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Funny breed, the British Expats...

...otherwise, how would you explain the huge gathering at Jim's Expats Shop last night (Bonfire Night celebrations) and such enjoyment for:


- a small bonfire in the middle of an industrial estate
- venue: a car park on that industrial estate.
- binge shopping for products I remember back in the 70s, with carpet to match, and that I probably would not dream of buying again, were I not an Expat!
- not enough seats so most people ate their chili con carne or chicken curry standing up (that's the spirit of Bonfire Night, mind you) and would have carried on just the same if it had been chucking down with rain (but fortunately it was dry and mild)!
- A few pipers in their anorak kicked a few Scottish tunes, but stuck as they were by the shop entrance, you could not hear that much. Still, wasn't it great?!
- And the fireworks! Spectacular, looks like Jim has blown his pension on them.


You could tell by the face of the French fire brigade or the few non-Brits dragged into this event by their friends or spouse, "what's all this about"?


It's about the Brits having a wild time with not much, as long as they're together and don't have to speak French! Funny breed, really!
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Old 08.11.2015, 11:06
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

I can't think of anything worse.

A few years ago I attended a lovely British themed event organised by a very good friend of mine. I hated it, and left after a quarter of an hour.

The problem is that I wasn't really homesick for a place: I was homesick for a time. It wasn't enough to be waving union flags and drinking Pimms surrounded by English voices. I wanted it to be 1977 with my mom and dad and my aunties and my friends. I wanted cherryade and Spangles. I wanted to watch the Six Million Dollar Man when I got home. I wanted the Radio 1 Roadshow, battered sausage and chips on a rainy night, armies on the school field, minnows in the brook and fish fingers for tea.

I've never been to an expat event since.
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Old 08.11.2015, 11:26
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

I mean, what's the point of going to a Firework Night when it isn't raining?

It doesn't even help to go back to England for events. Everything has changed. And so have I!

Mind you, having an e-piano where I can play (very loudly, albeit very slowly as yet) a couple of REAL ENGLISH HYMNS - John Wesley and all that - is some form of comfort on a not-at-all-English-November-sort-of-Sunday.

P.S. of course, I wear headphones... no-one hears it but me!
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I can't think of anything worse.

A few years ago I attended a lovely British themed event organised by a very good friend of mine. I hated it, and left after a quarter of an hour.

The problem is that I wasn't really homesick for a place: I was homesick for a time. It wasn't enough to be waving union flags and drinking Pimms surrounded by English voices. I wanted it to be 1977 with my mom and dad and my aunties and my friends. I wanted cherryade and Spangles. I wanted to watch the Six Million Dollar Man when I got home. I wanted the Radio 1 Roadshow, battered sausage and chips on a rainy night, armies on the school field, minnows in the brook and fish fingers for tea.

I've never been to an expat event since.

I know exactly how you felt! At the same time, I did NOT crave for the old PE days in damp smelling gyms, or getting the newspaper from the Indian corner shop that also smelt of unwelcoming and damp.
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I can't think of anything worse.

I wanted it to be 1977 with my mom and dad and my aunties and my friends. I wanted cherryade and Spangles.I wanted to watch the Six Million Dollar Man when I got home. I wanted the Radio 1 Roadshow, battered sausage and chips on a rainy night, armies on the school field, minnows in the brook and fish fingers for tea.
Spangles!
My favourites were the Old English ones.
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

The chicken curry was a joy last year. Probably the one food item i miss is that chinese style beige curry with chips..

But yeah it must look odd, a fire on a pallet in a car park! The fireworks were huge though.

Maybe next year again .
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. I hated it, and left after a quarter of an hour..
So basically you hated the first quarter of it.
Mind you, it might be enough to make a decision...
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Old 08.11.2015, 13:38
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

I believe I speak for the rest of the world when I say, "I have no freaking clue what y'all are talking about!"

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...otherwise, how would you explain the huge gathering at Jim's Expats Shop last night (Bonfire Night celebrations) and such enjoyment for:


- a small bonfire in the middle of an industrial estate
- venue: a car park on that industrial estate.
- binge shopping for products I remember back in the 70s, with carpet to match, and that I probably would not dream of buying again, were I not an Expat!
- not enough seats so most people ate their chili con carne or chicken curry standing up (that's the spirit of Bonfire Night, mind you) and would have carried on just the same if it had been chucking down with rain (but fortunately it was dry and mild)!
- A few pipers in their anorak kicked a few Scottish tunes, but stuck as they were by the shop entrance, you could not hear that much. Still, wasn't it great?!
- And the fireworks! Spectacular, looks like Jim has blown his pension on them.


You could tell by the face of the French fire brigade or the few non-Brits dragged into this event by their friends or spouse, "what's all this about"?


It's about the Brits having a wild time with not much, as long as they're together and don't have to speak French! Funny breed, really!
No treacle toffee, parkin, black peas, potatoes baked in the fire?
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No treacle toffee, parkin, black peas, potatoes baked in the fire?
I made some Parkin yesterday and it was delicious.
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Old 08.11.2015, 14:25
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I made some Parkin yesterday and it was delicious.
That's one more person for my IGNORE list.
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

Well, at least he did something. Where else were you going to get fireworks at this time of the year? Against the law in Geneva.

Was that in France or Gland? I would think France. And yes, it is an industrial estate. What do you expect? The man has been in the same place for decades. It's not his shout to make it into a super duper shopping mall.

Love it or leave it or don't go.

Or did i read wrongly?!!

I'm sorry, i read wrong. Forgive me. I thought you were dissing the whole evening. Which you were not.

I'll get my coat..... and umbrella and an extra coat..... Glad you had a good evening.
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I believe I speak for the rest of the world when I say, "I have no freaking clue what y'all are talking about!"

Very understandable
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could be worse like idiots walking around with cowbells and smashing ropes on the ground!
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...You could tell by the face of the French fire brigade or the few non-Brits dragged into this event by their friends or spouse, "what's all this about"?
I explain to my colleagues and friends that it's the annual British burning in effigy of a Catholic, in celebration of the foiling of a dastardly plot to overthrow the established government of the day. Then they wish they hadn't asked.

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P.S. of course, I wear headphones...
Well, that explains the quality of the singing...
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No treacle toffee, parkin, black peas, potatoes baked in the fire?


Parkin is just for Yorkshire folks, innit?
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Old 08.11.2015, 16:46
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Parkin is just for Yorkshire folks, innit?
Lancashire too!

Well, I come from quite near the Yorkshire border.
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Parkin is just for Yorkshire folks, innit?
Also Lancastershire; my mother-in-law was always making the stuff. As well as rock cakes that were very well named, you could have built a rockery with wretched things.
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Parkin is just for Yorkshire folks, innit?
'course it ain't.

My primary school teacher showed us how to prepare this culinary art in the 70's. (Purposely will not select an emoji/smilie here). At that time, they tasted fantastic to me.
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Re: Funny breed, the British Expats...

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"not enough seats so most people ate their chili con carne or chicken curry standing up"
Did you choose the seat or the food? I chose the seat & had someones granny butty bumping me trying to push me off the bench (was that you McTAVGE?).
Ended up buying a meat pie out the fridge & tin of beer 'cos if I had moved, I'd not have been able to sit down again & the cooked stuff had been devoured by the rabid locusts.
I thought it was well organised (I wondered where the fish n chip van was though) & imagine as the weather was fairly decent they hadn't expected quite so many people. And even after hundreds of bums, that loo was clean at the end of the evening!
Got my stash of tins of mushy peas, mince pies etc for a quiet nibble this week.
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