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Walking back, possibly to happiness, but definitely to Bratislava

And the somewhat pointless Euro press releases just keep on coming. Brussels has decided to revisit 2002 and 2005 surveys on physical activity.

Asked 'In the last 7 days how many times did you walk for at least 10 minutes?', the Slovaks made the greatest use of Shanks' pony (or else felt the greatest need to exaggerate), claiming 137.3 minutes walking time per week, whereas Cypriot, Maltese and Portuguese pavements are the least battered at 28.6 minutes per week.

While, to quote Steven Wright, everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time, the Maltese do seem a tad slovenly given that one could get from Valetta to anywhere else on the island without covering more than about 12 miles.


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Blogger Mountjoy said... 1:14 pm

What about the Iranians? :-)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:18 pm

I believe the Persians are sitting this one out....  

Blogger Sir James Robison said... 1:38 pm

A deeply satisfying mire of nincompoopedness from which to blog.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:27 pm

James - it most certainly is. There is a particularly silly survey I will get my teeth into tomorrow (probably) , but work interferes and one does not want to inflict EU-overload on one's readers.  

Anonymous nomad said... 3:40 pm

Were I to be asked that question, my reply would be that I have no idea. Who keeps tabs on the number of times they walk and for how long, especially over 7 days? But all this does go some way to explaining why it is so blasted expensive to belong to this loony club.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:09 pm

Be fair to the Maltese! Have you ever been there? Some of those hills are practically perpendicular. The only flat part of the island is the streets and squares around the water. The rest of it is hellish to walk around. (But it's wonderful!)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:14 pm

I have never been there, no.

I suspect that there is a really bad pun revolving around Maltese crossers to be had though.  

Anonymous nomad said... 3:37 am

Probably like most of the rest of us, the only Maltese pun/joke I know is: How do you make a Maltese Cross? Answer: Poke him in the eye.

There was also something similar about brown balls and Maltesers, but I won't go into that here.  

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