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phnuff
31st Jul 2006, 16:14
At the risk of sounding like a reactionary old so and so, I have just come back from a week on a campsite in France and am disgusted at the behaviour of the Brits. In the evening, we went for a wander around the beach and discovered that most of the British Chavs from the site congregated at the top of the beach drinking cheap beer and then smashing the bottles. Of course, as they got more p1ssed, they then got abusive towards anyone who wandered past. Along came the local plod who escorted them back to the campsite and guess what, they then began to abuse furriners on the site and basically turned the bar into a no go area. No wonder the rest of the world hates us (and some of you lot have to fly them there and back)

The attitude of their parents ??? Basically, out of sight, out of mind.

(Of course, I should expect this on a campsite which included a swimming pool rule of 'Do not Piss in the pool').

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 16:18
But I thought 'piscine' was the French word for a swimming pool?

phnuff
31st Jul 2006, 16:23
As the grumbleweeds used to say to suspect jokes
"Grumble Groan"

Sailor Vee
31st Jul 2006, 16:27
I must admit to a great holiday on La Palma, Canary Isles, there was only one other Brit couple there, the rest were Dutch and German. One of the most civilized holidays ever, (they didn't even lay their towels out.)

airship
31st Jul 2006, 16:52
I was queueing at the checkout of my local supermarket last week when this very loud "East London" accent boomed out across the aisles speaking on his mobile phone: "Orright love, I'm in a queue here, be at least anover 30 minutes, so take yer time and I'll pick you up in a bit...". The source was a balding 65-70 year old, who then proceeded to strike up a jovial conversation with a lady in her 30s ahead of him (one might even say he might have been trying "to hit it off") until the Swiss (I think) spouse jostled his way back alongside his wife with some last-minute items. "You lucky devil!" More animated conversation (amazing how many speak English around 'ere in summertime...innit?!) about how hot it was down here, how everyone was so lucky here because everyone had air-conditioning (huh?! :{ ) because where he'd just come from, only shops and offices had air-conditioning and everyone was off sick with the heat blah blah blah blah...

Well, it did make the time (or queue) appear to go faster and I reckon even a few of the French were quite amused... :ok:

PS. I bet there were a few Brits on that beach in Tenerife (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5230586.stm) too... ;)

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 16:56
I attended an outdoor social event yesterday in Sunderland (regional home of the chavs), together with several hundred thousand others, mainly citizens of Sunderland. A 'chav' mother and her partner came and stood alongside where I was stationed. She was heavily pregnant, had three other children of various sizes. Her track-suit top failed to cover her bulging belly, and her mouth was full of crooked teeth (looking like her adult teeth had arrived when her 'baby' teeth were still in place). The pair (of the parents) were scruffily attired (unusual for chavs). They were next to me for a full four hours, during which the children were a delight to observe. They watched the aircraft (it was an air display), didn't mind the (very) loud jets, 'looked after each other' (picking-up the youngest's toy when she dropped it). Sure there was some posturing and sparring (establishing supremacy), but it never got out of hand, there was no malice in their mischief, and whenever either parent uttered 'that's enough' they immediately stopped (and it was obvious that it wasn't out of fear of being beaten). Not once did either parent raise their voice (or a hand) towards the trio. Sure, the children were fed on hot dogs and coke, but that was what was available from the fast-food caravans, and the feeding was done tidily with each child (and the parents) keeping an eye on things. The children were clean and neatly dressed (well at least before the hot dogs!) and their manners were impeccable. They were unphased by having strangers next to them (treating ME as if I was a family friend), respected other's 'space' (without having to be TOLD), and never irritated any of surrounding crowd.
I was humbled. Maybe that's 'classist', but one becomes SO used to seeing (and experiencing) boorish behaviour for ALL levels of youngsters (and I'm sure it's apparent inside the schools, so difficult to avoid others becoming institutionalised).
I don't (yet) have grand-children, but I'd be proud to have that family as mine. Mother smoked ONE cigarette during the four hours, father none.

