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Old January 9th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #23681
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Como municipality borders Switzerland through Monte Olimpino, Ponte Chiasso and Sagnino suburbs, so I'd say it counts.

Given that much of the Italian border runs through main Alpine watershed, there aren't many transnational conurbations. Ventimiglia and Menton, though adjacent, are kind of separated by pretty much nothing.
Tirano is very close to the Swiss border, but there's not much on the other side.
Do you perhaps know how many people live on the Swiss side (Chiasso with suburbs)?
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Old January 9th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #23682
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Do you perhaps know how many people live on the Swiss side (Chiasso with suburbs)?
Cant be sure but i'd say not more than 10-15k.

I locked myself out of my home... I'm waiting for the landlord to come with his spare keys... he lives in a town outside Turin...

I think he's gonna raise my rent.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:03 AM   #23683
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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #23684
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Google car in the eye of the other Google car in the wasteland of Australia:

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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #23685
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A good joke:

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing
on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop!
don't do it!"
"Why shouldn't I?" he said.
I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"
He said, "Like what?"
I said, "Well...are you religious or atheist?"
He said, "Religious."
I said, "Me too! Are you christian or buddhist?"
He said,"Christian."
I said, "Me too! Are you catholic or protestant?"
He said, "Protestant."
I said, "Me too! Are you episcopalian or baptist?"
He said, "Baptist!"
I said,"Wow! Me too! Are you baptist church of god or
baptist church of the lord?"
He said, "Baptist church of god!"
I said, "Me too! Are you original baptist church of god,
or are you reformed baptist church of god?"
He said,"Reformed Baptist church of god!"
I said, "Me too! Are you reformed baptist church of god,
reformation of 1879, or reformed baptist church of god,
reformation of 1915?"
He said, "Reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!"
I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off.

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Old January 10th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #23686
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Today was my first day at high school as a teacher. The older students (16+) were all right, were concentrated and seemingly got everything I'd said.

But younger (13 yrs old) were like in hell. First, they laughed at pigeon behind the window for 10 minutes, then a student had to drew an outline of Europe on my demand at blackboard . The rest spent another 10 minutes laughing at his art by comparing it with hippopotamus. It was not funny at all.
A newly-hired teacher of young, raucous children draws a cucumber on the blackboard. She asks the students what it is. A student replies, "a dick!". The teacher runs off crying. Soon, principal comes in and shouts at the particular student, "first you were skipping class and now, and now you draw a dick on the blackboard?!"

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I sort of spent 10 minutes of one of my classes today looking at a pigeon in front of another class window
I once spent some minutes looking at two seagulls standing on the ground during a heavy snowstorm, while in my office

I noted it to my colleagues, and together we spent 10 minutes observing the birds outside window

It seemed the two birds were having an amusing conversation, maybe one said "hey, you said we were going south!" "should have asked for directions!" etc.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #23687
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Google car in the eye of the other Google car in the wasteland of Australia:

http://goo.gl/maps/JQ9Zf
They are together, driving in the same direction.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #23688
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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:53 AM   #23689
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You can see it from Italy or Hungary, no problem.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:04 PM   #23690
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Old January 11th, 2014, 04:50 AM   #23691
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Well I used the sign for a reason. But to be a bit sincere sometimes you have to be very accurate when you refer to a country:
British Isles? Don't think so. Ireland isn't British - vast majority of the people have never wanted it to be and still don't want it to be. What's so hard about saying 'Britain and Ireland' if you want to refer to the two together? It's one extra word.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 05:31 AM   #23692
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The rest of the English-speaking world does in fact use "British Isles" to refer to those islands, whether you like it or not. And they're (we're) not doing it consciously to demean the Irish, just using the language as we learned it. I mean no offense, but saying "what's so hard about saying 'Britain and Ireland'?" is just irrelevant. Language doesn't work that way. A sustained campaign to convince English-speaking people that "British Isles" is offensive to the Irish might, just might, work, if it was kept up for several decades....

Heck, the Irish, Americans, Scots and so on might just as well complain about the very name of the language.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:07 PM   #23693
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We've been talking about this. The thing is that the British isles refers to a "purely geographical" entity while the British Islands refers to a political one.
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http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1978/30
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“British Islands” means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. [1889]
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/.../British-Isles

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British Isles, group of islands off the northwestern coast of Europe. The group consists of two main islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and numerous smaller islands and island groups, including the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Man. Some also include the Channel Islands in this grouping. Although the term British Isles has a long history of common usage, it has become increasingly controversial, especially for some in Ireland who object to its connotation of political and cultural connections between Ireland and the United Kingdom.
And here's the example of Margaret island in Budapest. If you are talking about it "in a geographichal way" it has to be written as Margit-sziget. But if you are referring to the area as a part of District XIII it's Margitsziget.

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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #23694
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We've been talking about this. The thing is that the British isles refers to a "purely geographical" entity while the British Islands refers to a political one.


And here's the example of Margaret island in Budapest. If you are talking about it "in a geographichal way" it has to be written as Margit-sziget. But if you are referring to the area as a part of District XIII it's Margitsziget.

There are many, almost countless examples in whole World. But I would like to correct you. All you mentioned are geographical entities, but some are physical geographical, whereas some human geographical.

It has been common to name islands according cities, or cities according rivers flowing through. Very good examples are Greek islands.

Capital city of Thassos island is Thassos city, Korfu (Kerkyra) on Korfu (Kerkyra), etc.

In Slovakia, we have city called Poprad on River Poprad. Or city called Vysoké Tatry what is mountain range as well. And the fun fact is, that while it is correct to translate range's name to English as "High Tatras", it is not possible in case of city.

New York is city and state as well.

But I must confess, I have not known about the difference between British isles and islands. Here in Slovakia we called it "ostrovy" (islands) in both cases and it is up to certain context whether you have to define which entity you mean. I have thought the notion "isle" refers to "small island", been I wrong?
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The name of the country Luxembourg is Luxemburg in Hungarian but its capitol is still Luxembourg.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 04:10 PM   #23696
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In Friuli near Udine there's a town called Campofomido, where in 1797 was signed the Treaty of Campoformio, that dissolved the Venetian Republic and gave its territory to the Austrian empire.
In southern Friuli there are two rivers called Ausa and Corno. At their confluence near the Adriatic sea there is a big industrial zone called Aussa-Corno and there is the "strada provinciale dell'Aussa-Corno".
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Old January 11th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #23697
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I have thought the notion "isle" refers to "small island", been I wrong?
I think "isle" is just archaic / old way to say island (in French also), but "islet" is a small island (usually like rock that shows up in the water sometimes, even that stupid thing the Japanese and Chinese are arguing about is too big )
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Indeed.
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We've been talking about this. The thing is that the British isles refers to a "purely geographical" entity while the British Islands refers to a political one.


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Always with the caveat that (I'd guess) the vast majority of native speakers of English are unfamiliar with the term "British Islands," which shows up in U.K. legal terminology but not (as far as I know) elsewhere.

(Actually, are "the British Islands" a political entity, or just several political entities - the U.K., the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey - in a particular geographical area of the Commonwealth?)
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