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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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Journal of Beatnik (493)

Sunday February 13, 2005
08:16 AM

25 Papers

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One of our national secretaries mentioned in a newspaper article that he reads about 25 newspapers each day. First of all, I'd like to say: You're fucking fired!. I don't pay taxes so you can read papers all day. Second. how long does it take to read one newspaper? If it takes about an hour (read a few articles quickly enough, check some headlines, etc). it would take more than one day. He also mentioned he visited a restaurant in Kortrijk occasionally. I too am an occasional visitor of that restaurant. If I ever bump into him over there, I might just ask him.

Vincent, if for one reason or another, you're reading this, it'd better be on your own time!
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  • Reading 2 papers does not take twice the time of reading 1 paper.

    Quite a large proportion of the content is from wireservices - and therefore the same in most (all?) papers. And practice makes you read faster than 1 hour for a newspaper - I read 4 on my way in in the train,m and still have time to spare at the end. One of them is a high-density, reading-intensive one without many pictures, it takes over half an hour, while the 2 free ones (MetroExpress and a look-a-like competitor) take about 5 minutes eac

    • He works for the government! The secretary has no clue what real work is all about :) You know the type.. you've seen people come in at 10, sleep 2 hours, take 2 hour lunch breaks and race past the punch clock at 4.
      • I know. I worked for the goverment for 10 years. When someone asked how many worked at our place, we often answered (truthfully) "Oh, about 25%".

        With many civil servants I would prefer that they read newspapers rather than do harm by doing thier 'real job' ;-)