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March 31st, 2008

Vert Anglais Montpellier Quiz Night!

The Vert Anglais, the best bar in Montpellier, France, is having a quiz night Wednesday.

It starts at 9 p.m. - which is also when happy hour starts!

The prize is a bottle of booze!

Arrgh!

So, on Saturday UPS assured me that my bank card would be delivered "before noon" on Monday.

When noon happened and nobody showed up I called up the French office of UPS.

"Oh," the lady said. "When we realized we couldn't do morning delivery we decided to bring it on Tuesday instead."

"Why," I asked.

"Because you requested morning delivery so we assumed that you would not be home," she replied.

"I will be," I said. "This is an important package."

"We will try to get it to you this afternoon," she replied.

Best NY Times Correction Ever

An article on March 16 profiling three sex workers in the wake of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation after revelations that he patronized prostitutes misconstrued how two of the women, identified by the pseudonyms Faith O’Donnell and Sally Anderson, said they earned a living. The resulting misrepresentation of the two women’s work included a headline that referred to them as “high-priced call girls” and a paragraph that said they practiced “the 21st-century version of the oldest profession.”

The reporter who interviewed them, one of two who worked on the article, never explicitly asked the women whether they traded sex for money or were prostitutes, call girls or escorts; he used the term “sex workers,” a term they used themselves that describes strippers and lap dancers as well as prostitutes. Though Ms. Anderson advertises herself as a “dominatrix with a holistic approach,” he did not ask her whether that meant she also performed sex acts for money, nor did he ask Ms. O’Donnell what her work actually was before characterizing it. He and the editors should have explored whether he had determined these things precisely.

After the article was published, both women contacted The Times and said they do not perform sex for money; Ms. O’Donnell refused to be specific about what she does.

My Bank Card Got Here!

Now, to write the angry letter to UPS.

Chuchillian

Since the new Terminal opened at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 300 flights have been canceled and 15,000 pieces of luggage have been lost.

British Airways CEO Willie Walsh commented that the situation "was definitely not British Airways' finest hour."

The British are so cute when they want to clever, aren't they?

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