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I would appreciate peoples opinions on the subject of violence and thuggery running amock in the UK.
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Unfortunately, this isn't a new thing and I don't think it's getting as worse as the media tends to portray it. I am now forty and have seen violence of many descriptions through my life. I grew up in a rough area where violence was part of the culture. At the age of 15, my best friend and I were kicked unconscious by a gang of 20. My wife Mel was also was seriously attacked at the age of 15 resulting in her teeth being punched out. She is still having treatment for them today.
Why is this so common? I haven't the faintest. We feel for your friend because we know what's it like. However this mindless violence is only one side of the coin. I could tell you many stories that would scare the daylights out of you, but for every one of those stories, I could tell you another of people who go out of their way to make this world a better place to live in.
The 'Great' in Great Britain is a geographical term.
The 'great' in britain could be banned under the trade descriptions act at present.
Quote: The 'Great' in Great Britain is a geographical term.
Not being nit-picky, but genuinely interested... Where is/was "lesser" Britain in that case?
Yes there was - it's called Brittany today.
as in Grand Bretagne and ..Bretagne (?)
exactly it....Britannia Minor and Britannia Major as Geoffrey of Monmouth would have said.
dont mention Geoff.. I'm about a third into Francis Pryor's Britain AD... it's a fairly convincing argument tho can't tel who it pisses off the most - historians or hardcore welsh nationalists
....does it matter?
so far i've had more sport from the hardcore nationalists... they so want to be a conquered people
Quote: Unfortunately, this isn't a new thing
No it sure isn't. It was a great deal worse in times gone by (e.g. the Victorian era).
It is also not exclusive to GB. So, whilst our heartfelt sympathies go out to the person concerned let's not carried away too much while indulging in the usual British sport of talking down our own country... which is a pretty exclusive British activity.
It's not about UK Bashing.
Currently I think a long hard look is required as things are sliding slowly down the toilet. We have a seriously bad drink culture, teen pregnancy 4 times worse than Holland and the a welfare time bomb to follow. Scotland now has the worst violent crime record in the developed world and England is close enough behind. You're safer in San Paulo than Manchester.
Had the pleasure of spending a long time working in Europe (Munich) where you where safe on the subway at 1am and I hardly ever saw a drunk, never saw a yob or a fight. I came back and was apalled by the violent culture we have evolved into.
i don't know where you heard that fact about Scotland but New York i'm pretty sure has the highest crime rate, the USA also has 2 million reported assaults per year compared to 400,000 in the UK(which works out less percentage wise). We also have quite a low murder rate.
I obviously feel for your friend and it is horrifc but trying to say that Sao Paulo is safer than Manchester is just rubbish, I'd like to see your chances in Sao Paulo doing what you'd do happily in this country
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