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That was superb writing and a magnificent read, especially for a Sunday while I have little newspapers around. There was a lot to ponder on.

Like Izzy, your lead-in about the State motto's got me thinking. I know this is off-topic to your actual thrust of the discussion, but when I was travelling through the States by car my girlfriend at the time and me were always pondering about the origin of State motto's and how it would reflect on the state we were driving through. It's a delightful distraction.

It is often true that outsiders and emigrants offer an alternative, fresh(er?) perspective to a country than those living in it, so your musings and insights into the clockwork of France are well appreciated.

by Nomad on Sun Jan 29th, 2006 at 08:09:41 AM EST

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