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Old 8th November 2006, 01:28 PM   #21
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Tongue firmly in cheek, light the blue touch paper and stand well back...

1. I need to be there by 5 but there is no way I'm going to break the speed limit.

2. I'm going to France on holiday this year.

3. No steak for me thanks, I'm a vegetarian now.

4. Isn't it noisy here!

5. Property prices can go down as well as up.
Its a variant of 4, but based on my experience in Sevilla:


'This tapas bar is full - there's no room for us. Let's go to a quieter one where there'll be somewhere to sit.'
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Old 17th November 2006, 11:20 PM   #22
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I got one from Tenerife...

"Let me do that RIGHT NOW!"

One day there was an incredible wind and rain, ships were being washed up on the beach in our village and the rain was like I have never seen in England. The next day "abuela" downstairs asked me if I could look after the nietos because the school was closed due to a hurricane warning.

That day was the most beautiful canarian winter day. Turned out the hurricane warning landed on a desk in the ayuntamiento the morning before and got buried under other paperwork...
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Old 18th November 2006, 09:24 AM   #23
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I got one from Tenerife...

"Let me do that RIGHT NOW!"
Had a similar experience when I first went to the Shetland Isles (way north of Scotland) I was told in England they have tomorrow, in Spain mañana but up here there is nothing so urgent. Definitely a laid-back rural way of life - then North sea oil arrived!
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Old 18th November 2006, 12:27 PM   #24
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Here in Saudi we run on IBM time. That means - "Inshallah", "Bukrah", "Mahlesh"- which means "Hopefully"(close to "ojala" in Spanish!), "Tomorrow" and "It doesn't really matter does it?" You get used to it after a while.
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Old 18th November 2006, 06:58 PM   #25
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Tongue firmly in cheek, light the blue touch paper and stand well back...

1. I need to be there by 5 but there is no way I'm going to break the speed limit.

2. I'm going to France on holiday this year.

3. No steak for me thanks, I'm a vegetarian now.

4. Isn't it noisy here!

5. Property prices can go down as well as up.
7. Good decision referee - that obviously wasn't a penalty for our side despite our centre forward falling to the ground.

8. Oh, you are Welsh - I am sorry if I asked if you were English as I realise that Wales and England are two separate countries.

9. Let me fetch you our extensive vegetarian menu.



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Old 27th February 2007, 11:30 PM   #26
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"Wait a minute, there´s a queue. Let´s join it at the end."

"oh no, not jamon serrano again."

"I´ll have my steak very well done please."

"Could I get some boiled vegetables on the side with that."

"I think I´ll have an early night tonight."

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Old 27th February 2007, 11:38 PM   #27
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"I think I´ll have an early night tonight."
...and "I think the kids should have an early night tonight"
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Old 27th February 2007, 11:42 PM   #28
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"I don't like garlic in my food."
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Old 28th February 2007, 12:24 AM   #29
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"I don't like garlic in my food."
Is there anybody who doesn't like garlic? Unbelievable.
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Old 28th February 2007, 02:01 AM   #30
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"I think that needs some more Tabasco."

"It's 11 o'clock guys, who's getting last orders in? I'm beat, time to hit the sack."

"There's good and bad things about living in Spain."

"It's 3pm, who wants to go to the shops?"

(In Madrid) "I hope Barça do well this year"
(In Barcelona) "I hope Real Madrid do well this year"

"Tea, please. Do you have anything but Hornimans? And a dash of milk please."

"No, I don't think I'll slick my hair back today."

"You know, I'm really proud of what Spain has contributed to the international music scene."

"Ooh, its cloudy today. That's nice, I was getting bored of the sun."

"I think Kimi Raikkonen is the best Formula One driver in the world."

-Actually, scrap that last one, this one's better:

"Of course I was a fan of F1 before Alonso came along. I can name every F1 champion since 1950."

"You know, despite Spain making the most olive oil in the world, I think the Greek stuff is the best."

