Tuesday, July 08, 2014

English racism; Nepotism; Brazil and Germany; & The name game.


Writing about Dickens, George Orwell opines: One very striking thing about Dickens - especially considering the time he lived in - is his lack of vulgar nationalism. All people who have reached the point of becoming nations tend to despise foreigners, but there is not much doubt that the English-speaking races are the worst offenders. One can see this from the fact that as soon as they become aware of any foreign race, they invent an insulting nickname for it. . . Till very recently all English children were brought up to despise the southern Europe races, and history as taught in schools was mainly a list of battles won by the English. This was written in 1939 but, as I said the other day there are at least a few Spaniards who think it's still true. Mainly, it seems, because Britain won't give up Gibraltar. Any more than Spain will give up her African possessions.

The latest gem from the ex-President of Ourense, charged with nepotism, is that, despite 30 years in his position, he had no idea that jobs in his administration were supposed to be advertised. None so ignorant . . .

I watched the Brazil-Germany game tonight with about 20 Brazilians. At half time, I left the bar and came home, before anyone topped himself. Myself, I had a sneaking suspicion Brazil weren't going to score 6 goals in 45 minutes. Or 145, for that matter.

Talking about the World Cup: HT to the BBC for this citation from the Sydney Morning Herald:- Germany, who are forbidden from having sex the night before a game, orchestrated a come-from-behind victory over Algeria,

Finally . . . The kids' game called Snakes and Ladders in the UK is Chutes and Ladders in the USA. Wonder why. Which reminds me . . . An old friend in New Orleans tells me that, when he opened last night's blog, he got a pop-up of a cat doing something. Anyone else?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Certainly, the British, and especially English, is the most racist people in the world. In Spain itself, we have to endure the British racism. Makes me laugh when you talk about the racism of the Spaniards.

Colin Davies said...

I'm delighted I can bring a smile to your sour face.

Do tell us where in Spain this British 'racism' takes place.

I'm also impressed you've lived all over the world and know of what you speak.

Have you any idea of how racist the Japanese are, for example?

Perry said...

The Japanese are sensibly racist. Good luck to them. A shared monoculture means everyone shares the same values, behaviour & success.

The Roman Republic & subsequent Empire was originally multiracial (not multicultural) under the Pax Romana, & it is from them that we learned that when in Rome, do as the Romans do! Learn Latin......

Not being afflicted with a need to believe in an afterlife, I still find some value in reading the writings of those who do. Dr. Ernest L. Martin wrote copiously & I've provided a link to a chapter that explains "Change".

"Historians have recognized that a tremendous change of attitude and/or temperament took place in the people of Italy, North Africa (and even Spain and Gaul) between the 2nd century B.C.E. and the 3rd century C.E. The truth is, it wasn’t that the native populations (that is, the early Latins, Etruscans, Celts, etc.) changed their basic temperaments. Something very different happened. These areas of western Europe were deluged by great influxes of peoples from other areas of the Roman Empire, notably from the east. It wasn’t the temperament of the people that changed, it was the race."

http://www.askelm.com/people/peo011.htm

More:

http://www.askelm.com/index.asp

Colin Davies said...

Thanks, Perry. Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Costa del sol and the east south of Sapin.I read long ago in a forum on the Costa de Sol. Someone complained of mistreatment by the British residents. In particular the British ghettos.

Anonymous said...

The Japanese beauty in general envy of the European people. It is not racism, it's envy.

Anonymous said...

In Japan,The manga drawings, cartoons always have European features. They are always Blond, brown, redheads, blue, green, gray eyes.

Colin Davies said...

I don't know why I bother but . . .


"Costa del sol and the east south of Sapin.I read long ago in a forum on the Costa de Sol. Someone complained of mistreatment by the British residents. In particular the British ghettos."

So you think all (inexcusable) bad behaviour is driven by racism, do you?

Do you consider the Spanish and the British to be of different races? If so, which are they?

Have you ever been to Japan? Do you know anything about the society other than foreigners have blue eyes, etc. in Manga comics (as does everyone in Spanish commercials)?

Anonymous said...

Well, I can distinguish in general, a British of Spanish from afar. The Japanese are more ugly, honestly.

James Atkinson said...

Re the above comment, as the americans say, "you can't get there from here".

Perry said...

Colin,

Please delete nonny mouse posts. They are not worth reading; being written by cowardly cretins. Who gives a FF about their opinions?

Eradicate, eliminate, extinguish, exterminate, extirpate, erase, expunge the nameless trash, who have not the courage of their convictions to back up their povs.

Banish them hence.

Anonymous said...

Why? You probably also believe that European people are more beautiful than Asian in general. Europeans are more diverse, blonde, brown, red, blue eyes, brown, green, gray, higher, lower., Asians are all the same

eljay said...

I've always heard that Snakes and Ladders was changed for the US kids because of a belief that the snakes were too scary. No idea if this is really true, but it does make a sort of sense. All the game manufacturers in the US would take traditional games from elsewhere and rebrand them for their own purposes.

Colin Davies said...

Perry, I regularly wonder about this. One more example and I think I will change my settings. Life is too short to have to read and (sometimes) respond to nonsense.

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