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Careful now. Most of the things they can't handle are the side effects of having been British colonies. Centuries of independence have not even helped very much. The only thing they were spared was not having to drive on the weirder side of the road.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
From what I hear of the behavior (behaviour, to them) English school boys, it would be amazing if there were only three-per-show equivalent in the countryside. Or at the least, they'd pluck the limbs off the torsos.
I agree the Europeans are arrogant, but us British?
In my experience (and at 69 I have quite a lot it) the British are, as a rule, in general (there are exceptions to every rule), not only the most arrogant, but also the most pompous people of any nationality.
Just take the whole "s" versus "z" issue as an example.
I guess you have not travelled very much. I have travelled, worked, and lived in most European countries, the Middle East and North America, and am also slightly older than you.
My original comment was meant as a joke, hence the smiley. but seriously, I have found that my experience of life has taught me never to judge a nation on the evidence of one or two individuals, whether good or bad.
I guess you have only met a few actual British people, and have judged an entire nation on those few meetings. I could make exactly the same claim against Americans from one or two I have met. However, I have also met some extremely nice Americans, and Germans, French, Norwegians, Turks, Kuwaitis, South Africans etc.
With apologies to all the other countries I have visited but not mentioned.
Sorry to disappoint you. I have travelled widely, all over the world. My wife is an "Anglophile" of the first order and magnitude. I have met "Brits" in London, Bermuda, and Hong Kong and the United States. I brought in New Year 1970 getting drunk in Hong Kong with British soldiers (and yes they drank me under the table, and out the door). They were the exceptions to the rule which I mentioned earlier.
While my comments were partially "Tongue in cheek" and meant to get a rise out of you, which they apparently did, (did I mention I am 1/2 Irish? ), I assure you there is a very large nugget of truth in them. And I stand firmly by my earlier comments.
The fact that you replied by lecturing me about judging a nationality based on an assumption that I had not met many British people, just tends to prove my remarks about arrogance and pomposity.
I am sure we could become great friends, given the chance. I sincerely apologize for any hurt feelings I may have caused you. Why, I have had Scotties and Westies as pets for 40 years, or so!
BTW: I openly admit to being quite arrogant and pompous myself. In fact I am rather proud of it. In any event, Us old guys (Are you really older than me? I thought I was the only one still working in the business at my age) should stick together, not argue. There IS still that Irish, English thing, I guess....
Well Toodles for now.....
It's a random chance universe and we are all just riding waves of probability...
I certainly don't recognize what you are referring to, arguing in favor of yyyymmdd sort of as opposed to some "Eurogance". ISO 8601 has been adopted in Europe to a much higher degree than in the US, many years ago.
Obviously, thirty years ago (when ISO 8601 was first published) there were other ways of writing dates. Some schemes were integrated in formal systems, such as the Norwegian "fødseslsnummer" (birth number, a rough equivalent to the social security number in the USA) where the person's ddmmyy birth date make up 6 of the 11 digits. When ISO 8601 was introduced, this 20+ year old scheme was not changed, and still remains. But for the great majority of new schemes established after 1988, the yyyy-mm-dd (with the hyphens, according to the international standard) format is used. Obviously, ISO 8601 was not out of the blue, either: The 8601 format was well known even before 1988.
In informal contexts and particularly orally, other schemes (such as "thirteenth of June") is still in use. In formal contexts, ISO 8601 has a very strong position (unless old conventions must be followed, such as the fødselsnummer).
Note that when Europeans do 8601, they do 8601: With the hyphens. Not as an 8-digit string. Not with slashes, but according to the international standard.
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