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Subject: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Gareth
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:38 PM

A spin off from the What has the US of A ever done for us thread

Provided the Welsh Archers with targets.

Provided some delicious Cheese

Given us loaves of Bread you can not fit in to a Supermarket Carrier.

And a provided a European end to the Channel Tunnel.

Other than that - Not a lot.

Gareth

Search for "done for us" threads


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:40 PM

Gave the world ME, you lucky bastards.

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:41 PM

Georges Brassens. And that in itself would be quite sufficient.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Snuffy
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:43 PM

I thought he was Belgian?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:49 PM

I was gonna say the Statue of Liberty, but then French Fries came to mind. Now its a toss up. Jus funnin'.

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:53 PM

LOL! My witty asides bear fruit...

Well...they have given us l'amour! L'amour fantastique!!! Yeah, BABY!!!

They have given us torch singers and cabarets and the Left Bank.

Cyrano De Bergerac and the Three Musketeers! Joan of Arc!

Marvelous disparaging phrases like "perfide Albion!"

Frilly underwear of a most risque sort.

Really dry wine.

An alternative to the bloody boring tedious English stiff upper lip...

A decisive American victory at the Battle of Yorktown.

The Marquis de Lafayette.

And Lepus Rex.

Man, talk about a gifted nation! Vive la France!!!

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Snuffy
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 07:58 PM

or perhaps when have the French ever done for us ?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 08:19 PM

George Brassens a Belgian? No - he was born in Sète, 1921, on the Mediterranean coast and you couldn't get much further than that from Belgium and still be in France.

Here's a site about him.

The best reason I know for learning French. (But they don't teach you his French in schools.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: mg
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:03 PM

lavendar soap


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: mg
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:12 PM

they made American women feel unfashionable because we are always told that a French woman could have 5 pieces of clothing and always look perfect for any occasion.....I could have 500 pieces and still miss the mark. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Fortunato
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:19 PM

Brie. Champagne. Bridget Bardot. Cul de Sac. Coupe De Ville. Cajun accordian, Creole cooking and Quebecois fiddling.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:21 PM

Chateau Neuf Du Pape


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: mg
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:36 PM

wonderful sea salt...hurdy gurdy????probably not...Breton???


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:36 PM

Edith Piaf.

They can keep Bardot, thanks anyway.
I prefer Belmondo and Binoche, but then that's me.

Haute cuisine, nouveau cuisine, etc.

Bastille Day.

Descartes, who thought therefore he was.

Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur.

Marquis de Sade.

Simone de Beauvoir.

Fairy tales.

Debussey.

Some of the most divine Impressionist paintings.

French cologne.

Le Petit Prince.

Braille.

Ballet. Actually, technically ballet was born in the Italian courts, but the first ballet for which a complete score survived, was performed in Paris in 1581.

"We'll always have Paris." (name that film!)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:37 PM

The metric system

The modern european code of justice...

and if those weren't bad enough...

Glow-in-the-dark Muraroa Atoll

Diving opportunities on the Rainbow Warrior


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:41 PM

Via Canada, my Rog and last name "LaFrance!"

Vive la France!


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:41 PM

"Diving opportunities on the Rainbow Warrior"

No shit! LMAO!

I think France has more nukes than any other European nation, IIRC.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: CarolC
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:42 PM

Provided me with some genetic material through my maternal great-grandmother (plus some songs and other cool stuff she taught me when I was little).


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:44 PM

The French kiss?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:52 PM

Louis XIV.

The guillotine.

The first republican revolution in Europe, n'est ce pas?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:01 PM

Yeah then French are some of the ones who still owe the US for WW's one and two.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:20 PM

In spite of the Vichy, the Underground saved a lot of Jews. Plus, all of the above.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: CET
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:26 PM

Wild lavender growing on the side of the road in Provence.

The victory over the All Blacks in World Cup 99.

One of the best Irish bars in the universe: The Quiet Man, rue des Haudriettes, Paris.

The battle of the Foreign Legion against the Afrika Korps at Bir Hakeim (yes, I know, mostly composed of non-Frenchmen, but led by General Leclair)

Charles Trenet

Those incredibly fattening deep fried dough things dipped in sugar that you can buy from street vendors in Paris.

