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Michael Schaffer
"Where is the
Boardwalk Hotel?"

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On the NEW FORUM CHANGES topic, Thomas Hauerslev asked for a list of film-tech members sorted by country. Since the vast majority of contributors is Americans, that list can easily be drawn up if all non-American members report here.
I am from Berlin. That is in Germany. Which is in Europe. Which you find if you sail eastward from New York. Over here, we have real beer which tastes like beer.

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Michael Brown
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Hello from Bradford, England. [Smile]

and Bradford Student Cinema (aka The University of Bradford Union Film Society)

Also hailing from Bradford is film-tech member Dick Vaughn.
who works at The National Museum of Photography Film and Television.

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David Stambaugh
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Michael Schaffer:
quote:
Over here, we have real beer which tastes like beer.
When you're here on your vacation, especially if you make it north of California into Oregon or Washington, be sure to check out some of the micro-brewpubs, where you can get some real beer. McMenamins is a good one, with locations throughout the northwest, including 2 here in Eugene. McMenamins [beer]

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Joe Beres
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quote:
Over here, we have real beer which tastes like beer.
Them's fightin' words [Mad]

Well, not really, but there is some really great beer here, but as is often the case with many countries' exports, mostly bad American beer makes its way overseas. There are great microbrews all over the country, many even brewed in the finest German tradition [Wink] Besides, Belgian beer is better than German anyway [Razz]

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Gerard S. Cohen
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Clinking steins, teacher and pupil sing,

Socrates: ...und hat er nich drei ecken?

Plato: Den das iss nich mein hut!

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Stephen Furley
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Croydon, on the southern outskirts of London, England. Croydon was the site of the original Airport for London, until sometime after the war, (the one that ended in 1945).

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Michael Schaffer
"Where is the
Boardwalk Hotel?"

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Actually, my judgement is not based on export beers since I just spent 10 days in California. I was taken to a micro-brewery which was founded by a German immigrant. Still, the "Bavarian" and "Pilsener" beers didn`t taste anything like the originals. Also, a good beer should have a foam topping. It was explained to me that this was not possible in America as people think that "perceived value" is very important.
The good thing however is, since the beers are so light one can have a lot more...
Finally I understood why People from overseas appear to get drunk so qickly when they are here [Wink]
Anyway, the food was great. I didn`t quite understand though why everyone recommended In-N-Out so much. Well, the fries were made from fresh potatoes, that was really good. By the way, French fries are really from Belgium where you find many places which offer freshly fried potato wedges.
I didn`t make it north of Los Angeles, since I liked the San Diego area so much I decided to stay there and explore further the next time.

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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quote:
The good thing however is, since the beers are so light one can have a lot more...

I guess you didn't make it to Canada while you were in North America. [beer]

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Bill Gabel
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Michael

quote:

I didn't quite understand though why everyone recommended In-N-Out
so much.

It's a good fresh burger and the fries are good. Service is good
and the prices were also very good. But [Eek!] , It tastes good
going down, but sometimes around a half hour later [puke] .
Maybe that why they call it In-N-Out [Big Grin] .

[beer] Bill

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Lionel Fouillen
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Belgium.

A small country, northern of France, with about 10 million inhabitants and 3 national languages: French, Dutch and German. I'm in the city of Liège in the french-speaking part. Liège is called Luik in Dutch and Lüttich in German.

I love both Belgian and German beers [Wink] . American beer can be excellent as well: I was on holiday in California in 1998 and drank a few local ones in Laguna Beach. It is true that we have hundreds of (excellent) beers. Despite the fact that Belgians are heavy beer drinkers, projectors are still water-cooled [evil] . Belgium is also famous for its chocolate, especially Godiva here.

The major theatre circuit here is Kinepolis which was founded in the early eighties as a family business and expanded nation-wide then internationally. They have an "all-THX and all-Dolby-Digital" policy (even with several screens for 70mm in most of their multiplexes).

For informative purposes, and no show-off, I will also mention that:

We also have the FORUM, a 3000-seat cinema opened in the older times of silent movies. It has been the property of MGM and stood as one of its 3 European flagship theatres in the thirties (along with the Empire in London and the Gaumont Palace in Paris). Buster Keaton used to personally come over for gala openings of his films, and it also got a huge VistaVision screen in the fifties. Fortunately, this cinema was never split into a multiplex and is now exclusively used as a concert hall and stage theatre.

Also, BARCO (manufacturer of Digital Cinema projector head) is a Belgian company. And regarding Digital Cinema servers, George Lucas chose the EVS system for the digital presentation of AOTC in the Cannes Film Festival. EVS is another Belgian company (headquarters 5 miles away from my home and website here).

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David Favel
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Ashburton, New Zealand

3.8 million people & 40 million sheep, a perverts paradise.

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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quote:
Belgium is also famous for its chocolate, especially Godiva here.

Engineers must like Godiva chocolate. [Smile]

Godiva:

Godiva was a lady who through Coventry did ride,
To show to all the villagers her lovely lily-white hide;
The most observant man of all, an Engineer of course,
Was the only one who noticed that Godiva rode a horse.

