This is too good to miss. I know that some of you didn’t believe me when I wrote that I seem to have a problem, in this country, with white, usually middle-aged British public school guys (i.e., men who believe that they own the world because they went to a posh school –some didn’t even go, they just want to look the part and they usually are the worst). For starters, they make me repeat at least twice what I am saying and look concentrated when I dare to speak, as if they needed to be really focused to understand my bad, broken English. One of them once gave me a long-winded lecture on the fact that I should have said “to make matters simpler” instead of “to make matters clearer”. Funnily enough, everybody else seems to understand me, including my Irish builder and my more “normal” friends.
Well, here is the proof: an email has, once again, become viral. You can read the whole story here.
Come on, city boys, you need to be more careful and stop using your professional emails for what you believe to be “harmless banter”. What do they teach you in these exclusive institutions? Apparently neither humility nor caution. The email is about the behaviour that 4 high flyers need to adopt when on a trip in Dubai. It also includes a short bio of each of them. Hilarious. Here are some of the recommendations:
“ - Cheating is allowed [I am sure that the girlfriends will appreciate];
- Mentioning parents salaries once a day;
- Chants about your surrounding environment, being oily and how rich we are, are compulsory;
- Public school boy 10 minutes (collars must be up) at specified 10 minutes past the hour…”
Obviously such an email should not have become viral and I wonder what kind of “friend” has forwarded it to the whole planet. But this email is also a gem because it is a rare insight into how some public school boys, in this country, have fun. This type of behaviour is what makes city boys feel on top of the world. According to them, writing such an email makes them “witty”, not silly. Don’t you think that it is pathetic? These 4 boys are supposed to belong to the British elite. They have super-duper jobs but don’t seem to care about what the real world is about. I will say it: they look like obnoxious little brats. It is all about showing how superior they are. And this is exactly what makes me uncomfortable when I talk to one of them.
I sincerely hope that, in time, the 4 city boys will become more approachable. There is still hope for them: they are young and life will teach them a few home truths.