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Union jack shorts, bulldog t-shirts, bars named after soap operas, hen parties in Malaga. Tell us about your encounters with the worst (or best) of our fair country's travelers around the world. Alternatively, tell us about your own doomed quest to find a decent cup of tea in Moscow.

(, Thu 24 Apr 2014, 13:01)
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San Diego, CA
A lovely place - wish I was there right now, but I'm not.

I was in a bar with a strict ID policy, which isn't unusual in the US so I'd shown my UK passport and settled down with a beer. Very shortly - and abruptly - I was joined by a small angry red faced fury with a wife who has faded in my memory beyond description, because all she contributed was "Thas' right".

An Ulsterman. A vehement, fuming, frothing at the mouth Ulsterman who made it VERY CLEAR TO ME in a short space of time that THE STATE OF ULSTER RIGHT NOW (I grew up in the '70's before Paisley was voiced over, so I understood him) WAS A FUCKIN' DISGRACE and he'd moved to San Diego where he could live a decent life away from THEM FUCKIN' HEATHENS.

San Diego is about the most Catholic city you'll get in the US - it's a liberal and open place. I took, in a couple of hours, more concentrated vitriol than I'll ever get again, I hope. He might be still there for all I know, not seeing or understanding the difference between what he'd left and what he was in.

He bought me a lot of drinks though, so he wasn't all bad.
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 18:49, 17 replies)
I also grew up in the seventies
and I'm not sure I remember Ian Paisley ever being voiced over
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 18:52, closed)
Reality check: it was only the Fenians that got the voice-over treatment on the news. And that didn't even START until the 1980's. Prior to that you heard them in their own ridiculous accents.
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 19:00, closed)
ian paisley wasn't 'voiced over'
you dumb prick
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 19:07, closed)
Clearly I was wrong
And it's of great solace to know that the dulcet tones of the Reverend Ian Paisley were unfettered in their uplifting homilies of enlightenment throughout those turbulent years.
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 21:59, closed)
you can say what you like about Paisley's rancid rhetoric
but he was never knowingly out-shouted
(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 9:00, closed)
It was Gerry Adams
Who was voiced over, wasn't it?
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 19:20, closed)
By an actor who sounded exactly like him.

Although I like the idea of Ian Paisley being voice by Brian Blessed. There's an Internet mash-up in there somewhere. Somebody with more talent than me should do it.
(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 20:17, closed)
Crying Game actor Stephen Rea
did the voice of Gerry Adams.
(, Sun 27 Apr 2014, 1:02, closed)
Yep. Martin McGuinness as well I believe.

(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 20:51, closed)
Wasn't it Paddy and Murphy?

(, Sat 26 Apr 2014, 21:57, closed)
Pfft. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me

(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 6:28, closed)
and yet you stayed and listened to it

(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 10:04, closed)
i'm guessing he's one of these wilting blossoms who'd rather sit in misery than make a fuss

(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 10:35, closed)
it sounds like he was happy to sit and listen to it provided that his blossom got watered by free drinks

(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 13:09, closed)
either way.
(, Mon 28 Apr 2014, 23:10, closed)

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