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    "After careful consideration" = I flipped a coin

    "After exhaustive testing with our state of the art laboratory equipment" = I did manage to switch the bloody thing on but then it gave off a "ping!" and went dead
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    To αγαπημένο μου, που το έχω πει πολλές φορές είναι: the next stage of this research will be...
    και ακολουθεί επιστημονική φαντασία που μεταφράζεται ως: τώρα που ήρθα στο συνέδριό σας με πληρωμένα τα έξοδα, σιγά μην ξανασχοληθώ με αυτές τις βλακείες.

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    What Londoners say vs. what they mean:

    1. “London prices” — Rip-off prices.
    2. “Sorry” —
    I’m not sorry.
    3. “Sorry” —
    You have just trodden on my foot, and I loathe you with every fibre of my being.
    4. “Excuse me” —
    You have paused momentarily at the ticket barrier and I am boiling with rage.
    5. “My fault entirely” —
    Your fault entirely.
    6. “I’m fine, thanks” — I am barely managing to conceal a churning maelstrom of emotions.
    7. “How are you?” —
    Fine. Just say fine.
    8. “See you Saturday!” —
    Don’t forget to email me twice to make sure that we’re actually meeting on Saturday.
    9. “Let’s have lunch” —
    Let’s walk to Pret and back as fast as we can.
    10. “I’m having a party in Wimbledon, come along” —
    Please travel for four and a half hours as I live in the middle of bloody nowhere.
    11. “Open for business” —
    Oligarchs welcome.
    12. “Centre of global finance” —
    Money launderers’ paradise.
    13. “My commute? It’s not too bad. About average” —
    It involves three modes of transport, takes hours each day, and is slowly crushing my spirit.
    14. “Could you move down a bit please?” —
    I’m not asking, I’m telling.
    15. “Could you move down a bit please?” —
    I am seconds away from a devastating mental collapse.
    16. “Could you move down a bit please?” —
    If you don’t, I will start killing indiscriminately.
    17. “Due to adverse weather conditions” —
    It was a bit windy earlier.
    18. “Due to the wet weather conditions” —
    A tiny amount of rain has fallen.
    19. “Please take care when…” —
    Don’t you dare blame us if…
    20. “We apologise for the inconvenience caused” —
    Via the medium of this dehumanised pre-recorded message.
    21. “Due to a signalling failure…” —
    Due to an excuse we just made up…
    22. “Rail replacement bus service” —
    Slow, agonising descent into madness.
    23. “There is a good service on all London Underground lines” —
    Though this very much depends how you define “good”.
    24. “Planned engineering works” —
    That’s your weekend plans fucked, then.
    25. “Would Inspector Sands please report to the operations room immediately” —
    Ohgodohgod everybody panic, we’re all about to die.
    26. “Annual fare increase” — We’re rinsing you suckers for even more money. Again.
    27. “House party in Tooting? See you there!” —
    South of the river? No fucking chance.
    28. “I live in Zone One” —
    I am unimaginably wealthy.
    29. “The area is really up and coming” —
    Only one tramp shouts at me in the morning.
    30. “Vibrant” —
    Actual poor people live here.
    31. “Gentrification” — I am so glad they’re rid of the poor people.
    32. “Gentrified” —
    Oh bollocks now I can’t afford to live here either.
    33. “Efficient use of space” —
    Microscopic.
    34. “Studio flat” —
    Bedsit.
    35. “Incredible potential” —
    Absolute shithole.
    36. “Affordable” —
    Uninhabitable.
    37. “Deceptively spacious” —
    Basically a cupboard.
    38. “Good transport links” —
    There’s a bus stop 10 minutes’ walk away.
    39. “Authentic” —
    Fake.
    40. “I just bought a flat” —
    My parents just helped me buy a flat.
    41. “Swift half” —
    Many, many, many, many halves.
    42. “Quick pint” —
    In the pub until closing time.
    43. “We’re going on a date” —
    We’re getting pissed together.
    44. “Picnic” —
    Daytime piss-up.
    45. “Barbecue” —
    Piss-up in the garden.
    46. “South London” —
    Here be monsters.
    47. “West London” —
    Here be posh people.
    48. “East London” —
    Here be young people.
    49. “North London” —
    Here be newspaper columnists.
    50. “Oxford Circus” —
    Roiling hellscape.
    51. “Tech city” —
    Bunch of startups you’ve never heard of.
    52. “London has some of the best restaurants in the world” —
    So how come I always end up at Nandos?
    53. “London is full of cultural delights” —
    Which I never visit.
    54. “Gourmet coffee” —
    Ludicrously overpriced coffee.
    55. “Exciting pop-up restaurant” —
    You guys like queuing, right?
    56. “We have a no bookings policy” —
    We hate our customers.
    57. “This pub has character” —
    This is not a gastropub, and I’m scared.
    58. “Traditional boozer” —
    Pub that does not serve wasabi peas.
    59. “What do you do?” —
    How much do you earn?
    60. “He works in finance” —
    He’s a psycho.
    61. “He works in media” —
    He’s a wanker.
    62. “He works in PR” —
    He’s a bullshitter.
    63. “He works in tech” —
    He’s got a blog.
    64. “Working hours” —
    Waking hours.
    65. “Greatest city on earth” —
    Apart from New York.
    66. “You know what they say: He who is tired of London…” —
    I am so tired of London.


    www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/what-londoners-say-vs-what-they-mean
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Και είναι ΟΛΑ αληθινά.

    Εκτός από το 28 και το 47, γιατί δεν με θεωρώ προνομιούχα, αλλά ζω σε τέτοια περιοχή.

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    Τι λέει ένας Βρετανός για τους Αμερικανούς σε σχέση με τους Βρετανούς:



    Last Week Tonight took off for the July 4th weekend, but before heading off to their barbecues, John Oliver taped a web exclusive detailing what Americans sacrificed by declaring independence from Britain. "As you know, since 1776, you've done very well as a nation, but it might be worth thinking about just a handful of things that you gave up when kicking Britain unceremoniously out of this country," Oliver said.

    "First, there is the matter of your accents, because these beautiful vowel sounds could have been yours," Oliver said, spotlighting his own pronunciation, "but instead, from sea to shining sea, you speak like you just burnt your tongue on a hot apple pit."

    Oliver then listed distinctly British items like Bolo hats
    [στδ: sic; there go some vowels from "bowler hat"] and meat pies as just some of what Americans are missing out on because they emancipated themselves from Britain.

    "But the thing that Americans are really missing out on is pessimism," Oliver added. "Americans are optimistic people that believe that the sky is the limit, whereas in Britain, we are painfully aware of our limits. In fact, just look at the British sky itself; even the sun is incapable of asserting itself there.
    British people never make the mistake of developing self-esteem because no matter what we achieve, deep down, we know we'll never be as good as the Queen, which is to say, an elderly woman who frowns for a living."

    In the end, Oliver admitted that the United States is "honestly, way better off the way that things are."

    http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/...usive-20160704



    "I Brexit'd before it was cool."
    ~ George Washington

    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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