Hairy Hound
31st Jul 2006, 17:04
We've just come back from a camping holiday in Cornwall. 3 o'clock in morning we had to listen to a U2 album played at full blast. Nothing wrong with U2 just not in the early hours! Security were called and had to listen to a mouthful of swearing and abuse about it being a 'free country' and 'we paid a lot of money to come here and we want to enjoy ourselves'. Security went away, music was turned down and the rest of us had to listen to some idiot (polite word) going on about buying a machette in the morning so that no one would be complaining next time. This was a family campsite with children in every tent - not good when you can't lock the door! When we woke in morning after being awake all night (wondering how easy it would be to set fire to their tent), we expected to see some teenage yobbos - instead they were middle age yobbos! I guess it's to be expected in this country.

We went to France and Switzerland last year camping and I have to admit that there were occasions when we felt embarrassed to be English. It's funny how many English people expect to be spoken to in English when travelling abroad!

Interesting thread!

colmac747
31st Jul 2006, 17:49
She was heavily pregnant, had three other children of various sizes. Her track-suit top failed to cover her bulging belly, and her mouth was full of crooked teeth (looking like her adult teeth had arrived when her 'baby' teeth were still in place).

Sounds like a beauty.

:}

AcroChik
31st Jul 2006, 17:53
I've no doubt you're telling the absolute truth in your posts. I'd like to share other experiences.

First off, I've seen and met a lot of Brits coming to my hometown as tourists. Without exception, each of them have been polite, dignified people I'm glad to have wandering around NYC experiencing the place. Thank you for coming!

Not so very long ago in Arles (where my fiance was born), we sat next to a Brit family in a modest pizza place and had such a charming time getting to know the parents and their children and giving them tips about fun things to do in the town that it made not only the day but the weekend. We're still exchanging emails with these folks to help them plan their visit to NYC. We're definitly inviting them to our home for dinner.

Not so very long ago in Zanzibar, the majority of the other tourists we met were Brits. Compared to these well-comported, delightful people, the oafish, uncultured, unappreciative Americans there made me feel ashamed.

When I graduated from high school, I took off for six solo months in New Zealand. I met plenty of Brits there. All of them were kind, generous people glad to help a girl traveling on her own far from home. One couple I met, who had a rented camper van, invited me to accompany them for a couple days. We've remained in touch. They've visited NYC, met my father and mother. They're coming to my wedding in December.

I've been to the UK a bunch of times. I've always been treated with gracious hospitality and sincere generosity. Sure, from time to time I've run into people I might not like to know better, but that's the exception, not the rule. I love your country. I really do.

>>> Added: I love the television series, The Sopranos. In one episode, Tony Soprano and a few members of his gang visit Italy to cut a deal with the Italian mob. At dinner, when meeting these guys from New Jersey, one of the Italian gangsters says, in Italian, to another, "And you thought the Germans were classless pieces of sh!t?" Maybe when you envision a classless society, that's exactly what you get.

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 17:54
Sounds like a beauty.
:}
That was part of my initial impression. After four hours I found her to be a DELIGHTFUL person . . .
Prejudices, eh?

phnuff
31st Jul 2006, 17:56
I forgot to mention, the shop in said campsite had sections for the 'regional' foods of the nationalities that stayed there. I was soooooo proudto see that of the 4 shelves devoted to British food, 2 were taken up with displays of different flavours of pot noodles. I guess this reflects what people were buying (Yugh!!)

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 17:57
First off, I've seen and met a lot of Brits coming to my hometown as tourists. Without exception, each of them have been polite, dignified people I'm glad to have wandering around NYC experiencing the place. Thank you for coming!
Try the Brits that infest Orlando . . .

