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>> No. 11908 Raoul
21st April 2011
Thursday 6:11 pm
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>Mugshot of the day

Oh, America.

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>> No. 24043 Cockernay
20th September 2017
Wednesday 4:48 pm
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You two aren't rich.
>> No. 24044 Britfag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 5:07 pm
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Laughing at Seppos is a British tradition.
>> No. 24045 Aki
20th September 2017
Wednesday 6:49 pm
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This thread isn't as entertaining.
>> No. 24046 Raoul
20th September 2017
Wednesday 6:49 pm
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This thread isn't as entertaining.
>> No. 24047 Britfag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 7:53 pm
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You can say that again.

>> No. 23336 Cuckoo
28th June 2015
Sunday 9:24 pm
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Did ze ip wall come down? Or does Switzerland have a uk IP?
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>> No. 23383 Monkey
30th June 2015
Tuesday 8:09 am
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Yes that does make sense, haven't brewed tea in the pot in a while, I'll have to get some loose leaf in today when I pop out to get my Nan's birthday card. Might even treat myself to a packet of custard creams.
>> No. 23384 Britfag
30th June 2015
Tuesday 10:03 am
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That's only a problem for the sort of ponces who drink poncey tea.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 23385 Cowboy
30th June 2015
Tuesday 12:30 pm
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Fuck you and your tea snobbery, it has no place in a tea thread. Milk snobbery is fine, though.
>> No. 23386 Cockernay
30th June 2015
Tuesday 1:32 pm
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Meta snobbery.
>> No. 24028 Dubya
14th August 2017
Monday 2:29 pm
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Last time I went to Switzerland the wall only just went down this time it only just went up.

It's like rain on your wedding day, innit.

>> No. 23965 Bulba
26th March 2017
Sunday 11:31 pm
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>> No. 24017 Rasputin
2nd July 2017
Sunday 11:46 am
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> Spoken Mandarin Chinese is fairly easy. The grammar is very straightforward
Well, you appear to be learning Mandarin Chinese at the moment, and I'm not stusying Chinese, so I shall not debate this statement.
> the pronunciation is easy once you've got past the issue of tonality.
> Hanzi characters are a pain in the arse, because you need to memorise thousands of them just to achieve basic literacy.
These statements are proving my point, not yours, aren't they?
> Computers have made life easier, because of the input system used to type Hanzi. You just type the word phonetically in the Latin alphabet, then the computer shows you a menu of characters matching that pronunciation, a bit like predictive texting. As long as you can recognise the character, you don't need to remember exactly how it's drawn.
That's a nice invention that does make life easier, no doubt about that. But one is probably not going to bring a laptop with themselves everywher, because it is normally heavy and doesn't fit in conventional bags. Is this character input method available for smartphones? If not, it is useful only if one is indoors.
Also, what if you have to, shall we say, leave a short hand-written note to your Chinese-speaking colleague? Then one still has to draw the characters themselves, don't they? And that brings back the notorious pain in the arse, my point being that handwriting is still not completeley obsolete and ousted from our lives despite of the great advancement in IT.
> Back in the bad old days, you needed to memorise both the character and the exact order in which the strokes were drawn, because that's how alphabetisation works with Hanzi. If you couldn't remember the stroke order, you couldn't look up a word in the dictionary or a name in the phone book.
And this proves my statement once again.

So all in all, I am not convinced that Chinese is easier than Russian for a person whose mother tongue is an alphabetic language and hasn't got tonality. However, it might be easier for you to study Chinese than Russian if your mother tongue uses characters instead of an alphabet.
>> No. 24018 Lenin
2nd July 2017
Sunday 12:39 pm
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Actually, I meant to refer to the phenomenon of tonality in Chinese by my comment, the "4 ways" of pronunciation being the 4 tones that are used in Chinese. I just didn't happen to know the appropriate English term for that, because I used to read about Chinese and Japanese in Russian and it was comparatively long ago. Sorry for misleading wording.
By the way, I appreciate your contribution regarding the Japanese system of reading the characters. I used to think there were only 2 readings of each Kanji character in Japanese, now I see there are actually 4 of them. Still, there is no tonality in Japanese as opposed to Chinese, and then there are Katakana and Hiragana, and even Romaji, so you can find your way around writing and saying things even at early stages of learning.
>> No. 24019 Raoul
2nd July 2017
Sunday 1:14 pm
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If you're taught well, tones really aren't all that difficult. Mandarin only has four tones and they're easy to recognise. It's a hurdle in the early stages, but it's more than made up for by the immense simplicity of spoken Chinese. There are only a few hundred syllables and the texts for learners are written entirely phonetically, so pronunciation is piss-easy. The grammar is simple and regular with no tenses, cases or genders. It's very easy to build up a large and useful vocabulary.