Cassoulet

CET


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:28 PM

Camus, Sartre, Descartes, Merleaux-Ponte', Voltaire, Hugo, Moliere, Rabellais, Manet, Monet, Rodin, David, Debussy and Ravel (and if I misspelled any, please excuse - it's been a few years since college)

Also, lots of words with letters that are either silent or barely hinted at, making non-French-speakers absolutely incapable of saying them without making fools of themselves.

They also gave me my last name, though I have absolutely no idea how many generations back I would have to go to find a full-blooded Frenchman in the family tree.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:29 PM

Troubadour poets.

Chansons de geste.

Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein.

And thank god, the neolyricists to replace the Structuralists.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:34 PM

Well, Don, if the US had joined those wars a little earlier, instead of when their own interests dictated that they could put it off no longer, then there might not have been a need for such "debts". But perhaps we shouldn't get started on all that. Britain had a revolution, and a republic, quite some time before France, of course; though it was called a Commonwealth, and, regrettably, did not last.

I like France, and the French, and lived there for a while. I had a nice time. They didn't invent the hurdygurdy (and it isn't a Breton instrument, though it used to be played there a bit, as it was in many other places) but they did perfect the design when it was fashionable for a while at the French Court. The bellows-blown bagpipes were also developed for the benefit of French aristocrats, and without them we might have neither the Northumbrian nor the Uilleann (Union) pipes. Or, perhaps, some fine traditional songs such as The Outlandish Knight and The Ship in Distress, both of which probably came to Britain from, or via, France.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:35 PM

I forgot one: Marcel Marceau. And I, for one, have not forgiven them for that one.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:41 PM

What country holds the distinction of being the oldest republic in Europe?

San Marino is the oldest republic in Europe, and it is one of the smallest as it occupies only 24 square miles.

That post was intended to be tongue in cheek, Malcolm. Sorry if it didn't work.

Now, who can name the Seven Summits?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:47 PM

BTW, Louis XIV was the longest reigning monarch in modern European history. Just in case anyone was wondering.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:52 PM

Malcolm , you may not be aware of how the US is such a stickler for proper ettiquette. We would have been there earlier but until we were invited, good form required use to stay at home. And then there was the matter of the right clothes, no whites after labor day except for Navy guys. things like that there.


As a total aside: Did we all known that French toast was originally German toast but then came WWI and the name was changed to an ally rather than use the name of an enemy?

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 11:56 PM

OK, so explain Belgian waffles, then!


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:18 AM

Collette, brilliant, if controversial

Gerard de Pardieu(sp)

our own Auxiris who posts wonderful translations of stories AND propagates gorgeous irises

a very sexy, romantic language

and, way back about 5 generations and even farther back to the 1600's, a wee drop of French blood in our lines


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Bert
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:53 AM

Now Ozmacca would have to go and mention the metric system. That alone just about undoes all them other good things.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Don Firth
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 01:48 AM

Je ne sais quoi. . . .

The Peugeot?

Mais, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Edmund Rostand, Edith Piaf, etc., etc. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:29 AM

Loads of Shanties. (even if they can't spell the word)
Snails in Fast Food restaurants.
The glorious British maritime tradition.
Soixant Neuf Du Pape

NOT the Cajun accordian, that came from German influence, later modified with Italian reeds.
And I believe the guillotine was first invented en Anglaterre?
(though not used to such good effect)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:40 AM

French letters?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:44 AM

le condom de monsieur condom.

le leotard de monsieur leo tard



RSVP


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: michaelr
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:58 AM

The actress to put all of Hichtcock's "ice blondes" to shame:

Catherine Deneuve -- too French to be icy.

Francois Truffaut and the other nouveau cinema directors of the 60s.

Musical tie-in: Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, even Maurice Chevalier, who was quite prominent in America.

Confit, Boeuf Bourgignonne, Bouillabaisse, Brioche, Foie Gras, Demiglace, and of course...




UNSURPASSED anywhere in the world -----




C H E E E E S E ! ! !


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 05:27 AM

French letters, French chalk, French leave, French cricket ... but aren't "French" fries Belgian? (Like a ot of famous "French" people!)

