Something Fishy...

We see here one of the most modern of technologies in a centuries-old system that delivers fresh fish from here to Paris and beyond.  The machine is actually a computer on a cart with a "caller" who announces the progress of the sale.  The bidders are here from restaurants, markets and distribution chains hoping for the best price on the best fish.  Each bidder has a remote control that raises or lowers his the bid and attaches his name to the sale.  This system has only recently replaced the melodic chant of the "cryer" who shouted our prices and names as the auction progressed.
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