Belatedly catching up with the Sunday Times last night, I came across a gem of an article about terrestrial attempts at communication with aliens. Thirty-five years ago, the Voyager was launched into space carrying a “golden plaque” embedded with sounds from the cry of a baby to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” The record also carried greetings in 55 languages, among them the following, translated from the Chinese dialect Amoy:

Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time