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The (Swiss) kiss of death

My Swiss relatives were over in Britain for a family occasion last week. It was great to see them, but it once again raised the dread question… how many kisses is the right number? Thanks to my Mum’s fascination with all things Gallic, I was brought up in a house that always seemed to contain

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Crash blossom: police shoot man with knife

I spotted the following link, and its related headline, recently on the Grauniad’s website… and for once, it wasn’t the spelling that made me laugh. Prompting the obvious question… how exactly do you shoot someone with a knife? As a headline, it’s right up there with “Passengers hit by cancelled trains”, “Post Office supervisor charged

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Norwegian newsflash: Santa not dead

It’s fairly normal for many people to feel overworked in the run-up to Christmas – and I should know, being married to a teacher. However, you just know that things have come to a pretty pass when Santa himself succumbs to the strain. Says who? Why, Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper does, that’s who. At least, they

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Baffled? We’ve got your number (plate)

If you live in the UK, you’ll be well aware that it’s one of a number of countries in the world where you can opt to buy a personalised vehicle registration (or ‘vanity’) plate. I’m writing this post because I spotted the above example on the M4 motorway earlier this week. Which prompts the question…

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Dishy Italians on the Tour de France

My wife and I were sitting in front of the telly a few days ago, watching the day’s Tour de France highlights; fairly intently in my case, but with half an eye on the telly in my wife’s case while also writing up some party invitations. She asks, “How do you spell Nibali?”. I spell

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