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Old 20.09.2011, 13:53
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

Back in my day, we talked on the phone for hours. No one else could call in or out.

And if we weren't on the phone, we were watching family-oriented series like Gilligan's Island, the Brady Bunch or Hogan Heroes, listening to the top ten hits on the radio or practicing the Hustle.
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Old 20.09.2011, 14:30
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

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How can you hide a webcam , and still get a readable view of the keyboard...?

Just a kid, any old kid, talking rubbish if you ask me.
Not to mention it'd be easier to install a keylogger which would transfer everything they need without the need for video or guesswork. Curious though why a kid would even bullshit about that when any critical thought would render it hilarious....though, it's not much different than sitting at the end of a bar at a big tech con listening to all the dorks try and impress one another...
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Old 20.09.2011, 14:33
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

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Back in my day, we talked on the phone for hours. No one else could call in or out.

And if we weren't on the phone, we were watching family-oriented series like Gilligan's Island, the Brady Bunch or Hogan Heroes, listening to the top ten hits on the radio or practicing the Hustle.
The miracle of call waiting was truly a gift from above...but then we got in trouble for not writing down messages of those calls that would come in while we were on the phone for hours....good times. (And don't forget the Waltons or Disney on Sunday nights! ).
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Old 20.09.2011, 15:08
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

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Given that non-US folks may have the odd computer or two at home as well (as well as running hot and cold water), I think that sort of warning applies to all parents everywhere.
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BTW the correct thing to say if a person is black and from the US is Afro-American and has been for ages. Also, what's wrong with "black"?
Actually the current "correct usage" is "African American". In reality most black people in the U.S. say "black" and most black people in America don't mind if someone says "black", only some very weird hyper sensative types insist on African American. In fact many older blacks in America don't even like the term "African American", my grandfather said (in his dialect) "Ah don know nothin' 'bout no Africa...'Am American..."

However...young people who had power in the 1980's disagreed.

Surprisingly I do not like the use of "black" in Switzerland.

I guess the reason is, most "blacks" in the U.S. are indeed African American, meaning a specific ethnic group who can trace their ancestry to slavery, who have some cultural norms, etc. There are more recent immigrants from the Carribean and Africa, some of them go by the African American label, some do not. Some want to be called Nigerian-American, Jamaican-American, etc.

In Switzerland I don't care for the term "black" in all situation (although I don't find it offensive) because I think in some ways it dehumanizes black people.

Europeans don't refer to other Euros as "whites" very often; they almost always include their ethnicity/nationality if known. With blacks they are just some huge homogenous group of "darkies" similar to "Asians"...I think this is often the case in many people's minds.

I will PM you more as this is off topic.
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Europeans don't refer to other Euros as "whites" very often; they almost always include their ethnicity/nationality if known. With blacks they are just some huge homogenous group of "darkies" similar to "Asians"...I think this is often the case in many people's minds.
Context, as always, is everything.

In the example I gave above, the majority of the children in the playground were Bangladeshi, with a minority of white kids (English, Albanian, Russian and so on), a couple of eastern Asian children and a couple of black children.

The most obvious defining physical feature of George for the lunchtime supervisor who knew neither his name nor his ethnicity (he was Nigerian, but he wasn't called George) was his skin colour. Had he been "yet another" Bangladeshi kid, then the lunchtime supervisor would have been obliged to look for some other way to describe him, to differentiate him from the other 200 Bangladeshi kids in the playground. Buggering about with "red jumpers", "short" and "curly hair" was just plain silly.

"African American" can be difficult for many British speakers of English, too, as so many black Americans we know are actually of Caribbean origin, with families moving back and forth between London, New York and Kingston, for example, who might not want to be lumped in with the rest of you.

In my opinion, the OP, having decided that a physical description was necessary (in this case, not an entirely unjustified decision), should have simply said: "North American*, 14-15 yrs old, slightly chubby and black". No controversy in that, surely?

*you know how Canadians are...
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Old 20.09.2011, 16:24
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

uh oh another thread about immigrant kids...
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

Point is....he might not be from Wallisellen....there is an International School next to Zentrum Glatt..and the Wallisellen Bahnhof is always full of "Auslander" kids coming to and going from the school....SO....increase your scope to greater Zurich!
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Old 20.09.2011, 16:45
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Re: American parents in the Wallisellen area...beware!

Erm...that's all for "American/black/African/fat face" discussion on this thread please. If the thread isn't interesting enough to post on topic, no one is being forced to post at all. Thanks
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