mi_guida: (blackadder - it's french)
Chambre des deputes: He's not the President, he's a very naughty boy!

Senat: Oh no he isn't!

Chambre des deputes: Oh yes he is!


Mac-Mahon: Mwahahahaha! You cannot foil my evil plan! Especially not on the 25th June 1877!
[Waves magic wand and Chambre des deputes dissolves, possibly in a large and entertaining pile of goo]
There! Once you manage to reform yourself, you will bend to my will! Mwahahahaha!

Villagers: [Looking very French in stripy tops and berets]
Not when we have zee powerrr to re-elect them!

[Business – oh now, well, how do we do this – well I think we have to do this voting thing…]

Random woman: Can I join in?

Villagers: NO!

[Continue business]

[Chambre comes back to life looking just as mean as ever]

Chambre des deputes: So! We meet again! What will you do now, hmm?

Mac-Mahon: [Throws hands up in air]
Alright! I accept! I will no longer criticise my ministers who have your support, ever again! They are just too strong and mighty – and to be honest, you’re a bit scary.

Chambre des deputes: Good. Glad to hear it. Now, shall we all go and have coffee – being all French, we don’t know what tea is, do we, mes amis…

[General mutters of ooh-lala, non non non, &c.]
mi_guida: (selfish and secretive)
1) Law is so much easier when I've slept, eaten and am not feeling stinking ill. IN fact, unless really necessary, I just shouldn't even try law in that state.

2) The industrial revolution is to blame for everything. This theory is obviously still a work in progress, but in the last 24 hours I have observed the changes it caused to the economy, to transport, to architecture, to familial structure and family law, and to the French law of obligations, notably contrats/délits (contracts/torts). I shall continue to quietly observe this theory. It is quietly sitting in the corner, thinking no one has noticed that the industrial revolution is responsible for all changes in the last 200 years. I have a periscope and I shall continue to observe it in its blissful ignorance.

3) It has been so long since I've regularly worn trousers that I now find them uncomfortable. I shall have to continue wearing skirts and tights and pretty shoes. What a shame...

4) My handwriting has changed since I've been here. My "1"s now look very French and my cross bars on "7"s are finally justified so that they might be distinguished. Additionally, my "n"s and "m"s are acquiring extra loops. I'm not sure it makes my writing any more legible, but it's very exciting.

5) Boiled eggs are not only delicious but also good for you. I must not forget this again.


Sep. 5th, 2006 10:25 am
mi_guida: (elegance in paris)
I'm bored of the debates about whether she was a hunchbacked-dwarf, or had a crooked nose, and whether or not it was all down to charisma. I'm sure she had buckets of charisma, but that's not the point. What is really interesting is our perception of her through the ages - like everything, we obscure history to some degree through the way we look at it and subsequently manipulate it in the retelling. For a single person who is so fascinating, this effect is only magnified.

Interesting article on this here, and I'm sorely tempted to get the book.


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