La verite, painful ain’t it?

Alisa Titko, a writer for Komsomolskaya Pravda, ….

Having recently visited Manchester, she wrote: “It is true that there are many fat people in Manchester.

“Local young women don’t mind when fat hangs down from their stomach and body – and does not fit into their jeans.

“Whatever, when they go to a nightclub they put on tight fit leggings and mini-dresses.”

Observing the flesh in a Russian nightclub is indeed a rather different experience.

She does then rather go off the rails:

“There is even a plate there saying ‘Gay Village’.

“It is the most popular place for such couples, there are cafés and clubs there with small rainbow flags.

“Of course, a young man with a girl can also go into the gay club but they should know that if somebody approaches them, it maybe not just for a chat but for something more deep.

“Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and non-sexual. But it can influence it too.”

Young Owen’s from up around there isn’t he? Sexy enough to turn anyone’s head.

But one more serious point. Couldn’t the Telegraph have found someone to actually translate the piece? Instead of using what is obviously Google Translate? My very first newspaper/magazine work was taking these sorts of half translations and turning them into something more like English. It just leaps out when someone’s translating from any of the Slavic languages on a word by word, rather than meaning, basis.

10 thoughts on “La verite, painful ain’t it?”

  1. > [Manchester] girls are too fat and non-sexual

    Fat, yes; but non-sexual? I’d wager that your average Mancunian lass puts out sooner than the average Russian devochka.

  2. Well, I’m sure there’s something we can all agree on. There’ll be no need for Dave to be parading his moral superiority on this thread. There’s absolutely nothing amusing about Manchester.

  3. The gay village in Canal street, frequently defaced to lose the initial 2 letters, is a great evening out for folk of all persuasions.

    I don’t remember being propositioned any of the times I’ve been there (yeah so, I’m short, fat and ugly, but none of the younger, better looking friends I was with were bothered either)

  4. I went to the gay village in Manchester about 20 years ago when I was young and pretty and was rather offended not to be propositioned.

    Perhaps a better point was made in Viz some years ago, to the effect that if crossdresssers – probably, I cannot remember for sure, termed ‘trannies’ by that estimable publication – wanted to appear more like real women, they’d abandon high heels, stockings, suspenders and so on, in favour of tracky bottoms, a hoodie, trainers, a Croydon facelift and a pram full of booze.

  5. Russian Guardian version of pravda headline: “Could Manchester’s Ghaytto be the solution to Moscow’s homosexuality problem?”

  6. Andrew M – I am guessing the idiomatic translation would be “not sexy”, which makes much more sense. As in not sexual[ly appealing to the observer].

    Which is all part of the point Timmy is making about the translation.

  7. The Telegraph linked the disapproving comments about gay people in the piece to the recent murders of gay people in a Russian republic, giving the impression that Putin was behind it, and this that this is the sort of thing that disapproval of a gay lifestyle leads to.

    But of course those gay killings were in Chechnya, Carried out by Muslims.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    Hallowed Be – “Russian Guardian version of pravda headline: “Could Manchester’s Ghaytto be the solution to Moscow’s homosexuality problem?””

    That wouldn’t be a bad suggestion. Maybe we could deem an island somewhere nice to be an international Gay Ghetto. Ibiza perhaps. Then Putin could encourage them all to move there. That way Russian boys would be safe joining the Boy Scouts.

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