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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-03-16 10:47
Subject: Random fact
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The swan was a favourite symbol of the Empress Josephine. This means that furniture using the swan's neck and wings is easily traceable back to the First Empire.

A chair

The only improvement I can think of to that chair's design is to use swan wings as the arms, instead of plain bars.
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-03-16 11:36
Subject: Fizz goes out of the Champagne market?
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UK consumers drank the same amount of the drink as the US, Germany and Belgium combined, the figures showed. (BBC)

Well, yes. I'm not quite sure why they chose Belgium in that grouping, but if the UK drinks much more Champagne than the US does, that's probably because you can get home grown fizzy stuff in the US (that sometimes calls itself champagne, too), so why import the real stuff? And Germany also has some rather nice froth. If a country wishes to drink fizz, and doesn't grow any appreciable amount, then it'll have to import it. And it's going to import it from nearby countries by preference. Which, for the UK, means France. And by the time you've got to drinking French fizz, you will probably be close to getting Champagne itself.

Belgium, yes, they will have to import, too. But they're a sixth of the British population, so it's to be expected they import less. I wonder how the per-capita figures compare.
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