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Old Jun 12th 2012, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Giantaxe View Post
You need to update your location to NYC - it still says Colorado.
What is good for New York is good for Colorado.

Plus it allows one to claim asylum in London.

I never knew Boris was a Yank.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 6:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Boiler View Post
What is good for New York is good for Colorado.
I didn't realize that NYC ordinances were enforced in Colorado. Thanks for setting me straight on that.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 6:25 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Originally Posted by Boiler View Post
I never knew Boris was a Yank.
Boris has a very colourful background, including being the great-grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a Minister in an Ottoman government.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 7:59 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Originally Posted by Boiler View Post

I never knew Boris was a Yank.
He did renounce his citizenship I believe, mainly so he wouldn't have to use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the country.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by cluedweasel View Post
He did renounce his citizenship I believe, mainly so he wouldn't have to use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the country.
And seeing as he regards the fee of £250k for his Torygraph column as "chicken feed" potentially he could have faced a big tax liability from the US too. IIRC he said that he never realised he was a USC until a CBP officer asked why he wasn't using his US passport to enter the country.
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Old Jun 12th 2012, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by kimilseung View Post
Boris has a very colourful background, including being the great-grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a Minister in an Ottoman government.
Much as I dislike Bozza for his politics, his episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" was really good. "Aha! Ich habe der mystery gesolved!"
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by Egon View Post
This is my main source of frustration - it amazes me how prevalent it is too. That and the fact it's often found alongside the assumption that 1776 is the most important year in British history and that we must treat each 4th July as a day or mourning.

Though that said, I'm sure Germans find life in Britain obnoxious at times for similar reasons.
Yeah, because every 15 September, and every 8 May we have a really big hoolley and get in the nearest German's face and tell them we won the war... NOT!
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by BubbleChog View Post
So true. my otherwise sensible friends glom it down and keep offering it to me and are shocked and appalled when i point out it takes like regurgitated margarine and i'd rather not partake in that "chocolate'
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You are too nice.

It smells like dog shit.

And tastes like Vegimite.

That's too kinds of evil, in just one lump...
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
With the NHS, you have the Death Panels to contend with. Whereas in America you never know when you'll come across them..
I'm miffed. All the time me, but mostly the rest of my family - major major surgery for SWMBO, a trip to Death's own door and 3 weeks in a coma for father in law... Are you telling me I missed out on a Death Panel?

FFS - I paid my tax, I paid my stamp... Where's my effing Death Panel? Reserved for rich bastards no doubt... [email protected]
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by Yorkieabroad View Post
Least favorite has to be the total tossers driving SUV's with a cellphone in one hand, Starbucks in the other and the crowning glory, a freakin poodle on their laps. Anyone who drives with a live animal on their lap should have their car crushed into little pieces, be banned for life and have "I'm too stoopid to drive" tattooed across their foreheads.
In this situation, any person known as 'Clever Dick' needs to be out on some kind of register...
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 3:06 am
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And here's me thinking the dogs looked happy cos they got to put their noses out the window.....
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 4:01 am
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Oh yeah...the friggin' imperial measurement system. Helping your kid with their homework when the answer is in ft/sec, or square inches, or yards, or pounds. FFS! Get into the 21st century!
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Old Jun 13th 2012, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by cluedweasel View Post
Just got an alert on my phone about someone being diagnosed with bubonic plague just down the road. I know this place is in the dark ages but that's taking it to extremes more than a little.
http://www.ktvz.com/news/31180725/detail.html
Yep, the US has had plague cases in the western states, usually a few hundred cases or fewer per year in the 90s. Numbers have been lower since the naughties began, but it's here in the Americas, according to the CDC's plague map: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/plague/world98.htm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Originally Posted by HarryTheSpider View Post
Yeah, because every 15 September, and every 8 May we have a really big hoolley and get in the nearest German's face and tell them we won the war... NOT!
No, but every time England plays Germany in football the papers are filled with images of Spitfires and so on.

That said, I think there should be a '4th of July Retorts' thread where we all share tips on what to fire back at smart arses.

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Old Jun 13th 2012, 2:19 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Originally Posted by Egon View Post
No, but every time England plays Germany in football the papers are filled with images of Spitfires and so on.

That said, I think there should be a '4th of July Retorts' thread where we all share tips on what to fire back at smart arses.
By far the best one I've heard is 'we also celebrate the 4th of July in the UK. We call it Thanksgiving ...'
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