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Stereotyping

I was spending a nice morning and afternoon spend at the lakeside with my two kids, when I noticed a load of people drinking at the cafe tables - some having had too much sun and beer already. This was 12 o'clock.

My immediate reaction: "Brits". Sure enough, once in earshot the accents were immediately recognisable.

Nobody else was drinking at that time of the day, why is it always the brits?

And it's not the first time - many a time I've caught a Sleazyjet out of Edinburgh, and even at 7 in the morning, the airport bars are packed with my fellow brits. And you just know you'll be sat next to one, stinking of beer at 8am, and now he's had a few he wants to chat when all you want to do is sleep.

What is it about my fellow Brits and drinking, even at totally unsociable hours? Is it just me being a grumpy old sod for thinking what a poor image it must give to our internal travellers who witness this?
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Old 17.06.2012, 17:31
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Re: Stereotyping

Same thing with Russians Vodka 1st thing in the morning!
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Re: Stereotyping

some of us drink chocolate in the morning. for the aztec that was the drink of gods or something like that.

it's just culture
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Old 17.06.2012, 17:41
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some of us drink chocolate in the morning. for the aztec that was the drink of gods or something like that.
Dammit, the aztecs had all the fun. As long as you weren't a virgin of sacrificable age, it should be noted.
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Old 17.06.2012, 17:42
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Re: Stereotyping

Actually I don't think drinking per se is the problem here, more the having a skinful.

I was a little surprised by the amount of people wandering around Bern at eleven in the morning drinking beer (as opposed to M Budget Enerstchi Drinkkkee, that is, Energy Drink to non Bernese) when I first came here.
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Re: Stereotyping

Maybe us Brits can't quite hack the idea of not shopping on a Sunday so the only other thing that we seem to be able to do is get drunk?

The only reason I'm not blootered right now is the price of drinking out in CH, and I haven't got myself sufficiently organised to buy beer for the house on a Saturday.
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Old 17.06.2012, 17:59
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Re: Stereotyping

Noting wrong with a beer before noon,get drunk is different.
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Old 17.06.2012, 18:04
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some of us drink chocolate in the morning. for the aztec that was the drink of gods or something like that.

it's just culture
Yes, but they mixed it with chicken stock rather than milk!

I'll stick with breakfast beer, thanks.

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Old 17.06.2012, 18:06
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Noting wrong with a beer before noon,get drunk is different.
If you have a beer before noon, you won't be drunk until afternoon!

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Old 17.06.2012, 18:10
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Re: Stereotyping

I've noticed plenty of Swiss people drinking beer early in the day (or at least I assumed that they're Swiss, since they were speaking Swiss-German).
I guess drinking is just more deeply embedded in some cultures than it is in others. I still find it a little strange when I see 16-year olds drinking beer or people drinking beer on the train here, since that doesn't happen where I'm from.
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Old 17.06.2012, 18:16
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I still find it a little strange when I see 16-year olds drinking beer or people drinking beer on the train here, since that doesn't happen where I'm from.
When I was growing up in the US, plenty of 16 year olds drank beer!

They still do!

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Old 17.06.2012, 18:19
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If you have a beer before noon, you won't be drunk until afternoon!

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What if you start 0600 EST I won`t give you a groan for this,others punish you for no reasons
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I've noticed plenty of Swiss people drinking beer early in the day (or at least I assumed that they're Swiss, since they were speaking Swiss-German).
I guess drinking is just more deeply embedded in some cultures than it is in others. I still find it a little strange when I see 16-year olds drinking beer or people drinking beer on the train here, since that doesn't happen where I'm from.
You mean they don`t have paper bags where you from
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When I was growing up in the US, plenty of 16 year olds drank beer!

They still do!

Tom
Yes, but not legally!
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You mean they don`t have paper bags where you from
I grew up in a city nicknamed "Little Detroit."

And trust me, they drink out of paper bags there.
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I grew up in a city nicknamed "Little Detroit."

And trust me, they drink out of paper bags there.
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I was spending a nice morning and afternoon spend at the lakeside with my two kids, when I noticed a load of people drinking at the cafe tables - some having had too much sun and beer already. This was 12 o'clock.

My immediate reaction: "Brits". Sure enough, once in earshot the accents were immediately recognisable.

Nobody else was drinking at that time of the day, why is it always the brits?

And it's not the first time - many a time I've caught a Sleazyjet out of Edinburgh, and even at 7 in the morning, the airport bars are packed with my fellow brits. And you just know you'll be sat next to one, stinking of beer at 8am, and now he's had a few he wants to chat when all you want to do is sleep.

What is it about my fellow Brits and drinking, even at totally unsociable hours? Is it just me being a grumpy old sod for thinking what a poor image it must give to our internal travellers who witness this?
Same thing happens on many of the morning Lufthansa flights I've had out of Frankfurt. German guys ordering beers from the cart at 8am....it's not just the Brits but when I've seen that on the plane I've immediately thought German 1st if not then must be a Brit

For them perhaps cultural, for us it's what we are used to seeing and we take it as normal
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Old 18.06.2012, 09:31
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Albany didn't have open container laws when I lived there.

But they did have bars open until 4:30 AM (and would then close the doors and kick you out at 6AM), and at least one that opened from 7AM - 10AM.

Tom

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When I was living in Prague, there was a bar/restaurant opened from 6 am until 1p.m not far from my house. When I was leaving for work in the morning I could always see people drinking huge glasses of beers at 7.30 am.
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When I was living in Prague, there was a bar/restaurant opened from 6 am until 1p.m not far from my house. When I was leaving for work in the morning I could always see people drinking huge glasses of beers at 7.30 am.
Same thing in Bucharest. I used to walk past a bar every morning at 7.30 am and see men drinking pints of beer or something else...I mean..wtf??? At 7 am or 8 am??? It made me cringe every time...
No, not a British thing. It's...in many other places across Europe I guess.
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