Monday, February 06, 2006

Nothing to pay, seen sideways, make it simple

Receiving a bill, or rather a statement, which tells you there is nothing to pay on your account.

Alan Bennett, writing about some of his favourite paintings, quotes E. M. Forster: "Only what is seen sideways sinks deep".

For a long time I knew of a restaurant called A La Bonne Franquette. It was only the other day that I realized that the phrase meant "simple and without fuss", which is how food should be prepared. That was the belief of Escoffier, who famously advised, faites simple!

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