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You have to walk carefully through Schiphol to catch this bit of advertising, and it helps not to be British, and to be getting older, rapidly: "microsoft, microsoft, microsoft..." over and over on the softspeaker as you move along those electronic carpets. I thought that kind of advertising was banned years ago, but not in Holland! It's only when you get to the end of the people-mover and the softspeaker becomes a loudspeaker (or maybe I stopped chewing gum just at that point?) that you realize a Dutch-educated-in-England voice is gently coaxing you along with "Watch your step, watch your step, watch your step..." Hmm, which do we really believe?

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