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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Just booking some tickets for the Eurostar Chunnel train for an upcoming Euro-trip, and found the following on the Eurostar website:

To check in, all you have to do is insert your ticket into the machine (which will hold onto it exactly long enough for you to start to panic, just a little bit) and then walk through the gate with your baggage. reference

I can't imagine any North American transportation company coming close to admitting that any process or system they have isn't 100% speedy and fool-proof, let alone doing it in a funny way.

God bless you, Britian. May the sun never set on your empire...

...oh, a little late for that, I guess.

Greg

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

LOL, I guess that is indeed what they call british humor. Love it!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I read somewhere that Brits aren't afraid of self-deprecation - which is what makes their humour so dang funny. No NA company could laugh at itself - they can barely speak in terms that people understand (I have one client here who insists on writing "technology solution" to describe their softeware - pitooie!!!!).

Yay Brits! On a related note, I just started watching Extras and haven't laughed that hard (or felt like crawling under the couch in discomfort) since my Monty Python marathon of 2005.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I think Brits feel uncomfortable with self praise and singing ones own praises so the self deprevation works!

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

I read somewhere that Brits aren't afraid of self-deprecation - which is what makes their humour so dang funny. .

Are you saying that you can read ???????

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Jase007

Quoting tway

I read somewhere that Brits aren't afraid of self-deprecation - which is what makes their humour so dang funny. .

Are you saying that you can read ???????

So far I've only got the writing thing down. And even then.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

that Brits aren't afraid of self-deprecation -

I am. For me, It's up there with wet socks, big spiders and boy bands as things that truly terrify me.

EDIT: And Greg, it is perfectly true as well.... I've been a regular Eurostar user since their second week of operation, and i still find it funny with people putting their ticket in and expecting something to happen that bit quicker and start panicking (or walk away to get help)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 12, 2007, at 7:55 AM by Gelli ]

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

I think Brits feel uncomfortable with self praise and singing ones own praises so the self deprevation works!

OK I'd like to clear this matter up. I am a Brit, and I can state, on the record, that at no time in the past have I ever, EVER, defecated on myself.

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

... defecated on myself.

How does one do that, anyway?

10. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

Quoting mikeyBoab

... defecated on myself.

How does one do that, anyway?

Having never done it, I wouldn't know . . .