Daily Archives: 2 November 2011

La barbe !

‘La barbe !’ (‘the beard!’). This is usually said while stroking one’s chin (not sure if it works so well for women, though). It translates as ‘I’m bored’. I have realized only recently that this expression must have grown from meaning that … Continue reading

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Attila the stockbroker

Attila the stockbroker(l’agent de change) and Stalin Having lunch last week in Brighton (Terre-à-Terre) with a dear friend, we got to discussing careers. I maintained that if a child of mine became a stockbroker I would disown them, which seemed to … Continue reading

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