive oil intake, I should easily live to be 144 years old

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hey you, what stealthy mission have you been on? Had all my sleuths out looking for you. You don’t write for ages and then pop up out of the blue!

      1. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

        I’ve singing the blues,and now I’ve popped up out of the blue !

      2. theonlycin says:

        Well, delighted to see you, I’m sure 🙂

  24. Pseu says:

    theonlycin :
    There is always Toblerone to fall back on


  25. Pseu says:

    How hattist is Mr P.J. O’ Rourke?! Silly man. Anf BOBKERS! As any fool kno -if you want to get ahead get at hat

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have you been at the cooking sherry, Pseu 😉

  26. bluebee says:

    What a vile man, that PJ!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, ascerbic in the extreme, I think 🙂

  27. nursemyra says:

    Your cake looks amazing

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was lucky to taste it, Myra, and was pleased with the result.

  28. Pretty as a picture. I dig hats, and being from the Midwest, I’m a bit of a rarity. I’m grateful for the red wine knowledge, helps me to decide for tomorrow (Saturday is my restock day, red usually wins unless feeling a bit whimsical) cheers ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cheers, my friend, enjoy *clink*

  29. earlybird says:

    Vive la France! et vive le vin rouge!

    (Another reason why I choose to live here)

    You look just gorgeous in this picture and the one in the following post. Hats are good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, earlybird, salut!

  30. johnlmalone says:

    well I’m on safe grounds then: I love my red wine 🙂

    I did have a heart attack twelve years ago but I attribute that to the fact that I wasn’t drinking enough red wine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chin chin, John 🙂

  31. Gotta love the French and support the theory by drinking Proudly South African. My latest favourite is the very affordable Black Forest by Louis Nel. Retails at around R46/50 per bottle and no I don’t get commission. Try it – he based it on his love for Black Forest cake. It’s a blend of Merlot and Shiraz.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will buy a bottle tomorrow 🙂

  32. adeeyoyo says:

    Wow, that chocolate and CREAM cake is just what the doctor ordered! I am dying for a big slice…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Which I could bake you one, adee 🙂

  33. adinparadise says:

    i love to admire stylish hats on other people, but when wearing one myself, can’t just forget about it and act normally. as my mother used to tell me to. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL. Lovely to see you here 🙂

  34. Red wine is good for your health, c’est vrai ! We have this wine called “Humagne” specially dedicated to women who just had a baby. As for the chapeau, you wear them beautifully and with a touch of class. Don’t believe anyone saying the contrary.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Merci beaucoup, Isa xxx

  35. Tokeloshe says:

    Well done!
    Love your photos!
    It’s wonderful to see so many lovely photos of you too. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love sharing the pics, Tok 🙂

  36. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ditto you on O’Rourke.

    Lovely photos, Cindy, especially nice to see you.

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