French Invasion
( published Friday, 30th November 2001 )

Hi guys,

Have you seen "Amelie" yet, as I advised you to do a couple of months ago??? Hmm? Hurry up, otherwise you will see the movie win an Oscar for best foreign movie, or even for best movie in April next year, and you'll feel you've missed something, and you'll want to go and see it then, like millions of other people, etc...It's how our society works.

Reminds me of Ricky Martin, who sang his famous song "Maria" for over 3 years across the world: first in South America, 6 months later in Spain, then 1 year later in Europe, then again 6 months later in the States.

Or Lou Bega, who made a big hit all across Europe with his famous "Mambo number 5"...When he was number 1 in at least 10 countries of Europe, no CD shop had even heard his name in London. 6 months later no London night club without his famous tune. Weird, isn't it? Especially because 1 1/2 years earlier his music was used for a famous Guiness advert in England ( "remember the old swimmer racing against the barman, who's serving a beer??" ).

You Brits, remember this one, Alizee will come to threaten you in January. Alizee is French, 15 years old, she was singing France's major summer hit "Lolita" this year. From January onwards it will be England's turn to hear the young lady ( sorry, don't know if it will be in French or English ).

Have a nice weekend


Five cannibals get appointed as programmers in an IT company. During the welcoming ceremony the boss says: "You're all part of our team now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the company canteen for something to eat. So don't trouble the other employees." The cannibals promise not to trouble the other employees. Four weeks later the boss returns and says: "You're all working very hard, and I'm very satisfied with all of you. One of our cleaners has disappeared however. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The cannibals disavow all knowledge of the missing cleaner. After the boss has left, the leader of the cannibals says to the others: "Which of you idiots ate the cleaner?" A hand raises hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals says: "You fool! For four weeks we've been eating Team Leaders, Managers, and Project Managers so no-one would notice anything, and you have to go and eat the cleaner!"