Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Short Story

If you're on Paris Austerlitz Station (and most likely some others) with time before your train, SNCF have installed some diversions. Not only do they have a piano (like this one, in Paris Montparnasse station), they also have a short story dispensing machine.


Its free, and easy to use - all you need to do is decide how long you want to be reading for and press the corresponding button. I decided that as I had 30 minutes a 5 minute story in French would be more than enough, so pressed that button.


Your story comes out printed on what looks like a high quality cash register roll, a metre (3') long. You will need your reading glasses.

The story I received (one of which apparently there are thousands) was this one (or if you want it in english, this one)

3 comments:

  1. I like that story and the unexpected ending. The machine translation of the French is not too bad, but a bit confusing concerning who's who. The he should be she and vice versa in some places!

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  2. Oh, how wonderful! What an excellent idea!

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  3. We need more of this type of thing in the U.S.!

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