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    susan boyle's name will fade into the ether, cheer up

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    sickboys opening post on this thread is his finest moment. lovely.

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    I can never find this on YouTube, but dialogue from a favourite Likely Lads clip, in which returning squaddie Terry runs his thumb over the world.
    "I bet we could go right round the world and you'd have a pat response ready."
    "I've travelled man, I've seen a bit of the world now you know."
    "What do you think of Koreans, for instance?"
    "Not to be trusted. Cruel people. Much the same as all Orientals."
    "That's a third of the world's population dismissed in a phrase. Russians?"
    "Sinister."
    "Egyptians?"
    "Cowardly."
    "Oh? I thought you might have saved that for Italians."
    "No, no, they're greasy aren't they? Not as greasy as the French mind."
    "Germans?"
    "Arrogant."
    "Spaniards?"
    "Lazy."
    "Danes?"
    "Pornographic."
    "Well that's just about everyone. Oh, Americans?"
    "Well, they're flash aren't they?"
    "So it's just down to the British is it?"
    "Well, I haven't got much time for the Irish or the Welsh, and the Scots are worse than the Koreans."
    "And you never could stand Southerners."
    "To tell you the truth I don't like anybody much outside this town. And there's a lot of families in our street I can't stand either. Come to think of it I don't even like the people next door."
    "I see, so from the distant blue Pacific through the barren wastes of Manchuria, to 127 Inkerman Terrace, you can't abide anyone."

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    Ha ha, thank you, I did enjoy that.

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    Hugh Grant and David Beckham

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    oops
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Boy View Post
    As an english ex-pat, when I think of England I think of: builder's tea, pies, breakfast, dark beer and K Cider, London, squats, Indian take-away, baked beans, racist nans, wet bricks, round-abouts, little cars that all look the same, trains, Fruit Pastilles, JD Sports, juice concentrate, back gardens with ponds in them, door knockers and post flaps, crisps in pubs (esp. walker's cheese and onion), pirate radio, documentaries on prime time television, the news being eternally about missing children, "lemonade", sparkling or still, walk left stand right, please put your hood down sir, and people enjoying rocky beaches on cloudy, cold days.
    better than orwell

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    english people seem to have far less of a clue about how they are/the uk is viewed by the rest of the world compared to other countries. just far less of a clue about they might appear. prob as they dont have to or just rarely seem to feel embarassed or apologise about anything english (eg - cameron's statements about empire). was thinking this while watching rick stein's colonial-romantic cooking travelogue programme on india on bbc 2 at the weekend. just totally, blissfully, clueless, compounded by the fact im not sure he really likes or knows all that much about indian food, never mind the country, beyond his proud reciting of em forster. had a similar issue with the simon reeve programme on greece last night. confidence+stupidity=lethal combination.
    Last edited by rubberdingyrapids; 08-02-2016 at 12:04 PM.

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    im not sure he really likes
    So what exactly do you have to do to prove that you "really like" Indian food, then?

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    did you watch it? cos you have to have seen his face eating certain dishes and looking a bit confused/unsure what to say. in fairness, hes got a lot of enthusiasm, but hes like the presenters of so many tv docus, where they dont actually seem to be experts, but act as kind of proxies for the similarly un-knowledegable audience.
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    No, but I'm familiar with some of his oeuvre. He's a bit of a knob, but it sounds like you're being a bit harsh. I mean, it's not like anyone complained when Keith Floyd did this sort of thing.

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    well they wouldnt would they. it was a diff era. and the internet wasnt around either.

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    Or maybe there were other reasons they didn't bother.

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    I mean, do you expect these guys to be anthropology professors as well as chefs?

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    did you even read what i wrote? i said they should know something about the subject. ie the food, its history, etc. its not expecting too much. food is meant to be their specialised subject. i accept every chef cant know about every cuisine but if they dont, get one who does. its not a difficult concept to grasp.

    though thanks for making it clearer to me who the audience for these sorts of programs is.

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