04 Mar 07
"Look out, he's got the tweezers"
This story, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6415531.stm
, reminded me of a segment of Ricky Gervais stand-up show Animals. Excerpt from bbc.co.uk:
“A 171-strong Swiss company got two kilometres into its neighbour [Lichtenstein, my note] before realising the mistake and heading back.
Liechtenstein authorities made light of the intrusion, saying they only knew about it when the Swiss told them.
In 1985, the Swiss had to pay Liechtenstein compensation when rockets fired by its army went astray and set a forest ablaze.”
This could only add to the flame. It all seems so antiquated, medieval. A small continental principality, demanding gold for a burned-down forest.
And what is Lichtenstein anyway? I don't want to seem arrogant, but I don't seem to recall getting any fan mail from Lichtenstein. So I can't help it.
Reading tip for more about continental squabbles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kohlhaas
I'll return sans cynicism tomorrow.
written by Mattias
It's spelled Liechtenstein. The band is probably more interesting than the country, though.
posted by Mattias (other)
I regret writing this.
posted by Mattias