CWL2YOW
31st Jul 2006, 17:59
I went with my Canadian girlfriend to Greece earlier this year. Athens and Santorini were fine, but while on Crete, I felt like I had to apologise about the UK contingent on a daily basis. The tourist industry on that island is geared up to cater for the Brits and Germans in particular. As Becks et al were still in the World Cup, Ingerlund football shirts were everywhere, together with other St George crossed garments, tattoos etc. Every bar and restaurant proudly displayed large signs urging fans to drink cold Carling lager, while watching the England on a large screen TV's (sic) with English commentary. Of course, full English breakfasts were also on offer. Plus, there's no need to speak Greek, as all you have to do is speak s-l-o-w-e-r and louder then the locals will understand!

colmac747
31st Jul 2006, 18:00
Not so much Brits abroad, but workmate was telling me this morning about his experiences of visiting Englandshire last week.

He and his wife were staying in a caravan and next to them he said a family of absolute horrors. Kids misbehaved all the time, the parents treated the kids like shit, generally loud and unpleasant creatures (all of them).

Apparently, they came back home (caravan) pissed (the neighbours) in the small hours of the morning - wakening up the whole caravan site and inturn pissing off Mr and Mrs workmate.

7am on the same morning, workmate asks his wife if they have any bread left. Sure do. Five slices, all broken up and duly thrown onto the caravan roof containg the rebrebates. Seconds later, tata-tata-tata-tat, seaguls descend on the caravan roof:ok:

colmac747
31st Jul 2006, 18:03
That was part of my initial impression. After four hours I found her to be a DELIGHTFUL person . . .
Prejudices, eh?

She's still heavily pregnant, with three other children of various sizes. While her track-suit top failed to cover her bulging belly, and her mouth was full of crooked teeth.


:p :E

tony draper
31st Jul 2006, 18:11
In Sunderland thats a beauty Queen. :rolleyes:

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 18:15
Come-on folks! I know it's like trying to push water uphill with a fork, but her personality was wonderful. My initial impression was based on her exterior appearance (and that of her partner). I was 'afraid' that the afternoon was going to be ruined by their presence, whereas I derived as much pleasure (maybe more) from watching the antics of their bairns.
As I said, I was humbled. I'd be pleased to have them as neighbours.
What more can I say?


I've also experienced Brits abroad. Prague. :yuk: (that's the Brits, not the city or the Czechs).

Hairy Hound
31st Jul 2006, 18:17
7am on the same morning, workmate asks his wife if they have any bread left. Sure do. Five slices, all broken up and duly thrown onto the caravan roof containg the rebrebates. Seconds later, tata-tata-tata-tat, seaguls descend on the caravan roof:ok:

Wish we'd thought of that one!
Setting fire to tent wouldn't have worked beause the alcohol content may have caused an explosion!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
31st Jul 2006, 19:08
That was part of my initial impression. After four hours I found her to be a DELIGHTFUL person . . .
Prejudices, eh?they were jprobably just trying to distract you while they blagged your car :E



No it is a strange and humbling feeling to have your preconceptions disproved




...and after all she did come preconceived :}

G-CPTN
31st Jul 2006, 19:17
It's obviously a waste of time (for me) trying to be taken seriously on here. You have NO respect. SEE! - what I've said here:-
http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=237038
If I was taller and had a bigger dick you wouldn't treat me like this!

Oxeagle
31st Jul 2006, 20:24
Ah, how one does enjoy reading posts on here! Allow me to add an experience of mine to this thread.

I for one detest football, as I associate it directly with the chav culture that has invaded our country. And so when a good friend of mine invited me to go with her to Germany to watch a world cup football match, my initial reaction was a flat rejection. And then one mulled over it a little longer, and thought why not? It could be an enlightening experience, or would at the very least confirm or disprove my theories about football. The game I went to see was Germany vs Argentina, as my friend is Argentinian, and so I became an hounary Argentinian for the day. Anyhow, we went to the match, and Argentina lost. What really struck me from at point was how all of the supporters, both German and Argentinian, were so civilised and respectful towards each other. There were no fights, no verbal abuse, no taunting, nothing! Needless to say I was very surprised

However, the next day I was looking around Berlin with my friend, at which point England lost their world cup match. Almost immediately, a swarm of England supporters erupted onto the street and began shouting at other people, swearing and even started throwing objects such as bottles and chairs around. It seems to be a problem with our country, not with anyone else. Sure, that's being too general but for the most part I have found it is very true.

