[OT] Mediocre Britain

John Dixon dixonja at hotmail.co.uk
Sun Aug 28 13:56:40 EDT 2011


You often make me smile when you vent about something that obviously gets right up your nose... so, I thought I would feed give you the link to a little story about some people who are obviously morons... they go by the names of Mark Smith and Dan Abelow... and I'm sat here laughing just wondering what your take it going to be on this one... :-)


It might be of interest to those who are trying to develop and sell their 'cottage industry' apps... as it seems to me that these morons have decided it might be clever to try and patent the wheel...


> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14683133
> doesn't frankly surprise me; after all "Being British" is all about dumbing
> down things to the lowest common denominator; education, over-regulation 
> (after all, if 5% of the population are morons the government must screw 
> up everybody's life by regulating things to protect the morons from 
> themselves: maybe the morons should be told "you are morons, get off 
> your fat, supplementary-benefit-fed bottoms and start getting your 
> brains working).
> I have just been looking at a series of letters written to my younger 
> son from his erstwhile school mates at his school in Fife, Scotland; 
> filled with basic spelling errors and grammar problems (these kids were 
> 11 at the time); most of them being monoglot English speakers, a few 
> spoke Fife-Scots at home. My sons, who have  English and Bulgarian as 
> mother tongues, and are both fluent in German, don't make those sort of 
> spelling errors in any of their 3 dominant languages.
> If sschool kids cannot spell in their school language how on earth can 
> one expect them to get their programming syntax right, let alone the odd 
> nested FOR . . . NEXT loop?
> My younger son starts at Salem on the 10th; as the highest scholarship 
> holder:
> http://www.salem-net.de/
> I wonder why I'm not sending him to school in Britain?
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