Vastgegroeid aan de telefoon/ Stuck to the Telephone (2012)

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Vastgegroeid aan de telefoon/ Stuck to the Telephone (2012)

Postby Andreas » 03 May 2013, 20:18

This short piece appeared in the Flemish newspaper De Standaard. Voltaire's saying is "Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire."

http://www.standaard.be/cnt/DMF20121216_00404169

Vastgegroeid aan de telefoon

17/12/2012 | Theodore Dalrymple

Laatst liet ik mijn mobiele telefoon op de trein liggen en was ik om even ingewikkelde als oninteressante redenen niet in staat om hem meteen te vervangen. Ik schrok ervan hoe overstuur dat mij maakte. Voor ik mijn gsm verloor, zag ik mezelf niet als iemand die vreselijk gehecht was aan of afhankelijk van zijn mobiele telefoon. Ik doe niet mee aan zogenaamde sociale netwerken en het interesseert me weinig wat mijn beste vrienden op dit eigenste ogenblik uitvoeren. En zij hoeven mijn doen en laten niet te kennen. Het lijkt me voor hen en voor mezelf veel interessanter om niet te veel over elkaar te weten. Alles vertellen is de beste manier om een zeurpiet te zijn, zei Voltaire.

Here's a rough translation:

Stuck to the Telephone

Recently I left my mobile telephone on a train and I was unable to replace it right away, for reasons as complicated as they are uninteresting. I was shocked at how upset this made me. Before I lost my cell phone I didn’t see myself as someone terribly attached to or dependent on his mobile telephone. I don’t participate in so-called social networks and I have little interest in what my best friends are doing at this very moment. And they have no need to know what I’m doing. It seems to me much more interesting for them and for me not to know too much about one another. To tell everything is the best way to be an annoying bore, said Voltaire.
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Re: Vastgegroeid aan de telefoon/ Stuck to the Telephone (2012)

Postby Mike » 03 May 2013, 22:57

Was that really all? Sounds like just the incipit.
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