Tell you what though, at that moment in time I felt embarresed and ashamed to be associated with that bunch of pathetic chavs, I felt ashamed of being English :(

lexxity
31st Jul 2006, 20:30
What really struck me from at point was how all of the supporters, both German and Argentinian, were so civilised and respectful towards each other. There were no fights, no verbal abuse, no taunting, nothing! Needless to say I was very surprised


At least their fans were. :yuk:

Noah Zark.
1st Aug 2006, 00:58
G-CPTN,
Stand your ground. You're right. It may be a bit daunting initially, sometimes, but never judge a book by its cover!

Blacksheep
1st Aug 2006, 04:17
Returning from a trip visiting the old folks last week, we boarded a train to Darlington from Thornaby. The coach had a large "Chav" family aboard - Mum, Dad and ten children who appeared to be spaced a year apart, on their way home from a day out at Redcar. Huge beer gut, Ingurland shirt, arms covered in tatoos, a can of Carling in one hand and a cigarette in the other. That was Mum. Dad was similar. We expected an unpleasant journey but they turned out to be a very warm and close family with well behaved children. Upon arrival, without any bidding from their parents the children collected up all their rubbish and took it away with them too. G-CPTN is quite right. First impressions can indeed be wrong.

Aunt Daisy
1st Aug 2006, 06:28
The real problem is in the pompous spoutings and labels the English like to indulge in. That of course is ignoring their continual whinging and sad belief they are actually a world power of any consequence any longer.....that boat has sailed folks:rolleyes:

BombayDuck
1st Aug 2006, 06:34
G-CPTN,
Stand your ground. You're right. It may be a bit daunting initially, sometimes, but never judge a book by its cover!

or the lack thereof.

R4+Z
1st Aug 2006, 07:12
I have just come back from a holiday in Thailand, a place called Pattaya which we were told was a good holiday destination. Turned out to be one of the sleaziest holes I have ever been to and we spent the entire holiday, just about, in the hotel. The place was full of dirty old men with teenagers in tow (maybe even younger). I was embarrassed of my English heritage as most of said dirty old men were British.

ZFT
1st Aug 2006, 08:00
I have just come back from a holiday in Thailand, a place called Pattaya which we were told was a good holiday destination. Turned out to be one of the sleaziest holes I have ever been to and we spent the entire holiday, just about, in the hotel. The place was full of dirty old men with teenagers in tow (maybe even younger). I was embarrassed of my English heritage as most of said dirty old men were British.
Only a fool or a travel agent would call Pattaya a holiday destination. It’s the cesspit of Thailand if not S E Asia. Not because of the ‘lasses’ that make their living there but because of the dregs of humanity, predominantly British and German that frequent it.

If ever any British national wants to feel really embarrassed about their nationality – this is the place.

ORAC
1st Aug 2006, 08:34
that boat has sailed folks Aye, we used to have tīboats once, ask Mr D.

But them days of the red duster be long gone......

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 08:50
Boats is thing with oars that one rows on one's park lake Mr ORAC, it were ships that flew the Red Duster.
:rolleyes:
Better a has been than a never was.:cool:

green granite
1st Aug 2006, 08:55
Boats is thing with oars that one rows on one's park lake Mr ORAC, it were ships that flew the Red Duster.
:rolleyes:
Better a has been than a never was.:cool:

Unless it caried bananas or bums Mr D :hmm:

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 09:20
Here are some Bumboats.

http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cutter/dauntless/Bum%20Boats.jpg

