Friday, 18 October 2013

Census 2011 England & Wales

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Blood Groups Worldwide.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Burkina Faso

Monday, 9 September 2013

BBC Shipping Forecast

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Rock Stars then and now !

Celebrity 40 year olds, selfies etc.

Weird Over painting of road signs !

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The 19 fallen Arizona firefighters.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Friday, 28 June 2013

Voyager's travels !

Monday, 24 June 2013

OMG indeed !!!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Lightning strikes the Willis Tower

Lightning strikes the Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, in downtown Chicago on June 12, 2013. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes moved into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Japan Tsunami 2011


Twitter's 'Florida Man' and the Sunshine State's Weirdness : The New Yorker

Adam Gopnik wrote in the Fiction Issue about a new genre of crime thriller that “may have supplanted the L.A.-noir tradition as a paperback mirror of American manners—the fiction of Florida glare.” American manners indeed: this is a literature in which “ ‘South Florida wackos’—all heavily armed, all loquacious, all barely aware of one another’s existence—blunder through petty crime, discover themselves engaged in actual murder, and then move in unconscious unison toward the black comedy of a violent climax.” The setting, in Gopnik’s words, is “a paradise despoiled,” a land where “ambition, appetite, and an absence of memory lay waste to a once exquisitely delicate environment of wetlands and beaches.”

Gopnik identifies Carl Hiaasen, a Florida native and columnist for the Miami Herald, as a master of the genre. Hiaasen himself labels South Florida “Newark with palm trees,” and churns out tales of sleaze and ruin to match. Yet despite his impressive output, Hiaasen’s dark annals of the Sunshine State cannot best the facts on the ground. Twitter—that first exposer of America’s most embarrassing sinkholes—has served up an aggregated feed of the “Florida Man.” The account, which gathers the police blotter’s sickest and strangest, and feels no need to give commentary, gravely underscores Gopnik’s hypothesis of the South Florida wacko. A few samples:

Florida Man Stabs Wife Over Hamburger

Florida Man Busted For Performing Back Alley Butt Injections

Florida Man Arrested For Trying To Force Fiancé To Swallow Engagement Ring.

Florida Man Builds Mini Car For His Pet Parrot.

Florida Man Shoots Himself In Crotch With Flare Gun.

Florida Man Arrested For Giving Wedgies.

There’s also an account for Florida Woman, whom Florida Man sometimes retweets:

Florida Woman Pretended She Was Dying To Get Days Off Work.

Florida Woman Caught Stealing Beef Jerky From Walmart, Blames Bucket List.

Florida Woman Claims To Have Taken “Most Dangerous Selfie Ever.”

You would think that the person behind the “Florida Man” feed, a schemer of some paradise of the broad American imagination, was making these up. But a genuine link to a news report is included with each tweet—each more ludicrous, more damaging to the mind’s facility of comprehension, than the next. So what is it about Florida? Hiaasen has characterized the state’s weirdness as “sort of an amiable depravity” and says that “Florida has always been a magnet for outlaws and scoundrels, and sort of a predatory element.”

Seeking more answers, I asked some Floridians why their home state is so warped, and out came privatization, deregulation, severely high rates of AIDS and homicide, fraud, pervasive artificiality, white-collar corruption in the medical-services industry, a swamp without natives, and Rick Scott. “Florida blends country with gaudy neon lights and mouse ears to produce a streamlined but superficial self-image,” a college friend explained. There’s heat, warmth, and a proximity to water that brings together the reckless young with the arthritic elderly, the wellsprings of vigor and possibility alongside those whose fountains are drying up. He also explained that “the state education system is being gutted like a fish,” and spoke of a childhood acquaintance who allegedly smuggles human body parts between Dubai and Miami. Yet another friend mentioned the state’s startling diversity, the Southern specialty of firearm justice, and the peculiarity of manatees, before throwing up his hands. “You ask a tremendous question,” he wrote, “one that I have thought about ever since I attained self-awareness around sophomore year of high school and one that has refused to yield its secrets. Florida fever is a mystery so large I cannot see past it.”

