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English Thug Mentality ?

Discussion in 'General' started by Ricx, 17 Sep 2003.

  1. Ricx

    Ricx What's a Dremel?

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    Is the English general public a bit more thuggish than other nations? Just a quick thought because when David Blane did his stunt in New York where he stood on a tall pillar for 36 hours, he seemed to have massive support from New York citizens in the form of cheering and well wishing etc.

    Scanning over reports from his latest stunt (above the below) it seems he's experiencing behaviour that is typical of us - people hitting golf balls at the box, someone flying a box of burgers around the box with model helicopter to piss him off, and someone trying to cut his water line. I'm guessing it won't be long before he looks at someone the wrong way after they come out of the pub and glass bottles start flying his way.

    Here's the run down I read :

    Day 10:
    The most dramatic attempt yet to thwart Blaine's stunt is foiled. At 5am, while two accomplices distract security guards, a man climbs the scaffold supporting the box and tries to cut his water supply tube. Security guards eventually manage to get him down and arrest him.

    Day 9:
    Two sisters attempt to take Blaine's mind off his empty stomach by baring their breasts at him. One of them, Charlie Banwell, later tells The Sun: "He raised his hand when I did it. I think that's all he can raise at the moment."

    Day 7:
    Blaine marked the end of his first week's imprisonment by dropping down a soiled nappy, much to the disgust of onlookers including singer Gloria Estefan. Earlier, some crafty person attached a box of burgers to a remote controlled helicopter and flew it round the box.

    Day 5:
    In the early hours, two teenagers and a man shine laser pens at the box. Blaine, thinking that the red lights mean he could be shot at by snipers, panics. Security guards catch the trio and they are arrested. Later in the day, the Grim Reaper from the nearby London Dungeon says a cheery hello in full costume.

    Day 4:
    MSN visits the site at lunchtime and concurs that the burger smell is indeed intoxicating, as are the burgers themselves. There is a large crowd of office workers and tourists gazing skywards. A student with a megaphone heckles Blaine for starving for publicity purposes.

    Day 3:
    The smell of onions from a burger van parked near the box is apparently driving Blaine to distraction.

    Day 2:
    Despite eggs, golf balls and even fish and chips reportedly being thrown at the box, Blaine makes it through his first night unscathed.

    Day 1:
    Amid much fanfare, David Blaine has entered his home for the next 44 days. A packed crowd along the River Thames and on Tower Bridge watched him climb a ladder into the Perspex box where he will attempt his latest feat.

    (from msn.co.uk)
     
  2. Liquid K9

    Liquid K9 Human programmer.. heh

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    I think its just that the Brittish like the underdog, Blaine is not the underdog. hense the torment.

    Its all in fun however, I think. Id've flown a helicopter around him if I could. Hell.. I'd probably aim a model rocket at him if I could (making sure its not powerful enough to to anything but make him swing around a bit.
     
  3. DeX

    DeX Mube Codder

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    I don't think any of those things have to do with thug mentatilty. He's not actually on anyeon's hit list. I just think that most people here can't see anything particularly amazing about this stunt. It's not clever or original or anything. That's why people have gone about trying to make it a little more interesting. I would definatly have done that helicopter thing if I had one.... :)
     
  4. :: kna ::

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    The problem is more than likely that a lot of british people don't find him impressive at all, verging on arrogant and 'holier than thou'. At best an interesting oddity, generally an annoyance and at worst, something fun to play with.

    Weird attention seeking americans, sitting in a box over the river thames for 44 days with nothing but water doesn't exactly inspire the british public to rally together support.

    Now, if all of the proceeds from his 'stunt' were going to charity to help feed and clothe our homeless, he might fare a little better.
     
  5. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    We are just sick of his 'stunts' they are all the same thing really... if we can manage to make a prat of him whilst he does them its a bonus!
     
  6. Guest-16

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    Yep, i agree. 5Mil he's netting from nearly killing himself. That's not that great, just a stupid greedy guy.

    I must admit what some people are trying todo is just plain stupid and ashames me though. Its like some British tourists abroad.
     
  7. sinizterguy

    sinizterguy Dark & Sinizter

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    I am not impressed with his stunt and I think its plain dumb and stupid. As is standing on a pillar for 36 hours of whatever. If Americans wanna give him 'massive support' then good for him ... maybe he should keep his stunts in America.

    If he was doing this for charity then I would support him.

    But given the current situation, I woulda done the helicopter and burger thing if I could have. Although I think trying to cut his water supply is a bit extreme. The laser pointers musta been funny.
     
  8. SugarBear

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    actually, the reason he came to the UK was because of how bad new yorkers are, people threw tomatoes and other fruits at him, he was shot several times by airguns, people shouted and tormented him.

    remember that in new york, it was so bad he had to quit.
     
  9. herbs

    herbs Nobody but us chickens

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    I think its the British mentality off having a laugh at all situations. Most of the things are just having a laugh with or at him, there are the odd nasty or mental (care in the community is not working) person that overstep the mark. For example if you stop smoking how many of your friends light up a ciggy just to see if you will cave in and have a smoke?
    I also believe that people like to say I flashed my tits (or whatever they did) when David Blaine was in his box, it's a talking point.
     
  10. penski

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    I'd stand and monotonically chant "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVIIIID...DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVIIIID..."

    Nothing puts someone off more than repeating their name ;)

    *n
     
  11. iggy

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    A stinger missile with burgers attached might be more effective.

    on another note, i read this topic in a dream well over 1/2 a year ago

    that just triggered my memory
     
  12. Alaric

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    now that's a lot more classy than the others... :lol: lol:

    He's putting himself up on that podium, like some kind of glorified tramp. I don't regard it as a really amazing thing to do, just stupid.

    He'd probably get more support if he was doing it for charity... as people have said. Perhaps he ought to go back to magic tricks, even if it's an illusion it's not exactly mind blowingly impressive.

    Alaric.
     
  13. Rich_13

    Rich_13 What's a Dremel?

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    da 9 lol. I thought this thread was gonna be about our football supporters when i read the title. thats more of a shame for us :sigh:
     
  14. :: Phat ::

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    Niiiiiiiiiiiii, iiiiiiiiiiikkyyyyy... chanted to the tune of

    FLLLLAAAAANNNNN........ DDEEEEERRSSS.
     
  15. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    Spot on.
     
  16. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    :hehe: /me wets self with laughter... snipers... breasts... :hehe:
     
  17. JADS

    JADS Et arma et verba vulnerant

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    He was incredibly arrogant if he thought a spoilt, overpaid, annoying American who specialises in pointless stunts would get the British public going behind him. At best we would be nonplussed, at worst we would lay into him using the full force of our imagination.

    Hopefully the cables will snap and the tides will carry him back to America. Of course he would be dead when he got there. So a win win situation then ;)
     
  18. Hwulex

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    Going without food for 44 days is an impressive feat, if that is what he's doing. ;) But it's hardly inspiring, as people have said. Especially as he's getting £5m for doing it. That's quite an incentive!

    As people have said, making it a charity affair would have been a wise move, and he would perhaps then have had more support. As it is, I think what's happened is damn funny (except, perhaps, the cutting of his water).
     
  19. Uncle Psychosis

    Uncle Psychosis Classically Trained

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    Thats *English* football supporters mate, not British :) (Well, apart from Rangers fans, but they all want to be English anyway)

    Sam
     
  20. burnoutuk

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    Errr Cardiff city? (I know there in the English league but still)

    Anyway I say dont let blaine down then see how 'Magic' he is :rock:
     

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