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Just a rude note? They're lucky - I lived for a while in the East End (of London) years back (amazing what we suckers do for women, eh? ) and a favourite game of the local kids was to call 999 )that's 911 to your Americans) and report a fire... then when the fire crews turned up they'd be pelted with bricks. Literally, they'd have bricks thrown at them.
Britain is a rough place. Seriously. The continent looks like a kinder garden in comparison.
It is possibly where you inherit your large number of psychologically unstable population from, and if Britain had as many guns as the US we would probably have the same high death toll. And as I said, Ireland is worse in some way. (Brits and Irish are very closely related as they are about 70% celtic DNA wise)
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
I spent a lot of time in Leuven, and had a mate in Maastricht so used to go visit him a lot. I always found the Dutch to be a great bunch of people, challenging, confident, outward looking yet civilised. And incredibly sociable and helpful.
So many examples of this, for a passer by guiding me into a parking space, an older woman on a bus who took our child off us while we farted around with the collapsible push chair, to young Dutch guys letting my wife and child in push chair on to the train first.
I find it hard to believe they would take part in this kind of mindless antisocial behaviour.
Had a Dutch brother in law too, he sadly passed away a few years ago, too young, far too young.