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(Guardian)   The UK government uses Lego to portray Scots as "shoeless, sun-starved, football-obsessed fish supper addicts, with poor grooming habits and such limited imaginations that their favoured activity at the Edinburgh festival is eating hotdogs"   (theguardian.com) divider line 48
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2014-06-05 01:07:37 PM
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Some place Govan eh? Where else can you get a fish supper at 9am? Simple, just steal it off a drunk that's been lyin pished outside a close all night.
 
2014-06-05 01:25:58 PM
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2014-06-05 01:52:09 PM
Their "Free Hugs" campaign can't possibly top the NSFW one from Second Life.
 
2014-06-05 03:59:15 PM
I kinda assumed that this is the way that Scottish people already are. Save for perhaps the addition of Burberry and Buckfast.
 
2014-06-05 04:00:28 PM
So, the problem is they used Legos?
 
2014-06-05 04:00:29 PM
Description fails without sheep-farking.
 
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2014-06-05 04:01:23 PM
Large parts of that were unintelligible rubbish. Particularly the Scottish backlash part.
 
2014-06-05 04:02:49 PM
Fish fingers without custard are revolting.
 
2014-06-05 04:04:04 PM
How can the UK government, which includes Scotland, campaign either way?
 
2014-06-05 04:04:08 PM
I'd say "If the shoe fits wear it", but that would only make sense of the Scots wore shoes.
 
2014-06-05 04:06:59 PM
I was taking my 5 year old to school this morning when AC/DC's Thunderstruck came on the radio.
I asked her what she though of it and she said "That sounds like Lego music" so the UK government may be onto something.
 
2014-06-05 04:08:46 PM
Lets face it Scotland, you are Englands biatch and you always will be. You do not have the balls to spit in England's eye the way Ireland and Wales do. That is why you have more privileges than they do but also why you are now and forever England's biatch.
 
2014-06-05 04:12:50 PM
Nice Lego Kate Upton pic at the start there.
 
2014-06-05 04:14:27 PM
So I would have the wrong idea if I imagined David Hume and other members of the Scottish Enlightenment as typical Scots?
 
2014-06-05 04:17:16 PM

mikaloyd: Lets face it Scotland, you are Englands biatch and you always will be. You do not have the balls to spit in England's eye the way Ireland and Wales do. That is why you have more privileges than they do but also why you are now and forever England's biatch.


To be fair, they're having a referendum on independence later this year (maybe early next year, I can't remember). So they might not have to bend over for Britannia for much longer.
 
2014-06-05 04:20:43 PM
And...?
 
2014-06-05 04:21:04 PM
As a wargamer, I hate the Braveheart stereotype. There was no particular difference between Scots and English/Saxons during the Medieval eras outside of a small part of the population wearing kilts and the Scots preferring to fight on foot instead of on horse. The rest wandered around with spears, bills, axes, bows, and chainmail. Not half-naked men in skirts.
 
2014-06-05 04:24:17 PM
It's kind of hard to get a Lego set that depicts two blokes holding their friend up while he blows chunks onto the sidewalk outside a pub while nearby a brawl has broken out between hooligan fans of rival footie clubs
 
2014-06-05 04:24:38 PM
... an' just what the fook is wrung wit' hot doags an' fish supper a' the Edinburgh festival, ye bampot? Tha's good shiate! Fookin' oan yer bike nao.
 
2014-06-05 04:27:42 PM
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2014-06-05 04:28:22 PM

Saborlas: [img.fark.net image 475x226]


Pot/kettle does not invalidate an argument.

Also, some people need to unwad their panties.

/or kilts
/or whatever
/"Oh noes! They used LEGO figurines to depict scenes of things they were talking about!"
 
2014-06-05 04:29:21 PM

rebelyell2006: As a wargamer, I hate the Braveheart stereotype. There was no particular difference between Scots and English/Saxons during the Medieval eras outside of a small part of the population wearing kilts and the Scots preferring to fight on foot instead of on horse. The rest wandered around with spears, bills, axes, bows, and chainmail. Not half-naked men in skirts.


They didn't even wear kilts until the Industrial Era. Prior to that they (the Highlanders, not the lowland Scots) wore a wrap of tartan called a belted plaid.
 
2014-06-05 04:31:59 PM

rebelyell2006: As a wargamer, I hate the Braveheart stereotype.


Link
 
2014-06-05 04:36:29 PM
Well, they're not wrong.
 
