Thursday, March 25, 2010

Compare the meercat

Half the people who ask me where I was last week seem to think I'm saying Slovenia when I enunciate Cervinia. If they subsequently accept that I skied from Slovenia into Switzerland one afternoon I make a mental note to include them in my five vegetables per day and move on.

It reminds me of an exchange when Carlo, our instructor, was trying to establish his group's names.

Carlo: ... and your name is?
Sean: Sean.
Carlo: John?
Sean: No Sean.
Irene (in a beguiling Irish lilt): Is it Shaun S H A U N?
Sean: No it's just Sean. (suddenly inspired) Like Sean Connery.
Carlo (the clouds lift): Ahhhh ...... JOHN Connery.
Sean (resigned): Yeah

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