Monday, 27 February 2012

I Have a Boat

We had flown in to Shetland and had planned to fly back, but the weather had other ideas. It was too windy for the plane to land. We were stranded. What do you do when you are unexpectedly stuck in a storm in Lerwick for the day? Of course, You go to the pub. We fell into discussion with a fisherman from Faeroe. He had been an English teacher for a while in Thorshavn but had gone back to the fishing. It paid better. "You know," he said, "there is one phrase that is identical in all the languages around the North Sea."

"what is that?" we asked.

"I have a boat."

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