"À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
"Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
--Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped
Etymology: from groule, an apprentice who must se grouiller, rush around on errands.
Mais enfin je ne suis pas tout à fait le grouillot de service.
--Anne Baldassari, fired as director of the Picasso Museum, on reports that she might be asked to supervise the hanging of the paintings for the reopening of the Museum.
Private sectorIntermittents du spectacle, or show-biz folks, striking the theater festival of Aurillac. They want to keep their unemployment scheme, which allows them more money for less work than other unemployed.
SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) workers on line from Paris to Beauvais (Ryanair's distant "Paris" airport). (Guess which union!)
In 530 [BCE] their [the Persians'] great king Cyrus died in an aggressive war against a tribal army out east in central Asia beyond the river Oxus. The Greek historian Herodotus claimed to know at least seven Persian versions of Cyrus' death, but the one which he chose to tell had none of the others' solemnity. Cyrus' opponent, he wrote, the tribal queen Tomyris, had taunted him for being "insatiable for blood." When he attacked her army and was killed, she proved her point by filling a bag with blood, hunting for King Cyrus' corpse and stuffing its head into the bag to give it more of the blood it had craved.
--Robin Lane Fox (1946- ), British historian, in The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian (publ. 2006)