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST,Davetnova
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 05:44 AM

Underarm hair


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 05:51 AM

Jacques Tati


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 05:53 AM

Wine
cheese
Those "french tricks" without which our marital duties would be far too Anglo-Saxon.
Agincourt, and the subsequent invention of the whole concept of the "foreign holiday"
Cajun music (of surprisngly little interest to the mainland French, when you consider how much the English like Jamaican and American music).
The Eiffel Tower(when they do "tourist attraction", they do it in style).
Chirac, for being both rude and patronising to Blair.
Villon
An accent which it is great fun to imitate
Frere Jacque
Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau
Giving us the incentive to build boats and learn how to sail them.
Teaching us the invaluable lesson that if you're going to have a war, fight it on their territory, not ours.
Johnny Halliday,Eurotrash and the concept of Culture.
Centimetres, nanomegathingies and all that stuff which is apparently jolly useful.
Films to show in art theatres, particularly those ones where you used to be able to see things that weren't allowed to in Ealing comedies.
Jean-Paul Belmondo and the art of smoking Gsulloises.
Brigitte Bardot.
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot
brigitte Bardot


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 06:05 AM

Flooding the market with disgusting French "Golden Delicious" (false on both counts) apples, while at the same time trying to get the EEC to ban our own (truly delicious) Coxes' Orange Pippins.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Ringer
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 07:47 AM

* Burnt a lot of our sheep-meat (some of it alive, I believe).
* Declined to import our beef, despite getting their wrists slapped by the EU.
* Extended (with German collusion) the life of that vile thing the Common Agricultural Policy.

Anyone ever noticed that the more beer you drink the more objectionable the French get? (Must be my frogophobia, because I've never yet met anyone from France who wasn't perfectly charming.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Peter T.
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 08:34 AM

Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant. What other nation can claim the same? yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:00 AM

The guillotine's origins are a mystery. Yes, there were "pre-guillotine" devices used in both England and Germany, I think.

But with which significant European historical event is the guillotine most famously associated?

Vive la difference.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Catarina
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:14 AM

Well, as far as Portugal is concerned:

The french invaded our country not once, nor twice, but three times and left really bad memories both on their way in and on their way out.

Plus they stole everytinhg they could and smashed what they couldn't take.

They provided a country for us to go to during the sixties, and then treated the portuguese immigrants like shit - but they were not the only ones.

They provided us with a place to dream about - during the fifties, the sixties and most of the seventies all portuguese leftists dreamed of France.

During those same decades, contraceptive pills had to be smugled into Portugal from France. Interesting books too.

Still during those same decades portuguese kids were made to learn french at school - learning english before 7th grade was considered freakish.

They have probably the most expensive books in the world.

They eat snails, for God's sake!!!!

They think of themselves as the guardians of european culture and try their best to make everybody else feel bad about it.

Paris is beautiful, french cheeses are great, french cuisine is YUK!, onion soup is yummy, french notebooks' pages are strangely squared (but I like that) and they must have the most incredibly obnoxious ortographic rules in the world.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Schantieman
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:16 AM

Well, actually, once Golden Delicious are ripe, they turn rather more Golden and are slightly Delicious. Trouble is, they're always sold (like all other fruit) underripe and green - and taste like it!

Court Pendu du Plat, anyone?

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:19 AM

Quebec......... fabulous part of Canada that both defines and divides the nation..never dull, typically French.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: CarolC
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:41 AM

My understanding is that the Golden Delicious apple was first developed in West Virginia, USA...

Apples that originated in West Virginia


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Kim C
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:49 AM

Someone already said it, but I'll say it again.... Victor Hugo.

And in conjunction with Poland, Frederic Chopin.

The palace at Versailles.

The Louvre.

Chevre et pain. (that's goat cheese and bread)

Escargot. They are good. If you like clams & oysters, give escargot a try sometime.

Creme brulee.

Timothy de Montbrun. That won't mean much to anyone outside Nashville.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Catarina
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:58 AM

Jacques Brel - who was belgian, of course.
Marguerite Yourcenar - who was also belgian.
Georges Simenon - and he too was belgian.
Astérix et Obélix - belgian.
Tintin - Guess what? Belgian.
Lucky Luke - As belgian as all the others.
Maybe France doesn't even exist or is just a belgian province?


