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Thursday, 23 April 2009

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I was meaning 'striped shirt', of course. Sorry. I was quite in a hurry yesterday morning. Visiting BDFAR before work is not a good idea because I am not really focused and not in the mood for writing the best English I can - I don't pretend to write decent English either.

Thank you for these extra pictures and explanations.
A writer imagined that an elephant could be swallowed by a snake, indeed! He imagines a standing elephant envelopped in a brown snake skin and all you will see apparently is... a brown hat because you can see only the shape of a hat, and you don't know that it is an elephant in a snake! He wants to prove us that what you see is not always the truth (or the reality). It's in 'Le petit prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a very famous tale.

PS: congratualtions on your stripped shirt, they are high fashion this year.

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