That last friend wasn’t the only responder to my thought experiment who numbered his theories, an attempt to impose order where there is none. In the noir of Los Angeles, Gopnik postulates, there is a logic that connects disparate elements, but in Florida we have only illogic—the sheer randomness of coincidence. Florida may be our greedy nation’s inferno, where—Gopnik again—“rotating groups of creeps and crooks, pursuing their own greedy ends, bounce into and off one another brutally and unintentionally, billiard balls on a worn green baize.” It’s that randomness that grabs our national curiosity by the throat and won’t let us go. Maybe this is why some of us can’t get enough of “Florida Man”: we never know what hysterical and horrible weirdness is coming next.

Illustration by Leslie Herman.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

NSA leaks put focus on intelligence apparatus’s reliance on outside contractors

The Washington Post

By Robert O’Harrow Jr., Dana Priest and Marjorie Censer,  Published: JUNE 10, 8:55 PM ET
The unprecedented leak of top-secret documents by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden raises far-reaching questions about the government’s rush to outsource intelligence work to contractors since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Never before have so many U.S. intelligence workers been hired so quickly, or been given access to secret government information through networked computers. In recent years, about one in four intelligence workers has been a contractor, and 70 percent or more of the intelligence community’s secret budget has gone to private firms.

Booz Allen Hamilton, which hired the 29-year-old Snowden three months ago to work at the NSA, has been a leader among more than 1,900 firms that have supplied tens of thousands of intelligence analysts in recent years, including technologists and field spies.

But in the rush to fill jobs, the government has relied on faulty procedures to vet intelligence workers, documents and interviews show. At the same time, intelligence agencies have not hired enough in-house government workers to manage and oversee the contractors, contracting specialists said.

On Monday, lawmakers said they will examine Snowden’s hiring and the growing use of private companies for intelligence work.

“We’ll be going over every inch of this,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee who expects confidential briefings on the leak in the next few days. Public hearings are likely as well, he said.

Schiff said the committee long has worried about the cost of outsourcing but now will scrutinize the security risks more closely. “Now I think we’ll be looking that through an entirely different lens,” he said.

Intelligence officials, government auditors and contracting specialists have warned for years that the vulnerability to spies and breaches was rising, along with contracting fraud and abuse.

“When you increase the volume of contractors exponentially but you don’t invest in the personnel necessary to manage and oversee that workforce, your exposure increases,” said Steven Schooner, co-director of the government procurement law program at George Washington University. “This is what happens when you have staggering numbers of people with access to this kind of information.”

The reliance on contractors reflects a major shift toward outsourcing over the past 15 years, in part because of cutbacks in the government agencies and commitment to smaller government by the George W. Bush administration.

Most of the work went to the largest contractors, including Booz Allen Hamilton, which had $5.8 billion in revenue last year. Almost all of Booz Allen’s work was for the government, and nearly a quarter of that was for intelligence agencies.

In the first few years after 2001, when the competition for qualified job candidates was the fiercest, it was not unusual for companies to give signing bonuses of $30,000 or a new car for workers with top-secret security clearances.

By 2010, the overall intelligence budget had grown by 250 percent since 2000. Nowhere was the growth larger than at the NSA. The budget there doubled, as did the physical infrastructure. The hidden Fort Meade complex includes as much square footage as the Pentagon and is surrounded by 112 acres of parking lots, according to military construction documents filed with Howard County. Ten thousand employees are to be added in the next 15 years, according to the plans.

Many of the NSA’s contractors are located in the 285-acre National Business Park, which is connected to the agency by a private road. Booz Allen shares the skyline there with other giants: L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman and SAIC, to name a few.

By the mid-2000s, all of the intelligence agencies had become dependent on private contractors such as Snowden — who says he made $200,000 a year — to perform everything from information technology installation and maintenance to intelligence analysis and agent protection.

Private contractors working for the CIA recruited spies, protected CIA directors, helped snatch suspected extremists off the streets of Italy and even interrogated suspected terrorists in secret prisons aboard.

The Defense Security Service, the agency that grants security clearances to many of the Defense Department’s intelligence agencies, became so overwhelmed with that task that on April 28, 2006, it shut down the clearance process altogether. Its backlog of pending cases had reached 700,000, and it had run out of money to process any more. The government’s solution was to hire more contractors to administer the security clearance reviews.

