Thursday, December 21, 2006

Goose-stepping through Swan Lake

More CiF nonsense, this time about right-wing ballerinas; and the BBC uncovers the flipside to the Lost In Translation symptoms that gaijin experience in Tokyo - Paris syndrome.

PS: Sorry, yet more CiF solipsism. Please go here and vote for Dave because a) he got me the CiF gig in the first place, and b) he's trailing quite badly behind someone who once gave me a funny look in a nightclub.

19 comments:

llewtrah said...

Several of my colleagues have been working in Japan. They've come back in culture shock. They spent a month unable to raise their voices, swear or have tantrums (all normal behaviour back home, including the workplace) as this would reflect badly on the Company and the Home Country. As a result they have developed a form of Tourettes upon their return.

This leads me to the "Quantity Theory of Swearing" (with apols to Will Self). Everyone has a daily quota of expletives. In an enforced courtesy situation, a backlog develops. I am currently witnessing the result of that backlog.

In reference to the Paris Syndrome, have there been any documented cases of Japanese persons being repatriated with the very similar London Cabbie Syndrome? Or do they have lower expectation with regard to London and those working therein?

Dave Hill said...

Well now, who touched a nerve with the ballerina business? Going bonkers they are. Late entry for Thread of the Year. And very kind thanks for your vote. I'm glad I pointed CiF your way. You grace it.

Spinsterella said...

I have another brilliant idea for improving CiF.

Limit the amount of characters on each comment. The people on there just don't know when to shut up, do they? God.

And I've voted for Dave. Because Tim told me to.

Tim Footman said...

Llewtrah: If you have a daily quota of expletives, but you live in a polite culture all your life, what happens. I have visions of Japanese people exploding with a massive PISSFUCKWANNKSHITCUNTBOLLOCKSBRANDRETH as they expire.

Dave: Yes. Their cultural curiosity knows no bounds. And, if people will excuse the mutual backslap, thanks again.

Spin: I voz only obeyink orderz...

Jun Okumura said...

llewtrah:

Does that mean White Person have larger quota of swearing? No fair!

Though we'd be at a loss as to what to do with your quotas, since our vocabulary is largely limited to "kuso (dung)", "kono yaro (this lowlife man)", and "chikusho (animal life)". And "kono yaro" is usually reserved for male targets.

We're just not good at swearing. Maybe it's our shorter intestines...

llewtrah said...

jun okumura - maybe Westerners haven't evolved out of swearing yet and we've bought up your surplus quota? Some people here have a limited vocabulary - most of it is swear words (which is really very sad and a poor reflection on our society, family upbringing and educational standards)

patroclus said...

Gahh, why must there be awards? Why must individuals constantly have to be singled out from what is essentially a collective, collaborative activity?

Blimey, this blogging lark is turning me into a rampant communist.

I voted for Dave, though.

Anonymous said...

That's it. Brandreth was just a bit too strong for me...

lucien de la peste said...

It was a fit up! A diabolical liberty!

Despite my orders for the assassination of the other candidates, Dave still came off second best.

London's underworld is in a ferment about this, let me tell you.

Heads will roll.

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas Tim. Thankyou for bring a brightness to the world with your words. Take carexx
Mollymooxx

Anonymous said...

I didn't vote, it had closed, but I would have voted for dave because Tim told me to.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas spins are you coming over here at all?

the whales said...

Happy Christmas and NY, Tim. Keep up the excellent writing - always good to read.

Tim Footman said...

Poor Dave. He's being brave, but you know there's a howling void inside.

And Yuletide felicitations to the lot of yez. Yr ma beesssht mates.

Anonymous said...

Should Tim Footman lose his job over his political affiliation? He has been exposed as a Labour party supporter - a party whose leader supported the murder of over 600,000 people in Iraq, and whose rule has severely the increased the gap between rich and poor in the UK.

Tim Footman said...
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Tim Footman said...

If I were going to 'expose' anyone for anything, I wouldn't do it in the comments box of an 11-day-old blog post.

You tiresome, gerbil-cocked waste of bytes.

Anonymous said...

So you do support a party which supported murdering 600,000 people? It's brave of you to admit to that, but I don't think the Guardian should have writers who support mass-killing.

Tim Footman said...

I know I should just wonder whether your mother knows you're up so late, but I must ask - exactly where did you get the idea that I'm a Labour supporter?