2014-06-05 04:37:40 PM
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2014-06-05 04:42:22 PM
 
2014-06-05 04:50:35 PM

Saborlas: [img.fark.net image 475x226]



dpoisn.com

I like mine better.
//Mad Photoshop skillz
 
2014-06-05 04:50:46 PM
rebelyell2006

There was no particular difference between Scots and English/Saxons during the Medieval eras...

Eh. Are you referring strictly to material culture of a martial nature? "Scots," as in "inhabitants of what's now Scotland," speaking generally during medieval times, were a political group (or groups) made up of several different ethnic peoples. Lowlanders in the south weren't very different from Angles, mostly because they were Angles. Gaels (and in the early Middle Ages, Picts) were something completely different.
 
2014-06-05 04:58:05 PM
This is the kind of patronising attitude to Scotland we have come to expect from the Tory Treasury - presumably the establishment elite think we spend all our time eating fish and chips and pies.

If they'd invoked haggis and tatties would he have been less offended?
 
2014-06-05 05:00:25 PM
Best fish supper is in Anstruther. Best hosteling is in Nethy Bridge.
 
2014-06-05 05:03:59 PM
I hate being Scottish. We're the lowest of the farking low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some people hate the English, but I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. We can't even pick a decent culture to be colonized by. We are ruled by effete arseholes. It's a shiate state of affairs and all the fresh air in the world will not make any farking difference.
 
2014-06-05 05:11:52 PM

Jake Havechek: I hate being Scottish. We're the lowest of the farking low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some people hate the English, but I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. We can't even pick a decent culture to be colonized by. We are ruled by effete arseholes. It's a shiate state of affairs and all the fresh air in the world will not make any farking difference.


That took way too long to appear .
/Fark ,I am disappoint .
 
2014-06-05 05:18:57 PM
What does it say about the political process in the United States that I'm at a loss for how any of that was patronizing?
 
2014-06-05 05:37:07 PM
Kate Shannon, the local government correspondent for Holyrood magazine, tweeted: "If it's NOT a spoof, I'd like to show my displeasure through the medium of Lego, if I had any."

Oh, shiat. If Kate Shannon had LEGO, she'd build something to fight back.
 
2014-06-05 05:40:57 PM

spawn73: How can the UK government, which includes Scotland, campaign either way?


The poms go to great lengths to make nice little diagrams - but the rest of the world doesn't care.

Just like the rest of the world doesn't give a fark about what different parts of the USA consider a pizza or soda vs pop.

It's strictly an internal navel gazing thing.
 
2014-06-05 05:43:15 PM

Jake Havechek: I hate being Scottish. We're the lowest of the farking low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some people hate the English, but I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. We can't even pick a decent culture to be colonized by. We are ruled by effete arseholes. It's a shiate state of affairs and all the fresh air in the world will not make any farking difference.


I'm sending this to my friend Taylor a wicked bad ass Special Forces widow maker. Sniper, demolition and hand to hand he also pipes and wears kilts off-duty. I'll tell him you said hello.

:-)

Oh, look, he's already emailed me back. (pause) .. nope, the response is unprintable .. well, that was an unkind series of epithets. Upshot of it is found oddly on the lips of an Irish rebel speaking to William Wallace .. something about  pretty sure you're fooked ..
 
2014-06-05 05:44:51 PM
Oh this Lego strategy applied to an American political campaign will be awesome.

/popcorn please
 
2014-06-05 05:59:42 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

What about this wasn't true?
 
2014-06-05 06:12:03 PM
Same rules apply!
 
2014-06-05 06:39:24 PM

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: mikaloyd: Lets face it Scotland, you are Englands biatch and you always will be. You do not have the balls to spit in England's eye the way Ireland and Wales do. That is why you have more privileges than they do but also why you are now and forever England's biatch.

To be fair, they're having a referendum on independence later this year (maybe early next year, I can't remember). So they might not have to bend over for Britannia for much longer.


And what happens if Scotland votes yes?  I think I read in a previous article that a newly-independent Scotland would not inherit any of the United Kingdom's political or economic alliances, so it would have to re-apply for membership in the EU, NATO, etc., assuming it didn't want to go full isolationist.
 
2014-06-05 06:47:33 PM

anfrind: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: mikaloyd: Lets face it Scotland, you are Englands biatch and you always will be. You do not have the balls to spit in England's eye the way Ireland and Wales do. That is why you have more privileges than they do but also why you are now and forever England's biatch.

