The scene: two Englishmen sitting in a garden in the South Touraine, each nursing a glass of red wine. It is midsummer and they are enjoying the first time this year they have been able to sit outside comfortably. For the purpose of this exercise we will call them Alex and Simon.
So. Light switches...
Don't get me started on light switches
But which way is on?
In this household, the English way.
But which way is that? It's been so long since I have had a light switch I can't remember which way up they should go.
With a push switch you push the bottom for on and the
top for off. The French do it the other way.
We had a heated discussion with Stéphane the other day when we put our first switch in because I was sure he was doing it the wrong way and he was adamant he was right.
To a Frenchman, this light would be on
Now we have a little dilemma - do we conform to the French norm, or do we maintain our Anglo (and Australian) independence?