Wednesday, 9 June 2004

If he doesn't fall over first

I can’t resist giving another airing to this very old (and true) story about a meeting in Europe a few years ago. The matter under discussion concerned economic difficulties in northern France, and one of the French delegates announced confidently: “Le problème sera résolu par la sagesse normande”.

Many of those present had no idea why the English delegates dissolved into helpless laughter when the translation came through their headphones: “The problem will be solved by Norman Wisdom”.

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