The written language is a pain in the arse, but it's a lot less of a pain in the arse thanks to technology. Pinyin input (the phonetic system based on the Latin alphabet) is available on smartphones, so you're not tied to a computer. My preferred dictionary app has optical character recognition, so I can point my phone at a newspaper or a road sign and instantly see both a transliteration and a translation. If I'm faced with an unfamiliar character, it takes me literally three seconds to find its meaning and pronunciation.

Handwriting is very close to being obsolete, especially in China. English people occasionally complain that young people are so dependent on computers that they're forgetting how to write, but in China that is literally true. A lot of younger Chinese people can't write fluently with a pen, because they do it so rarely. It's perfectly normal for native speakers to completely forget how to write common characters. If you're required to hand-write a brief note to a colleague, writing it in Pinyin would be slightly gauche but perfectly legible.


Chinese is still a difficult language, but technology has taken a lot of the sting out of the more difficult aspects. I'd estimate that technology has saved me several hundred hours of study compared to older methods. I learned handwriting to pass my HSK exams, but I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise, which would have saved me another couple of hundred hours.
>> No. 24020 Boyo
2nd July 2017
Sunday 3:59 pm
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>The grammar is simple and regular with no tenses, cases or genders.
Sort of but not quite. In much the same way that we no longer decline nouns for case but rely on pronouns and prepositions, Mandarin does the same thing for tense. There's no conjugation, but instead you add a particle to describe the "aspect", which includes tense but also negation, completion and subjectivity. It's tense, but not as we know it.
>> No. 24021 Raoul
3rd July 2017
Monday 12:22 am
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Aspects are vastly simpler than tenses. You need to know a handful of characters and a few simple rules, rather than the complicated and inconsistent structures of most European languages. Conjugation is a nightmare and can massively impede vocab acquisition. Compare the twenty-odd forms of "manger" in French with the pleasingly simple "吃".

>> No. 23886 AnonFromFI
12th September 2016
Monday 4:08 pm
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Everyone is dumb except me. How do I escape from this? It wasn't always like this. Help me England!
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>> No. 23891 Cockernay
12th September 2016
Monday 6:10 pm
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Yeah. It's a pity how delusional some people can be about their own intelligence.
>> No. 23892 Fairy
12th September 2016
Monday 6:23 pm
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Everyone's on the internet now. Even your nan. Almost anyone can get beefy poz loads in a matter of minutes if they want to, it's at their fingertips. Would you really like that to end? For us to just go back to the way it used to be? That's never going to happen. You actually disgust me a little bit.

Get with the program.
>> No. 23893 Raoul
12th September 2016
Monday 7:46 pm
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This thread seems very teenage angst to me. I can't help but wonder what makes OP or anyone else so certain they are superior.
>> No. 23895 AnonFromFI
13th September 2016
Tuesday 12:30 pm
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I didn't say that. I just don't want to share a website with people I don't like. When you go out with the lads you wouldn't really want to take your nan with you.
The same way how every elitist feels like. They liked the same things I liked and hated the same things I hated. Now they like things I don't and hate things I enjoy. That obviously means they're no longer elite like me so I need a new place to go.
>> No. 23979 Dubya
4th April 2017
Tuesday 3:31 am
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I want to cum inside that girl you posted.

>> No. 23977 Fairy
3rd April 2017
Monday 9:24 pm
23977 sorry vodkafags
this is just disgusting. My thoughts are with you.
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>> No. 23978 Raoul
3rd April 2017
Monday 9:29 pm
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Yeah, it must be shit knowing state security services could blow you up at any time.


>> No. 23937 Terrorist
7th January 2017
Saturday 10:43 pm
23937 [Official] KC /int/ Temporary Residency Thread [Moderator Approved]
Guys I have been in talks with the moderators who have given me prerogative to establish a thread, a shelter if you will while the BND vet the KC databases for fake-news agitators. I am in talks regarding establishing a permanent /int/ here and will post updates in this thread, but do not hold your breath, I have found the moderators to be extremely recalcitrant.
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>> No. 23962 Cockernay
26th March 2017
Sunday 8:44 pm
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Doesn't KC go down fairly often without much explanation? As evidenced by this thread being from the last time it happened, and /zoo/ in general existing.
>> No. 23963 Wastelander
26th March 2017
Sunday 8:45 pm
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Definitely a legal thing then. This could be juicy.
>> No. 23964 Fairy
26th March 2017
Sunday 8:52 pm
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Well, supposedly it's a network problem. Dunno.
>> No. 23966 Lenin
26th March 2017
Sunday 11:32 pm
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Didn't some cop whine about CP on KC/b/ a while ago and threaten to take legal action? About two weeks ago, I think.
>> No. 23970 Fairy
27th March 2017
Monday 1:48 am
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>> No. 22468 Stalin
18th July 2014
Friday 3:29 pm
22468 Real Russians
Russian - is not "rossiyanin"!