Chorus: (sung after every verse, just incase you don't know music)
We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers.
We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers.
So come, so come, so come, so come, so come along with us,
For we don't give a damn for any old man
who don't give a damn for us.

"I've come a long, long way" she said "and I would go as far,
With the man who takes me from this horse and leads me to a bar."
The men who took her from her steed and stood her to a beer,
Were a blurry-eyed surveyor and a drunken Engineer.

My father was a miner from the Northern Malamute,
My mother was a mistress from a house of ill-repute.
They kicked me out at an early age for drinking' all their beer,
Saying "To McMaster, you son-of-a-gun, to be an Engineer!"

The army and the navy boys set out to have some fun,
Down at the tavern where the fiery liquids run,
But all they found were empties for the Engineers had come,
And traded all their instruments for gallon jugs of rum.

Sir Francis Drake and all his ships set out for Calais Bay,
They heard the Spanish Rum fleet was headed out that way,
But the Engineers had beat them by a night and half a day,
And though as drunk as hooligans, you still could hear them say;

An artsie and an Engineer once found a gallon can,
Said the artsie to the Engineer "Outdrink me if you can."
The artsie had three drinks and died, his face was turning green,
But the Engineer kept going, it was only gasoline.

A maiden and an Engineer were sitting in a park,
The Engineer was busy doing research after dark,
The scientific method was a marvel to observe;
While his right hand wrote the figures,
his left hand traced the curves.

On reading Kuma Sutra, they tried Position Nine,
For proving masculinity, it truly was divine,
But the woman soon grew tired and she threw him on his rear,
For he was just an artsie and she an Engineer.

Venus is a statue made entirely of stone,
There's not a fig leaf on her, she's as naked as a bone.
On noticing her arms were broke, an Engineer discoursed;
"She's a busted hunk of concrete and she should be reinforced."

My mother peddles opium, my father's on the dole,
My sister used to walk the streets, but now she's on parole.
My brother owns a restaurant with bedrooms in the rear,
But they won't even talk to me, 'cause I'm an Engineer!

So now you've heard our story and you know we're Engineers.
We love to love each other and we love to drink our beers,
We drink to everyone we see who comes from far and near,
'Cause we're a HELL-OF-A, HELL-OF-A, HELL-OF-A, HELL-OF-A, HELL-OF-AN-ENGINEER!!!

Godiva Historical Note:

For those who must know, in the year 1040 -according to legend - the people of Coventry were suffering from heavy taxes imposed by their lord - Leofric the Dane - in order to finance his battles. Leofric's sympathetic wife, a lovely Saxon named Lady Godiva, was determined to convince him to reduce the taxes. Leofric declared that Lady Godiva was shameless to plead for "the whining serfs"; she responded by saying he would discover how honorable the serfs were. A deal was struck: Lady Godiva would ride unclothed through the streets of the city, “clad in nought but my long tresses," and if the population remained inside shuttered buildings and did not peek at her, their tax burden would be lifted. The following morning she made her famous ride and the citizens of Coventry graciously stayed inside, to spare their benefactor any feelings of shame. Leofric kept his word and reduced the grateful people's taxes. What this has to do with engineers… I have no idea, but it's a great story.

McMaster Engineering Society - mes.mcmaster.ca

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Michael Schaffer
"Where is the
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Belgium is a very nice country indeed. My best friend lives in Aachen just across the border. When I visit him, we usually go on little trips to explore the Belgian side. Liège is a cool city. My absolute favourite however is Antwerp. This is probably one of the coolest places on this planet, as far as night life is concerned. And very nice Flamish architecture too. It is a shame that Belgium was associated with a number of serial killer and child porn scandals a few years ago, but I think that that has also worn off in the meantime.
I like the language diversity too. Flamish/Dutch (how big is the difference between the two?) is very interesting, as it is very close to both German and English. If I listen carefully, I can understand what they say. I flew KLM to Los Angeles, and it was fun trying to figure out what the flight attendants were saying when speaking among themselves.

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Lionel Fouillen
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I've only been to Antwerp by day so I don't know about its nightlife but you must be correct. And Flanders is a beautiful region, much better taken care of by local authorities than Wallonia (our french-speaking part of the country). There isn't a big difference between Flemish and Dutch. They sound similar although Dutch is a language and Flemish is a dialect. However there is a big difference in mentality. As far as I know, the Flemish don't like the Dutch (from Netherlands) very much, as Walloons don't like the French (from France) very much either although we share the same culture. They are bigger countries so they have a big mouth (especially France) and we don't like that.

My parents and I used to live in Aachen when I was a kid because Dad was a school teacher in a Belgian school for the children of Belgian Army in the Aachen garrison. But it was such a long time ago that I cannot remember. I do go to Köln occasionally because my father has friends there and I've already been on holiday in Bayern. My father is very fond of Germany and also went on holiday in Berlin and Sylt.

Regards,
Lionel
[beer]

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Lionel Fouillen
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quote:
Ashburton, New Zealand 3.8 million people & 40 million sheep, a perverts paradise.
[Big Grin]

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