Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:19 PM
well I will apologies for the English take on what a Mit commented on ,
I am sure I made some awful gaffs while working in Europe ,
one I distantly remember was as guest of a fellow engineer in his house in Germany ,
they gave me an outstanding enormous meal ,
I carefully cleared the plate , only to be given another enormous helping ,
Which out of politeness I struggled through , a 3rd helping appeared ,
Manfully I struggled on , LOL , ( I was indisposed for 3 days after that ,)
I had failed to realize, to signify you had eaten your fill you left some small amount on the plate ,
In England leaving food on the plate would indicate your dislike of the food,
Not sure why the English press turned on Mit, they themselves had been making similar comments for the past month or so , it suddenly stopped last week ,
I think a message came from a higher authority , no not God, but his Rep in England ,
( the Q ) ?
BTW, never give a Dutch hostess a bunch of flowers , another mistake I made ,
But a box of chocs goes down well .
To expediate things in Europe a bottle of genuine Scotch gets you friends for life ,
And never say to a French waiter , “Oi” garcon , have you got frogs legs ? if so hope over here ,
Never ask for a rubber in America to erase pencil mistakes in a note book
Never ask for a French letter in France , ( the call them English overcoats )
Never tell a German a joke , and expect laughter
What upsets the Brits, well not personal insults .
I have no objection to being called a Limey
Or as some say on the English forum , he is a canny geezer ,
Or Pomie ( pomegranate ) in Australia ,because we go red and spotty in the Sun ,
Or even winging Barsted ,
We call them all Bruce or Shelia ,
Anyway good luck in your elections , Just remember the Old level playing field thing ,
Indeed nothing is black and white , there are many shades of grey between ,
Roco , now a TV star in France, LOL , will explain later , once the performance cheque ( "check" America ? ) arrives
So Mit got it wrong ? as I said I am beginning to like the guy,
I might even call him cousin , LOL
Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts... they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun; but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.
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