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From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 10:51 AM

France isn't exactly the only despicable imperial empire though. Portugal didn't exactly distinguish itself heroically in, say, South America, for instance.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: M.Ted
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:08 AM

Rousseau, Voltaire, Montaigne et al--The Encyclopedia, manned flight as well as mechanically powered flight, bureaucracy, "The Balance of Power"--

Also, the French are to be congratulated for creating and maintaining one of the most recognizable of modern nations without ever really settling on a form of government--


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Catarina
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:30 AM

Dear guest, Portugal didn't exactly distinguish itself heroically anywhere. Don't worry, we know that. But the french did invade us, and we NEVER invaded France - well maybe we wanted to, but weren't able, I don't know...
By the way, I forgot one thing: isn't it true that all the babies come from Paris in a tiny basket?


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:44 AM

Sagging off the Yanks and the English and so forth here is fair enough, because there are plenty of them here to chip in. But there aren't many French. So I think it's better to stick to the things we like.

Manon des Sources; Amelie; Francois Villon.


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:45 AM

Slagging off the Yanks and the English and so forth here is fair enough, because there are plenty of them here to chip in. But there aren't many French. So I think it's better to stick to the things we like.

Manon des Sources; Amelie; Francois Villon.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:47 AM

It was a dead heat between Portugal and Spain for most despicable brutality against the orginial inhabitants of America. The French, on the other hand, tended to get along rather well with the Native American tribes, and often adopted their cultural ways and intermarried with them. Sadly, the French colonial government was almost unbelievably corrupt and incompetent. They had one thing going for them...Montcalm. He was a superb general and a true gentleman, constantly hobbled by a corrupt and wretched civilian adminstration that he fought valiantly to protect until his untimely death.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Pied Piper
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:49 AM

Without doubt the most important French contribution to the world is the Bidet a magnificent device, but in not so impressed by those French toilets in which you have to squat to do a No2.


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From: GUEST,John Gray in Oz
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 11:55 AM

The world's longest running losing sequence - when did they last win anything?
The world's greatest act of procrastination - in WWII they couldn't make up their minds whose team they were on.

JG/FME


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Grab
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:07 PM

M Ted - "manned flight and mechanically powered flight"? The Montgolfier brothers were the first European balloonists, yep. First flights of a winged aircraft were Von Lilienthal though, who was a German. And unless I'm *very* mistaken, it was the Wright brothers who were first with powered flight.

What else have the French done for us? Strikes, of every variety. They make Arthur Scargill look like a workaholic...

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:20 PM



World Cup 1998.

(And I think you're getting mixed up with some other country about World War II. Getting defeated isn't the same thing as not knowing what side you're on.)

Bourrés; and Blowzabella's best tunes.


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From: GUEST,John Gray in Oz
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM

Yeah McGrath, you got me on the world cup thing. I was thinking of things of some significance though and a soccor cup doesn't loom large down here in Oz.
I tend to look at the "300" and the Commonwealth forces in Singapore as being defeated whereas the French threw the towel in before the, inevitable, defeat occurred.

JG/FME


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 01:20 PM

And then there is the great Breton musicians like Dan ar Bras, Soïg Siberil, Christian Lemaitre, Ifig Troadec, Jean-Luc Thomas, and so many, many more.


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From: M.Ted
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 01:32 PM

The Wright brothers achievement has to be qualified quite a bit--it is something to along the lines of "first powered, winged, heavier than air" (and even at that, there is another competing claim) as there had been powered balloons around since the 1860's though I cannot remember who--

The French have had a colorful history in aviation, my favorite episode being Leon Gambetta's escape from Paris by balloon during the German siege in 1870 (October 17, if you keep track), which I always thought was the inspiration for the balloon escape in the movie of the Wizard of Oz--


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 01:39 PM

Noone's mentioned the Norman Conquest. For good or ill.


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From: Bill D
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 02:43 PM

immortality for Jerry Lewis?....strange folks, them frogs.

Plaster of Paris? (well, everyone else beat me to the good stuff!)


