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 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

1) "In seedy restaurants [in England] blowsy waitresses serve chemically indoctrinated baked beans force-landed on soggy toast - and the unholy customers love it..."

(Cassandra, Daily Mirror, 12/2/55)
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That Cassandra was a miserable old sod, gives us soft southerners a bad name. And you don't have beans on toast in any kind of restaurant, you have it in a café (pronounced caf), with baked jam roll & custard for pud. I went to enough of them when I used to accompany my lorry driver dad in the sixties.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"I hardly know any annoyance so deeply repugnant to English feeling, as the incessant, remorseless spitting of Americans."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

Ziss true?

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Not really - not any more...we are far too exposed to certain sections of the population gobbing all over the pavement (or football field) now to be that bothered by it. Though it is still friggin' disguting....

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"One source of deep interest to us [as British visiting America], was the frequent recurrence of thunder-storms. Those who have only listed to thunder in England have but a faint idea of the language which the gods speak when they are angry."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

So the thunderstorms in England are infrequent, and,.... uh.... flaccid? smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

2) "... to be born south of the Tay [is] to be effeminate, weak, fickle and wrong."





It's a thing in the UK in general.

For instance, anyone in Scotland born north of you is a 'Teuchter' whilst anyone born south is a 'Sassenach'.

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

"One source of deep interest to us [as British visiting America], was the frequent recurrence of thunder-storms. Those who have only listed to thunder in England have but a faint idea of the language which the gods speak when they are angry."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

So the thunderstorms in England are infrequent, and,.... uh.... flaccid? smile


Having experienced many "bad" thunderstorms in Blighty, and one in the USA that was, I gather, a pretty average one, I would have to say an unequivocal YES.

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

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Having experienced many "bad" thunderstorms in Blighty, and one in the USA that was, I gather, a pretty average one, I would have to say an unequivocal YES.

Something (worthless) I can lord over you, then? big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2014 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Interesting list, most of which I would agree with. But the mention of petrol reminded me of the month I spent in London in 1969 and the city simply reeked of it. From what I've heard, that's no longer the case.

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Something (worthless) I can lord over you, then? big grin

Yes, I'll give you that one....

....I've seen a fair few "fierce" lightening storms in the UK, but the beauty of the one I saw in Florida was breathtaking (though, as I said, apparently very average for the area)...sat out in the porch of our rented villa and watched...it was quite something....for a Brit....

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In visiting a foreign city, a traveller - especially an English one - usually expects to find, in the aspect of the place and its inhabitants, some tincture of the barbaric. (Thomas Hamilton, 1832)

My, my, if this is true, then it's a wonder the English travel at all.

Izzit true? big grin

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I'm going to have to say yes on that one, I think...haha

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2015 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In 1832, British traveler Thomas Hamilton had his first breakfast at an American hotel dining room. He described the very busy scene of many people and the "vociferously obtruded" requests made of the servers.

"The contrast of the whole scene, with that of an English breakfast table, was striking enough.

Here was no loitering or lounging; no dipping into newspapers; no apparent lassitude of appetite; no intervals of repose in mastication...."


So do you have your breakfast like this? With the butler handing you a freshly-ironed newspaper, which you accept with a wan look on your face?

Then you rest your chin on your hand and declare how very DULL it all is and wouldn't it be nice if the grouse shooting were better? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2015 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

In 1832, British traveler Thomas Hamilton had his first breakfast at an American hotel dining room. He described the very busy scene of many people and the "vociferously obtruded" requests made of the servers.

"The contrast of the whole scene, with that of an English breakfast table, was striking enough.

Here was no loitering or lounging; no dipping into newspapers; no apparent lassitude of appetite; no intervals of repose in mastication...."


So do you have your breakfast like this? With the butler handing you a freshly-ironed newspaper, which you accept with a wan look on your face?

Then you rest your chin on your hand and declare how very DULL it all is and wouldn't it be nice if the grouse shooting were better? big grin



A daily occurrence, chez nous.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2015 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Dave, ready??

Here we go.

...initially with the calendar i thought is this another of your thinly-disguised gay threads??
But it isnt. I suspect its another of the other type, your thinly-disguised Brit-bashing threads?! Ha ha.


Petrol and lavender? Yeuck. Sounds like a poncey tea!

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Are your peeps really this "out there"? big grin


--A 34-year-old man was arrested at a Tesco supermarket in Bar Hill, England, on Nov. 12 when he entered the store and threatened employees -- by showing them a photograph of a gun. [Cambridge News, 12-19-2014]

--Two hundred boredom "activists" gathered in London in December (2010) at James Ward's annual banal-apalooza conference, "Boring 2010," to listen to ennui-stricken speakers glorify all things dreary...

[Included were]... a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, describing flavor and smoothness), charts breaking down the characteristics of a man's sneezes for three years, and a PowerPoint presentation on the color distribution and materials of a man's necktie collection from one year to the next. Another speaker's "My Relationship With Bus Routes" seemed well-received also.

Observed one attendee, to a Wall Street Journal reporter: "We're all overstimulated. I think it's important to stop all that for a while and see what several hours of being bored really feels like." [Wall Street Journal, 12-29-2010]

(See https://boring2010.wordpress.com/)

http://newsoftheweird.com/archive/nw141214.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

The gun story seems to be carried quite a bit. One site says it was on his phone:


http://www.bitterwallet.com/man-threatens-to-kill-tesco-staff-with-a-photo-of-a-gun/81070

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Tesco-death-threat-man-waved-photo-gun-staff-near/story-25854738-detail/story.html



I'd love this to be a performance art stunt. It's actually a brilliant way of saying that nowadays people live life so much through media and the internet that they've lost touch with reality. I hope that's what it was, and if so, it's brilliant, and the guy's a true prophet-type:


The Torygraph cover the story with a ridiculous random stock photograph of a Colt automatic and this typically Monty-Pythonesque pompous caption: 'A man threatened to kill staff in Tesco with a picture of a gun, which may have been similar to this picture.' That's the Telegraph in a nutshell;



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11348504/Man-with-photo-of-gun-threatens-to-kill-staff-at-Tesco.html

 
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