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Old 26.05.2011, 18:07
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note the smiley
Oh, I deliberately ignored that for the desired effect.
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:10
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That's very direct of you.
Looks like you are the only one who got it...Helm definitely didn't. So I can guess who of you is female.

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Old 26.05.2011, 18:11
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For the record (and those who read the article till the end): During my last beach vacations have I seen far more Arsenal- than Bayern- towels reserving chairs at the pool long before breakfast... I sometimes thought some Brits put them there after their last beer in the night already.

(I could not care less and never understood why people want to sit at a pool if you spend thousands to fly to some stunning beach... but that's just me.)

P.S: Boy would I be unhappy if this crap journalism was paid with MY tax money...
I must introduce you to my husband - I think you would get on like a house on fire
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:12
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Looks like you are the only one who got it...Helm definitely didn't. So I can guess who of you is female.
Are you sure you are German??
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:14
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Are you sure you are German??
Why? I thought I am supposed to be direct...
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:17
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Oh, I deliberately ignored that for the desired effect.
You naughty naughty boy! If you continue to try to bait me like that, I'll send a whole kindergarten to your lawn!
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:17
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Why? I thought I am supposed to be direct...
With that I concur ... but you also seem to have a sense of humour
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:17
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You are ... you have a sense of humour
And that would make me not get on with your husband? That's a pity...
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Old 26.05.2011, 18:21
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And that would make me not get on with your husband? That's a pity...
And there is yet another example of the fantastic German efficiency - you picked up my post in the millisecond that I was editing it!!! Actually, I have no doubt that you would get on with him
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Old 26.05.2011, 19:17
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During my last beach vacations have I seen far more Arsenal- than Bayern- towels reserving chairs at the pool long before breakfast...
Phew that's ok, can't have been us. I'm a Spurs supporter, son is Liverpool and UTH is of course The Hatters
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Old 26.05.2011, 20:23
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Re: To the Germans, the British are liars.

**Generalizations warning**

I'd say that the Germans don't have a pre-programed craving for disappointment and failure like the Brits do, meaning that they don't need to resort to humor to try to explain their shortcomings and inadequacies. A Brit will always use some cliché or irony to cover over some epic fail of the day, whereas the German will hatch up a cunning plan to make sure that the same situation isn't repeated. Which, of course, has the net effect of ensuring that the Brits have to dig back further and further into prehistoric times to wheel out some remote success story.

**Generalizations over, carry on as you were....**
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Old 26.05.2011, 20:39
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**Generalizations warning**

I'd say that the Germans don't have a pre-programed craving for disappointment and failure like the Brits do, meaning that they don't need to resort to humor to try to explain their shortcomings and inadequacies. A Brit will always use some cliché or irony to cover over some epic fail of the day, whereas the German will hatch up a cunning plan to make sure that the same situation isn't repeated. Which, of course, has the net effect of ensuring that the Brits have to dig back further and further into prehistoric times to wheel out some remote success story.

**Generalizations over, carry on as you were....**
ROFL, we won mate.
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Old 26.05.2011, 20:46
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ROFL, we won mate.

Won what though? Britain's economy collapsed when everyone else was rebuilding. Germany still produces products that people want and need, but that's off topic so you keep yourself amused with stuff your grandparents fought for and I'll get on with 2011....
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Old 26.05.2011, 20:55
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They started it !!

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There are Britons in Berlin who get taken aback by the directness of Germans. And there are Germans who get really annoyed when Britons (and Americans), in an effort to appear friendly, say things they don't really mean. Some Germans call this "lying".


So next time a German lady says "Does my bum look big in this..." , lay it on thick.

How on Earth can German husbands live with German wives without small talk and 'feigned' interest ???
A colleague once she asked me, "do you want to go have dinner after work?"

Immediately I cringed, because when I hear things like "dine" or "restaurant", I immediately have images of 100+CHF flying out of my wallet. But in that split second, I thought about it, and the logistics of getting back home to walk/feed dogs, change clothes, and get back to the Center, and then replied, "Sure. I could meet you at 7:00."

With hands on hips and a scowl crossing her face, she said, "Well, if you don't want to go, why don't you just say so!?!"

...but she wasn't German.
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Old 26.05.2011, 21:16
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ROFL, we won mate.
When? In 66? At that other occasion, it was your old colonies that saved your asses.
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Re: To the Germans, the British are liars.

Last time we discussed that, it was about secret santa. I was very honnest and told the forum readers that I had warned everybody about not wanting to be involved in any way and that I just put the kitschy present in the bin because somebody obviously didn't think I was serious. I was profusely groaned at with red blobbies for this honesty: I then learned that lying to poeple with a hypocritical thank you was more important to anglo-american culture than it was to very continental me. Are you all liars? I never said so, but the message then was clearly that many of you though I should be lying just to be nice. To us Germans, there is nothing nice about lying, to you, there obviously is... I accept that and will now think about your feelings out of care for cultural differences. Will you too?
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Some women actually preffer honesty to a feigned interest. Better to hear "your hair looks like a cow munched on it" than going into the street without combing the hair because husband said "you look... original".
It all depends on the tone of voice. Brits often say something which means the opposite of what they're thinking. "You look...original" said in the right tone of voice can mean "your hair looks like a cow munched on it." It's not lying, it's called irony.

Ditto when an Englishman looks out of the window at the pouring rain and says "Lovely day for a stroll!" He's not lying. He's being ironic.

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On the other hand, it is now the German directness that is economically saving Europe's ass
It's ironic because the German banks are up to their necks in Peripheral Debt. Germany has two choices - bail out the PIGS - or let them fail on their debt in which case Germany has to bail out it's own banks. Bail out the debtors or bail out the lenders. Either way it amounts to the same thing. Germans saving their own ass.
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Old 26.05.2011, 21:45
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When? In 66? At that other occasion, it was your old colonies that saved your asses.
Erm... OK, we won those then. Dude, Germany was The Evil Empire and we saved the world. To imply Great Britain has an inferiority complex and that Germans are somehow innate winners is preposterous.
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Old 26.05.2011, 22:34
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my german colleagues at work are very polite and courteous, they're rarely blunt
Not "blunt" but in general rather "direct" .... and that even without alcohol
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Old 26.05.2011, 22:36
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It's ironic because the German banks are up to their necks in Peripheral Debt. Germany has two choices - bail out the PIGS - or let them fail on their debt in which case Germany has to bail out it's own banks. Bail out the debtors or bail out the lenders. Either way it amounts to the same thing. Germans saving their own ass.
I don't think this thread is the right one for the Euro discussion, but in short: It's not "all German banks" that went all crazy, but specifically the state owned ones - various Landesbanken. So it is actually in the end in one form or another the government who would bail out government owned banks... some civil servants tried to play wall street and nobody seems to have the guts to give those networks of political friends the kick they deserve.

The German industry on the other hand is still a winner. The bail out would hurt your private money, the export oriented industry actually benefits from the low Euro.
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