We don`t like Putin, we didn`t vote for Putin.
We don`t want to conquer the world.
We don`t want to build communism.
We don`t drink vodka every day.
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>> No. 23951 Clog
15th February 2017
Wednesday 11:27 pm
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>> No. 23952 Fairy
18th March 2017
Saturday 11:23 pm
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In Russia Top of the Popski Jimmy Savile not enough money make
>> No. 23953 Britfag
25th March 2017
Saturday 1:19 am
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erm why isn't krautchan working tho?
>> No. 23954 Britfag
25th March 2017
Saturday 1:20 am
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shit, this isn't my own thread, this isn't my own thread at all
>> No. 23955 Britfag
25th March 2017
Saturday 1:20 am
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shit, this isn't my own thread, this isn't my own thread at all

>> No. 23947 Redneck
26th January 2017
Thursday 6:26 am
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I'm very worried that my country is going to turn into (even more of) a completely autocratic, corporatist, east German shithole.

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>> No. 23948 Porridgewog
26th January 2017
Thursday 8:30 am
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Do you have any Canadian relatives?

Alternatively, take a gap term and travel the world and visit other exotiocraties (Port man tau of the week contender*cough*)

>> No. 23847 Gasthief
13th August 2016
Saturday 8:05 pm
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>> No. 23858 Gasthief
15th August 2016
Monday 12:09 pm
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>> No. 23859 Monkey
15th August 2016
Monday 12:10 pm
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This is painful to watch, but I'm not that inclined to /help/ because I don't really have any inclination towards having anti-Russian videos embedded all over *.
>> No. 23860 Gasthief
15th August 2016
Monday 12:11 pm
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shitty site, in Ukraine chans it happens automatically. welcome to 2004
>> No. 23861 Cockernay
15th August 2016
Monday 1:36 pm
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You're welcome to go back to go back to those Ukraine chans if you like.
>> No. 23945 Cockernay
19th January 2017
Thursday 11:50 am
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urain has its board, it can just to shit on others.

>> No. 23934 Buddha
28th December 2016
Wednesday 5:16 pm
23934 Brahmin Thread on int
I'm per advanced from KC int, but saw the Brahmin thread and wanted to say that those people are also responsible for a disproportionate amount of what's wrong with Nepal too.
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>> No. 23935 Fairy
28th December 2016
Wednesday 10:04 pm
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What on earth are you talking about?

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>> No. 23815 Gasthief
5th August 2016
Friday 12:47 pm
23815 Great Russian Empire
Hi guys !!! I'm Russian !!!
I like to drink, smoke and fuck in 11 years !!!
I want to seize the Ukraine and Europe !!!
I love to kill and rob !!!
I want to build an "iron curtain " and all prohibited and censorship !!!
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>> No. 23897 Gasthief
24th September 2016
Saturday 4:51 pm
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>> No. 23898 Britfag
25th September 2016
Sunday 12:41 am
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>> No. 23912 Spaghettihead
26th October 2016
Wednesday 5:07 am
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1 2 3 test
>> No. 23913 Fairy
26th October 2016
Wednesday 10:24 pm
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World War 3 is going to be the sexiest war ever.
>> No. 23926 Rasputin
11th December 2016
Sunday 8:06 pm
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>> No. 23915 Pornstar
20th November 2016
Sunday 5:43 am
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Our new vice president is an evangelical zealot that belongs in a third world country. What a fucking catastrophe.
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>> No. 23917 Pornstar
20th November 2016
Sunday 4:26 pm
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Changes in the electorate meaning what specifically?

That's not really true at all. Presidents decide what wars we fight, which bills to veto, nominate supreme court judges, direct law enforcement agencies as to what they focus on and enforce, etc etc.
>> No. 23918 Raoul
20th November 2016
Sunday 6:51 pm
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Most of that stuff is controlled through a deep layer of entrenched bureaucracy. Good luck starting a war if the generals think it's a terrible idea.

