Tuesday, December 04, 2007

NYT Ed-Op: "The Big Sleep"


Graham Robb writes in the New York Times, Nov. 25, 2007, Ed-Op page from Oxford, England an interesting piece in criticizing the current French government's crackdown on overtime labour with: [Excerpt] "... In the mountains, the tradition of seasonal sloth was ancient and pervasive. “Seven months of winter, five months of hell,” they said in the Alps. When the “hell” of unremitting toil was over, the human beings settled in with their cows and pigs. They lowered their metabolic rate to prevent hunger from exhausting supplies. If someone died during the seven months of winter, the corpse was stored on the roof under a blanket of snow until spring thawed the ground, allowing a grave to be dug and a priest to reach the village. ..." Read more.

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