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To Fly, You Only Need Wings

It's not what you think: I can't tell my airline story yet. Plus, everybody's got one of them. They could be like excuses not to blog. This post is a time machine.

It is the 1990s. Václav Klaus, the survivor (otherwise known as "career politician") of Czech politics has just visited Egypt. Pictures of Klaus on the back of a camel in front of the pyramids adorn the press. The magazine Transition captioned their photo:
CAMELS FROM MOSQUITOES? – Czech Prime Minister Václav Klaus called charges that his wife's appointment to a company board was a possible conflict of interest "making a mountain out of a molehill" – or, in Czech, "making a camel out of a mosquito."

From Transition, 15 March 1995 (vol. 1, no. 3), p. 38.

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Blogger tuckova said . . .

Step 1: Turn mosquito into camel.
Step 2: Fit mosqcamel through eye of needle.
Step 3: You are rich! But that's okay! Enter the kingdom of heaven, you crazy camel driver!

Or something.    

6:38 PM, January 09, 2007

Blogger Hubert said . . .

What is the Czech phrase for the camel/mosquito quote?    

7:02 PM, March 01, 2007

Blogger morskyjezek said . . .

Mosquito is komár and camel is velbloud.

The saying is dělat z komára velblouda, literally "to make a camel from a mosquito."

The surname Komárek, I guess, would mean roughly Mr. Mosquito. :-)    

8:26 PM, March 02, 2007

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