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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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The only thing...
... I hate more than friggin' tourists, is being one myself.

On a fateful jaunt to rome the other year, we were accosted by four armed men, military types, who manhandled my camera from me and forced my wife and I into a very uncomfortable situation. They released us reasonably quickly (must've remembered that historically, ill-treatment of Geordies by Romans is a major international faux-pas) but ransomed my camera for the princely sum of 25 euros.

Like those poor unfortunates featured on 'The Real Hustle' who most likely keep recordings of their episode as mementos of their own gullability, I have somewhere a badly composed picture of my wife and I in front of the collosseum, sporting a plastic helmet & sword, generally looking like a complete fucking tit and surrounded by men dressed as Ancient Roman Legionnaires. Perhaps my resolve was weakened by the 'mucho bella arribaderci' weed I'd scored from a bunch of italio-chavs (tasteless sportswear with a suave demeanour) near the vatican the previous night, but still...

Legionnaires indeed, I hope the fuckers contract it during a global bog-roll shortage.

Length? The standard sword or 'gladius' was 18 inches long and 2 inches wide.
(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:50, 1 reply)
was sheathed in what was then known as a vagina...
(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 16:29, closed)

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