The main concern IMO is the supreme court - Trump could conceivably have three picks during his term, which would have a real impact on American jurisprudence for decades to come.
>> No. 23919 Cockernay
20th November 2016
Sunday 6:58 pm
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I wish Bernie had won. He'd have put the screws on Wall Street and other than that I don't care, it's not like Americans are people.
>> No. 23920 Fairy
20th November 2016
Sunday 7:00 pm
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He's the insurance policy, no hysterical tranny is gonna want Pence in the hot seat.

Anyway, who else is unironically looking forward to Trump vs Kanye in 4 years?

>> No. 23921 Britfag
20th November 2016
Sunday 9:30 pm
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The US hasn't officially declared war since WWII. The US deep state is undoubtedly real and powerful, but military engagements are an area where executive authority is very much in play.

>> No. 23899 Britfag
1st October 2016
Saturday 7:03 pm
23899 Happiness
I've been wondering, .gs, where in the world are people really happy?

Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Canada typically rank up there in terms of polling. There is indeed such a thing as a World Happiness Report, which released the following ahead of a United Nations holiday celebrating... well, happiness.


It's actually really interesting reading if you have the time for it, but it does beg some deeper questions. Is there a reliable way to test for happiness? If the study is to be believed, then what qualities do the highest ranked countries share? What makes people happy?

My own observations lead me to think about things like public health, material security, quality of social relationships, and maybe most importantly, freedom and creative control over work. Amartya Sen put it pretty elegantly when he said the central concern of human development is ‘our capability to lead the kind of lives we have reason to value’.

How happy do you think people are in your area of the United Kingdom? How happy are you as an individual?
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>> No. 23907 Wastelander
1st October 2016
Saturday 8:55 pm
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The only thing that will make me happy, happy forever, is not existing.
>> No. 23908 Cockernay
1st October 2016
Saturday 8:57 pm
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>It's actually really interesting reading if you have the time for it

No its not and I will explain why by looking at the methodology:
>The rankings are based on answers to the main life evaluation question asked in the poll. This is called the Cantril ladder: it asks respondents to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale.

Absolute pop-sci bollocks that people have managed to swindle trips around the world, countless interviews and probably a book out of. I'd hate to be a cunt but if I say 5 and its followed by murmurs and angry scribbling its not my country that is wrong. Similarly cultural biases flourish at least from the Swedes who approach such a question (and life) from the concept of Lagom which is fundamentally different to how we approach and see life.

What even is happiness and why would I want it? This is what made me bin Aristotle.

Why is it that every time I go to correct a minor typo some smart arse has replied to me?

Anyway I might be a miserable sod but I like being a miserable sod. Lets see your theory of happiness handle that one.
>> No. 23909 Britfag
1st October 2016
Saturday 9:28 pm
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>I'd hate to be a cunt but if I say 5 and its followed by murmurs and angry scribbling its not my country that is wrong.

I don't follow what you mean here. Are you saying that some of the people answering would have been mentally unstable or coerced?

What would a better methodology be for answering a question like this? If you really do think it's 'pop-sci bollocks' then I'm happy to move the conversation into more rational territory. So to criticise the study, I agree that cultural bias would play a part, and the subjective element involved in the perception of happiness would make it difficult to measure.

That being said, I do genuinely believe that people share certain universal needs, like the ones I listed:
>public health, material security, quality of social relationships, and maybe most importantly, freedom and creative control over work.

I don't want to go too far into abstract definitions of happiness. I'm more interested in what creates a better environment for people to flourish.
>> No. 23910 Aki
2nd October 2016
Sunday 12:52 am
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If you want a woman who only wants it up the harris and is mentally sound, you'll be looking for a long time.
>> No. 23911 Gazza
2nd October 2016
Sunday 1:06 am
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Cantril developed his ladder in 1965; it has been widely studied and used for over 50 years. Researching something as broad and hard to define as happiness is inherently difficult, but that doesn't mean that this research is meaningless.

Most research now distinguishes between happiness, which tends to fluctuate over quite a short time-frame, and life satisfaction, which tends to be relatively stable.

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>> No. 23878 Raoul
2nd September 2016
Friday 4:53 pm
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that buthurt about russian you need eat fish and chips lad to calm down xD
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>> No. 23879 Britfag
3rd September 2016
Saturday 10:16 am
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What else would we eat, as proud Brits? None of your Pickled gherkin muck, that's for sure.
>> No. 23880 Britfag
3rd September 2016
Saturday 9:03 pm
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Stupid American shit like MuckDonalds.

Must be difficult getting a decent curry in Russkiland though.

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