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    I am the cookie cutter! Sums me up perfectly - apart from that weird music era thing, I am definitely into my handbag house.....

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    Oh look, it's Smeg.
    Having a quote from someone on the Forum as your signature. Legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest Guru View Post

    I also do some academic work for a few of British Universities

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    Quote Originally Posted by venting View Post
    I don't think anyone has a beef with Welsh...
    Only some of 'em...Nigel Owens, that Welsh rugby referee, sheesh. Pot-bellied bandy-legged bugger had to keep blowing on his whistle to stop play because he couldn't keep up. To be fair though, that probably isn't a defect of the Welsh as that sort of thing could happen in any population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venting View Post
    I don't think anyone has a beef with Welsh, Scots or (northern) Irish.
    That's because no one can understand a word they say. Give me a neutral Aussie or Kiwi accent any day. (Or God forbid ... even a South "Ifrican" if the pickings were slim)


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    Dear Guest Guru,

    I have looked carefully at your list of ten characteristics, and can honestly say that only two of them apply to me.

    I have never voted Tory (and never will), and I am also a bit of a stickler for grammar - although my colleagues regard me as more of an expert than a stickler or a pedant. I am, however, a little surprised that a learned intellectual, such as your good self, would be guilty of such egregious generalisation.

    I look forward to reading a more reasoned presentation of your hypothesis, so that we may engage in a sophisticated academic debate.

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    1. Anti-American Not since Obama
    2. Anti-Christianity (which they feel a need to express frequently) Don't really dig on religions
    3. Working class socialist (or at least far left) in political orientation I don't believe in isms, only good solutions
    4. Hatred for American slang That's what she said
    5. Listen to pop/rock music from a different era Try "different century"
    6. Condescending attitude towards Thai and other “non-native speakers”, especially Thai teachers and administrators Nope
    7. A tad anal over grammar rules Nope
    8. Sticklers for classroom rules We're supposed to have rules now?
    9. Grumpy and complain quite often about working conditions Who's working?
    10. Pessimistic about the future with low to moderate ambitions Meh, who cares?
    This space for rent.

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    OK, I'll copy WB's style for my points.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guest Guru View Post
    1. Anti-American Nope
    2. Anti-Christianity (which they feel a need to express frequently) I'm not anti any religious following, yet not pro any either. People who preach religion really get on my nerves. It's usually Christians who do this, and for their own limited version of it.
    3. Working class socialist (or at least far left) in political orientation I have no idea what left or right is in politics as I find discussion of politics extrmely boring. From GG's descrition, it seems like left is socialist so in favour of easy handouts like welfare for people who don't contribute to society.
    4. Hatred for American slang I'm not sure what this means.
    5. Listen to pop/rock music from a different era How about from many different eras?
    6. Condescending attitude towards Thai and other “non-native speakers”, especially Thai teachers and administrators I haven't seen this from any native speaking teachers that I've worked with.
    7. A tad anal over grammar rules. ME! ME! ME! How about spelling?
    8. Sticklers for classroom rules This depends on many other factors.
    9. Grumpy and complain quite often about working conditions Again, I don't really have experience with this. I must have worked at good schools.
    10. Pessimistic about the future with low to moderate ambitions This is another point that I don't understand.

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    Are Brits and Canucks one and the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachermark View Post
    Are Brits and Canucks one and the same?
    No, of course not. Canada is the best country in the world, with the bestest people, all strong, attractive, mature, hot, sexy, gorgeous, honest, intellectual, hard working, beautiful, non criminal, trustworthy, caring, loving, and any other positive adjective you can add.

    Canada is number one! Rah rah rah!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    It's usually Christians who do this
    ...I see you've had limited experience with Muslim culture...

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    TC, when I first started working in Dubai, every second person asked me if I was Christian. These Christians preached and blabbered on endlessly. Even when they were reminded that they were in a Muslim country, they had no clue. I avoided these people like the plague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest Guru View Post
    1. Anti-American.
    America's great, except for the South of course.

    2. Anti-Christianity (which they feel a need to express frequently).
    Vehemently

    3. Working class socialist (or at least far left) in political orientation
    Working class social capitalist since you asked. Never voted Tory as they haven't existed since 1834.

    4. Hatred for American slang
    Innit.

    5. Listen to pop/rock music from a different era
    Doesn't every middle aged person?

    6. Condescending attitude towards Thai and other “non-native speakers”, especially Thai teachers and administrators
    Admin?. Yes. Thai teachers? Some. 'Non native speakers?' I hate the world!

    7. A tad anal over grammar rules
    What's grammar? I'm a science (technical vocab) teacher.

    8. Sticklers for classroom rules
    No point. We can't enforce them (it).

    9. Grumpy and complain quite often about working conditions
    Quite often? Daily, hourly or sometimes minutely.

    10. Pessimistic about the future with low to moderate ambitions
    Go-getter! Got my eye firmly on that 60k pm native speaker ceiling in 10 years time.
    I had to write something here.

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