February 20th, 2004

Random Violin

It's (Not) A Joke, Joyce..

Even though it reads like something out of the Molvanian tourist guide, the following is an actual excerpt from a Lonely Planet guide:
"Swimming is forbidden at many Russian beaches because of pollution. Also, they're often pebbly. However, it doesn't matter, as Russians like to stand at the beach to get an all-over tan."
The book also supplies some handy phrases such as "Ya ne gey" (I'm not gay) and "Atyebis!" (Fuck off) as ways to repel would-be suitors. And "First Encounters" in the Dating section includes two pickup line gems- "vam yavna kanstruktivizm" (You clearly appreciate constructivism) and "klassnaya popka!" (Nice bum!) Hmm, yep, I can see either of those working....
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Random Violin

Lying - True or False?

Big debate at work today about lies, the telling of, and Mark reckons that we should be genetically altered so that it is obvious if we tell a lie. Like, we go a funny colour, or our nose grows like Pinocchio. But lying, I assert, serves a useful social function. There are some truths it is safer not to tell. I'm not talking here about lying with malicious intent, or to deliberately deceive. Rather the lies you tell to keep a bit of peace in your life, that can't possibly hurt anyone. If your partner asks, for example, "do these pants make my bum look big?" No, its your big fat arse that makes your bum look big! But saying that is more than your life is worth.
Other lies just grease the wheels a bit. "Yes, of course I'll be glad to do that for you." Even if you're muttering "Drop dead, peasant" under your breath. Or "Gee, you look nice today." ( that's if you're INTO goth subculture. Or maybe the corpse look is the latest trend, and I've simply missed it). These are the lies that keep society functioning. Where would we be without them?
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    Fleetwood Mac - Lies