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Old 04.04.2012, 18:06
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British expats abroad criticised

William Hague criticises 'time-wasting' Britons abroad



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They included a caller who had lost their false teeth, and a tourist asking how to say "I love you" in Hungarian, the foreign secretary said.
A Briton in Greece struggling to erect a chicken coop also called, he said.



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How could these guys manage an empire?
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Old 04.04.2012, 18:58
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Re: British expats abroad criticised

Ahem, point of order m'lud - it's about Brits on holiday, not expats (though granted the one asking about a chicken coop might have been a resident).
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"They included a caller who had lost their false teeth, and a tourist asking how to say "I love you" in Hungarian, the foreign secretary said."

Plan for my old age: To avoid such situations, always carry extra false teeth in purse.
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Old 04.04.2012, 19:31
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Re: British expats abroad criticised

Brits on Holliday.... I could write a book about it and I have been less than a year in this touristic city.

I could also write a book about the Americans, the French, etc... They are mostly all the same with some specifics differences.

The tourist season is open, does it mean I can shoot them?
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Old 04.04.2012, 19:36
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It is now the mating season, so the shooting is definitely forbidden.
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Old 04.04.2012, 19:42
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Re: British expats abroad criticised

To be honest, I wouldn't mind them spending their time helping with such "problems" as they seem to have little else to do. The UK embassies in most countries offer very few services at all.
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A) How many British tourists are enroute per year ?
B) How many British expats live outside the UK ?
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And this foreign minister jumps on a few example of a bit dull and silly and possibly heavily drunk compatriots ?

Far worse for the U.K. than having some "time-wasting" chaps abroad clearly is to have a time-wasting foreign minister
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Well the instructions were probably in Greek and the local chicken coop builder chap was probably off rioting.

Where else was this decent fellow supposed to turn?

I blame the Germans.
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Brits on Holliday.... I could write a book about it and I have been less than a year in this touristic city.

I could also write a book about the Americans, the French, etc... They are mostly all the same with some specifics differences.

The tourist season is open, does it mean I can shoot them?
My friends in Berlin used to keep raw rotten eggs for the purpose - worked a treat. Also for the tourist coaches that used to park on the road below them and keep the engine running for hours for the air conditioning. Unlikely to do much of an injury, difficult to see the provenance, et voilà

Drunk Brits (or any other drunk tourist) mating in the street need shooting, exactly now, during the mating season (at least stop them from breeding).
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Re: British expats abroad criticised

Someone told me about this here, and seeing few unfortunate flat eggs here and there in the street, I believe it is well known here too.

I did have few moments where I was going to the fridge to get few eggs, but since I always waited too long, they were gone before I could get into this great cultural practice.
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Brits on Holliday.... I could write a book about it and I have been less than a year in this touristic city

Brits always get a bad rep for their holiday antics and/or expat behaviour and cultural cohesion.

I often laugh this off with, have you been to England? Have you seen what the foreigners have done to our country? PAY BACK TIME BABY!!!!
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My friends in Berlin used to keep raw rotten eggs for the purpose - worked a treat. Also for the tourist coaches that used to park on the road below them and keep the engine running for hours for the air conditioning. Unlikely to do much of an injury, difficult to see the provenance, et voilà

Drunk Brits (or any other drunk tourist) mating in the street need shooting, exactly now, during the mating season (at least stop them from breeding).
When we lived in an appartment in Carouge it could get quite noisy when the bars turned out, hubbie used to keep a supply of small plastic bags filled with water to drop on them.... one of the worst offenders turned out to be the concierge's son. We had a really hard job keeping a straight face when she was telling us about the hooligans from the block-next-door that had soaked him early one morning!!!
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Sadly SOME Brits on holiday are indeed a total disgrace. Ask anybody who lives in central Budapest or Kracow- and hmmm in Barcelona or Ibiza, Benidorm,e tc. They are of course a minority, but the sight of them shouting obscenities, pi***ng and pu*ing every where, girls with practically nothing on but hanging bellies - is sadly what gets stuck in so many peoples' mind, and gives all a terrible reputation. Soooo sad and pathetic.

Groan me if you wish, I love England and most who sail in her ... but! Vicky Pollard lives OK, and I am NOT a snob. Mind you any of you who have been to central Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham or indeed my local Leicester and Nottigham, will know exactly what I mean, I'm sure.
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Sadly SOME of all nationalities on holiday are indeed a total disgrace. Ask anybody who lives in central Budapest or Kracow- and hmmm in Barcelona or Ibiza, Benidorm,e tc. They are of course a minority, but the sight of them shouting obscenities, pi***ng and pu*ing every where, girls with practically nothing on but hanging bellies - is sadly what gets stuck in so many peoples' mind, and gives all a terrible reputation. Soooo sad and pathetic.

Groan me if you wish, I love England and most who sail in her ... but! Vicky Pollard lives OK, and I am NOT a snob. Mind you any of you who have been to central Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham or indeed my local Leicester and Nottigham, will know exactly what I mean, I'm sure.
Fixed that for you
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Sadly SOME Brits on holiday are indeed a total disgrace. Ask anybody who lives in central Budapest or Kracow- and hmmm in Barcelona or Ibiza, Benidorm,e tc.
May I add Bratislava to that list? That was one city that I lived in, where I was very clear to let central shop keepers know that I had a nonBritish passport.

I was told that ten years ago, being oncall at the consulate meant having a quiet weekend, doing nothing. But by five years ago, it meant being busy every weekend, dealing with fellow countrymen on holiday, who had lost their money, passports, had spent the night in jail drunk, etc. And I am not going to repeat the story of what was done to the lifesized fibreglass cow statue.
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Well yes... and no, those 'some' Brits have a 'style' all of their own, I can assure you. Ever been to Benidorm? In those foreign cities I've mentioned, it is defo the 'some' Brits who behave in that appalling way. As I love England, I wish that weren't true, but sadly, it is
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Re: British expats abroad criticised

I dont know why they say Brits It should really be "Adolescents abroad on binge trips" (regardless of nationality) or am I off the mark here on this topic
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I wonder how many times the Bern consulate had phonecalls asking about brown sugar and the sub CHF 120k poverty line?

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Re: British expats abroad criticised

What Mr. Hague fails to mention is the honourary vice consuls who work as volunteers and handle many of the trivial questions that expats have for free.

These have recently been cut as part of a cost cutting measure.

In Basel, Alan Chalmers did a great job representing the interests of the UK expat community. He is also an affable chap who was happy to sign passport forms etc?

The ConDems want a "big society" so they fire volunteers.

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