Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A wee bit about Scotland – the negative stuff

As a foreigner I need to get some more Scottish friends, so here goes…

I do not know what UK people have done to deserve the plastic bags one can find at most stores, but those bags are certainly one of the worst things about this country. If you think you can put milk together with some beer, think again! The bag will never hold. I once needed three bags for three things! This is not only a huge waste of plastic; it is also an irritation that should be looked at. In these election times I hope some politicians will read this and take notice.

Another source of irritation is all those cameras everywhere. If someone(s) is actually watching all those tapes unemployment would go down with several percent. In some places this surveillance shit doesn’t fill any function at all and around other places where they actually might be useful, there are none. Either way the intrusion on people’s privacy is apparent and highly annoying.

All those stupid different pennies I have mentioned before but you all need to understand that there are 1 and 2 pennies!?! What the hell can you buy for those miniscule thingies? Completely ridiculous.

Cheese! Where the hell are the cheeses!? Visiting several Scottish towns doing the shopping thing, I have noticed a very bad selection of meat, sauces and toothpaste, but the worst thing is that there is only one kind of cheese! It comes in two colors; yellow and slightly orange, which probably means they are supposed to be different, but they aren’t! They taste the same! At the biggest supermarkets this single type of cheese comes in maybe 6 different sizes, all looking, tasting and falls into pieces in the same way. A kiosk at a corner in a small town in Sweden has a bigger selection of cheese than entire Scotland.

Crisps (chips) are in big supply, but almost all of them taste terrible. And what kind of crazy people put vinegar on crisps!? That is just wrong.

The weather is interesting. During one day you can experience fall, summer, spring and winter several times over, and as I understand it this goes on most of the year. This is a normal day: rain- sun-rain-snow-rain-sun-very hot-sun-rain-sun-very windy-sun-cold-rain-sun-rain-sun-rain-very cold-sun-rain-rain... Everything comes and goes in an instant and it is almost impossible to choice right attire.

Despite all this and a labour administration – very possibly history’s worst elected government– I still like it since I actually have grown up in a place so horrid and vile not even Harry Potter would survive very long without turning into a mindless drone.


  1. I bet you pay 20p+ for the crappy plastic bags as well! Don't think the politicians will read this or take any notice so why don't you buy a reusable bag instead? That will save you money, the environment and it definitely will make you less irritable. Of course they do break after a while and who remembers to bring the damn things every time?

    The pennies are awful annoying but why don't you put all of them in a BIG jar and when full take it to the bank, it won't make a lot of money but it might just annoy the person at the counter:-)

    Try Tesco's own brand cheese, it doe's actually not break! Not even when using an osthyvel.

    How about the standard of he houses, maybe it's too negative to even mention?

  2. Ah... a blast from the past comes by for a visit. Nice to see the lady. And yes, I should have mentioned housing and the lack of building control, but I’m saving that germ for later. :)