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28 September, 2004

Calm down!

There's a common stereotype that the British have a tendency towards understatement.  Maybe, occasionally, though I don't know whether that's as accurate now as it once might have been.

In my opinion, those with a true gift for moderation are Scandinavians, especially when commenting in the media.  There's a wonderful example in a BBC story today.
Kiruna, in northern Sweden, is experiencing severe subsidence due to iron ore mines beneath the town (city?).  There's a plan to relocate the town centre, which will invove loading entire houses onto trailers.  The town hall will have to go in six pieces.

And the comment from Lena Johansson from the local tourist office?

"Yes, they have to move the town a little bit."

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