Monday, April 03, 2006

Flaunting convention

This is a map of Switzerland that I downloaded illegally. See the little sign in the lower right corner? That makes what I did a copyright infringement, which is explicitly forbidden by the Berne convention. Berne is the capital of Switzerland, located in the middle of the country.

If you look down and to the left of Berne (or southwest if you will), you'll notice another Swiss city called Geneva.


Anonymous nicole said...

Recently I was caught in the middle of raging argument about what exactly was Switzerlands legally observed offical language. There was a feisty Canadian declaring that Canada was offically the only country in the world with two official languages so therefor Switzerland could only have 1 and he said it was French, as he had been in Switzerland and thats what they spoke, his friend said he had been to Switzerland and they spoke Italian . We all argued and drank wine until it didn't matter however I have noticed that every single person I have met from almost any country that doesn't have English as their first language, can speak at least two languages and I am insanely jealous. I don't think most of them understand how lucky they are being brought up in a school system that requires you to learn another language. In New Zealand you are able to take another language when you get to 4th or 5th form , so about 15 or 16 years old.. and even then it's not really a serious option of subjects to take, more like a hobbie. The high school I went to only offered languages for two years so not even until the completion of high school. I can almost understand, we are a small island or group of islands floating in the Pacfic ocean with nothing be English spekaing islands surrounding us but being restricted to one language , I believe, is such a major drawback of living where we do and I hope everyone that grew up in a different enviroment can appreciate what they were born into.

8:03 am  
Anonymous nicole said...

ha.. I should stay away from the internet after the vino tinto.

8:08 am  
Blogger MGL said...

Dear Nicole. Your Canadian friend is a twit. Having more than one official language is the rule rather than the exception, all around the globe. Only some very few countries, such as Iceland, Albania, France, Lithuania and a largish handful of others have only one. There are apprx. 6000 languages, and only about 200 states.

10:38 am  
Anonymous børvisen said...

tiny village somewhere in Africa = 5999 languages

the rest of the world = english

5:29 pm  
Anonymous børvisen said...

Every swiss I have ever met were an arrogant twat. About 40 hits on google confirms this.

5:35 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Actually the rest of the world = Spanish, Mandarin and then English. And that's not counting the universal language of luuurve.

11:10 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Finnmärck, by the way, has three official languages: Finnmärscker, Schminnmärscker and Kváppi.

8:21 am  

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