little OT: Did anyone from Germany receive the Conference

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at
Fri Feb 5 11:05:21 CST 2010

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 11:22 PM, barryb at <barryb at> wrote:
>  Reminds me of an apparently true story here in Italy from the 2nd World War.
> The phone lines to the isle of Sicily were interrupted and the switchboard
> operator reported to his superior officer :- "Signore, the mainland is
> isolated!"

Barry, the same set of circumstances happened in the UK, reportedly in 1939.

"Dense Fog in [the English] Channel: Continent Isolated for Three Days."

I remember hearing this anecdote in my childhood, and I could not see
what was funny about it - seemed to make sense to me, but it sits
strangely on the shoulders of a sea-faring nation.


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