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    Say Congratulations, Only You and The Past Is Past

    Dear teachers,

    could you please help me understand the following description?

    "The mottled surface of the jars [made by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri] in his paintings were overlain with text. The words, which one might well presume would be the oracular stuff of Persian mysticism, were in fact drawn from popular sayings the kind you sometimes find lovingly inscribed on the backs of long-haul trucks, like Say Congratulations, or Only You, or The Past Is Past.

    I've never seen such inscription on trucks? Do you think they are translated into english from Arabic (that is, such trucks are only present in Iran) or are they actually "global"? Also, I cannot catch the meaning of "say congratulations".

    Thank you in advance fo your help,


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    Re: Say Congratulations, Only You and The Past Is Past

    You do see message son the back of some trucks, but could it refer to this sort of truck: ART ON WHEELS PAKISTAN - a set on Flickr

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