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From: gnu
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:19 PM

Brigitte Bardot. The only thing that could make her look better is a club.

gnuwholikescodfillets


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From: gnu
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:24 PM

Come to think of it, they did sink that boat with that bunch of tree huggers on it, didn't they ? Whassaname, Greenpiss ? Damn fine bunch a lads ! Mighta saved the Atlantic Salmon if they'da used more TNT.


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From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:33 PM

Look gang, whatever we may owe the French and whatever they have given us, we will always be in their debt for taking Jerry Lewis off our hands (except on Labor Day).

Spaw


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From: boab d
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 03:43 PM

gave the plague to England and killed most of them along with just a few Scots. Well done


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 02:45 AM

The Napoleonic Wars. How many casualties?

The Emperor Maxmilian of Mexico.

The Rainbow Warrior murder.

All based on these wild delusions that they have had any real military capacity since about 1750.

And this is while I'm in a good mood .........


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 09:11 AM

Wasn't there a bloke called Coanda who made the first rocket-powered flight in France some time before the Wrights? He discovered soemthing now called the Coanda (or wall-attachment) effect, whereby a moving fluid (in his case, the rocket exhaust) attaches itself to and adjacent flat surface (in his case, the aircraft fuselage). He made a successful take-off and a successful flight, but ... well, there's enough there for you to work it out!

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Peter T.
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 11:27 AM

I think it is fair to say that the crown for the worst imperial bastards in Western History (I ignore Russia, China, and Japan) was held by the Portugueuse. I would rank Spain second, Belgium third (they started late, but really caught up), and France and Britain a tossup. The British at least stopped the slave trade, virtually single handed, which counts for a lot. The Portugueuse have a virtually unblemished history of miserable doings from 1443 until the 1960s! For sheer longevity alone, they win the prize.



yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: M.Ted
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 12:27 PM

Coanda flew his jet in 1910--not before the Wright Brothers, but thirty years before it was "invented"--He also used the Coanda principle to the design of a "flying saucer" that could take off and land vertically--

He was a Romanian, though he studied in Paris--the French tend to claim as their own anyone who has lived in France and also done something noteworthy--


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From: Irish sergeant
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 04:01 PM

I rather think French is a beautiful language so that.
great wine. Dan Ar Bras. Sophie Marceau, Emmanuelle Beart, Edith Piaf (Damn that woman could sing!) Catherine Deneuve.
   Voltaire, The Curies, Alexandre Dumas (Pere et Fils), and a host of interesting and entertaining politicians.
The line "We'll always have Paris." is from the movie "Casablanca" Humphrey Bogart said it to Ingrid Bergman at the end of the flick. Great movie!! Kindest regards, Neil


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 04:47 PM

Maybe it's better to concentrate on our own bad points, and other people's good points, nationally as well as individually.

It sounds a lot less ugly than doing it the other way round.

Sidney Bechet (who came from the States, but found France a much more welcoming place at that time).


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Just Amy
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 05:02 PM

I was going to say Napoleonic Code but, of course, everyone knows he was a Corsican not French.

Did anyone say - They gave us Vietnam when they were done with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Laurent
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 07:20 PM

Bonjour !

Well, I would like to rectify some mistakes.

Catarina, Asterix and Obelix are French! Only the publisher was Belgian.
René Goscinny was born in Paris. His parents were Jewish emigrants (his father was from Poland, his mother from Ukrainia). He lived for a while in Argentina and in USA before coming back to France. He died 25 years ago (5/11/77)
Uderzo was born in Fisme (France) from Italian emigrants.
They both worked for a Belgian publisher.

Asterix and Obelix are caricature of French people : grousers, undisciplined, inflated with the sense of their own importance, proud of their glorious past story (forgetting all we did wrong…)
I remember my History lessons when I was a kid : there were few heroes :
-        Vercingetorix, the first French resistance fighter (What was France when Cesar created Gaul?);
-        Joan of Arc, treacherously burnt by the English ;
-        Saint Louis (number IX) ;
-        The sly Louis XI ;
-        François I with the castles along the Loire ;
-        Louis XIV and Versailles ;
-        Barras, the teenager who died for Revolution ;
-        Napoleon the Great;
-        Pasteur and thevaccine against rabbies;
-        And the last bu t not least Général de Gaulle.

