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mhrackin
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Re: Lurgi....
mhrackin   9/3/2014 7:22:27 PM
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  RE: "french letter":  Certainly by me (although I did resort to Google to confirm my ancient memory).  I believe that one goes back to my grandfather's day serving in "the Great War."

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Re: Lurgi....
zeeglen   9/3/2014 7:12:05 PM
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@David I wonder if "french letter" will be understood by our American readers?

Continuing education - I learn something new every day!  Thank goodness for Wikipedia.

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Re: My Apologies
betajet   9/3/2014 7:08:55 PM
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Wonderful book, nothing in common with the movie except for a few character names.

There's a great chapter about poisonous plants and animals, and how the various poisons kill you.  The chapter is called "Slay it with Flowers".

There's also a fun Australian character whose name I've forgotten.  I'll have to re-read it one of these days.

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Re: Sorry to hear...
David Ashton   9/3/2014 5:42:56 PM
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@Max Maureen and I got Business class on a South African Airways flight from Perth to Johannesburg recently (thry could not get the plane's wheelchair in between the business class seats, so we had to stay there.....)  and boy was it nice.  The seats became a bed, and the seat control panel alone had 14 buttons on it.    I dream of winning the lotto and flying business wherever I go....but I can attest that SAA business class is tops!

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Re: Lurgi....
David Ashton   9/3/2014 5:39:52 PM
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@Max...conversation starters.... my sister was at a very staid dinner once at a time when my dad and my other sister were overseas, in France.  They sent us a letter in very bad French (Franglais is probably more accurate.. :-)   Anyway someone asked my sister at the dinner, "How are you sister and your dad doing on their travels?"  and she replied, "Fine, they sent us a french letter the other day!"   After that their table was not so staid.....   but I wonder if "french letter" will be understood by our American readers?

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Re: My Apologies
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 5:36:47 PM
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@David: Tiger Tanaka, the head of the Japanese Secret Service, remonstrates with James Bond for exactly the same thing.

Once you start to think about it, you really cannot argue against it. I know for a fact that I prefer not to keep any of my secretions in my pockets LOL

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Re: My Apologies
David Ashton   9/3/2014 5:34:38 PM
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@Max... In the book version of the James Bond story "You Only Live Twice", Tiger Tanaka, the head of the Japanese Secret Service, remonstrates with James Bond for exactly the same thing.  Owing to the marvel of the internet I can reproduce it verbatim:

There was no handkerchief, only a packet of tissues. (Later, Tiger explained. 'Bondo-san, this Western habit of blowing the nose and carefully wrapping up the result in silk or fine linen and harbouring it in your pocket as if it were something precious!  Would you do the same thing with the other excretions of your body? Exactly! So, if in Japan you wish to blow your nose, perform the act decorously and dispose at once, tidily, of the result.')

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Re: How to Avoid Getting Sick
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 5:11:41 PM
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@mhrackin: Did you get the bundle of "lab photos" I sent you? 

I did, but I haven't had the time to look at them yet -- I'm fighting to stay on top of things -- hopefully I'll be feeling a tad better tomorrow

mhrackin
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Re: How to Avoid Getting Sick
mhrackin   9/3/2014 5:00:13 PM
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I thought after what happened the LAST time you were in ATL you'd never want to come here again....  Did you get the bundle of "lab photos" I sent you?  I think my basement is a contender for the "Bob Pease Memorial Award" for messiest workbenches....

Max The Magnificent
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Re: How to Avoid Getting Sick
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2014 4:15:08 PM
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@mhrackin: I feel compelled to point out that the proper citation is "HOIST by one's own petard...."

Don't make me come over there and spank you! LOL

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