Over time, the backlog has been dramatically cut. “A long while ago, we were looking at well over a year for even low-level clearances, and the government has gotten it down to roughly four, five, six months,” said Evan Lesser, who founded, a career site that specializes in cleared candidates. “Whether that is at the sake of quality is, I think, surely a debate that could be had.”

By 2011, more than 4.2 million government and contract workers had security clearances, and more than a third of them had top-secret access.

But little has been done to beef up the infrastructure needed to ensure that money is well spent and, more important, to protect the reservoirs of secret information the government is gathering to pursue its battle against terrorism.

A review by the Government Accountability Office in 2009 found that of 3,500 security clearance reviews, almost nine in 10 lacked documentation. Of those, nearly a quarter were still approved. “DOD adjudicators granted clearance eligibility without requesting missing investigative information or fully documenting unresolved issues in 22 percent of DOD’s adjudicative files,” the auditors said.

Glenn Voelz, an Army intelligence officer previously assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, warned in a 2009 essay that “the rapid and largely unplanned integration of many nongovernmental employees into the workforce presents new liabilities that have been largely ignored to this point,” including espionage and counterintelligence.

Among the most aggressive, connected and successful contractors is Snowden’s most recent employer, Booz Allen Hamilton.

The McLean-based Booz Allen has almost 25,000 employees and recorded $5.8 billion in revenue for fiscal 2013, earning $219 million in profit. Its profits have been soaring in recent years. Nearly all of its revenue comes as a result of “strong and longstanding relationships with a diverse group of clients at all levels of the U.S. government,” the company said in a financial filing.

The largest shareholder of the firm is the Carlyle Group, which owns more than two thirds of the shares.

Booz Allen is often referred to as something of a gold standard for intelligence, cybersecurity and other national security issues. It recently described a cutting-edge program this way: “Developing predictive intelligence services that include anticipatory cyber threat solutions, protection, and detection capabilities and the application of social media analytics designed to provide early identification of trends that would otherwise not be possible using after-the-fact analysis of traditional data sources.”

A Booz Allen spokesman declined requests for interviews. In a statement Sunday, the company said: “Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.”

Craig Timberg and Neil Irwin contributed to this report.

Car park skull 'was that of King Richard III' say experts

Car park skull 'was that of King Richard III' say experts - Yahoo! News UK

Richard III remains proved.

Flickr goes down the pan !

Flickr: The Help Forum: [Official topic] Feedback on today’s site changes

Another Yahoo mess to add to all their changes: ending Yahoo Photos forced on to Flickr, now this catastrophe !

Accurate Clock

Physicists construct the most accurate clock the world has ever seen

Watch a Guy Taste-Test EVERY SINGLE Sonic Shake and Slowly Go Mad

Huffington Post

Milkshake madness ? A challenge, Man v. Milkshake !!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Falkland Islands

@FalklandsGov: Beyond the politics - an insider’s look at the Falkland Islands from @51_South Shared via TweetCaster

MSN Messenger closing down.

MSN Messenger closing down.


Robert Moog's 78th birthday celebrated in Google doodle

Keiser Report

Watch "Keiser Report: Twinkies! Finance! Scandal! (3rd Anniversary Edition) (E369)" on YouTube

Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other snacks.

Hostess Brands Liquidation: Twinkie-Maker Seeks Court Permission To Liquidate [UPDATE] - The Huffington Post

