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Proud to be British...? Answered

Everybody knows the British Holidaymaker - sandals, socks, egg-and-chips-twice, can't-get-a-decent-cup-of-tea, no matter what the climate.

That image may have to be redefined, downwards, with the release of a selection of genuine complaints from Brits returning from foreign parts.

My favourite is "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

Daily Telegraph story.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2009-03-22

Umm, your image problem isnt' the tourist, when I think England the immediate mental image is Burbery clad Chavs hopped up on cider stabbing people. that and the pervasive CCTV's

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In fairness, there is a surprising amount of that in places.

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bumpus (author)whatsisface2009-03-22

How/Why did Burbery get so popular with the chavs?

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PKM (author)bumpus2009-03-30

Bumpus, seriously man, what is it with you and chavs? You need to come on a field trip here so I can take you to Harlow or Stevenage, it'll be like a safari ;) It was probably aspirational- at one point they only made expensive quality clothing so perhaps some chavs with above average sense of being different took it up, and the cycle of aspiration-demand-knockoffs-abandonment by original customer base happened. When I was a teenager a friend (who was an extreme chav) LOLed at me that I didn't have any Burberry clothing- I pointed out to him that the horrible black synthetic-felt-like-fabric waistcoat my dad was wearing at the time was Burberry :) He didn't like Burberry so much after that :D

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bumpus (author)PKM2009-03-30

I think a field trip to the UK would be much fun.

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Kiteman (author)bumpus2009-03-31

Look, grand visistors come across big water in silver bird!

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whatsisface (author)bumpus2009-03-22

No idea, maybe it's that there's an abundance of the fake stuff knocking around.

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Joe Martin (author)bumpus2009-03-22

Cos init, You know what I mean, You know what i mean tho. Init

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jessyratfink (author)2009-03-24

These people! ARGH! These are the people that shop in my store and make a fuss about everything. These are the people that ask where the nonfiction section is and if the books are in "any sort of order." :(

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KentsOkay (author)jessyratfink2009-03-24

Isn't it a wee bit obvious? Alphabetical by author + divided by subjects...

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jessyratfink (author)KentsOkay2009-03-24

You'd think so, but no.

These are also the people that ask, "Who Wrote The Diary of Anne Frank?"

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KentsOkay (author)jessyratfink2009-03-24

I officially hereby give up on society...

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jessyratfink (author)KentsOkay2009-03-25

At least one of us says that on every shift. :P

Candy by Voltron
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Both things that have been asked for.

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KentsOkay (author)jessyratfink2009-03-25

Well at least they entered the store with the intent of purchasing and reading said books. No wonder you guys are so happy when I know exactly what I'm looking for and can't find it.

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jessyratfink (author)KentsOkay2009-03-25

Well, that's true, but they're normally reading list books. I've seen them buy the movie and cliff's notes with the books, too! Oh, and another reading list favorite: "Do ya'll have Shakespeare in English?" I love it when people know what they're looking for. Sometimes I actually want to hug them. We get so many weird questions that it's refreshing to have someone you can steer right to the section. :D

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"Do ya'll have Shakespeare in English?" i done ask that before only different.

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Derin (author)jessyratfink2009-03-26

Omg,Shakespeare was English in the first place!
gngngngngngngngnggngngngngngngngngngigiveuponsociety

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KentsOkay (author)jessyratfink2009-03-25

Shakespeare in English!?!? I have given up on society again... Actually I really like the "No Fear" line for Shakespeare, Original and modern english side by side

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Goodhart (author)jessyratfink2009-03-26

LOL sorry, but that is just so typical of such a portion of the populace. *sigh* sadly

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Kryptonite (author)jessyratfink2009-03-25

That, is really, really sad. What store is this of yours anyway?

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jessyratfink (author)Kryptonite2009-03-25

Half Price Books. It's a used bookstore, which, in case you didn't know, is run absolutely different from any other library or bookstore ever. If fact, we know what you're going to ask for and then we hide it!

Twilight? I don't think so! Mwahahahahaha!

I had a bad customer day yesterday. :P

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Kryptonite (author)jessyratfink2009-03-25

I like your methods. Wait, what?!? Oh well, I hope you get a bit of peace today.