A word of advice,never buy a watch off these chaps,Nefertiti Brass ashtrays are ok.
:rolleyes:
Saying that, Bumboat Charlie in Amsterdam used to bring aboard some real quality stuff and if rumours were true was a exceedingly weathy chap,he could just not give up the challenge of selling a genuine gold bar to a reluctant first trip Galley boy.
:uhoh:

Blacksheep
1st Aug 2006, 10:19
...which we were told was a good holiday destination.Lots of folks get confused between Pattaya and Phuket. Phuket is a nice holiday destination for regular folks. Pattaya is where the dirty old geezers and paedos go for their holidays. It pains me to think that we do good business on our Frankfurt - Bangkok flights as most of our customers seem to be the latter. :(

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 10:27
Not speaking of kiddy fiddlers here but tiz one's experience that the only difference betwixt a Mk 11 standardy randy young man and a MK11 standard dirty old man is just forty years.
Watch out for MK 1V dirty old men though.
:rolleyes:

IB4138
1st Aug 2006, 10:51
Whish all them tourist would **** off and leave us in peace!

Can't move for em at this time of year...Roll on September!

bigfatsweatysock
1st Aug 2006, 10:57
Blacksheep,

our company does a roaring trade in repatriating human remains to Germany from Thailand. Seems there is a steady stream of older chaps who literally get rogered to death.

I was on holiday in Crete not so long ago, and can concur with the now stereotypical Brit (although it tends to be more the tattoed feckwit Ingerrrluund type) who are an embarrasment. You never see them in the morning as they tend to be sleeping off hangovers, but from mid-afternoon onwards they start to appear with only one thing in mind. Getting drunk. Is it really so deep rooted in the British psyche?

The other thing that I noticd were the women. They tended to much more predatory than when I were a lad. Mothers and daughters out on the prowl to see who they could shag. Groups of ladettes getting p!ssed up and being vulgar and vile. I don't mind seeing a bit female flesh, but somehow this was just going too far. It is no wonder that other countries see British women as they do. Then there were the tattooed feckwit blokes. Their main goal seemed to be who get out of their heads fastest and then go looking for Germans to have fight with.

So sadly I have to report that many British shell suit ambassadors do little to promote the positve image of Britain abroad. Then again, maybe I am just a snob.

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 11:06
Nowt new in sex tourism twas ever thus, a few decades ago twas upper middle class poets playrights and artists in sandles and white flannel suits wandering round Morrocco looking for a bit of arse.
Just that the lower orders can afford it as well now.
:rolleyes:

Curious Pax
1st Aug 2006, 11:29
The other thing that I noticd were the women. They tended to much more predatory than when I were a lad. Mothers and daughters out on the prowl to see who they could shag.

Always thought I was born 20 years too soon!! :{

Lon More
1st Aug 2006, 11:30
I've heard of the golden rivet bur never a genuine gold bar

And Mr. D I've never seen an oar powered submarine, even Bushnell's had a screw or two
http://www.uh.edu/engines/bush-col.jpg

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 11:38
Mr Cornelious Van Drebbel built a oar powered submarine and rowed it sucessfully it under the Thames by all accounts,a few hundred years ago, coincidently the documentry about the building of a full sized working replica was on UK history yesterday, a chap rowed that one underwater as well.
:rolleyes:

ORAC
1st Aug 2006, 11:41
USS Alligator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Alligator_(1862)) was oar powered 182-1863 before being converted to screw.

tony draper
1st Aug 2006, 11:51
Yer, well if we had not given them the Jet Engine Mr ORAC their airyplanes would still be flapping their wings.
:rolleyes:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
1st Aug 2006, 13:39
Didn't the Cambridge team also row underwater in the early seventies? :E

CWL2YOW
1st Aug 2006, 16:14
converted to screw. Where's Jerricho when you need him?

yintsinmerite
1st Aug 2006, 16:38
About 10 years ago, me and the ex mrs Yint went to Crete and visited the Samara Gorge. At the top, there was a bit of an argy bargy going on between a tour guide and a fat bellied, red skinned brit from the village we stayed in, who was chucking down cans of the local brew. Basically, this guy wanted to join a party and walk along the 18km gorge and the tour guide said 'fine, but not in flip flops'. The long and the short of the arguement was that the redskin threw a can at the guide and stomped off across the plateau in the general direction of nowhere in particular. Several locals ran over and tried to disuade him, but it made no difference. He stomped off with no food and no water. What a fine advertisment he made for the UK.