How to seduce a French Girl - France in London

Hello fans - How to seduce a French Girl By Wants to stay anonymous 16/11/2010 If I drew up my own list of 'Things to do before you die in France', I would undoubtedly mention 'Going out with a Frenchgirl' as my No. 1. Climbing the Eiffel Tower? Boring ! Visiting the Louvre Museum? Never-ending! If you really want a taste of France, just date a “petite française”. The fact is that if France is a fabulous gastronomic country, it is also a fantastic playground for anyone wanting to play the 'flirting game'. Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Eva Green, Audrey Tautou : between you and me, I am sure you have always wanted to flirt with a French girl, or at least dreamed about kissing one. Well it's time to act. A French guy is going to give you a push in this direction: take his tips and put them to good use! But above all, I would like to thank Monica Ainley – the author of the much-read article 'How to date a Frenchman' - on behalf of all Frenchmen, especially those living in London. In fact, I suggest we put together a Kitty and sign her up immediately to be our head of PR. If you haven't already read it, she manages to puts a positive spin on our "traits". Whereas we were once sleazy, we are now "not afraid of PDAs", we have gone from being chauvinistic to chivalrous... she doesn't just talk us up, she also gives an insight into quite what girls are looking for in a guy. She enabled us – and she should be awarded for that - to flirt with London demoiselles with complete self-confidence. Now, they no longer blush when we fondle them in the underground, nor push paying for restaurant or cinema as if their lives depend on this. Flirting is so simple now. Thank you so much Monica. Nevertheless, however much this article was hilarious and light-hearted, I found that it was dramatically unfair if British guys were not given such useful tips to date a French girl. I am thinking particularly about my former English room-mate who is desperately looking for a Parisian romance. He needs help ! This is why I have decided to share some of my favourite tricks - not all of them, mind, one must keep a competitive advantage – but here are 7 pointers that will make you say: 'Vive la France!'. Johnny Deep netted one. Well done. 1. Flirting in a nightclub As you will not have a lot of French friends who introduce you to 'demoiselles' when you arrive in Paris, your only chance to date a Frenchgirl – unless you have that 'thunderbolt moment' in the oh-so-romantic RER B(French tube) – is to go in a nightclub. But winning a French girl's heart in a nightclub is much more complicated than chatting up a girl in London, where it is admittedly much quicker- then again I suppose in it's not so much a question of "heart" here. First of all, don't worry if other guys stare at you as if you were an alien. They are just sizing you up as a potential rival. Therefore, should you want to dominate the male crowd (indeed it is a kind of competition), you have to respect some basic rules : - Do the opposite of what other guys do. That is to say don't be one of those sleazy guys harassing the girls on the dance-floor, just pretend to dance without ulterior motive (key word here being "pretend")... - Then a small (but polite) chat is welcome so that she does not get the impression you think she's "easy" – the ultimate shame for every French girl -. In this connection, compliments are much appreciated, if not not over the top. Your “craquant” (adorable) accent may help you with this. - A last tip ? Eh, no. Do you expect everything to be handed to you on a plate? This is a competition 'mec' : the ball is in your court. 2. A culture of 'non-dit'. Contrary to the very formal Anglo-Saxon concept of dating (1. we date 2. we kiss 3. we are officially in a relationship 4. it's up to you), French girls are not really keen to define their relationship precisely. So don't be depressed if after 5 or 6 dates, you are not explicitly going out with her: French girls play hard to get. As Corneille wrote in 'Le Cid', 'triumph without peril brings no glory', so think how glorious you will be after! I had been dating French girls for months before I came to understand what they wanted from me, whether they were my girlfriend or just a friend. So patience is the key. The fact is that I do believe French girls are not used to being as straight forward as their British counterparts. Therefore, they don't want you to be too insistent, otherwise you could be branded "clingy" or "overbearing". As you let things evolve naturally, you will become one of the French charmers expert in the language of innuendoes and masters at understanding the unspoken. You will live in a state of uncertainty, getting the impression you are beating around the bush, so to speak, but this can have its amusements. So just make her laugh, and as the great philosopher Rihanna says : 'make [her] feel like [she's] the only girl in the world" (although feel free to forego the singer's current skin-tights leather pants and red hair style). 