humour Tag

The not so quiet American
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The not so quiet American

You know those moments when every stereotype you have about a nationality is realised? I had one of them the other evening in a hostel in Austria. It might not surprise you to hear that the nationality in question was American. (Cue slightly off-key rendition of Star Spangled Banner.)I was trying to get some work done in the common room of the hostel. (OK, fine, you caught me out - I was procrastinating on Facebook!) But the point remains that I couldn't concentrate because the not so quiet American was having a very loud and very personal conversation on Skype. At first it was annoying but, when I started to eavesdrop on what he was saying, it was so entertaining I gave up all hope of getting any work done. (OK, I gave up hope of looking at my friends' photos and their inane updates on their kids or binge...

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25 May
mafalda, buenos aires, cartoon, comic, argentina
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The little girl who challenged a nation

Mafalda cartoonsSometimes it takes the innocence of a child for people to realise their own foolishness. The apparent naivety of youth is easy to dismiss… but often it reveals a view of the world that is unburdened by the twisted and ambiguous ideologies of adulthood. In Mafalda, a young girl who hates soup, Argentines once found an insightful commentator of social events.Mafalda first appeared in a comic strip in 1964 when she was six years old. Despite her age, she was a child with a big heart and an awareness of the world she lived in. She cared about humanity and world peace and, in her own way, she struggled against the problems she saw around her. She also liked The Beatles… but I guess everyone did back then.For ten years Mafalda appeared in newspapers in Argentina until the cartoonist, Quino, stopped the series. In those ten years she had...

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23 November
New York subway sign
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Sign of the New York times

It's been less than 24 hours since I arrived in New York and already I've been astounded by something that so fits the American cliche that I wondered if it was a joke.I just can't quite comprehend why this sign on the subway is necessary. Does it say something about New York society? Or is it just a simple statement of fact?If you have a suggestion, please let me know in the comments below....

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23 September
Best things to do in Beijing. Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven, Snack Street, shopping, restaurants
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If these walls could talk

The Great Wall of China For centuries The Great Wall of China has remained silent and never done interviews. It has stonewalled all previous attempts by journalists, so to speak, but has now finally decided to talk. In a world exclusive, The Great Wall of China has told its story to Michael Turtle.I remember my childhood being really tough. When I was a young wall my parents told me that one day I would be great. I found it hard to believe, though. Like any teenager, things seemed like they would never get any better. I hardly had any friends and I was really lonely out there on the plains of Northern China. The only people who would occasionally come and visit were nomadic tribes but they were just trying to use me – they climbed all over me just so they could go and invade the Chinese. Yeah, the Qin...

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02 September
Full House house
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You got it, dude!

As I sat at breakfast this morning, I pondered one of the timeless questions I quite often like to consider over coffee and toast - "What ever happened to predictability?"I mean, we kind of know what happened to the milkman...

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04 July
Funny shop sign in Bali
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The truth of the net…

Not much really needs to be said about this - it kind of speaks for itself. On the road south from Denpasar to Ulawatu in Bali, this shop stands on an intersection.Either it is very clever marketing (it got me talking about it!) or it's a very unfortunate translation. It doesn't really matter I s'pose...

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27 June