Oh for goodnes sake.
He sounds like a human being. There are rude people EVERYWHERE. There are definitely rude people in the UK.
What's all this intensity about trying to pigoenhole people.
Not trying to pigeonhole people!Sorry if it comes across like that.Not here very long and was very surprised to experience rudeness like that!New to country and did not feel good today after this experience.Have had alot of stress in past few months with move and 4 kids.And having this MAN approach me today surprised me.Don't mean to offend anyone!
this is what i do after my 45 mins commute home from work every night.....usually feel like im about to burst with exasberation by the time i get home with the mad drivers here
Originally Posted by eager6
HA HA!!!Maybe we should share a bottle or two!
That is not childish but plain mean and wrong. A different form of bad behaviour. And criminal damage.
Originally Posted by spanners
Absolutely no offense taken. It's hard when you are new and so sensitve to everything. I just think all this Aussis Vs POMS (or anyone) doesn't help. It's all completely pointless. Throw it all away and concentrate on living and enjoying Adelaide.
Have a glass of wine and ponder how you're going to survive the 37 degree heat on Friday.
FWIW I've had a few humdingers of arguments with people in the UK. It happens everywhere now and again. Just because it hasn't happened to some posting here before doesn't mean it won't in the future. Nothing to do with the nation of people, its an individual thing and crops up wherever you live.
Road rage and all that, lots of it in the UK and some very bad driving and verbal abuse from people directed toward other drivers or pedestrians and from pedestrians also.
I'd suggest investing in the road rules book and brushing up on local bylaws and so on with regard to driving. An hour or two reading now might save you a fine in future. I did so when I moved to both Germany and the Netherlands (that was fun I can tell you, at least they drive on the same side as UK in Aus). Meant I was familiar with the laws and so on.
You put that very well Snifter.
Originally Posted by snifter
I think that sort of childish, wilfully destructive behaviour is disgusting and how anyone thinks it's something we are going to laugh about or congratulate is beyond me (and I work with teenagers!).
It appears that you learnt a lesson today! I don't quite understand what you did. Did you drive onto the other side of the road and then park in the opposite direction? (Parallel parking?) Or did you just reverse into an angled parking spot and face the traffic? If it was the first, then I can see why it would be dangerous, and wonder why the rest of the parked traffic wasn't a clue for you.
As others have said, rudeness does not belong to any particular nationality, although some can tend to be ruder than others, especially those that are used to fighting their way through many many more people, and think that they still need to push and shove even when there aren't as many people.
I visited the UK about five years ago, and remember being shocked at the rudeness of a check-out girl in a supermarket, when we had unknowingly omitted to weigh our goods before arriving at the checkout. (It is not a requirement here, and we obviously didn't see any sign saying that is what we should do.) Then she just stood there and watched as we flustered around trying to pack all our goods and pay at the same time! I had never experienced any rudeness like that at a checkout in Australia.
So, do I label all Brits as being rude? Far from it. I remembered fondly an earlier visit about twenty years beforehand, where every Brit I came across extended the hand of friendship and helpfulness and extreme kindness. Maybe times have changed somewhat since that first visit, and I do think people these days, are more impatient and stand-offish, but I certainly don't see it as belonging to a particular nationality.
Driving does tend to bring out the worst in people, and I have found myself being annoyed at people when I'm either in a hurry or not in a good mood, and at other times I will be very polite and helpful towards other drivers. (But I would NEVER, EVER key another person's car, no matter what happened!)
Maybe you were stressed and feeling vulnerable at the time, and it seemed harsher than it actually was, although I do not doubt your story. Whatever, I am sure it could just as easily have been someone of any nationality. (Are you sure it wasn't a Kiwi? I do hear some of you say you can't tell the difference in the accent, even though it's very clear to an Aussie!)
I hope this doesn't muddy your view of Aussies. If you look for rudeness you will surely find it.
Sorry to hear of your bad experience Siobhan.Don't worry,and as the saying goes'Dont let the Barstewards get you down'.I've come across a couple since arriving here,and many in the UK.Most regular Aussies are really friendly.Just a little hiccup in the grand scheme of things.Best of Luck.