Twin Towns

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A village in Spain was twinned with another in Greece. The Greek village’s mayor visited his Spanish counterpart and could not believe the splendour of his mansion. How on earth, he asked, could the mayor of a small Spanish village afford such a place?

“Do you see that bridge?” the Spanish mayor explained.“The European Union gave us a grant to build a four-lane bridge. But, by building a single-lane bridge with traffic lights at either end, I could use the money saved to build this house.”

The next year the Spanish mayor visited his Greek counterpart. He was stunned by the Greek mayor’s new house, which had marble floors, gold taps, and exquisite wallpaper.

“How could you possibly afford this?” he asked the Greek mayor. The Greek said: “Do you see that bridge over there?”

The Spaniard replied: “No.”

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