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How to kill a conversation with 55% of Maltese stone dead

Ask if he or she has read any good books lately. Only 45% will admit to having read a book, any book, let alone a good one, in the last year. Source . There's a useful primer on Maltese literature here, but I can't say I have read any Maltese authors. However, 28% of Maltese claim to have been to the ballet or the opera, apparently.

One's chances of progressing a conversation from that gambit would stand a greater chance of success if one's target is a Swede - 87% have read something.

Meanwhile, doubtless to the joy of Dutch equity card holders, 58% of Netherlanders claim to have been to the theatre this year, but only 18% of Poles. Apparently, "One of the most original twentieth-century theatre personalities was Tadeusz Kantor, painter, theoretician of drama, stage designer, and playwright, his ideas finding their culmination in the theatre of death and his most recognised production being "Umarła klasa" (Dead Class)". Sounds like a bundle of laughs...

We British types dominate trade in antiques, accounting for 62% of imports by value and 67% of exports by value. Perhaps the old joke about the four antique dealers on a desert island, who despite having one chair between them nevertheless made a living needs reworking.


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