I don’t have a lot of time for blogging at the moment – the weather is superb for walking and photography but unfortunately that means it is also ideal for some much needed ‘tender loving care’ for Lofty, our beloved VW camper. However, having just cooked and eaten the obligatory full English breakfast I thought I’d use the 15 min ‘digestion’ pause to get this off.
The Romanians are almost uniquely able to have a joke on themselves and, being far better generally educated than the majority of people coming out of UK schools, are able to do it with a wit and substance sadly lacking in much of what we see from British commentators. I just love the poster campaign launched by the Romanian paper Gandul (‘The Thought?) in response to that from the Guardian. The posters are in English so English speakers can understand them even if the accompanying text is in Romanian.
So here are some of the Romanian poster words, each of which has a postscript “Why don’t you come over. We may not like Britain but you’ll love Romania”. There are many more gems.
Your weekly rent covers a month here – pub nights included
Our Tube was not designed with sardines in mind – sorry sardines
Our newspapers are hacking celebrities’ privacy, not people’s phones
Our air traffic controllers have seen snow before. They were unimpressed
We don’t have a congestion charge here. We believe congestions are punishment enough.
Our draft beer is less expensive than your bottled water.
And my favourite – almost absolutely true:
Half our women look like Kate. The other half, like her sister.
Most of my followers will know I have a serious love affair with Romania and Romanians and the majority of Romanians coming here so far are very well educated, hard-working and an enormous benefit to our society. But this doesn’t mean my eyes are closed to the problems: corruption is endemic (but worse in Bulgaria) and certainly a large number of Romanians coming here have come to commit crime and will do so in the future (the Romanians would say that they are not Romanians, but gypsies, and while I cannot support this racist statement there is an underlying truth).
So, much as I love Romanians and their country, the concern about freely opening the door to them is well-founded.
But it will be great for Britain to have a boost to the population of people who can actually speak English!