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Europe’s Achilles heel; Wanderlunch: We Sent a Guy to Dubai Just to Eat Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Carnival Cheeseburger Pizza and The English Wars

May 10, 2012 10:40 by



We think of Google and Facebook as Web gorillas.  They’ll be around forever. Yet, with the rate that the tech world is moving these days, there are good reasons to think both might be gone completely in 5 – 8 years.  Not bankrupt gone, but MySpace gone.  And there’s some academic theory to back up that view, along with casual observations from recent history.
Amid growing risk of a Greek exit, the euro zone has yet to face up to the task of saving the single currency itself. The respite in the euro crisis lasted a few short months. Now, despite a €130 billion ($169 billion) second bail-out for Greece, a fiscal compact agreed on by the euro-zone leaders in December, and €1 trillion of cheap long-term loans from the European Central Bank, the night terrors are back. How dispiriting that Europe is still so ill-prepared for the ordeal to come.
Pizza Hut’s latest offerings take the humble pizza leaps and bounds away from its modest beginings. How funny, then to read this review from an American foodie who travelled all the way to Dubai to try this excessive offering.
For a long time, many English speakers have felt that the language was going to the dogs. All around them, people were talking about “parameters” and “life styles,” saying “disinterested” when they meant “uninterested,” “fulsome” when they meant “full.” To the pained listeners, it seemed that they were no longer part of this language group. To others, the complainers were fogies and snobs. The usages they objected to were cause not for grief but for celebration. They were pulsings of our linguistic lifeblood, proof that English was large, contained multitude


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