Dead Horse you're right. A kind of guillotine seems to have been used in England (likewise Germany, Italy and even Persia). Dr Guillotin and a German harpsichord maher, Tobias Schmidt improved(?) the English machine. I'm glad we abolished death punishment in 1981. The guillotine had a lot of juicy names in French slang in the late 19th century and the early 20th. (If someone is interested, I can give some).

Dead Horse: if Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an excellent wine, 69 du pape has a strong sexual connotation!

I don't think Mrs Bardot is a good example of what French people should be. Though she is really concerned by baby seals survival, she is also known for her affinity with French National Front ideas (You know, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the guy who proclaimed that the nazis had good ideas…) Don't touch seagulls but chase out of France African people…

Even if we are proud of Marie Curie (for a lot of youngsters, it's just the name of their school), who was probably one of our best scientist with Pierre her husband, she was born Marya Sklodowska in Warsaw.

Is Napoleon French? You'll have to decide. He was born two years after Corsica joined France.

Some Bretons musician may not regard themselves as French.

Why did nobody mentioned the Lumière brothers who invented cinema, or Georges Melliès who first used visual effects in movies. Louis Pasteur ?

It was quite a long post.

A bientôt!
Laurent


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: M.Ted
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 07:56 PM

Laurent, I was going to mention the Lumière Bros and Mellies myself, if only to disabuse those who believe cinema to be an American invention--by the way Joan of Arc was not French-


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 08:13 PM

I don't think it was Brigitte Bardot's politics that people had in mind.

Surely Charlemagne would have been in that list of approved Fench heroes.

And wash your mouth out, M.Ted. Lorraine was French then and it's French now.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 10:01 PM

Given the fact that Napoleon was Emperor of all France, I would say he was French, without a doubt, regardless where he was born. Sort of like saying that Hitler (born in Austria) was not German to say Napoleon was not French.

France has also given the world some great pastries and other fine cooking.

- LH


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From: DougR
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 10:11 PM

French Onion Soup.

DougR


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From: Duane D.
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 11:54 PM

Chocolate pudding.


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From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 03:25 AM

A vaccine against rabbies? Oy, vay'z mir!!


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Troll
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 08:03 AM

They serve as a marvelous bad example.When it comes to dealing with anyone NOT French that is.
I'm surprised that the rest of the world hasn't finally had enough of surly waiters and rude shopgirls and burned the whole place down. I guess they just can't get together on that anymore than they can get together on anything else, so France is probably safe.
For now.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 08:56 AM

It were them thar filthy swines, the Spanish, that welcomed the (twice) outcast Cadiens into Louisiana that can (possibly) take the credit for Cajun music (not the Cajuns, ignore 'em)(better still, transport 'em to Kent. U.K.)
And although the poor old froggies have been blamed for much destruction in Portugal during the peninsular war, I hazard a guess that us Brits did a fair amount of *liberating* despite Wellingtons orders to the contrary. I have heard somewhere that Portugal are our oldest ally, so what did they do in two world wars? Allied 'emselves to Switzerland, no doubt! At least we know where the French stand, firmly and unequivocally on both sides of the fence.....so there.

(rather like us, really)
Now, lets get at the Dutch!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 03:40 PM

I can't speak for Paris having never been there but I have been to Cannes, Toulon and Marsailles. I found the people generally polite and welcoming.
   Laurent, wasn't there a politician (I think Danton)who referred to the guillotine as "The Lottery of Saint Just"? I was under the assumption tha Joan of Arc was French from Orleans (Hence her being called the "Maid of Orleans")
   I had forgotten about Pasteur. Wasn't there a biologist called LeVosier (The spelling may be off).
   Let us also not forget the great aviators of the early periot of flight. Bleroit, Georges Gunymeyer, Rene Fonck, Raoul Lufberry nad Charles Nungesser (Who may have actually been the first to cross the Atlantic solo. Experts think he became a smoking hole in Nova Scotia.)
   By French law, Napoleon Bonapart was French indeed he spent his life in the French army starting out as an artillery officer. If nothing else he gave British children a bogeyman. (Until JAck the Ripper came along, that is.)Kindest regards, Neil


