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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have read that the French consider the perma-smile to be a sign of idiocy.
Yet they love Jerry Lewis.....
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, and a French farce would send me running for the hills. Very difficult to figure out those dichotomies....
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't mean to be confrontational - I know that the people who post on here are intelligent, educated and reasonable. However, one of the things that really worries me in this day and age is binary thinking (if you're not with us, you're against us; if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem; Might is right...)

The US, quite correctly in a historical context, prides itself on being the land of the free, the champion of liberty. (BTW wasn't the very Statue of Liberty a gift from the French? Did they not give military aid in the War of Independence?). This being the case, should not the occasional fundamental disagreements on foreign policy between nations with a great deal of shared history be taken respectfully and with good grace?

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sun always shines out of the arse of France imho. SO there. Vive la France. I love them all, especially Tintin, and Monet.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody's mentioned the clowns yet!

Why is French circus so good but their clowns so un-funny???????????????(ok I've only seen Cirque du Soleil)

Is it because they have no sense of humour? Has a French person ever made you laugh? (and I don't mean AT them!) Just curious Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But clowns are never funny. They're there to try and convince you that you can't see the workman pulling down the tight rope of setting up the trapeze.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh ok! good point vs.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like everybody has something against clowns. (Not that i find them funny, but they don't bother me. Mimes now, I love Mimes. Laughing )

Good to see both new and irregular participants in here, Smile Ur-Monkey and Stonemaybe. Very Happy

And some good posts. Yeah HLT, I'm not talking about anything politically official. This stuff probably is fodder for the comedians. Then again, I sometimes wonder how much people rely on comedians for their politics? Wink

dAN's thread just made me wonder how that whole French thing was going. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But clowns are never funny. They're there to try and convince you that you can't see the workman pulling down the tight rope of setting up the trapeze.


Agreed. I don't like clowns either...
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep dreaming HLT. It's still standing. I was there just yesterday. Got some snaps too. I'm sure Cail will enjoy one of them, so I'll post them tonight probably.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was reading somewhere that they took a poll in the UK about which country is considered the most rude and inhospitable, and (surprise!) France won the first place...
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I was treated better that I suspected from my first visit to Paris 17 years ago. But then again, my french has improved a little since then. Either that, or they didn't remember me Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"While Chuck Norris was on holiday in Spain, he ate some bad paella
causing him to take the largest shit known to man. That shit is now
France. "


Yay! I hadn't heard that one! Thank you. Here's my contribution to The Tank, it's all I got:

"Chuck Norris once went to film an episode of Walker: Texas Ranger in France.
They surrendered to him in advance, just in case."
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clowns are evil
the French are rude

combine the two and you get an evil, rude bastard.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waddley Hasselhoff wrote:
High Lord Tolkien wrote:
"While Chuck Norris was on holiday in Spain, he ate some bad paella
causing him to take the largest shit known to man. That shit is now
France. "


Yay! I hadn't heard that one! Thank you. Here's my contribution to The Tank, it's all I got:

"Chuck Norris once went to film an episode of Walker: Texas Ranger in France.
They surrendered to him in advance, just in case."



LOL!
I love those CN snippets.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't mean to be confrontational - I know that the people who post on here are intelligent, educated and reasonable. However, one of the things that really worries me in this day and age is binary thinking (if you're not with us, you're against us; if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem; Might is right...)

The US, quite correctly in a historical context, prides itself on being the land of the free, the champion of liberty. (BTW wasn't the very Statue of Liberty a gift from the French? Did they not give military aid in the War of Independence?). This being the case, should not the occasional fundamental disagreements on foreign policy between nations with a great deal of shared history be taken respectfully and with good grace?

Absolutely.


I'd be pretty sure that the support in the war of independence had more to do with pissing off the English than supporting the Americans.
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I don't mean to be confrontational - I know that the people who post on here are intelligent, educated and reasonable. However, one of the things that really worries me in this day and age is binary thinking (if you're not with us, you're against us; if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem; Might is right...)

The US, quite correctly in a historical context, prides itself on being the land of the free, the champion of liberty. (BTW wasn't the very Statue of Liberty a gift from the French? Did they not give military aid in the War of Independence?). This being the case, should not the occasional fundamental disagreements on foreign policy between nations with a great deal of shared history be taken respectfully and with good grace?

Absolutely.


I'd be pretty sure that the support in the war of independence had more to do with pissing off the English than supporting the Americans.


I agree completely. Unless we were going to hand them some land, I can't figure out any other reason they'd jump in on the weakest side. I doubt it was altruism, any more than any other intervention between nations has ever been 100% altruistic.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course, America took the French side in the Napoleanic Wars. (And how long did the French own chunks of America for?)

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