3. The Rosetta Stone of French girls' language I was visiting the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum when I had this idea : if (British) men are from Mars, and (French) Women are from Venus, would it not be my duty to act as translator ? I definitely love the idea that I could become a sort Champollion of Franco-British dating. The truth is that when you ask a French girl out, her answer will not mean what it is supposed to mean. Let me explain with a fantastic table. When asking.....'Do you want to have a drink / go to the cinema with me?' French Girl's Answer : Translation : No, I'm busy Maybe I don't know, Maybe Yes I don't like bars She wants to go to your place Yes That's done the trick ! No answer Sorry, but she's already dating me. You've got to be quick around here! 4. Gallantry You have no choice : you must be charming and chivalrous. In London, I am always surprised by the look of utter amazement on girls faces as I hold the door for them, or carry their luggage. In France, courtship is a must, you can't behave boorishly. Pull out her chair, pay for the date : it is never over the top if it is sincere. It's not being patronizing, it's called being a gentleman, and this is what French girls want their dates to be. And after 'the date', once you are going out with her (let's be optimistic) : forget all your shyness and your shame because French girls love PDA. So don't hesitate to kiss her in crowded places. An (admittedly stupid) group on Facebook is entitled : 'A true boy would show he loves me by kissing me in front of his friends'. Well, this is exaggerated, but it has been created by a French girl: so at least you can get the idea. 5. Calling One of the biggest difference between French and English girls. French ones actually consider that the more the guy phones, the better. So don't hesitate to max out on your calling credit: it just means you care about her. Just left her after a romantic meeting ? Send her a message. You've not seen her the whole day ? Phone her or you will have to face criticism and reproach – by phone, of course -. I have learned that lesson at my own expense. Don't worry about penning her love notes worthy of Victor Hugo- you can, you will never get bad points for doing that, but the main thing is just to show that you're thinking about her. 6. Lucky Britons French girls tend to love British boys, especially the City banker style who wears a tie and carries a leather briefcase. “Trop la classe!” (He's so classy). Want to be one step ahead of French boys? Then turn your back on Wayne Rooney's casual style and embrace your slim fit suit and a nice pair of brogues. I know it's uncomfortable, but nothing comes from nothing, so just do it. Other grounds for being confident : French girls think your atrocious accent is cute. Even if you speak just the slightest bit of French, you get extra brownie points. For more useful sentences to say, click here. It will definitely impress your French date. 7. Last but not least : Sex The fact is that French girls won't be up for having sex on the first date. They are definitely afraid of being considered "sluts". I do believe that the concept of sexual relationships in France is really still quite sexist. Unfairly enough, should a guy have sex with a girl, then he is a hero. Should it be the girl, then she is a whore. As a consequence, at the risk of disappointing you, you will have to wait...And be aware that were she to say 'yes' on the first night, then it would have only two meanings: Either it's just a one-night stand, are very lucky! In conclusion, you will have to be an all-round 'athlete' to seduce a French girl, and maybe you will be turned down several times before succeeding. But the game is worth the reward, I guarantee it. So just persevere ! And if you can't afford a Eurostar ticket, do not forget that a lot of French girls are living in London. Here are the best places to net one. Bonne Chance ! Top 5 places to date a French Girl : 1. Bisous Club at South Kensington A just opened night club called Bisous, located in South Kensington, next to the lycee français Charles de Gaulle, on Queensberry Place, and a favourite of the french crowd in London. Thursday nights labelled "french kiss at Bisous" are already planned for Francophile Londoners... 2. Hang out in the pubs and bars around the King's and UCL campuses These are the most popular London Universities for French students, the best place to find Erasmus girls looking for a bit of British romance. 3. Any bars near Tottenham Court Road Where most of the halls of residents for the above Erasmus students are... 4. The Builders Arms Pub, off Gloucester Road One of the finest and oldest pubs in West London, it is a bustling, vibrant pub with an eclectic mix of patrons. Much appreciated by French people 5. Médiathèque, French Institute, South Kensington Because there's nothing smoother than chatting up a girl while reading Baudelaire. You may also be interested in the following articles: How to date a Frenchman How to flirt in French COMMENTS: 04/02/2013 - s.pollock-hill said : You forgot flowers! Les fleurs du bonheur (not fleurs du mal!). Choose flowers that match her eyes... To say "I found these poor blue hyacinths who are slightly put to shame by the amazing colour of your blue eyes ( or brown eyes sunflowers, etc).Another tip..never give a French girl white lillies, they are funeral flowers in France, except muget lillies of teh valley in English. Always admire a French girl's accent and gently tease her about how sexy it is. Ask her to say the word "sweetheart" , as a direct translation does not exist in French, Cheri ("dearest" is not the same, and "douce coeur" sounds stupid!) Stephan. 