Cos we’re a nation of emasculated brown-nosers, fighting amongst ourselves over the scraps, periodically pulling on our boots to go and take out our frustrations on weaker nations, while the rest of the world looks on in disgust.. sneering at the way we try to cover our shame with pomposity
maybe..?Posted 4 years agocheekyboyMember
I don’t think the brits are pessimistic, its just the self deprecating/mocking is usually mistaken for pessimism. Far better than being a loud brash boastful bore.
Spot on, genuine self deprecation is a joyous thing and ought to be part of the national curriculum, in fact all immigrants taking the citizenship test ought to be sent on a piss taking course, those who fail can be sent to the USPosted 4 years agobrattySubscriber
Just reading the thread about the Olympics going to Japan which of course triggered a general pessimistic anti-UK response. Why are we on average so downbeat and cynical… ok, it is good to be realistic, but too much cynicism is destructive. I could understand it if we all lived in Portsmouth or Luton, but what about the rest of you? Why the long face?Posted 4 years ago
As above, I think it’s actually an extremely complex and wonderful thing. It’s very rare you will find what we do anywhere else in the world and is almost always hugely mistaken for pessimism. Some American’s get it so I wouldn’t be too harsh on them but Europeans haven’t got a chance.
I’ve watched people being introduced to non-brits as ‘a bit of a tosser’ and ‘a fat knacker who smells’ which is extremely humorous for all brits involved and massively embarassing for everyone else.Posted 4 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
…all immigrants taking the citizenship test ought to be sent on a piss taking course…
As an alternative to hospital staff killing themselves because they’ve been made to look a bit foolish by an Australian radio presenter, this idea has got some merit.Posted 4 years agopatriotproMember
Just reading the thread about the Olympics going to Japan which of course triggered a general pessimistic anti-UK response. Why are we
So you’ve read a thread (on here I presume) which has caused you to start a thread moaning about how you have concluded from said thread that an entire nation must therefore be pessimistic…
Yer can’t be serious, yer just can’t be…Posted 4 years agobrattySubscriber
No it’s not just 1 thread on here (there have been thousands of other examples of pessimism on here!) and it is not p!ss taking I was refering to, more the general reaction to moan and berate ourselves that goes well beyond self-depreciation and into self hatred. To hear some people speak, you would think we had the economy of Greece, the law and order of Syria, the sporting success of Iceland, the climate of…. well whichever county which is too hot or cold or wet for you.
I think that the country may have some bad points, but overall, it is not such a bad place.
Having said that I am currently an ex-pat…. 🙂Posted 4 years agoInbred456Member
After spending most of the weekend driving around South Yorkshire to find my Father in law a car I’ll gladly take the NE and all its foibles thank you very much. I know the riding is good but you still have to live and work there. Maybe we are all pessimists up here because the football is so bad!Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
The thing about pessimist is that they are often pleasantly surprised.
I find any glimmer of hope is quickly overwhelmed by the raising of my expectations that there must be something even worse than I’d feared lurking around the next next corner ready to balance it out.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
The weather/the media. Recently the weather has been decent and everyone has seemed pretty happy. When the media was positive and not full of misery during the Olympics everyone seemed happy.
In general this country is an amazing place to live – but there is a lot of whining about it.
Ah that ull be the do-gooders self-beating their nation in attempt to be even more ridiculously pc than they are already…
Yeah, thank god the Daily Mail/Express is there to give us a nice positive message about our country eh?Posted 4 years ago
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