"I think the British presence in Gibraltar really adds to the cosmopolitanism of our peninsula."

"I think Ceuta and Melilla should rightfully belong to Morocco."

By the way, pepino: I say 'blimey' all the time and I'm from the south AND I'm under 30!

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Old 28th February 2007, 02:19 AM   #31
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"Wait a minute, there´s a queue. Let´s join it at the end."
LOL, this one often annoys me too. I'm always the yanqui stuck at the back (after starting near the front!).
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Old 28th February 2007, 07:50 AM   #32
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Is there anybody who doesn't like garlic? Unbelievable.
I love garlic. It's 'one of the top five things a Spaniard wouldn't say'.
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Old 28th February 2007, 07:53 AM   #33
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"Wait a minute, there´s a queue. Let´s join it at the end."
Ah...you stole mine Ken.

That's one of the questions that I was always afraid to ask.

Can a Spaniard please answer this. I don't want this to sound ugly. I am asking very inquisitively. Why do Spaniards not stand in line/que? And why do the mopeds not wait in line with the cars at a red light instead of zooming between cars to the front?

The first time I went to Spain I told people "The Spanish are lovely wonderful people...except behind the wheel of a car, on a moped, or in a line." (I love you just the way you are!)
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Old 28th February 2007, 08:49 AM   #34
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And why do the mopeds not wait in line with the cars at a red light instead of zooming between cars to the front?
Because they can! That's the whole point of having a moped/scooter/motorbike - to get to the front of every queue, beat the traffic jams, get around quicker. I understand that it is illegal to 'filter' through traffic like this in some parts of the states, but if that were the case here no one would bother owning a bike! (From a dedicated Vespa driving queue jumper!)
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Old 28th February 2007, 09:54 AM   #35
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Because they can!
And in the event that they can't phsycially push their way through, they just jump up onto the pavement, drive down as long as is necessary, and then rejoin the front of the queue. Standard practice over here!
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Old 28th February 2007, 09:55 AM   #36
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* Ugh, look at all the fat on that jamon.

* I´ll have 400 grams of jamon cut really thickly please.

* It´s Friday, fish fingers!

*I think it´s a disgrace the way they hang all that meat over the bar counter.

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RECIPES YOU WOULD´T FIND IN SPAIN:

- Firstly, let 400 grams of jamon de bellota (fat trimmed off) marinate for 24 hours.

- Jamon Korma

- Stir fried Jamon

- Jamon butty with brown sauce

ABOUT IBERIA:

* That was a great flight, what friendly staff and look, there´s my bags.
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Old 28th February 2007, 09:56 AM   #37
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I was waiting at a cross roads in Madrid. All roads had traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. A scooter rider approached the intersection wanting to turn left, but the lights were against him. So when he reached the pedestrian crossing he turned left on to it. Reaching the roadside he threaded his way across the pavement (sidewalk) corner through the legal walkers to the pedestrian crossing that began there. Took it half way across the road then turned left to continue his journey.
(PS. It was a black scooter looking suspiciously like Bens. But it wasn't him as he arrived on foot about two minutes later.)
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Old 28th February 2007, 09:57 AM   #38
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Because they can! That's the whole point of having a moped/scooter/motorbike - to get to the front of every queue, beat the traffic jams, get around quicker.
Also to get around quicker, they seem to love riding up one way streets the wrong way. Which can be dangerous! I was going through a tiny main street of a village in the south, turned a 90 degree bend, and was faced with some young girl on a scooter charging up the street the wrong way. There was barely enough room for a car(going the right way), let alone a scooter as well, so the result was, she ended up being pinned up against the wall with a damaged hand and scooter. But I doubt for one moment that it put her off doing it again!
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Old 28th February 2007, 10:01 AM   #39
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One thing I have found a Spaniard would never say is, "It's your turn to pay". I have to be really quick if I want to pay for a meal or round of drinks. They are the most generous nation in the world.
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Old 28th February 2007, 10:12 AM   #40
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* Sorry, you can't get on. This bus is full.
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