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Old 23rd Nov 2007, 14:33   #111
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I'm getting "this site is temporarily unavailable," but I'm guessing from the URL which includes "scotland-dies-laughing" that it's a hoomorous story based on the fact that many Scots people appear to derive pleasure any time England's sports sides do badly at anything at all.

I must confess I've come to think of that as a pretty pathetic stance. It's gone on too long, and remains too widespread, to be considered 'just a joke' (if it ever was intended as such). It's also somehow self-belittling: we define ourselves by who we don't like, which by definition suggests you think they are more important than you are.
I didn't really take it that seriously, to be honest. There is a problem with anti-English feeling up here, but it doesn't invade my life much - more something I hear about on the news.

...And the article was, of course, a joke - and written as such. I saw it as a joke simply because I too had been laughing as I watched the final few mintues of the game. Let's face it, the England team deserved to lose that game and our misplaced confidence in their divine right to not get thrashed - as previously mentioned by John Self - is worthy of derision.
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Old 23rd Nov 2007, 14:43   #112
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I can see the story now, and it is funny and well-written (almost Onion standard), and seems as much to mock the Scots anyone-but-England attitude mentioned above as much as it does the English result. Here it is in full in case it goes AWOL again...

TRIBUTES are being paid to Scotland this morning after the entire country laughed itself to death.


Most would have been dead within minutes

The alarm was first raised at around 10pm last night as thousands of phone calls and text messages went unanswered.

Small groups of volunteers from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Carlisle ventured north just after midnight only to find houses full of dead people gathered around still blaring television sets.

By dawn, as RAF helicopters flew over deserted city streets, it was clear that the whole country had suffered a catastrophic abdominal rupture.


Wayne Hayes, a special constable from Northumberland, said: "We went into one house in Dunbar and found three men sitting on the sofa with huge smiles on their faces, still holding cans of 70 shilling. They seemed to be at peace."

He added: "In a house near Edinburgh we found a man face down on the living room floor with his trousers and pants round his knees.

"It seems he may have been showing his bare buttocks to the television when he keeled over."

Roy Hobbs, a civil engineer from Northampton, said: "I got a call from my friend Ian in Stirling at about 9.50pm.

"He was already laughing when I answered the phone, but after about 25 minutes of the most vigorous and uncontrollable hilarity, everything suddenly went very quiet."

Moving tributes are already being placed along the Scotland-England border with many mourners opting to leave a simple bag of chips or a deep fried bunch of flowers.
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 17:12   #114
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I've never....been to a casino - but I am going to a 'casino night' party tonight.
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It's not that bleak-looking super casino place in Stockton is it? Tell me it's not!
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 0:35   #116
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Nope. Just the local hall (though a small band of attendees tonight are also going to the casino place at Stockton for someone's birthday party tomorrow night, so were learning all about roulette etc). We played with pretend paper money, and Mr Col almost won the big prize for getting the most return on his initial amount: all in the last five minutes on roulette. I steadily lost at various tables, but enjoyed the blackjack the most.
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Blackjack is fun. Although, it takes no time at all to play, and I've lost real money doing it, so I don't know what the fuck I think is so goddamn fun about it.
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Like JS, I have never watched any if the Star Wars films, and like HP I never want to! Similarly with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Life is just too short.
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I've never written flash fiction or enjoyed reading anything calling itself flash fiction.

I've never seen 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'.

And I have to confess that Paul McCartney is my favourite Beatle.
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I think Angelina Joly looks like a toilet plunger.
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