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July 18th, 2002

Quotes of the day [Jul. 18th, 2002|08:55 am]
Peter Sheil
1. Never tell everything at once.
Ken Venturi, Ken Venturi's Two Great Rules of Life
... and the second one is ... ? *evil grin*

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
Alan Turing
Oh how very, very true ... and he'd never seen Windows

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
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The 20 Most Spoken languages [Jul. 18th, 2002|12:27 pm]
Peter Sheil
OK, I'll tell you all what I think. My data comes from the book "The Power of Babel" by John McWhorter.

The majority of the discussion was on livejournal_uk journal, so look there if you want to see it.

Several of you got very close or all corect on the top 5 and Stephen Booth got all 20 of them all correct - must have read my mind ;)

1. Chinese
There are just so many of them that they win hands down. I am presuming that the different Chinese dialects are all grouped together.
2. English
Including American, Australian and other dialects.
3. Spanish
The language of the future? With their higher birth rates the Spanish speakers are already more common in some areas of the USA and may predoninate one day. Scary thought for some Americans I'm sure.
4. Hindi
Surprised me, but there are several of the languages of the Indian sub-continent on the list.
5. Arabic
Another surprise for me.
6. Bengali
7. Russian
Just so many of them I guess :)
8. Portugese
This high because of their colonies in Africa and S America.
9. Japanese
There is a rumour that it is this high only because of the number of people who learnt it to try and understand the instructions on consumer electronics gadgets :))
10. German
I expected this to be higher - I am euro-centric I guess.
11. French
Same here - with all their colonies (and Canada) I thought they'd be higher.
12. Punjabi
13. Javanese
A surprise - you don't think they are including JavaScript in this do you?
14. Bihari
15. Italian
16. Korean
17. Telugu
I don't even know where this and the following two languages come from. Just call me ignorant :)
18. Tamil
19. Marathi
20. Vietnamese
A surprise for me.

Well it was interesting seeing other people's views. There is, of course, no "right" answer for this as it is changing day by day and it is very dependant on how you actually do the counting. Maybe we could just randomly dial phone numbers and see what language people reply in? *grins and shudders at ending a sentence preposition with*

Peace
peter
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Motorway blues [Jul. 18th, 2002|09:50 pm]
Peter Sheil
A few days ago I saw a bent car at the side of the M3 and a little further along a bend in the central crash barrier where the car had bounced and fortunately stayed on the other side of the road. Tonight there was a 4 car crash a short way ahead of me. it didn't look as if anyone was hurt seriously but there were 2 cars left in the fast lane and 2 others at the side of the road. At the moment I do 100 miles a day - mostly on the M3.

M-way barrier,
Bright, white - shiny new metal.
Yesterday it bent.

Twisted, misshapen,
Curved towards my fast lane
Reflecting a car.

Hard shoulder parking.
A driver reflecting on
Man’s fragility.

Crumpled crumple zone.
Engine seeing setting sun
light in my eyes blinds.
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Last post ... [Jul. 18th, 2002|10:03 pm]
Peter Sheil
Bar bar
bar bar
bar bar barbarbarbar barbar bar
etc.

This will be the last post for a while from me.
I've still got all my packing to do, then it is off to Heathrow in the morning and then a week and a day with Roxanne :) I'll try and check my e-mail at least once during the week but quitre frankly it won't be my top priority ;)

Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes, and Happy birthday to acoolsecretary for Friday.
(hugs) to you all and I'll be back in a while.

Peace
peter
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