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Originally posted by captain2 at 2007-1-2 22:29
Many times I been in Scotland, mostly in Greenock. It is a beautiful country.
I'm not Chinese. In Germany we have the saying: "you are stingy like a Scot"
Has this any background?
Greenock is, in my opinion, one of the worst towns in Scotland. Try and find the film Sweet Sixteen on DVD and you'll understnad why. However, each to their own.
The 'stingy like a Scot' is just a Scottish stereotype, rather like efficient Germans, emotional Italians, drunken Irish or fat Americans. For instance, Donald Duck had a Scottish brother, Scrooge MacDuck, notorious for being mean with money. It's maily to due to our enthusiastic adoption of Calvinism and socialism, though if you read documents dating from the Hundred Years War, both the English and the French mocked the Scots for being mean.
Saying Scottish and English are the same, as projecka did, is just ignorance. We have our own culture, laws, religion and education sytem, all of which developed differently to their equivalents in England. Just as in China Tibetans, Mongolian, Uighers and others lead quite seperate lives to the Han, so to do the Scots in the UK.
And I would have to say, it's close, but I would give the drinking crown to the Irish