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Happy twenty-ten!

Robin Lustig | 17:06 UK time, Thursday, 31 December 2009

Can we agree now? Please? After a decade of two thousand and this, two thousand and that - surely it's time we came to our senses.

It's now 13 long years since I wrote in a newspaper article (The Guardian, 11 November 1997, but not available online, apparently): "The English language counts the centuries in hundreds, not thousands, ten-oh-one, eleven-oh-one, twelve-oh-one, and so on until we get to nineteen-oh-one, twenty-oh-one -- and in due course, twenty-one-oh-one."

So the wretched two-thousand-and-nine at last makes way for the glorious twenty-ten. As I wrote back in 1997: "You probably just about remember the date of the Battle of Hastings. One-thousand-and-sixty-six? Perhaps not. And the date of Queen Victoria's death? One-thousand-nine-hundred-and-one? Of course not."

So that's that, then. The London Olympics? Twenty-twelve. Agreed?

On which note, a happy twenty-ten to you all.


  • 1. At 8:25pm on 31 Dec 2009, voice_germany wrote:

    Let me tell you at this last day of twenty-nine that we all watch "Dinner For One" over here that has been firstly performed in London in nineteen (hundred and) forty-eight.
    As far as I know, you don´t know this very popular, 20-minutes-long TV sketch. It is shown on all German TV channels at the last day of the year since 1972 in the Original English version. It is about the 90th anniversary of a noble Lady, Miss Sophie, and her butler James. He laid out five places as usual at Miss Sophie´s noble dining room.
    In 1963 the North German TV filmed it at a theatre in Hamburg and sold it in more than 20 countries, slo to South Africa and Australia. It has been repeated for more than 230 times in the German TV - a world record that remains unmatched. In 1997 they had more spectators than the annual Chancellor´s speech, in 2003 more than 13 millions spectators.

    The guests of Miss Sophie have all already died - so butler James is supposed to take their places and he drinks after every round of the meal and gets more and more drunk. Therefore Miss Sophie gets the feeling that her honour guests are still alive.
    After every round he says:
    "The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?"
    "The same procedure as eyery year, James!"

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  • 2. At 10:44pm on 31 Dec 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    Robin Lustig~Thanks, and I am sending you a Happy 2010 for all
    of you.....

    =Dennis Junior=

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