To be fair, they're having a referendum on independence later this year (maybe early next year, I can't remember). So they might not have to bend over for Britannia for much longer.

And what happens if Scotland votes yes?  I think I read in a previous article that a newly-independent Scotland would not inherit any of the United Kingdom's political or economic alliances, so it would have to re-apply for membership in the EU, NATO, etc., assuming it didn't want to go full isolationist.


Damn Scots they're ruining Scotland
 
2014-06-05 08:32:26 PM
I'm taking names, you mothafarkers. You all just wait. I already have my headline picked for when we vote Yes...

So long, but you can keep Fish.

It'll be greened for sure, and win Headline of the Year, cause this is Scotland's year, the birth of a proud new nation, a nation of low taxes, free stuff, and anthrax laced heroin for every household.

/ I'll probably go out for a nice walk instead of voting.
 
2014-06-05 10:03:18 PM
If it ain't Scottish its shiat!
 
2014-06-06 03:19:59 AM
If it's ain't nae Scottish its shiat shiattle.

FIFY
 
2014-06-06 04:05:39 AM
Actually, if they hadn't told me it was patronizing, I would just have considered the whole thing amusing and cute.

We used to have a large redneck community here when I was a kid and they celebrated being PIAs. Being falling down drunk every Friday and Saturday was the sign of being a man. Getting their teeth repeatedly knocked out on those nights was a rite of passage and if you were 26 and didn't have partial plates, then you were probably a coward. They carried these enormous folding knives worn in sheaths on their belts -- the brass fittings all shiny, bent the brims of their truckers caps, had the Stars and Bars in the back windows of their pickup trucks and good parenting skills were not breaking any bones when you beat your kids -- or the wife -- who also might just beat you.

After work and on week ends, you rarely saw any without a can of beer glued to one hand, especially if they were doing additional work on a construction site.

They liked snuff and chewing tobacco also. They might spit it out before entering a bar, depending on how annoyed the bartender got over having to sprinkle sawdust on the floor.

Make a similar public announcement for them and they'd just chuckle.

Back then, 90% of folks in jail were white. Over 50%, down here, were Rednecks.

You could always find the most popular Redneck bar on a Friday night by counting the number of cop cars that showed up close to closing time. Officers, back then, kind of figured let them beat each other senseless, which would make them a lot easier to handle when being arrested and tossed in the jail.
 
2014-06-06 06:30:25 AM
Incomplete without some Groundskeeper Willie quotes. Go Aberdeen!
 
2014-06-06 07:01:59 AM
BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy:To be fair, they're having a referendum on independence later this year (maybe early next year, I can't remember). So they might not have to bend over for Britannia for much longer.

It's in September.  I was in Scotland earlier this week, and my feeling was it could go either wayl.  The academic types didn't want it to happen, since they were all stuck on Britain's funding teat.  I tried to convince them they could do it on their own and feel a lot more accomplished, but you know these socialist types...

They also argued that legalizing drugs was better because then the addicts could get free morphine, etc. That the working class was paying for.  Which was apparently better than having addicts breaking into your house to fence things to pay for drugs.
 
2014-06-06 11:37:04 AM

walkerhound: BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy:To be fair, they're having a referendum on independence later this year (maybe early next year, I can't remember). So they might not have to bend over for Britannia for much longer.

It's in September.  I was in Scotland earlier this week, and my feeling was it could go either wayl.  The academic types didn't want it to happen, since they were all stuck on Britain's funding teat.  I tried to convince them they could do it on their own and feel a lot more accomplished, but you know these socialist types...

They also argued that legalizing drugs was better because then the addicts could get free morphine, etc. That the working class was paying for.  Which was apparently better than having addicts breaking into your house to fence things to pay for drugs.


Scotland doesn't have as large a tax base as England, so the academics are right to worry about a loss of funding.  And if Portugal is any indication, treating drug abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue actually saves money in the long run, even if it does mean providing free narcotics to addicts (drugs are much cheaper than prisons).

Personally (and admittedly I may be biased), I think Scotland should give up on the idea of secession and instead try to beat England at their own game.  Invest in infrastructure, public education, quality of life, and encourage economic growth not just by attracting big companies (possibly but not necessarily with low taxes), but also by encouraging locals to start their own companies.  Basically the same thing that led a sparsely-populated agricultural valley south of San Francisco to transform into Silicon Valley.
 
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