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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    This was going to be the other plank of the thread. Could you live there? I don't mean the practicalities, I mean, if the opportunity presented itself.
    I probably could. I hate England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    I probably could. I hate England.
    You should move to London. Everyone's cool down here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    If theycatch them it's only an inconvenience cos they have no actual drugs and they are back next day at the latest.
    See now, in the UK you could at least get these twats under the Trade Descriptions Act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    This was going to be the other plank of the thread. Could you live there? I don't mean the practicalities, I mean, if the opportunity presented itself.
    I've spent months in Sofia, Bulgaria, and lots of people from Europe man the call centres and have a studenty but nonetheless fun existence of sharing 2L bottles of 1 beer & 3 bottles of bad gin. I spent the Summer there a few years ago and it was the happiest time of my life. Bit cold in the Winter though.

    It remains a poor place to do business....way too much corruption. Which is a shame.

    But yeah, I think I'm going to be happier there. AFAIK, Europeans don't pick up on my kookiness so easily - which I think Brits really filter on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    You should move to London. Everyone's cool down here.
    Costs a fucking fortune.

    Obviously it's a question of lifestyle. But as I say, you can hang out in Sofia sharing cheap lager outside the National Theatre. In Britain, it's 8 for a Schooner of Craft innit?

    Many years ago, there were some informal post-drinks on the River in Hammersmith. Now I knew that we'd end up drinking on the grass outside the actual grounds of the pub. So I brought my own beers. It wasn't the thing to do - I mean, I am not saying I was ostracised from the social group as a result (there were other reasons), but it wasn't exactly lauded as the model of good sense - and we weren't getting paid all that much really.

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    We're talking about southern Europe and (maybe) France in this thread, aren't we?

    I do have to wonder how many of these stereotypes really apply in, say, the Netherlands (not many IME, having lived there), or Norway, or Poland.
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    I was only taking the piss really. Version lives in Prestwich. I'd love to live in Europe for a bit but it's impossible. I'm an unskilled, unqualified monoglot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    We're talking about southern Europe and (maybe) France in this thread, aren't we?

    I do have to wonder how many of these stereotypes really apply in, say, the Netherlands (not many IME, having lived there), or Norway, or Poland.
    I asked myself that question and I decided they apply more than one might think in large parts of Eastern Europe, and even in Scandinavia. Not that I have been to these places. I've barely been anywhere in Europe but they come here don't they, you can buy gherkins from them in the polski sklep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    We're talking about southern Europe and (maybe) France in this thread, aren't we?

    I do have to wonder how many of these stereotypes really apply in, say, the Netherlands (not many IME, having lived there), or Norway, or Poland.
    the europe of this thread is wholly human whereas scandanavia is the ahuman ideal. a sci-fi society. technocratic. devoid of humour and sexuality. generous welfare provisions. aryan looking clone people. all imperfection eradicated. the utopia that emerges from dystopia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    the europe of this thread is wholly human whereas scandanavia is the ahuman ideal. a sci-fi society. technocratic. devoid of humour and sexuality. generous welfare provisions. aryan looking clone people. all imperfection eradicated. the utopia that emerges from dystopia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    the europe of this thread is wholly human whereas scandanavia is the ahuman ideal. a sci-fi society. technocratic. devoid of humour and sexuality. generous welfare provisions. aryan looking clone people. all imperfection eradicated. the utopia that emerges from dystopia.
    Barty has the advantage of having travelled to literally every country in Europe to impregnate their women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    You should move to London. Everyone's cool down here.
    The thing with England is I hate the weather, the mentality, the culture, the politics, the media, the architecture, the attitude to football. Everything about it's grim and gives me the same horrible feeling as daytime TV. Just this terrible, dreary, mundane greyness. A country which feels like DFS adverts and Jeremy Kyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    The thing with England is I hate the weather, the mentality, the culture, the politics, the media, the architecture, the attitude to football. Everything about it's grim and gives me the same horrible feeling as daytime TV. Just this terrible, dreary, mundane greyness. A country which feels like DFS adverts and Jeremy Kyle.
    You do get to avoid some of that in London cos it is a gleaming cyberpunk capitalist dystopia rather than something dreary and provincial. It's an inorganic alien life form constructing itself in the Thames river basin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    devoid of humour and sexuality.
    It amuses me that, at least in the Anglophone world, Sweden is regarded as the Urheimat of pornography, whereas in reality they have some sort of Minister for the Prevention of Sex and Fun who bans Lavazza adverts for being too racy, in case they oppress or objectify someone.
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    England sucks the life out of people. There's a house near me that has a palm tree in the garden and it's great, like a little ray of light.

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