Today’s vocabulary: Saturday 7 April 2007

7 Apr



Portobello Market

Originally uploaded by commamommas.

Cambridge Relays: annual boat race between Cambridge and Oxford, an excuse to drink outside on a spring day
WWII: a great opportunity for Germans and Americans (and presumably, British, Russians, Italians, etc.) to come together in the mutual goal of mocking the French military

Neumann and I walked down Portobello to check out the Portobello Market, made famous in Notting Hill as the market Hugh Grant walks through as the seasons are changing. They had some amazing teacups, made in England, for very, very reasonable prices. Other than that, it was a madhouse.

In fact, everything was a madhouse that day, including the Thames near the Hammersmith Tube stop, which is where I went to meet up with Neumann and Liz to catch the Cambridge Relays. We went to a place called the Dove, and met a guy who looked a bit like James Mason in Lolita and told Neumann he was Dutch. His friend then said that he was just taking the piss, because he was actually German and the Germans hate the Dutch. To which Neumann wondered, who is he taking the piss out of, since Americans aren’t going to get that joke?




Cambridge Relays

Originally uploaded by commamommas.

We met more Germans and after proving that the Americans are superior militarily to them (“By my count, we’re 6 to 1,” Neumann said. I followed up by asking when was the last time Germany won a war. We realized it was two wars in the 1800s against the French, which we then decided don’t count.), we focused on WWII. Gonst (there should be an umlaut over the o), who actually went to Cambridge and was wearing a Harris tweed jacket, offered us some Doublemint gum and told us, “That’s what the GIs gave us.”

WWII is funny.

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2 Responses to “Today’s vocabulary: Saturday 7 April 2007”

  1. Liz April 15, 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    Are those Guinness glasses? or Irish Carbomb set-ups?
    Do they do Irish Carbombs in London?

  2. nsolis April 15, 2007 at 8:50 pm #

    It was actually London Pride, which the Londoners shouldn’t be too proud of. I was too afraid to ask for an Irish car bomb, with the whole Guildford Four thing.

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