The Fly Trap (Possibly NSFW)

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The most annoying thing about the tube is the time it takes for you to get from the surface onto the train. It's not like any other city that has an underground.

London is okay for a day or maybe 2, but after that it becomes infuriating. I was going to go to school there until I spent a bit of time living in it. Horrible.

Spanish and Germans are fine, but I prefer the French to both. Greeted with nothing but warmth and respect no matter who I talked to!

Perhaps the difference is that I'm very English indeed, and you have an Irish accent (I'm guessing), maybe they just despise anyone with an English accent. I think the fact that our language > theirs kinda bugs them.
 
Yeah, they certainly don't like the English, but that's to be expected.

I find when you just ask them to speak English they're happier to do that than if you try and speak French... just in general. Everyone I know spoke perfect English though..
 
night and day crossing the french border to spain and it is that stark that only a few miles creates vastly friendlier people

And you can smoke inside. :drool: The Spanish are far more friendly in general. We were on the ferry back from Morocco and a Spanish guy offered us a ride just because we made a comment on the good qualities of San Miguel beer.
 
Yeah, they certainly don't like the English, but that's to be expected.

I find when you just ask them to speak English they're happier to do that than if you try and speak French... just in general. Everyone I know spoke perfect English though..

That's the thing though; I find it polite to take the opinion of "when in Rome" and speak their language i.e. I'll learn a little of any language to speak with locals. The French seem to resent any attempt at communicating in their language, and enjoy showing off the fact they can speak English better than we can speak French.
 
And you can smoke inside. :drool: The Spanish are far more friendly in general. We were on the ferry back from Morocco and a Spanish guy offered us a ride just because we made a comment on the good qualities of San Miguel beer.

I have a bar I can smoke in right downstairs :cool:
 
I hear McCain made yet another ill-informed statement about the UK NHS in his debate last night.

Can't be as hilarious as Guiliani's statement that he'd have "died from Cancer" in the "socialist NHS", but that horrible little goblin of a man only seems to think the sensible and do the exact opposite anyway.

Also, 9/11.
 
i can't wait for mr. no humour to lurch forward from his crypt and give me a rolleyes to the comment above for not being as heavenly enlightened as he

isaiah picked john mccain up and threw him back to the ground
 
i don't really know - only heard it from a classmate.

something to do with suggesting that because we spend less, we are less healthy. per capita.
 
What a sweeping statement you just made... but I can see your point.

MRSA is an icredibly simple, curable disease - I think what you mean is that our system of Primary Care ensures that most infections and problems are caught very early on and dealt with by a specialist.

That is not to say that we don't have as much money to throw at problems as the American health system, but I don't see any equipment they have that I don't, any research they have that I don't etc.

I don't feel that you can compare health systems. Ours has it's problems (waiting times in inner city areas for minor treatment/minor surgery etc.), but overall for a nationally funded health system it's A-OK. We could do with less manangement on huge salaries, however.
 
I'm notorious for my sweeping statements, it makes life easier for me. We have huge problems, but if I need any help I can get it, which is comforting. I can't imagine living in a society where I had to worry about my medical care and how I could get a good standard if I lost my job etc.

I think wages should be lower in certain jobs. Consultants can get £5k in a day, for doing pretty much nothing at all. That seems to me a bit extreme and a waste of money.
 
~3% reach top rung salaries of Consultancy, their NHS salary at this stage is 118,975 and any earned ontop of this is from the private medical sector in which consultants are allowed to practice in 10 days a month.

Not everyone is on huge pay, and compared to the rates of pay of NHS Executives and "Managers" who have a degree perhaps in business studies, footballers tie knot and porsche 911s' - it's rather paltry.

We do a hard job. I won't see 100k+ for a very long time, if ever. Don't assume that everyone starts and gains this massive salary by the time they're 40, you'd be as silly as most first years who've bought into the prospectus :p
 
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