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I know a smattering of French, can say hello in German and Japanese and know a few words of Spanish.

I also studied Russian up to A level - our school was one of the few which gave that option. We had to sit a test in Swedish towards the end of first year of school. They gave you a few Swedish words, then gave you some sentences and asked you to translate. Those who did well got to do German, those who did really well got to do Russian.

So, I ended up doing Russian, but not French. Long story.

Oh, and I can also say 'there is the cat' in Finnish. Mate at uni had a Finnish girlfriend, who had a Teach Yourself Finnish book, which, bizarrely, was entirely in Finnish.
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Kenneth Branagh. Or Eddie Izzard.
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Me: How in the name of the sweet baby jeebus I ended up in this situation, followed closely by 'how do I get out of here?'


Monty: I'd like to look up Molly's phone number, as I lost my cellphone. And she can get me out of here. *grin*

Molly: I'd like to know how the CIA/FBI/KGB/MI5 etc managed to track me back through the three dozen anonymous network links I used to get into the master database. Half of which belong to them in the first place.
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McCoy's Coffee, in Leeds.

My first real experience of a 'proper' coffee shop, dating back to the early nineties - before the days of the ubiquitous Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero.

McCoy's occupied what is now Costa Coffee on Albion Place in Leeds. They were an independent (as far as I know) and had an actual coffee roasting machine by the door as you walked in, and if you timed it right so they were roasting a batch the smell was just *heavenly*.

*blisses out on memory*

Huge cups for your cappucinos, friendly staff who would happily chat to you about coffee, nommy biscotti. And freshly roasted beans, obviously.

Basically, [livejournal.com profile] dakegra heaven. I still have two of their large mugs at home - tall, skinnier than those in Starbucks, with big handles. I miss them, and if I were to open a coffee shop, it would be like that.

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