17/01/2013 - z.vastron said : Hey Max, thanks for the fbeceadk.Got a HUGE list of books to read, like 100, but I'm going to add these books to the list, and not just the list but actually read them.Behavior modification and alpha bl, hmm. that sounds pretty interesting.Yeah I'm committed to go out daily. I know I'm progressing. 17/01/2013 - ars said : Hi Quinnlin, I'm a friend of your mom's, too. My daguethr is also in Girl Scouts. She has changed troops three times. Like you, she loves Scouting and is now in a troop with girls who work together very well. I'm glad you stuck it out and found a troop with nice girls. It would have been easy to quit but you kept on. That is great! i hope you have a great Scouting year,Siobhan Wolf 17/01/2013 - biuro said : the principles are the same, thugoh how the principles actually apply to people has minor differences between the sexes: this is why we're on the other site There's also a book on body language written by an ex-FBI agent: `Speed Reading the Body', Joe Navarro. This should help you approach more alpha in your bl. Apply everything you learn from this book always. It becomes second nature also (it has for me).The words, as well as what we telegraph by them, will follow. Again, don't give up! And good luck tho luck has nothing to do with it! 19/12/2012 - 2speakers2 said : FRENCH GIRLS LOVE SEX AND PDA (Public Displays of Affection). 29/11/2012 - sales said : Hi Quinnlin, I read your Mom's blog cos I want to be a special needs teechar when I get out of university and so I feel like I've got to know you and your brother just a teeny bit.Anyway, all I wanted to say is that I am a Girl Guide (Girl Scout) leader in England and I am so so glad you found a troop where the girls are nicer to you! I loved being a Girl Guide and I want every girl to have that chance I wouldn't let the mean girls get away with treating you how they did if you'd been in my troop!Best wishes, Katie xx 21/06/2012 - isaiddoiknowyoushesaidgetlost said : haha this is pretty funny. so is this how low intelligence people get along? logical fallacies(countless generalization in this case), defence mechanisms, and all sorts of psychological traps. good laugh 21/05/2012 - s.pollock-hill said : An extra tip from an Englishman who over many years has had the good fortune to date a few very beautiful French girls! They love the "English Gentleman"..... Opening doors in buildings, walking on the outside of the pavement, helping her on and off with her coat,opening the car door for her to slide into...the passenger seat. (But don't allow her to drive your precious sports car - there is a limit!she will drive on the right!). Oh and keep telling her how sexy her English accent is ( not difficult, as it is usually true!), and lastly always carry a clean linen hankerchief ready for when she cries at romantic or sad movies! Works every time! Bonne Chance! Stephan. 23/02/2012 - sambonumber5 said : I have had a french girlfriend and all these points are helpful and true. But i have a dilemma where i actually have fallen for another french girl, and she complimented on my clothes saying i have style. We danced quite a lot together in this club but sometimes she would dance with other guy friends but she would come back to me and dance more differently and maybe more erotic at times, but only slightly, she also gave me the impression that she is playing hard to get as she shakes her finger whilst laughing. My french friend said that " I think she likes you" but i didnt want to jump ahead. But coming towards the end of the night i asked for her name ( couldn't get her number as i have only just got a phone, after my previous was stolen) and i said "do you think i will see you again?" and she said yes you will see me again and gave me a kiss on each cheek, below my lips, smiled and then kissed my head. Is this normal? And i also find out she also has a bf now so i am now in a bad situation haha! 19/11/2010 - saravandore said : Interesting tips - I write The Happiness Project London and have posted it on our FB page:!/pages/The-Happiness-Project-London/221957293238. Sasha @ The Happiness Project London 17/11/2010 - maud.piquet said : sometimes a No means No..Lots of stereotypes indeed and 'urban' not to say parisian take on things!! 16/11/2010 - jadorvivre said : So many stereotypes! But yes, us French girls do like phone calls indeed;-) Sophie, French woman with an English IT guy, not City type. I found the best British guy of the South-East.