Three days later when we left, he still had not made it back. I guess he found his nirvana one way or the other and maybe there was a spare seat on the flight!!

howflytrg
1st Aug 2006, 18:26
Chav culture......I blame the Labour lot..................for failing to allow natural selection!:mad:

Blacksheep
2nd Aug 2006, 01:49
It suddenly occurred to me that I am a Brit Abroad. I suppose I'll have to start wearing a shell suit and guzzle Carling Black Label straight from the can.

I refuse to grow a beer gut, have a tattoo or support Ingerland though... ;)

Felix Saddler
2nd Aug 2006, 02:18
I hate the English abroad, unless they are pretty ladies!!!:ok:

G-CPTN
2nd Aug 2006, 02:36
I refuse to grow a beer gut,
You will develop one - given time. It's a rite of passage with age :{

Blacksheep
2nd Aug 2006, 06:50
You're only four years ahead of me old chap. While I'm far from overhanging my belt, I must admit that I no longer have a 'six pack' though. :(

ORAC
2nd Aug 2006, 07:44
I gotta six pack, its in the fridge, hence the beer gut..... :ouch:

tony draper
2nd Aug 2006, 08:19
One still owns a thirty inch waist.neigbours sprog had one of they elastic snake belts like we had the olden days,neighbour states "that would not fit you now",it did.
tee hee.
:rolleyes:
Good Genes yer see.
:cool:
Hmmm,most of you will still have a thirty inch waist as well, only your is on the inside now.

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 09:25
Who wants a six pack, when you can have a keg!! Or barrell depending on where you are from...:ok:

phnuff
2nd Aug 2006, 11:03
Or a polypin full of London Pride . . . . . . 20 litres of the best british culture

Gnirren
2nd Aug 2006, 14:14
Brits abroad? Jeez... how about brits. Period.

phnuff
2nd Aug 2006, 15:44
There are worse - honest !!!

Standard Noise
2nd Aug 2006, 15:48
Yeah, but they're all English and they wear Union Jack shorts and have skinheads and tattoos.
We're off on holiday out of Cardiff this year, with Welsh people, who will hopefully have trouble finding sheep in Orlando and will therefore be less likely to embarrass themselves.:}

Foss
2nd Aug 2006, 18:11
You can take a Welshman out of Wales, but you can't take a Welshman out of his sheep.

You'll also have to explain when in Florida and someone shouts 'Dai, you [email protected]' it's not a long lost relative shouting hello who knows the family secret, but that he should in fact hide, quickly.

Fos

Honey Trucker
2nd Aug 2006, 18:20
British World's Worst Tourists (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2137729.stm)

Makes yer proud that we wun the warrrr an the wurrld kup in 1966 dunnit???

CWL2YOW
2nd Aug 2006, 18:23
Flying out of Cardiff you say...I guarantee that you will see Welsh rugby shirts instead of England football shirts. And everybody will be called Jones, not Smith.

tony draper
2nd Aug 2006, 18:25
Yeh, we were a bit more respected when we went abroad wearing Red Coats and bearing Martini Henries.
:E
They din't like it up em.

panda-k-bear
2nd Aug 2006, 19:54
Hmm, well I'm a Brit living abroad these days but have just returned to Ingerlund to see the family et al. Been with Mrs p-k-b staying at her father's place. Came back last night afte having a cople of pints of fine Ingerlish ale to find four or five spotty faced oiks pulling skids with their bikes right next to my car and peppering it with as much gravel as they could muster (furrin plates on the car, you see) and them hollering "Ingerlund" as they did it.