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 04:10 PM

Jeanne D'Arc was from the Duchy of Lot, which did become a part of France for another couple hundred years--The voices told her to go to France, and, being divine in origin, they knew their geography pretty well--She is called the "Maid of Orleans" because she raised the siege--

... This voice told me, two or three times a
         week, that I must go away and that I must come
         to France; and my father knew nothing of my
         leaving. The voice told me that I should go to
         France and I could no longer stay where I was.
         It told me that I should raise the siege laid
         to the city of Orléans. The voice told me also
         that I should go to Robert de Baudricourt at
         the town of Vaucouleurs, who was the captain
         of the town, and he would provide people to go
         with me. And I replied that I was a poor girl
         who knew neither how to ride4 nor lead in
         war."5


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From: Bert
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 04:26 PM

Pierre Vernier


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Laurent
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 06:53 PM

Joan of Arc (Jehanne Darc) was born in the village of Domrémy-de-Greux (now called Domrémy-la-Pucelle) during the Feast of the Epiphany, Twelfth Night (January 6th), probably in the year 1412. (see for details : http://members.aol.com/hywwebsite/private/joanofarc_domremy.html or http://www.stjoan-center.com/military/stephenr.html). She lived a maid until she was raped in her jail by English soldiers. She is supposed to be a symbol of French national feeling and a symbol of French resistance to English invaders. But the Hundred Years war, was both a feudal and civil war in France. Question her holiness is still a taboo (rumour reports teachers being sacked)… Nevertheless, two of her mates are famous : Lahire (French Jack of Heart) who was an "écorcheurs" (assassins) gang's chief and Gilles de Rais, hanged and burned for murdering (and raping) of many children.

I don't know if "Lottery of Saint-Just" is a true Danton's quotation. He 's known to have told the headsman on the scaffold : "Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing!".

As French, I'm an anglophile (Argh!! do I need to be put away?). You told about rude shopgirls… Yes it's true, even for French people. But I met a rude shopboy in London's tower too. Fortunately, I also met a lot of charming people in England, welcoming the bloody foreigner I am.
I fear we all have a bunch of bad tempered people throughout the world! A relation who worked in London in the sixties (or seventies) told me that n Eastside pubs, there was a note "Forbidden to dogs and French". I think it's time to bury the hatchet.

Steve Parkes, sorry for the double b… Ikh bin eyn Schlemiel! (I hope it is correct Yiddish. I'm a goy. Nobody is perfect!)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 07:18 PM

Guilt by association should never be acceptable. Particularly when, as in the case of Gilles de Rais and Lahire it's to do with things that happen after Jeanne d'Arc had been murdered.

As I've said on another thread, about what the USA has done for us, I'm inclined to think it's maybe rather a pity it wasn't the French rather than the English who came out on top in America in the 18th century.

But to balance that, I think I'd sooner the English had won at the Battle of Hastings.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST,Jane002_wales
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 07:23 PM

Given us an excuse to be xenaphobic - sorry Gareth but its true you are xanaphobic about the french


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Don Firth
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 09:30 PM

Well, there is Louisiana. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 09:44 PM

There have been some criticism of B Bardot's politics in earlier threads. I'd just like to say it wasnt donkey sanctuaries and Le Pen that my right hand was thinking of in 1958.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: GUEST,bdatki
Date: 16 Nov 02 - 12:07 AM

Lavoisier was a well-known chemist.

France had a lot of chemists, Charles, Lavoisier, a few others.


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From: mousethief
Date: 16 Nov 02 - 12:51 PM

Cinco de Mayo by losing to the Mexican army on that date.

Alex


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From: GUEST,wdyat24
Date: 16 Nov 02 - 08:35 PM

Shells fall in and out of a midden over time.

wdyat24


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 05:08 AM

They also gave us good examples of things not to do - like the Terror and the Vichy Government.

Oh, and le Grande Charles ...


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Laurent
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 05:15 AM

French Revolution has been a terrible mess. When Lavoisier was condemned to death in 1794, he was told that Revolution didn't need scientists.


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From: JohnInKansas
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 06:06 AM

William Bouguereau [France, Academic Classicism, b.1825 - d.1905]

Since you've probably not heard of him - biography at:
William Bouguereau (1825-1905)

(First time I really appreciated a Frenchman.)

