A Bimbo, Re-Defined

...a princess's diary...

mardi, janvier 18, 2005

Strikes in france

Have you all heard of this joke:

A Tale of Two Cows

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM. You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION. You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION. You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION. You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called 'Cowkimon' and market them worldwide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION. You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

A BRITISH CORPORATION. You have two cows. Both are mad.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION. You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

A SWISS CORPORATION. You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION. You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment and high bovine productivity. You have the newsman who reported on the numbers arrested.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION. You have two cows. You worship them.

A MALAYSIAN CORPORATION. You have two cows. You signed a 40-year contract to supply milk at 0.06 per lit. Then midway you raised the price to 0.60 or you cut supply. When the buyer agrees to the new price, you change your mind again and now want 1.20. The buyer decided you can keep the milk and they go look for milk that comes from recycled cows. Your two cows retire together with the PM.

A SINGAPOREAN CORPORATION. You have two cows: One "cow-peh" and one "cow-bu". Both are owned by a government linked corporation.

Yup, so YAY. my first experience of a strike in Paris starts tomorrow. For the past 3 months or so, there are already 2 major strikes. And other small ones.. that is not included in the news.

It is quite fun (as an outsider of course!), my colleague actually saw a strike from his balcony. It is as, we are considered as expats (haha..) we are located in the most expensive ddistrict. In walking distance from the Effiel Tower, hence we get a chance to see more strikes life! hmm.. I wonder if I can get any ppictures for you all.=)

So speaking of the strike tomorrow. it is the strike of the Metro and RER staff. basically like our MRT. So, I guess the buses tomorrow will be very crowded, I guess I will wake up early to avoid the crowd.

*sigh* I miss my dearest country..