Date: 30 Nov 2001 19:05:41 GMT
Subject: Re: Viggen vs. Aero

Nutmegger <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > says... >>>>UK counts as Europe, both geographically and politically. >> >>> That's what I always thought. >> >>Depends on the attitude of the person talking or listening, though. > Why is that? > Am I wrong for thinking that way? No, not at all, perhaps I should have used the word "perspective" rather than "attitude". >>>>Expressions such as: "I'm going to Europe" is in fact a misnomer when said >within the UK. >>> Same as - "I'd like a good hot-dog?" >>Well, now, wait a second, I've had one or two good ones. In 30+ years. > You must've been to Boston then. No, Milwaukee. Usingers makes the *best* sausages this side of the Atlantic Ocean. >>Granted, not a good ratio, but... > HA! In the UK what they call hotdogs just do not cut it! > They don't come in tin cans. Ugh; bangers? Yes, those are truly, truly disgusting. Worse than that, really. >>>>It often means: "I'm going to Calais to buy beers". >>> Don't you mean: "ALE?" >>Oh yes, Calais. What a, er, *loverly* little town. Not. >>We took the ferry accross the channel, I lost my favorite hat into the >>wind and then the water (damn!), get to Calais; it was late, and the busses >>to town had stopped running, and waited over an *hour* for a cab to take us >>to town. Cab driver was a suicidal maniac; worse than that, really. > You should know better than to wear a hat on a ferry. :) Well, where else would I store it but on my head? But yes, I know that now. >> >>Aimed for the expensive cars in traffic as a way to get where he wanted to >>go, because he knew they would get out of the way. Went for a walk, observed >>a street fight between a bicyclist and a motorist (involving the bicyclist >>ripping the mirror off of the car & smashing the windsheild with it, for >>starters), > Wow, that sounds like NYC! > Fun is..... >>got told by a shopkeeper not to touch the wares, (hard to buy stuff >>if you can't pick it up to see how much it is, neh? It was junky stuff too, >>not like we were in a crystal store or something, just trinkets), > What a SNOT! And you wonder why the English have a sterotype. Well, I think he thought we were English, rather than American. We'd been in England for several months, and all were wearing English jackets & hats (well, except for me, as I had no hat...), so I suppose it was the usual french attitude towards the English showing. But still - you know what? If you're rude to me in your shop? There's another one just down the block that sells the same crap you do. Bye, now... >>waited >>several hours to be fed at a restaurant, and, well, it wasn't much fun. >> >>Went in to buy our allotment of alcohol for the return trip to England >>(I was spending several months there on work), and they were of course happy >>to take English money, or American - at a 40% depreciated rate. They *do* >>understand certain English phrases, I found, which pleased us greatly. > Such as.....? Well, nothing I'll repeat here, but I'm sure you can guess with a high degree of certainty, at least as to intent if not exact wording. >>Ended >>up suggesting that, not only should they keep their beer, but where they could >>store it. > Oh, I see, well I really want to go there anyway! Well, I can't really say Calais is a lot of fun. Not much in the way of scenery or historical buildings, which are my biggies for travel. Paris is OK except for the people (hmm...pattern emerging here), and of course Versailles is spectacular. >> >>>>Soon this will be paid in Euros. >> >>> I know this is WAY off topic but..... >>> What does that mean to the UK's economy? >>> What countries are going in on them? >> >>Far as I know, all of "Western Europe". Norway is specifically excluding >>themselves, which I think is the right thing to do. I can see why they >>don't want to be in it. > I can see why none of the people are happy about it. Well, I don't know if *none* are, but I can see why Norway stayed out of it. They have much more to lose by it than to gain. >> >>> The whole thing just seems economically strange to me, I just can not grasp it. >>Well, it'd be like, say, having the same money in Wisconsin and California. >>It is a bit of a pain to have many different flavors of cash to spend, >>depending on where you happen to be at the time. > So what, that is part of being in a different country! I see the culture in > currency. I agree, but I can see some of the reasons for doing it. I'm just amazed that something like that ever went through, all things considered. >>Lots of shops will take >>foreign currency, but for an obscene rate. So, I suppose it'll cut down >>on that a bit, but I can't understand why one country would be willing to >>tie their economy to another's as that. > Me neither, although their aim may be stability it could backfire too. It just > seems like one could pull them all down, or one could carry the weight of many. >> Yup. >>Dave "I just wish the USA had gone with something like the UK Pound coin >>instead of that silly gold dollar" Hinz > HEY - I like the silly gold dollar and all the statehood quarters too! Well, the English pound coin is really cool. Take 3 nickels, and stack them together. Pretend that's one coin, that's worth a buck and a half, and that it's brass-colored. MUCH more useful in a pocket than, say, the gold dollar we have which was designed to be the same size as the SBD dollar, which failed because of it's size. I mean, talk about ignoring the basic design flaw of a coin; it's size is wrong, and then replacing it with somethign which has exactly the same fatal flaw. > ~J~ > Remove "Junk" to reply Wow. Topic-drift, anyone? Dave "um...I saw a Saab 96 in London, right by the Albert Hall. There." Hinz

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