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I can imagine the mile-long queue at the checkout ;)

  • "So, um (looking at nametag), Mandy, what is your favourite colour?"

  • "Well that would be blue, but you know not the kind of blue that you find everywhere, this would be more like a special blue"

  • "That's incredible! Why my favourite colour is purple, isn't that weird?!"

I'm just teasing !!!! I engage in this sort of conversation every day with every grocer, I even come up with really dumb things sometimes, anything really to avoid our interactions being robotic. I wouldn't go as far as asking about a favourite colour, but sometimes I come awfully close to it.
by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Dec 25th, 2005 at 06:58:36 AM EST
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How about "Mandy, your headscarf is of my favourite colour!"?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Dec 25th, 2005 at 07:02:27 AM EST
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Well, if it is Toulouse we're speaking about, wouldn't Alex say something like "hey, your headscarf is the colour they painted the first A380 tailfin..." ... but then again, I think it's unlikely her name would be Mandy.
by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Sun Dec 25th, 2005 at 07:11:06 AM EST
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Dir Santa Klaus,

I no you ar very bisy. I want to get a geft for crismas. I af bin a good boy. Can I get a hedscaf?

ps: Migeru you got a laugh out of me with your comment. This headscarf thing is not going to leave me any time  soon I guess. So I might as well take as many people down with me! So Migeru, come on, admit it ... those 1950s stars with heascarves, or say the one in Thelma in Louise ... don't they look great?

by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Dec 25th, 2005 at 07:14:48 AM EST
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I should stop with the headscarf jokes, really.

But there is a serious point here... Muslims view headscarves a modest dress. With that in mind, I wonder whether a flirtatious remark to a young muslim woman about the colour of her headscarf could be construed as sexual harassment. On the other hand, a large fraction of the heaadscarves one sees around are very colourful, and sometimes patterned - surely a small measure of rebellion against the imposition of "modest" head dress.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Dec 25th, 2005 at 07:34:37 AM EST
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