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So we keep hearing about how it's Totally Racist for Scottish people (or Welsh or Irish, I guess) to support Anyone But England in the World Cup. We should all support England cos they're, like, our next-door neighbours. When Alex Salmond or Andy Murray mention in passing that they might not support England, they get a pasting from the English press.

But apparently it's Absolutely Fine for a national British news programme to say:

Now for England fans, the only good news so far in the World Cup is that France are doing even worse.

Because things that are racist when you say them about the English aren't racist when you say them about the French, one assumes.

(C4 News - you'll be able to see it on 4OD in a bit.)

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a_pawson
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Galston eh - know it well. Grew up in Darvel.
da_pol
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
I know. You had a bit of a reputation for excessive exothermicity when I was at school - I was the year below you :)
a_pawson
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I did do some silly things back then, Mostly involving highly flammable solvents in the chemistry lab I seem to remember. I had no idea my infamy spread beyond the rest of the CSYS class though. Ah memories.

So now you have tweaked my curiosity, I feel I ought to know you but I can't figure it out from your profile?
da_pol
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Paul Brown - no idea how to describe myself in a memorable fashion - I tended to hide quite a lot due to being bullied quite a bit. Was a 5th year prefect when you were in the 6th, not that that narrows it down much at Loudoun. Your fame spread due to the Chemistry department teachers, specifically Mr's Clark and McVeigh using you as a warning to the lower years :)
a_pawson
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ah in that case, I don't remember you, sorry.

I had no idea I left a reputation behind. We did do some crazy stuff in the 6th year chem lab now I think about it. Mostly involving fireballs and small explosions.
pickwick
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I didn't realise you guys were at Loudon. My mum taught there for a while, though I can't remember when! (Mrs Black, French, and the only people I've met who were taught by her were a bit cryptic about her reputation ;))
da_pol
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Not a name I recall which may or may not be a good thing :)

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