The perils of being in foreign

One of them anyway: the knowledge base changes so that it can be difficult to interpret news headlines.

CSKA Moscow fans hospitalised after Roma violence

Sitting here in Czech the immediate reaction is to wonder why the Gypsies would have anything against the Russians. Not what was meant at all, is it?

9 comments on “The perils of being in foreign

  1. Your previous post:

    “Margaret Hodge MP in collision with motorbike
    Is the bike OK?”

    Hodge was entirely unharmed. The crude reference to her private life will have stung though.

  2. It’s more a problem of unfamiliarity with European football teams. A.S. Roma are in the Serie A (the top league in Italy), but they generally perform poorly in international contests and thus aren’t of interest. Even today they’re mostly only mentioned because Ashley Cole recently joined them from Chelsea.

  3. “It’s more a problem of unfamiliarity with European football teams.”
    In what way is this a problem?

  4. “why the Gypsies would have anything against the Russians.”
    Even after the Nazis final solution gassed a similar proportion of the Roma population of occupied Europe as it did of the Jewish population, there is a higher %age of Roma in Germany than in Russia, which was not occupied (not to mention the 22X ratio in Romania vs Russia or 11x in Slovakia vs Russia).
    If the Roma have voted with their feet/caravan wheels for Germany rather than Russia, one might think the Gypsies *do* have something against Russians.

  5. On a different tack:

    At the time off the Charles/Diana marital problems, one of the German newspapers translated the infamous term of endearment “Squidgy” into “Tintenfischen” or “Little Squid”

    My German colleagues at the time tthought this highly amusing and would rib me that we English used such silly names.

    It made me suspect that perhaps re-unification had happened in the wrong direction.

  6. Andrew M – “A.S. Roma are in the Serie A (the top league in Italy), but they generally perform poorly in international contests and thus aren’t of interest.”

    Life is so much harder when you don’t get to choose the refs.

    Looks like the Scots have chosen to remain.

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