Eavesdropping on colinwheeler & la gran siete

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  1. colinwheeler

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    Well while we are off topic:D, can you explain your sig to me please LGS, it is frustrating the hell out of me.
     
  2. la gran siete

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    Ok Colin! You are the first person to ask. Are you AngloSouthafrican by any chance?I f you are you'll understand. I was born in Argentina where I spent my childhood( up to 16) of an English father and a mother who was third generation Angloargentine ie her mother and grandmother were born out there as well. During the 19th century and early 20th cenbtury there was considerable migration to that country from the UK and at the last count there were about 500000 expats living there. They formed their own communities opened their own schools , shops and sports/social clubs There is even a charitable foundation for those that fell on bad times . A hospital and a daily newspaper( The Herald) complete the British invasion. Many of these Brits tended to mix only with their own kind and tried as much as they could to maintain the old traditions going.Others have tended to mix more with the locals and intermarried- I have cousins who dont speak a word of English:eek:
    Over the years some have chosen to "return home" ,so to speak, like myself and some of my other cousins who felt more English than Argentine. Others came with their Argentine wives. Nevertheless the argentine connection was never completely expunged and an Angloargentine society was formed which organises social events such as balls and barbecues at which all who have this connection ( plus friends and family ) are invited to enjoy aspects of Argentine culture. It always amuses me listening to the Angloargies speak English with an accent which is fairly unique and yet if you looked at them and watched their behaviour you wouldnt think they were anything other than British.My accent disappeared when I was in my early twenties so no one here would know.
    Glad you asked anyway because I'm quite proud of my identity( not excessively though:) ) Most people's eyes glaze over when I try to tell them. I suppose when they think of Argentina its football or the Falklands that comes to their minds :( ,but for me its much much more than that.
    any way thanks for asking
     
  3. colinwheeler

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    Yeah, I am from South Africa orriginally. As AngloSaffers, we are a bit of a bigger group (Most probably about 2.5 to 3 million) but then a very high percentage of us have left the country and either returned home or moved on to other less "violent" places. I was also brought up in a very traditional english way following customs and culture.

    Argentina about football??? Nah mate, I live right next door to the Gaucho Grill in Canary Wharf and know a lot of Argentinans that have worked there. I know Argentina is about great steak and wine:D. It is actually on the top of my list of places to go and visit in South America, just got to plan a long break to get out there.

    Funnily enough I knew somebody who would not drink Argentinian wine because of the Falklands when we were out at a restaurant. I told him fine, I did not understand but I was very happy because there was more wine for me.:thumbsup:
     
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    Its only the irrational hotheads that get worked up about those issues.They exist here and overthere but thank fully are few in numbner Let bygones be bygones I say and so do most reasonable people.
    Most Argies are perfectly ok and are always glad when people come to visit them in their homeland.To be honest they dont like talking about the Falklands as they feel they were led down the garden path a by a military government that was responsible for the disappearance of many young people during their tenure as well as the war casualties.
    Those in the know acknowledge that to some extent they owe their Liberation to the Brits anyway as the the plans were hatched in London during the early 18th century. Some of the armaments used were British made and some of the soldiers who took part were British merceneries .

    Anyway I expect you have been told by your Argie friends where to vist and when etc.Food is very cheap especially asados/ parillas which invlove mountains of meat( as a Sarfie you'd appreciate that i know I have one as a neighbour who is Afrikans),
    anyway better get back on topic:D
     
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    Why, we have colonised this thread now? Surely it is ours?:D
     
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    Wtf??
     
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    I do believe we were just "un-threaded".....should we hold a protest?
     
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    We have been Outed!:D The audacity of it
     
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    Nope, not tried these guys. They are quite close to me though so I should give it a shot....hmmmmm and they have empanadas....hope they are good.
     
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    Thought I was going mad had an email with the first post but the link took me to the old thread
     
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    Yes, at the first hint that we were planning to colonise, we were unceremoniously kicked out of the other thread.:rotfl:

    Unfortunately there were some friendly fire victims and collateral damage above.:smashin:
     
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    Now every knows we are not 100% Brits ( although my passport tells me I am ) more halbreeds tainted by genes and cultural habits from far offshores:eek:
     
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    Hehe, well, not that I often see very many of the natural habitants of this fair island in London anymore.:D

    The building that I live in is like the UN.
     
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    So how did you guess that colin was a Safro?
     
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    Do oyu have any memorabilia?
    Zulu spears, headgear, antelope heads or souvineers from the Kruger park?

    I have an Argentine flag which I occasionally fly outside the front door( just to annoy the neighbours of course:D ) a mate, poncho, bombachas gaucho prints jar of dulce de leche and some cactus wood capibarra leather bag. No animal remains though.
     
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    I didnt . H e mentioned i coming from SA in one of his previous posts
     
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    See now my admiration has shrank considerably:D
     
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    No animal remains, I think.......:(

    I have clothing, including my favorite Kikoi which is not really South African but are very popular there as well as a constant stock of food and wine from South Africa. I also have art and books but my photos are my favorite. There are some shots from when I took my wife back to see the country (incidently the only time I have been back in the 7 odd years that I have been here now) on my website.
     
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    Ick, take the bio-references to the non-sensitive subforum.:D
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :rotfl:
     
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    Sorry I was being facetious.

    There is place in Newhaven nr Brighton that sells SA goods . If you are ineterested I could ask my neighbour about it . They sell mostly groceries eg sausages , dried meat , those dunking biscuits, various pickles and chutneys as well.Mind you I suspect there is a place like that in London.
     
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    Yup, and I was being intentionally thick:devil: I have a rhino hide when it comes to most things:cool:

    Yes, we do indeed have many SA shops around London but I use the mail order ones on account of having got rid of my car a while back. There are some great products that you just can't get here.
     

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