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Also, it amuses me that international packages are labelled in English and French. I've got nothing against the French (quality food, socialism and long lunch breaks are OK by me) but how did they get that gig? It's not like /that/ many places speak French (Chinese/English or Spanish/English would be a safer bet for maximum worldwide understandability)

Customs declarations are the same - english/french.. I bet there's History waiting to be learned right there.
16th Jun 2005, 11:14   | tags:,,

Euphro says:

I had a look at your wish list :) Have you read any Charles Stross?

16th Jun 2005, 11:18

Euphro says:

Lush are great :)

16th Jun 2005, 11:21

mat says:

No, never heard of him... Charles Schultz, now that's a different matter...


Wow. He looks like Alan Moore, and it turns out I have read one of his books - The Web Architect's guide. In passing. Many years ago. Sounds pretty good though - hard sci-fi/space opera right up my street. Big Iain M Banks fan right here. My wishlist is massively incomplete, but then it's always going to be.. :)

16th Jun 2005, 11:22

mat says:

Note the Nikon D70 on there. Y'know, just in case anyone fantastically wealthy needs to get rid of some spare cash. Worth a shot... :)

16th Jun 2005, 11:25

Euphro says:

Stross is the biz as far as I'm concerned. I'm straining at the bit waiting for Accelerando (out at the end of the month and pre-ordered). I can highly recommend "Singularity Sky" :)

16th Jun 2005, 11:36

alexis says:

I was thinking about this.... without google's aid, and probably very far off... I was thinking, most places have some english speakers.
however. if you go to some parts of canada... you'll get kicked out of places, or ignored for speaking it. there are areas that have "french only" signs.
so, I can only guess that because canada is very large, and right next to us...although that's only a very tiny part of canada. maybe . hmm. will have to look into this at some point .

16th Jun 2005, 12:23

Helen says:

Well, we still use Norman French in parliamentary bills... do the French still use Norman French in any way?


16th Jun 2005, 23:56

sunnidae says:

I think it all goes back to the American Revolution. :)

17th Jun 2005, 18:34

h4nne5 says:

well if you follow that logic, you should label everything international in chinese and spanish.

21st Jun 2005, 15:47