I finally got round to buying and reading Watching the English – which I’ve been meaning to do since it came out. It’s very good! If you haven’t read it I certainly reommend that you do! Obviously not everything in the book strikes a chord with me (but it’s impossible to be 100% about anything as far as I’m concerned), but sooo many times I found myself nodding to myself thinking “Yes! I do that.”… “and that!”. And “Oooh, so that explains it!” And now I know… my utter social incompetence is not my fault! I’m not a freak of nature, I’m just English! And we’re just not that good at starting conversations with complete strangers, or even people we know just a little bit. Unless we’re standing at a bar, where the normal rules of social interaction are temporarily suspended (this also explains why it’s almost impossible to strike up a conversation with a random person in a pub here. Germans go out drinking with their friends… the English go out drinking because it’s one of the few ways you can make friends. And even then we need props, like dartboards and pub quizzes). I am definitely making my boyfriend read this book – it may explain a few things 🙂
Oh, and in case anyone cares, yes I did watch the Eurovision last night (sad, I know but it’s tradition!!). Poor old Engelbert was robbed. I didn’t expect him to do very well, but he was certainly better than second last! Some of the acts that got more points them him were genuninely awful – Jedward looked to me like they were miming (their lip movements in no way matched the words?!) and yet still managed to be off key. Explain that one somebody? I’m just hoping the people who voted for them were all pre-pubescent girls who didn’t know any better. I can see why Sweden won, although the song wasn’t really my thing. Germany (my adopted country!) did ok and I actually quite liked the song. It was certainly a lot better either of the ones by Lena! I heard that Satellite song (the one she won with 2 years ago) on the radio the other day and was reminded of exactly why I don’t like it. It makes no sense! And who cares if your underwear are blue?! So, there’s my verdict. And now no more Eurovision for another year. (Oh, I just have to add – I love the way Scott Mills managed to mention the London olympics before revealing the UK’s points… we may be doing terribly at this Eurovision lark, but at least we’ve got something!).