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if this is all you got from vienna, than it is a very said affair. nvm.

fortress is referring to the fact, that some people talked about closing the boarders like e.g. Hungary, after the experiment to let the refugees in failed big time. ymmv.
Agreed: Pretty sad someone goes to one of the great cities of Europe and all they can come away with is the munchies for kebabs and some random photo of a poster made by the local urban guerrilla cell of the communist party or antifa. Hopefully the honourable member of the forum is staying for a few more days and can redeem himself. Even on a day business mission to Vienna I managed to fit in the photography museum which is excellent and world class.
 

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if this is all you got from vienna, than it is a very said affair. nvm.

fortress is referring to the fact, that some people talked about closing the boarders like e.g. Hungary, after the experiment to let the refugees in failed big time. ymmv.
What do you mean this is all I got? I walked by and saw this. I took a lot of photographs of other things.

I'm about to go to a dinner with Italians, French, Germans, Austrians plus US and Canadian visitors. Do people here think homogeneity means a more effective work force?
 

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Agreed: Pretty sad someone goes to one of the great cities of Europe and all they can come away with is the munchies for kebabs and some random photo of a poster made by the local urban guerrilla cell of the communist party or antifa. Hopefully the honourable member of the forum is staying for a few more days and can redeem himself. Even on a day business mission to Vienna I managed to fit in the photography museum which is excellent and world class.
I did all that. I just didn't post it here. I'm not sure waking up every morning in my hotel to a photograph of Franz Josef was something I fancied.
 

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What do you mean this is all I got? I walked by and saw this. I took a lot of photographs of other things.

I'm about to go to a dinner with Italians, French, Germans, Austrians plus US and Canadian visitors. Do people here think homogeneity means a more effective work force?
Sometimes, it's good to take a rest from the multi-cultural diversity is our strength mantra narrative and take in the local scene and culture:

 

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What do you mean this is all I got?
you sounded skeptical from your intro via AA, anyway.

glad you can catch a little bit of the flair of vienna, with franz joseph or without. I have no remarks to your team building and/or the pool of people, you're going to meet, this is a different story altogether.

probably a bit of "whats on your plate", even the elite fipsi did that, when in vienna with his elite escort wife.
 

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you sounded skeptical from your intro via AA, anyway.

glad you can catch a little bit of the flair of vienna, with franz joseph or without. I have no remarks to your team building and/or the pool of people, you're going to meet, this is a different story altogether.

probably a bit of "whats on your plate", even the elite fipsi did that, when in vienna with his elite escort wife.
The Italians live here full time. They're from the north so they said they learnt German in high school.

doghouse doghouse can see my instagram is full of tourist photographs. Clearly there was a lot of land to build these palaces and museums. It's also interesting how the Austro-Hungarian empire consisted of so many different ethnicities and languages and yet somehow operated as a nation. Curiously it has no track record of having overseas colonies like other European great powers. There is something elegiac seeing all the homage to the Habsburgs and the past; a decline and fall of what used to be what did I read, second largest European nation next to Russia or third next to Russia and unified Germany. I was reading at some tourist attraction when Austria was formed on its own, Vienna was an imperial capital and needed food and material that it never had to produce on its own.

Beyond schnitzel, I've been having tafelspitz, welschriesling, strudel, etc.
 

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Why do we still change time 2 weeks ahead of the world in North America? Now we're 4 hours away from London and 5 from CET.
 

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People stopping in the middle of an intersection on a green light and taking photographs whilst impeding traffic such as someone wanting to make a right turn.
 

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Asians queueing around the corner to Irish pubs to have a pint of food colouring dyed Guinness.

Orientals decking themselves out in clovers and lime green.

How in God's name are these people even remotely Irish?
 

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Asians queueing around the corner to Irish pubs to have a pint of food colouring dyed Guinness.

Orientals decking themselves out in clovers and lime green.

How in God's name are these people even remotely Irish?
A lot of inappropriate cultural appropriation going on there!

Back in the day, when I was young man, all you needed to do to take part in Paddy's Day was to declare yourself an honourable free born man of the County Hell and you could be delivered to the promised land by the doctrine of Shane MacGowan. How times have changed!


 

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A lot of inappropriate cultural appropriation going on there!

Back in the day, when I was young man, all you needed to do to take part in Paddy's Day was to declare yourself an honourable free born man of the County Hell and you could be delivered to the promised land by the doctrine of Shane MacGowan. How times have changed!
The pub doghouse doghouse told me to go to had a few Irish complaining how back in the day it was no blacks, no dogs, no Irish. Up in Liverpool.

I reckon having one day to atone for that is fair.
 

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I'm atoning for my uncultured week by attending Madame Butterfly today.
It is an opera that works on stage but it’s not worth getting the CDs. Furthermore, producers don’t seem to muck about with it. So far no modern versions set in a fascist dystopia with a stage that looks like a sixties car park.
 

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A lot of inappropriate cultural appropriation going on there!

Back in the day, when I was young man, all you needed to do to take part in Paddy's Day was to declare yourself an honourable free born man of the County Hell and you could be delivered to the promised land by the doctrine of Shane MacGowan. How times have changed!


It has already been culturally misappropriated by the yanks.

When I was a lad, in an Irish area of NW London, it was Mass and ‘Hail glorious Saint Patrick’ (as referred to in a recent Billy Connolly documentary )plus shamrock and little medals with harps and flags. Grown ups did not go out on the lash and there were no processions - and certainly no green beer. Happy Days!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_-UffJ2bUA

Many of the Catholic hymns disappeared after Vatican 2 but you can still hear them on youtube.
 

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The pub doghouse doghouse told me to go to had a few Irish complaining how back in the day it was no blacks, no dogs, no Irish. Up in Liverpool.

I reckon having one day to atone for that is fair.
Sounds like plastic woolly back Irish to me. Liverpool is the most Irish of English cities. No problems with the Irish being welcomed there.

It is recorded that in London in the 50s and 60s To Let signs often ran with the proviso: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. Often Dogs was substitued with Children.
 

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Last night I was with a younger chap who said after our last outing or two he started to drink wine and indulge in charcuterie and cheese plates instead of beer and nachos. He says it is making him look sophisticated in front of his girlfriend. He is also sporting pocket squares now. He saw I had a silk scarf on for spring and said he wants to start wearing one. Never mind he indulges in whisky, old fashioneds and Manhattan's because of me. He really ought to join gents his age and drink gin.

I feel like Dorian Gray passing on my worst traits.
 

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How the USA can afford to keep large numbers of people in prison on long sentences and also execute some of them later.

Meanwhile the UK, in contrast, is talking about not sending some criminals to jail. Those that do get a jail term can usually get out (of a comparatively short sentence) in half the time if they behave themselves in prison.

Obviously it would be a lot cheaper to execute criminals promptly; but in USA they often bear the cost of a long jail time before the execution takes place.

Why cannot the UK match the USA on punishment of crime?
 
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