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by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:19:25 PM EST
BBC NEWS | Europe | Le Pen sells party HQ to Chinese

France's anti-immigrant party, the National Front, is selling its headquarters to a Chinese university, according to the party leader.

Jean-Marie Le Pen has confirmed that the party base has been purchased by a Shanghai university.

Mr Le Pen, 79, has campaigned to become president several times under the slogan "Keep France for the French".

But his party faces growing financial difficulties. It has already sold its bullet-proof car on eBay.

The party has a total debt of some 9m euros ($13.4m; £7m), according to French newspaper Le Monde, partly due to a poor showing in the 2007 legislative elections which meant it had to cover its own campaign costs.

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:20:22 PM EST
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This is beautiful in a way.
by paving on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 04:39:51 PM EST
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In a way only, unfortunately, since it came about by Sarkozy taking over Le Pen's voter base.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:34:55 AM EST
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His voter base and his policies, indeed.

But I think the beauty referred to was not so much the sale as the sale to Chinese people, ie foreigners who look distinctly non-European.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 07:41:58 AM EST
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This afternoon, my fast train for Budapest was a quarter hour late, so Ireserved a place on the IC following it. Which was also late, so no time won... what's more, we had an unscheduled halt at a station, and waited 40 minutes: single-track emergency traffic ahead.

Going on the wrong track, I saw the reason: at our next scheduled stop, there was the fast train I didtched, and under its last car, a black bag covering both sides of the rail.

English talks of suicide victims, but I am thinking of those jumping ahead of trains as suicide culprits. I grumbled to myself. But this may have been an accident.

At home, I read that the driver of that fast train only noticed the corpse, s/he must have been ran over by the preceding freight train.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:34:28 PM EST
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I'm 65 this very day. I celebrated with my daughters and close friends with a crayfish party on the patio.

I am not retiring. Yet.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:22:01 PM EST
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Happy birthday!

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:24:23 PM EST
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Happy Birthday Sven!!! and of course 65 is the best age to really get started. So have fun!
by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:25:24 PM EST
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Even my sister in London hasn't called me yet! But she is an artist - I'll get a wonderful handmade card from a 73 year old a week from now. I've got used to this after 65 years ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:29:41 PM EST
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Bon Anniversaire, mon vieux !

We'll celebrate it with a bottle of Caol Ila in September...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:41:33 PM EST
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Mon ami - kiitos!

I am just planning how I get from Helsinki to London, the Eurostar to Paris, and down to Aix ( I will see you in Paris, but we could travel south together- if you return after ET).

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:51:17 PM EST
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That's exactly the idea I had!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:19:44 PM EST
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;-)

But is the journey long enough to solve the world's problems?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:24:49 PM EST
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We can travel back and forth until we have finished to solve them...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:41:30 PM EST
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D'accord!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:45:43 PM EST
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Now that you guys have accomplished the unaccomplishable-ness, let it be known that i have also hoisted a few cl of Caol Ila on the accomplished 65 years.  S'lante, Sven!  May we meet in good health amid ET flowers!

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 07:32:26 PM EST
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Happy bithday Sven. I'm heading towards Lyon after Paris. fancy a lift ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:36:03 PM EST
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That would be great and fun, Helen. Super in fact. It's up to The Man From Lyon.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:47:26 PM EST
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It's a good idea!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 03:48:09 AM EST
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Happy birthday Sven!
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:33:03 PM EST
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Happy Svenday!
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:45:14 PM EST
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Congrats.  Enjoy!  I presume you have options, are any of them new?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 07:41:36 PM EST
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Happy Birthday Sven.

Retiring? Pish-posh. That's for old folks.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 08:00:56 PM EST
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congrats sven!

and thanks for your many irreverent contributions to ET through the years...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 08:27:22 PM EST
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Many paddly returns, me duck!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:37:23 AM EST
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NSFW (Hey, it's what came up on top when I googled you tube sto lat) Anyways, Sto lat i wszystkiego najlepszego. My mom's turning 65 this fall; she decided to have the New York marathon as her birthday present. That's one way of giving your kid an inferiority complex, what's yours?
by MarekNYC on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:51:38 AM EST
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Happy birthday Sven!
All the best!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 04:55:26 AM EST
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How did I miss this lasgt night?

Happy Birthday.

(somehow I just don't see you as the retiring type) ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:05:03 AM EST
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If retirement from is the same as retirement to, what could be better?

Joyeux Anniversaire! Hope to see you in Amsterdam at IBC.


Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:22:50 AM EST
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Mammon bless these Tubes! I have found it possible over the last few years to continue business from the comfort of my home. So there is really no change. ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:32:46 AM EST
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of course I meant retiring as in "Shy and retiring" ;-)

having watched my father, retirement looks like far too much hard work.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 08:13:00 AM EST
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http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/28885

Scientists in South Africa have detected radio signals from beyond the solar system for the first time - prompting a wave of excitement over who, or what, might have sent it. The signal is the most significant of its kind since radio telescopes started operating in the 1960s.


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 02:18:25 AM EST
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Unfortunately...

On the evening of 28th July 2008, at 21h14 local time the Indlebe Radio Telescope, situated on the Steve Biko campus of the Durban University of Technology, successfully detected its first radio source from beyond the solar system. A strong source was detected from Sagittarius A, the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, approximately 30 thousand light years away.

It should be noted that this is not an intelligent source, i.e. it is not a source that could be considered as having been transmitted by alien intelligence. Furthermore, it is certainly not a new discovery. The electromagnetic radiation emanating from Sagittarius A is well documented and an entirely natural phenomenon. A similar signal, although of a much larger magnitude, would be received by simply pointing the telescope at the Sun.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:55:10 AM EST
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Yahhh...It sounded so good...all tho "30 thousand light years away"...so desperate...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 08:34:41 AM EST
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