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[Jun. 7th, 2004|11:26 pm]
Peter Sheil
Heard on the radio this evening, "There are more English speakers on the Indian sub-continent than there are in Britain and North America combined." Hmmm ... makes you think eh? No idea if it's true of course. Is there anyone from India reading this? If so can you just nip round and count the English speakers. I'll pop around Britain and maybe we can get a few North Americans to split the States and Canada up and do a count there then we can compare the numbers. ;)

I'm just relaxing before bed - with a glass of Tia Maria and ice! Ahhh what luxury.

Work today was quite productive in the end. I produced a swish PowerPoint slide for a presentation of how we are going to organise some work - lots of interconnected boxes and colours and things on different layers. It's taken my skills way past there previous point! The only thing is why oh why does Microsoft put the commands to manipulate things in such counterintuitive places? *rant rant* As always the help functions work perfectly if you know what it is Microsoft calls the different widgets and slightly less helpfully if you are starting out with little or no knowledge. Still I got there in ther end :))

I hope the slide is OK 'cos it will probably be used at various meetings within the company including at the highest level. I'm glad I won't actually be making the presentations although as long as I'm properly briefed for them I tend not to get too worried about those sorts of things. I guess as I'm often dealing with stressed customers the prospect of the company board holds few concerns :)

Was there something else I was going to do prior to my repose? No, I don't think so.

Good night, sleep tight. Hope the heat rash doesn't bite :) (it is so muggy here tonight)
Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2004-06-08 04:55 am (UTC)

Re: English speakers

According to the CIA World Factbook, the US has a population of 290,342,554 (July 2003 est.), Canada is 32,207,113 (July 2003 est.) and the UK 60,094,648 (July 2003 est.) making for a total of:
382,644,315
(ok, not all of them can speak English, but this is our upper limit).

India: 1,049,700,118 (July 2003 est.)

Thus India only needs 37% of the population to speak English to out-weigh the other three. The CIA estimates 59.5% of the over-15s in India can read and write, so about 75% of the literate population need to speak English to beat us.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-08 06:08 am (UTC)

Re: English speakers

Damn you and your logic Tim :P I think my idea of actually going out and counting them is far more betterer than wot your's is :)

Oh and how come you have the CIA World Factbook? Eh? Eh? Mr not-so-secret anymore spy. You slipped up there admitting that :) Mind you isn't that the same book that says Iceland and Ireland are the same place? ;)

*goes off laughing*
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2004-06-08 08:24 am (UTC)

Re: English speakers

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-08 08:48 am (UTC)

Re: English speakers

Oh my God Tim, you've cracked the CIA's web site. ;)

Oh and you notice that they do have Iceland and Ireland the wrong way round?
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2004-06-08 12:38 pm (UTC)

Re: English speakers

Looks fine to me.

Using the drop down menu one can select Iceland or Ireland. I guess they fixed it.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-08 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: English speakers

Erm ... I was kidding :)))

It's a bit like the thing, which I actually managed to get to work once, where you tell someone that the word "gullible" does not actually exist and that if they doubt you they should try looking it up in a dictionary :))

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: ladiorange
2004-06-09 04:24 am (UTC)
tia maria is loverly but i much prefer baileys ~
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