The Xenophobe's Guide to the Kiwis

Author: Christine Cole Catley,Simon Nicholson

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120665

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Kiwis which explores their views and values with humour and insight.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Kiwis

Author: Christine Cole Catley,Simon Nicholson

Publisher: Xenophobe's Guide

ISBN: 9781906042417

Category: Humor

Page: 85

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Straight laced and straight faced A good Kiwi bloke plays things down and does not stand on ceremony. The rugby player who scores a try is no longer expected to look as if he is bravely accepting a death sentence but, other than in sport, emotion is not something to be shown in public, and not much in private either. A blokess is allowed more latitude. She is even expected by men to “carry on a bit.” Optimists one and all Whether or not there is a need to worry about something, the obliging Kiwis tell one another that it will be “good as gold,” “right as rain,” and “no prob” (short for problem), usually qualified by one of those great reassurers in any situation, “She'll be right,” or “Piece of cake.” Good citizenship To Kiwis, politeness is synonymous with warmth and generosity of spirit. Thus North Islanders, when complimented by visitors on their scenery, will ask anxiously, "But have you seen the South Island yet?" They do not want to be seen as hogging the best bits for themselves. Even handed Kiwis love receiving praise about their country. However, since self-deprecation is wired deeply into the national psyche, praise is looked upon suspiciously. Kiwis fear they are being buttered up, or somebody is having them on. Both praise and criticism are reported by the media, and are hotly debated.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders

Author: Richard Sale

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120517

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Icelanders which takes an insightful, humorous look at their character and values.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Austrians

Author: Louis James

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120061

Category: History

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Austrians that delves into the cultural curiosities and peculiar characteristics of this land-locked nation.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Welsh

Author: John Winterson Richards

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120932

Category: Travel

Page: 96

View: 998


A guide to understanding the Welsh that explores their nature and outlook with benevolence and humour.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Scots

Author: David Ross

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120819

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Scots that gets under their kilts to reveal all in an affectionate and humorous fashion.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Aussies

Author: Ken Hunt,Mike Taylor

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120037

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Aussies which takes an insightful, laconic look at their character and attitudes.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Irish

Author: Frank McNally

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120541

Category: Travel

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Irish that unravels their idiosyncracies and national characteristics.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Czechs

Author: Petr Berka,Ales Palan,Petr Stastny

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120215

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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All roads lead to Czechia. The Czechs seem to believe that the Earth is the center of the Universe, Europe is the centre of the Earth, and Czechia is at the centre of Europe. Reality Czechs. The ability to put up with a situation adjusting as needs must has been elevated to an art form. Chuckling Czechs. Czech humor is distinguished by mad screams, breast and thigh slapping, and uncontrollable braying. Top of the Czech list. The Czechs would like to be seen as the cauldron in which all that's good from West and East melts; and if not the best, then at least one of the top nations in the world.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians

Author: Hilary Bird,Lembit Opik,Ulvi Mustmaa

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 1908120339

Category: History

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Estonians which dispels or confirms preconceived prejudices with humor and insight.