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Goodhart (author)2009-03-24

What is with the new British invasion? So many of our commercials are done with the whole accent thing.....and now Judy Dench is invading our movies ;-) Quantum of Solace - Bond movie, for the latest

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

You're objecting to a British actress in a film about athe British Secret Agent??

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Rock Soldier (author)Kiteman2009-03-28

He's British? I never watch(ed)? a Bond. James Bond movie.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-03-24

Nah, I am just teasing (I rarely watch ANY .007 films, finding the whole idea way to hokey and cartoonish. actually, my first exposure to Ms. Dench was in the Comedy: As Time Goes By (shown on our PBS, i.e. commercial free, station) And she was a wee bit younger then.... I also thought it was rather cool that they felt her daughter resembled Ms. Dench so much when she was younger, that they used the daughter's picture in the opening scene of "As Time Goes By" to portray what she looked like when younger...

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KentsOkay (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

I've watched every single episode of that show :D You won't believe it, Moira Booker (Judy, aka daughter) was in an episode of Knight Rider (original).

Alastair iz awesome

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Goodhart (author)KentsOkay2009-03-24

Which? .007 or As Time Goes By ? I have seen every episode of As Time Goes By at least 3 times.....it seems to be a favorite on PBS.

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KentsOkay (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

As Time GOes By, they keep running it over and over here to.

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gmjhowe (author)2009-03-22

Im proud to be human, and the kindness that humanity can share with each other is what makes life worth living.

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Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

Humanist philosophy at this time of night? Are you OK?

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-03-22

No, i am ill. But i still stand by it. I prefer to be proud of looking out for someone else, regardless of race, sex or disability.

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lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

(I just replied to this, so if something looks screwy - not my fault) I concur, but this Forum was about something else I think L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-03-23

Call it viral hallucinations (I've done odd things when feverish).

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-03-23
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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-03-24

I have never DONE odd things, but I certainly have SEEN odd things while feverish...

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-03-25

My dad had a motorcycle accident at the age of 18, and when he was in hospital the guy next to him had a body that didn't like anaesthetics. "Spiders, spiders every where!!!" "Wow, isn't that amazing? They make the roof look like a massive TV screen! Hey look a giraffe, I like giraffes."

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-03-25

In my teens I was feverish and imagined I was in an 8 x 8 foot hockey rink, with two full hockey teams, trying to play ice hockey......the combination of heat from the fever and feeling cold I guess. I was sure glad when that fever broke :-)

Once I was talking with my girl friend who later became my wife :-) , and sitting in my living room, I got a little drowsy (worked swing shift then) and thought I saw an anaconda on my dresser. THAT wakes you up LOL

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-03-26

Nice, I had an eight feet long under my bed. Although, I think that was more drowziness / tyredness / sugar drunkedness than anything. Ever had it when you haven't had sleep for too long, and you're trying to stop yourself going to sleep but it's almost impossible? Sit on a park bench, every site or sound gets turned into a dream, you half fall forward then wake up, work out what the sound was, then 2 seconds later do the whole thing again.

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Kryptonite (author)Kryptonite2009-03-26

*eight feet long snake under my bed.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-03-26

Aye, that was probably what happened with my seeing the snake on the dresser LOL

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-03-26

Evil, evil halucinations.

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Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2009-03-22

Seriously ill, or just Man Flu?

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-03-23

Just a cold, does not even qualify as man flu.

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Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2009-03-23

Huh, my turn to be ill now :-( I don't have tonsils any more, but something back there has swollen up and is making me feel sick when I swallow.

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-03-24

Not fun, it could be anything, perhaps cold related. I still have my tonsils, i was under the impression its better to keep them yes?

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-03-24

Yes, they assist the immune system, IIRC

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

Unfortunately, I was afflicted with many, many tonsil infections as a child, and they swelled enough to obstruct my breathing.

Even worse, after I had them out, all they would let me eat for two days was rice pudding. I hate rice pudding.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-03-24

Even worse, after I had them out, all they would let me eat for two days was rice pudding. I hate rice pudding.

What? How barbaric ! Over here they shove Ice cream at you until you don't want anymore :-)

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