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Old 09-21-2005, 09:36 AM   #46
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Sorry that it happened to you in Berlin, joyfulgirl.
Didn't change my opinion of the city--still one of my favorite places.
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Actually Mel Gibson is an American....


actually ... Mel Gibson was born in the US but during the Vietnam war when he was a young teenager his father moved the family from the US to Australia out of protest. he grew up from then on in Australia, is an Australian citizen, and first made his name in the Mad Max movies, which are also Australian.

so he's kind of both ... but after "Passion" i'm more than willing to let Australia have him ...
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Only if you'll take Russell
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okay, i will say that Russell is a) beautiful, and b) just about the best actor out there.

if he'd just stop throwing phones ...

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When visiting Scotland be safe and wear a Ross County shirt....then you'll be my best friend forever!

Then again, you'll get attacked by Inverness Caledonian fans! Damn, can't win.



Ewens rough guide to a non violent holiday in Scotland:

1) Don't talk about Scottish football.

2) Don't refer to anything in Scotland as 'English' unless it definitely is English. England is the country south of Scotland that is, along with Scotland and Wales, a part of Great Britain. If you mean British then say 'British' not 'English'. Scottish people are British, they won't be offended but they will be very offended at being called English.

3) Tell everyone you meet how fantastic the country is!

4) Spend lots of money.

5) Tell everyone that Sean Connery is your favourite actor.

6) Don't ask "do they put the [Edinburgh] castle up specially for the festival?" (yes, I was asked that by an American tourist and I replied "well, lets put it this way, it wasn't there yesterday!")


not a definitive list, but you should survive long enough to return to your homeland.

I'll print this out should Scotland be on my itinerary next year.
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I've been reading this thread with interest, having been born and brought up near Edinburgh, actually I live in the town after whom the last Scottish victory against the English was named! There's a bit of history for you!!

I agree with Ewen, only us Scots are allowed to slag off Sean Connery, personally I can't stand the man.

On a more serious note, there is a Friday/Saturday night 'lets get reeking' (drunk) culture but most folk want to just let their hair down, party and enjoy themselves - me included. Most of us just want to have fun, come and join us!

The statistics are poorly prepared, taken a few years back from what I can gather, and its not bothered most folk I've spoken to.

I would be more concerned if we were higher in the more serious crime categories, I do believe they are actually falling year on year.

Personally I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, Scotland is wonderful.
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okay, i will say that Russell is a) beautiful, and b) just about the best actor out there.

if he'd just stop throwing phones ...

and singing
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and singing


yes, oh god, please make him stop!

did you see the South Park where they made fun of him?
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Personally I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, Scotland is wonderful.
And home to one of my favorite writers, A.L. Kennedy.
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and Irvine Welsh.

also, the Scots invented the telephone, television, modern economics, and penicillian.
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Please don't get a certain few post-ers who have been involved in this thread started on what the Scots invented.

David Hume was Scottish, too, so perhaps the Scots invented Enlightenment skepticism?

I got Ewen a book a while back called How the Scots Invented the Modern World.
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Though we do have our fair share of eejits!
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Interesting article in the Guardian today about all this:

"A new report claims Scotland has a higher murder rate than America. The UN says it's the 'most violent place in the developed world'. How did it come to this? Leading Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh on the dark heart of his beloved homeland."


http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/art...596079,00.html
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I totally agree. Well, my apartment was broken into in NYC but for 15 years I traveled bad neighborhoods late at night on foot and by subway and was never even more than slightly uncomfortable, to be honest. Probably I was stupid a lot but I never had any problems on the streets. But I had money stolen in fabulous Berlin and the so-called American-hating mean Parisiens invited me into their homes and to eat with their families (they apparently couldn't bear the sight of a woman eating in a restaurant alone) and one family gave me the key to their apartment since they were leaving for the south of France and decided my cheap lodgings were unacceptable. I think I experienced broken stereotypes all over Europe (and hopefully broke a few of my own on behalf of Americans!).
Those stories are amazing; I live in a neighbourhood where people barb wire their fences - on their neighbours' side, not the street side!

I can't help thinking that you were never accosted on the streets because you probably have a lot of mana.

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