Dear so-and-so, autumn edition

Dear British girls with bare arms and bare legs when the rest of us are wearing coats and scarves:

Exactly how much do you have to drink to be that impervious to the cold?

Puzzled, NFAH


Dear little girls,

I saw you on the street wearing shirts that said “(Town) Community College” and realized that “community college” must not mean the same thing here as it does in America. I mean, I know I’m getting older and everything but you could not have been more than ten.

Curious, NFAH


Dear British Shopkeeper,

It was very charming to put a sign on the window of your old shop, when you moved locations around the corner. However, the sign reads:

You are just two minutes away from PROBABLY the best (thing) shop in (town).

Emphasis on “probably” being yours, not mine. Seriously? Could you please stop being so British and drop the “probably” already?

Exasperated, NFAH


Dear Self,

Do try and remember to stop by the market and buy fresh flowers every week. They brighten the place up and are so much better than the ones from the grocery store.

Just saying, Me


Advertisements

11 responses to “Dear so-and-so, autumn edition

  1. The sign might have also added ‘Sorry!’ for the move and completed the stereotype!

    Flowers def a good idea. There’s some lovely gardens 30 seconds from you that would save you money if you just picked from there every now and then 😉

  2. > Could you please stop being so British and drop the “probably” already?

    Why should they?

    Does any Brit go to America and expect to be taken seriously if they demand that people stop being so American?

    —————————–

    Perhaps you may not realize this, but the “probably” thing is an in-joke, an ‘homage’ to a witty series of commercials from some time ago, advertising “Carlsberg — probably the best lager in the world”. The lager is Danish. The original voice-over belonged to Orson Wells, an American.

  3. How do those girls do it? Spain is full of them. Obviously the UK is colder but jeez, how can you stand the cold winds with practically nothing on?

    “Carlsberg — probably the best lager in the world”

    That is actually really funny. It would have gotten me to buy one.

  4. Yes, I can understand the ‘probably’ joke but I also understand your American take on it!

    Im envious of the fashion conscious girls who wear so little–I HATE being cold! Never liked living in cold countries (btw I dont consider the UK a cold country). Then again… if you’re going out in the evening its more of a hassle to have to deal with a coat in a hot club.

    Funny blog, fellow expat!

    • Thank you. It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, as I often am but some people seem to have an infinite capability to take everything I write literally. Regardless, I did not know the Carlsberg background but the fact that the ad campaign was created for (and would only work in) the UK means it’s based on the same stereotypically British attitude as the sign I saw…

  5. That Carlsberg ad entered very deep into the British psyche. It must have been around over 20 years ago, but things like the sign you saw still echo it. I guess by now there’s a whole generation of people using the phrase who don’t know where it’s from.

  6. The carlsberg ads have been around in the last few years too (2001, according to google). They use the same slogan, but do funny adverts where blokes are going into a bank, nightclub, on holiday, etc, and it’s insanely (and amusingly) perfect ( see http://www.carlsberg.co.uk/Adverts.aspx ) then the slogan goes “carlsberg don’t do [nighclubs], but if they did, they’d probably be the best [nightclubs] in the world”.
    I liked those adverts 😀 And the slogan’s stayed around so long because it works, it’s funny and tongue-in-cheek boasting instead of outright boasting, which doesn’t really work in the UK.

    As for the question re. amount of alcohol needed to not feel the cold- depends how much you’re wearing and how cold it is, but 3-4 shots of rum (or whisky, or vodka…) should do it. Cheers!

  7. Not just the UK:

    Carlsberg was the sponsor of “probably, the best view in the world” from the Carlsberg Sky Tower in Singapore till 2008.

    Carlsberg was one of the major sponsors of the 2004 European Football Championship and used the promotional slogan “probably the best lager in the world”.

  8. > It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, as I often am but some people seem to have an infinite capability to take everything I write literally

    It is often difficult to discern the tongue-in-cheek in things written. I’m guessing you’ve possibly (or even ‘probably’ 🙂 ) learned this yourself from not realizing that the shop sign that you complain about was also tongue-in-cheek!

  9. > (and would only work in) the UK means it’s based on the same stereotypically British attitude as the sign I saw…

    You’d appear to be wrong in this assumption.

  10. Love this – good to see you are getting to grips with the Beer Coat phenomenon. It is peculiarly British.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s