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Quotes of the Day [Aug. 16th, 2004|12:10 pm]
Peter Sheil
It's been a while ... and these made me smile so I thought I'd share :)


Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theismann, Former quarterback

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 1

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
Ellen DeGeneres

From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-08-17 01:58 am (UTC)
Спасибо, Пожалуйста, Березка (also means a birch-tree)

Fountains at Petergof, wide streets in St Petersburg???? maybe in Moscow?

do you speak any foreign language? ;-)

thanks for a compliment
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 04:19 am (UTC)
The first line of that is complete gibberish :) must be Russian eh? You are using characters that, at least with the e-maiil notification on my work PC, are not recognised by me. Lots of upper case Ds with a horizontal line through the middle! I'll try on the LJ site later, but I don't have that open right now.

Erm ... well it must be about 33 years ago when I went so there could easily be some confusion about things :) we stayed in St Petersburg for a week and then went by train overnight to Moscow for another week. Everything was strange and I certainly remember wide streets, but yes it could well have been Moscow. I remember swiming in the sea in the gulf of Finland - bitter but invigorating!

Je parle une petie peu de Francais
Ich sprecke eine zehr klein deutche
I can talk American - from sidewalk to elevator man :)
Erm ... about it :)
[please excuse the spelling errors - I'm even bad at spelling in English :) ]

My French came from school days when I scraped through the 16-year-old's exam in French but it did get stretched in Luxembourg 'cos I had to attend long technical discussions in French. Since the org. was officially bilingual I had to do my best to understand but I checked that I understood what the technical specifications of what they wanted me to do by reviewing what I thought they wanted in English - if they agreed with that and it was wrong then it was their fault for agree with me :)

My German is enough to get around German / Austrian ski resorts ... Zwei bier bitter :) haben zei ein zimmer frei? etc the typical auslander phrases.

Other than that it's just odd words that sometimes come to mind when needed :)

I did find during my four years in Luxembourg that my English got worse :) I was using simpler sentence construction, not using colloquial phrases and a much reduced vocabulary. Some of the guys I worked with had English as their fourth or fifth language! So different from the typical British attitude - if Jonnie Foreigner doesn't understand you then S P E A K S L O W E R A N D LOUDER :)))

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, the first line looks better when I see the comment ... it's proper Russian characters but still .... ah .... dawning light .... that's please, thank you and the tourist shop isn't it?
*light bulb goes off above me then falls over and breaks on my head*
Derrrr :)
Don't worry, things get through eventually :)
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From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-08-17 05:46 am (UTC)
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