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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:02 
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must be genetic then :shrug:


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:04 
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Who became one of the most popular monarchs of the 16th Century?

- Elizabeth I
- Mary I
- Henry VIII
- Henry VII


Popular now? Popular then? Popular to start with, but spoiled it all? Most points on 'Rex Factor'?


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:07 
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I tend to find people who are snobbish about things actually know relatively little about them, their opinions tend to be parroted rather than gleaned from experience and spouted mostly due to their own insecurities.


You need to hang out with more intelligent, better people then.

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People who are real experts tend to be enthusiastic about their passions and seek to help and inform rather than chastise others.


Well yes, agreed, but entirely moot and irrelevant: no-one is chastising anyone in this thread, merely expressing AN OPINION that the gutter press, football and Wetherspoons pubs sure have nothing to do with 'Britishness'.

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Don't get me wrong, everyone does it here


Why yes, yes they do, very much so (including in the inverse). It's just that some of us are more honest about it than others, including to ourselves.

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and there but I just can't agree that, broadly speaking, it's a positive thing.


It can be, sometimes, in some circumstances (but not in others). This is all people have said/argued? Again, you'll note the absence of sweeping generalisations, here, presumably to fit some narrative or other. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:08 
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And pickled eggs.

what what what what what what what

I just had 5 with my salad. And some gherkins and pickled chillies. Well, I say salad, more "pile of stuff that had been living in vinegar".

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Where did the engineers come from in the middle ages?
- Germany
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- Italy
- Holland


Germany, apparently. All the engineers.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:11 
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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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MrChris wrote:
MaliA wrote:
And pickled eggs.

what what what what what what what

I just had 5 with my salad. And some gherkins and pickled chillies. Well, I say salad, more "pile of stuff that had been living in vinegar".


Pickled everything is great. Especially picklebacks.

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:13 
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Cras wrote:
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MaliA wrote:
And pickled eggs.

what what what what what what what

I just had 5 with my salad. And some gherkins and pickled chillies. Well, I say salad, more "pile of stuff that had been living in vinegar".


Pickled everything is great. Especially picklebacks.

I hadn't heard of them, but now I want 10. Right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 14:17 
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To be a bit clearer it's this:

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Could not agree more, mate, it's one of the key drivers to make us better and to strive for better, as individuals and as a collective.


That I think is absolute horseshit. Snobbery is generally held to be a a fairly ugly trait, it's just insecurity. Perhaps you're thinking about something other than actual snobbery because it's probably the first time I've really heard it described as a positive.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Glad I brought this popcorn, tbh.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Glad I brought this popcorn, tbh.


Yes, I really do need to get back to earning a living. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Where did the engineers come from in the middle ages?
- Germany
- France
- Italy
- Holland


Germany, apparently. All the engineers.


The correct answer is we don't know the name of the planet but they could have come directly from LV-223 after picking up the black liquid.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Fuck The Sun in particular.

I was unaware that burning ones penis off was a particularly English value.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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It annoys me when people think i am a snob because I have never told anyone I think Curio's beneath me.


It's taken as read, sir.

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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It annoys me when people think i am a snob because I have never told anyone I think Curio's beneath me.


It's taken as read, sir.

Everyone's a fucking snob for not making a Your Mum/title joke out of being beneath curio.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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19 out of whatever, whoooo

I am in agreement with Cras, a sort of quiz to help people learn, and show that they understand the important basics would be good. When I moved overseas, some of the small little differences, things that 'natives' (for want of a far better word) take for granted, were the most puzzling.

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I know very little about chips on a beach but know it is wrong. And pickled eggs.


Get fucked - chips are awesome everywhere, anywhere

(this is a good example of those little differences, in Aus - they call crisps 'chips'. Actual chips are not called fries, no, they are called 'hot chips' :blown: )


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markg wrote:
I tend to find people who are snobbish about things actually know relatively little about them, their opinions tend to be parroted rather than gleaned from experience and spouted mostly due to their own insecurities.


You need to hang out with more intelligent, better people then.



Paging Zard...oh, hold on

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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21\24 one of my questions was what date is Xmas Eve!!?


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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21\24 one of my questions was what date is Xmas Eve!!?


I had a peek at source code.Based on browser history cookies, it adjusts difficulty

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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It asked me when the next but one sighting of Halley's Comet would be.

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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I was asked who was 32nd in line to the throne.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 19:09 
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21\24 one of my questions was what date is Xmas Eve!!?


I had a peek at source code.Based on browser history cookies, it adjusts difficulty



:) Very good, I took test one and just did it again the Xmas Eve question was there again

Then I took test 39 and questions there were a bit harder, so maybe the number of the test means harder?


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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I was asked to prove the Riemann hypothesis while asleep.

And then it got a bit judgey about my taste in porn.

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It asked me if the Pope was Catholic :'(


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Well, cavey clearly didn't write this...

What is not a fundamental principle of British life?

Treating others with fairness
Looking after the environment
Driving a car
Looking after yourself and family

(3 is the correct answer)


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Why d'ya think I only scored 18? :p

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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I only scored 17 but I was rushing as I'm at work.

That's my excuse..

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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Depends what they score, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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ahaha... an incredible 12.


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 Post subject: Re: Life in the UK Test
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MaliA wrote:
markg wrote:
Cavey wrote:
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markg wrote:
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There's also not actually anything wrong with being a snob, per se. Some things are just objectively rubbish and not to be encouraged.

Like football.


:this: Could not agree more, mate, it's one of the key drivers to make us better and to strive for better, as individuals and as a collective.

Sometimes perhaps but mostly it's completely arbitrary and just leads people to place value on things that are actually every bit as shit and pathetic as the things they're being snobbish about.

But that's something I'm very happy to be snobby about as well. Snobbery snobbery if you will.


Indeed; it's called 'discernment' whereby simplistic, tiresome, black-and white, tar-everyone-with-the-same-brush grievance bullshit need not apply. Hence, I believe, your use of the specific term "some things" which appears to have been missed. :)

No, discernment is just taking the time to appraise things until you find what you prefer just for your own satisfaction. Snobbery is when you judge other people. I tend to find people who are snobbish about things actually know relatively little about them, their opinions tend to be parroted rather than gleaned from experience and spouted mostly due to their own insecurities. People who are real experts tend to be enthusiastic about their passions and seek to help and inform rather than chastise others.

Don't get me wrong, everyone does it here and there but I just can't agree that, broadly speaking, it's a positive thing.


I know very little about chips on a beach but know it is wrong. And pickled eggs.


Milk in Earl gray tea. Kill them.

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Earl Grey tea in general. Gah, hate stinky tea.


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