Thursday, 9 February 2012

City Boys

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.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. Some people are total dickheads :) Hopefully they'll grow out of it though.

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  2. I hope that they will -for their own good-. I know that some city boys haven't...Time will tell!

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  3. Oh my ... I didn't know this. But yes, what were they thinking. They are adults and really, did money them like that or they would have been the same even if they were middle class. What makes me wonder is that why money is making you do that. Where is morality going these days and whatever happened to sensibility?

    These things are just plain upsetting.

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  4. These City Boys are known collectively as LOMBARDS - Load Of Money But Are Right DickheadS!!

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  5. It's beyond embarrassing, makes me cringe!
    C you tonight I hope :) XX

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  6. I can't quite decide which word to use...brats or asses? Hmmmmm....

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  7. @Joy - Use both then, they deserve it!

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  8. Things don't seem to have changed. In the 60s, I I found "some" public school boys to be "obnoxious little brats". I didn't have a French accent, but I know what it's like to be sneered at, word choice corrected, or on the receiving end of snide or even cruel remarks. To this day, I still cringe at the memory of some put-downs that affected my self-esteem. Given the public schoolboy twisted sense of humor, I tend to think that this email was tongue-in-cheek rather than serious. Unfortunately, this gives the impression that all public school boys are this way whereas many are kind. gracious, and well-behaved.

    You're right. There's still hope for them though after this, who knows?

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  9. Some things never change...some public school boys certainly haven't!
    That said, even if it was tongue in cheek, I find it of very bad taste. Maybe I don't get British humour after all...

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  10. They do indeed...hopefully they will learn!

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  11. Tough question...I would also go for both...

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  12. I am glad that we agree...I have to say that I don't think it's funny. It was nice to see you yesterday, I hope that we'll manage to get together for a cup of coffee soon!

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  13. They are not all like his, but there is certainly a pattern!

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  14. I don't think that it is money or even education. I just think that they are emotionally retarded!

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  15. This kind of obnoxious elitism is the reason I was happy to raise my children in Canada.

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  16. To be fair, they are not all like this (Thank God!). But I have to say that there is sometimes an element of this "obnoxious elitism", as you so rightly say. You made the right choice!

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