( published Monday, 3rd December 2001 )

"...He was at the end of his powers. He knew he could not hold for very much longer. The last wave had pushed him back to where he had been drifting already 10 minutes ago. Once more he struggled against the flows, benefitting from a rest in the stormy conditions. Damn, he lost the bag he had been holding, swimming with the other only...He could not give up. So he courageously dived, and luckily pulled the valuable item out of the moving masses. He was fighting for air, and started praying, hoping somebody up there would listen to him..."

Scenes of a Titanic sequel??? Or parts of "Robinson Crusoe II - The Return"?? No, it's Alex trying to make his way through the crowd out of Charing Cross station last Friday afternoon 6pm. I was almost pushed onto the 6.04 Margate service instead of 6.15 Covent Garden "Cafe Nero"...God, Londoners were desperate for their weekend this time. Funny, I cannot remember having seen the same enthusiasm this morning at 6am back to the City !!!

Have a lovely week, and keep smiling...it might be the last nice thing you will remember from this Monday, hehe...


Oldie, but not that baddie:

After digging to a depth of 100 metres last year, Russian scientists found traces of copper wiring dating back 1000 years, and came to the conclusion that Russia had a telephone network one thousand years ago. So as not to be outdone, in the weeks that followed, American scientists dug down 600 feet, and headlines in the US newspapers read: "US scientists have found traces of 2000 year old optical fibres, and have concluded that early Americans had advanced high-tech digital telephones 1000 years earlier than the Russians." One week later, the Irish press reported the following: "After digging as deep as 500 metres, Irish scientists have found absolutely nothing. They have concluded that 5000 years ago the Irish were already using mobile phones."

As usual, flexible joke: French, please use Belgians, Belgians please use Dutch, Dutch please use Luxembourgers, Luxembourgers please use Portuguese, etc