John


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 06:52 AM

The people that I love to hate gave us a movie called "Amalie". That temporarily excuses their snobbism concerning food and wine. Maybe I don't dislike the French, just the Parisians.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 05:26 AM

I know the French are all right really (please don't quote me on that!), but I like to keep up our British (OK--English) traditions. I'm sure that Antoine de Ceaunes can speak our language perfectly well and only pretends to have that execrable accent. And I'm sure that Jean-Paul Gaultier isn't ... wait a minute, I don't believe that at all!

Steve (another goy, yet)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 05:58 AM

I think it was Mao Tse Tung who, when asked what he thought of the French Revolution, said it was too early to tell yet. Seems a very reasonable thing to say. (And the same would apply to the American Revolution.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 09:27 AM

And the British (bloodless) revolution of 168-whatever?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 03:50 AM

Gave us someone to name chauvinism after!


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From: IanC
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 09:03 AM

Guillotine ... only used in Halifax, England ... From Holinshed (1577) (William Harrison's section entitled "Descriptions of Britain and England")

Witches are hanged, or sometimes burned; but thieves are hanged (as I said before) generally on the gibbet or gallows, saving in Halifax, where they are beheaded after a strange manner, and whereof I find this report. There is and has been of ancient time a law, or rather a custom, at Halifax, that whosoever does commit any felony, and is taken with the same, or confesses the fact upon examination, if it be valued by four constables to amount to the sum of thirteen-pence-halfpenny, he is forthwith beheaded upon one of the next market days (which fall usually upon the Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), or else upon the same day that he is so convicted, if market be then holden. The engine wherewith the execution is done is a square block of wood of the length of four feet and a half, which does ride up and down in a slot, rabbet, or regall, between two pieces of timber, that are framed and set upright, of five yards in height. In the nether end of the sliding block is an axe, keyed or fastened with an iron into the wood, which being drawn up to the top of the frame is there fastened by a wooden pin (with a notch made into the same, after the manner of a Samson's post), unto the midst of which pin also there is a long rope fastened that cometh down among the people, so that, when the offender hath made his confession nd hath laid his neck over the nethermost block, every man there present doth either take hold of the rope (or putteth forth his arm so near to the same as he can get, in token that he is willing to see true justice executed), and, pulling out the pin in this manner, the head-block wherein the axe is fastened doth fall down with such a violence that, if the neck of the transgressor were as big as that of a bull, it should be cut in sunder at a stroke and roll from the body by a huge distance. If it be so that the offender be apprehended for an ox, oxen, sheep, kine, horse, or any such cattle, the self beast or other of the same kind shall have the end of the rope tied somewhere unto them, so that they, being driven, do draw out the pin, whereby the offender is executed. Thus much of Halifax law, which I set down only to shew the custom of that country in this behalf.

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Subject: RE: BS: What have the French ever done for us ?
From: Paddy Plastique
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 09:50 AM

No-one mentioned Serge Gainsbourg... (also reminds me of their simmering anti-semitism, poor Cap'n Dreyfus)
On the plus side, again, General Humbert
Or any of the hundreds of painters
Or any of the legion of film directors (or should that be 'cineastes')
Or the world's best health service
Emile Zola, Honoré de Balzac, Raymond Queneau, Marcel Proust, Gustave Flaubert, Georges Perec, Louis-Ferdinand Céline and volumes & volumes of writers..
Lots & lots of beautiful women and probably even handsome men (but is that not down to all the Italian/Spanish/North African genes about the place?)
L'académie Francaise with its paranaoia regarding English and, semble-t-il, 60 million members (try speaking your schoolboy French to any native..)

Apart from that - the miracle of continuing to be the world's No.1 tourist destination despite the fact that someone translated the American motto: 'The customer is always right' into 'ze customer eez a piece of shite'
Returning to Ireland from here I am taken aback my 1st few days by the lack of surliness and even outright friendliness of people in shops/pubs etc. Granted, Laurent - I agree that it's the same for 'les autochtones' too..
Oh and, they most likely produce so many chemists as they're the biggest shower of hypocondriacs this side of... er .... em... the statue o' liberty


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