And this is in a respectable, middle class suburb in the South East. God help those on sink estates in the north or in inner-city London.

I know why I moved out of this s"*t-hole now. :yuk:

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 20:07
Interestingly in Honey's survey, Aussies didn't seem to appear in either the best or worst holiday makers aborad! Thats probably because we never holiday abroad, cause we already live in the greatest country on earth!!:ok:

Tempsford
2nd Aug 2006, 21:11
I have to agree. If there is a person making a pillock of themselves abroad it is probably going to be a Brit. For this very reason I try to avoid the 'bucket and spade' destinations. However, 'chavs' and their like are now being found further afield. The trouble is that if some Brits (not all) don't know how to behave in places like Benidorm, then they will have no chance in places such as Sri Lanka where the locals find disrespectful behaviour quite alien. I also agree about Orlando, I have seen Brits let themsleves down over and over again at that location. There are still a few places where you can go and not get embrassed by your fellow countrymen, but they are becoming more and more difficult to find. Perhaps there is some mileage in being more selective as to who is issued with a passport. After all, when you travel abroad you are an amabassador for your country and that is something I am always conscious of. As some PPRUNERS will know, I am very proud to be British, but the behaviour of some of my countrymen abroad is an aspect that I am not proud of at all.

Temps

CWL2YOW
3rd Aug 2006, 13:56
Britons jailed over Greek brawl. Story here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5241632.stm).

Tempsford
3rd Aug 2006, 14:02
After watching the programme last night about the behaviour of some of our fellow countrymen in Germany during the recent world cup we are deserving of the neagtive press about our behaviour overseas. I sat there watching behaviour that was totally abhorrent and inexcusable.

Temps

airship
3rd Aug 2006, 14:07
100,000 Brits in Florida (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/5240644.stm)... And it's this issue of health that nags the minds of many Brits in America. Michael Trace is 63 and left London in 1991 after selling his small business and looking for a financial adventure in property. He's done well and is happy, fit and loves the Florida sun.

"But I can't get health insurance at all," he says. "They want $1,200 a month which is utterly ridiculous so I'm not insured - I'm one of the great number of people who aren't."

"Without a doubt, if I were to get a serious illness, I would have to go back to the UK because if I paid the insurance it would break me." And there I was thinking that all the scroungers who come to the UK intending to take advantage of the generous health and welfare benefits invariably came from the third world...?! :rolleyes:

Perhaps the Welsh contender for leadership of the UKIP should take note - Suchorzewski (it's a bit of a weird name, even for a Welshman one has to admit)...?! :=

G-CPTN
3rd Aug 2006, 14:10
After the fight, a medic who attended the scene told the media it had been "pretty nasty", while the Foreign Office described it as "quite a big punch-up".
Our lads abroad don't pussy-about!

lexxity
3rd Aug 2006, 14:13
What is it about Brits in Greece? We went on holiday to Afitos on the Halkidiki penninsula, which is a small, quiet village and not really set up for tourism. So don't go there.:} I digress. Staying at our hotel was the most appalling couple I have ever had the misfortune to come across, he was 20 she was 19 and it "were the first 'oliday they 'ad ever been on together like, cos we 'ad a kid first like." They spent the whole week being loud, obnoxious, rude and a disturbance to the other holidaymakers in the small hotel. One night they were up all night shouting and screaming at everyone else whilst playing dance music at top volume, but it was their 'oliday and they could do what they liked.:suspect: :ouch: We went out to see the historic sights and got called snobs and stuff. They were hideous and a total embarrasment.:yuk:

Standard Noise
3rd Aug 2006, 14:16
Swift kick in the Jacobs and a slap for his tart would have done the trick.........wearing your Union Jack shorts, Lexx, natch.:E

G-CPTN
3rd Aug 2006, 14:23
the most appalling couple I have ever had the misfortune to come across, They spent the whole week being loud, obnoxious, rude and a disturbance
So they were PPRuNers then? Probably MIL forum . . .