Still Lost in Translation

More misadventures in English abroad

The sequel to Lost in Translation. But I guess you’d worked that out already.

Still Lost in Translation

More misadventures in English abroad

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The incredible response from readers of the first volume went a long way towards helping write this one. Perhaps my favourite was from Vietnam: ‘The animal, the weapon, the explosives, inflammable and prostitutes aren't allowed in the hotel.' The Sunday Telegraph called it ‘a perfect book for the loo.' People always apologise for saying that about one of my Charlie Croker books. Don't know why - it's the ultimate compliment.


‘As amusing as its predecessor, unashamedly exposing language manglers.' Daily Record

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Rubik's Cube

A Rubik’s cube has more combinations than light travels inches in a century. This is my favourite illustration of how a very small number of factors can produce an absurdly complicated situation. A silly little toy, with only three squares in each of its three dimensions. How can that get complicated? Well, as anyone who's ever tried to solve one just by guessing will tell you, it gets very complicated. The number of possible combinations is 43,252,003,274,489,856,000. Forget billions - that's 43 quintillion and change. (In fact the cube's manufacturers just said ‘billions' in their advertising, figuring that no one would know what a quintillion was. It's a billion billion.) The number of inches light travels in a century, meanwhile, is a mere 37,165,049,856,000,000,000. Or thereabouts.