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Funko
13-12-2011, 10:45:26
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16141184

Funko
13-12-2011, 10:48:04
And the preceding English view of Italians in winter.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15987082

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-12-2011, 11:04:06
:lol:

But I think a "colpo d'aria" is just a draught?

Fistandantilus
13-12-2011, 11:49:17
Nothing to laugh about. I'm deeply concerned about british health now.
I assume you do not even keep track of "swimming after eating" deaths so you do not realize how serious the problem is :(

mr_B
13-12-2011, 12:02:57
most Britts are well equiped without clothes to endure the cold

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-12-2011, 12:03:50
Or stay above water.

Funko
13-12-2011, 12:11:38
Some people in the UK say you have to wait 20 mins after eating to swim but I saw some research recently saying you don't even have to do that.

(exception being if you are a competitive athlete for serious races or something where you want maximum performance)

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-12-2011, 12:20:56
I remember the no-swim for 2 hours after lunch rule from my childhood. Must be a 70s' thing.

mr_B
13-12-2011, 13:32:25
I'd say no swimming at all, we are no fish

Funko
13-12-2011, 13:38:00
Dyl thinks Italy is in the 70s?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-12-2011, 13:41:01
Yes. They just arrived from the 1960s.

Funko
13-12-2011, 13:44:55
Cowabunga bunga!

MoSe
13-12-2011, 14:11:26
OTOH, we won't run for cover as soon as the temperature hints to approach a sweltering 28C, as we incredibly do not believe you can get sweated out of existence

Funko
13-12-2011, 14:17:22
28 degrees is the limit of human survivability?

Funko
13-12-2011, 14:18:04
We wear the same clothes whether it's 28 or -28.

Stiff upper lip wot.

MoSe
13-12-2011, 14:19:25
28 degrees is the limit of human survivability?

no, it's apparently the limit of British survivability

:p

Funko
13-12-2011, 14:33:38
People who live in places that go hotter than 28 little o C are not human = English foreign policy.

Fistandantilus
13-12-2011, 14:46:17
We wear the same clothes whether it's 28 or -28.

Stiff upper lip wot.

:lol:

Lurker
13-12-2011, 15:38:48
Yes. They just arrived from the 1980s.

fyp

MDA
13-12-2011, 15:59:44
frozen upper lip at -28?

Funko
13-12-2011, 16:08:00
At that point one might nobly sacrifice ones self for the good of ones fellows.

MDA
13-12-2011, 16:18:03
keep calm, carry whiskey

maroule
13-12-2011, 18:00:07
Summers on the beach for instance. Swimming after food was a complete no-no.

We were fed horror stories about children who had disobeyed the no-swimming rule, only to be hit by intestinal cramps in the water, something which apparently turned you blue in the face and caused you to drown.

This meant the hottest part of the day - the hours after lunch - were spent sitting on the beach watching the foreign kids frolic in the surf. The Italians shook their heads sadly at this blatant parental ignorance.

A full meal required a three hour no-swimming rule. A couple of biscuits might set you back half an hour. Every minute counted. "Can I go in yet?" would be met by, say, "Eleven minutes to go."




fuck yeah, I lived through that as well, the fear of "insolation" (a strike of too much heat which would make you drown). What a load of bullocks

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-12-2011, 18:21:44
Confirms the 1970s thing.

MDA
13-12-2011, 19:44:10
My parents didn't buy into it. They wanted us out of their hair more than they worried about drowning.

Funko
14-12-2011, 08:30:36
They wanted you dead?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-12-2011, 08:45:24
Just quiet, but no matter how, I suppose.

MOBIUS
14-12-2011, 10:00:33
:lol:

RedFred
15-12-2011, 05:34:00
How would Italians or Brits know anything about winter?

Funko
15-12-2011, 08:32:46
We had actual snow the last two years!

MoSe
15-12-2011, 09:28:22
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Italy

Between the north and south there can be a considerable difference in temperature, above all during the winter: in some winter days it can be −2 C (28.4 F) and snowing in Milan

Winter morning lows can occasionally reach -30 to -20 C (-22 to -4 F) in the Alps
...
On some winter mornings it can be just −3 C (26.6 F) in Milan's Dome plaza while -8 to -9 C (17.6 to 15.8 F) in the metropolitan outskirts, in Turin can be just −5 C (23.0 F) in the city centre and -10 to -12 C (14 to 10.4 F) in the metropolitan outskirts.

Both the mountain chains can see up to 5–10 m (16 ft 4.85 in–32 ft 9.70 in) or 500–1,000 cm (196.9–393.7 in) of snow in a year at 2,000 m (6,562 ft); on the highest peaks of the Alps, snow may fall even during mid summer, and glaciers are present.

The record low is −45 C (−49 F) in the Alps, and −29 C (−20.2 F) near sea level (recorded on January 12, 1985 at San Pietro Capofiume, hamlet of Molinella, in the Province of Bologna), while in the south cities like Catania, Foggia, Lecce or Alghero have experienced highs of 46 C (114.8 F) in some hot summers


I admit we can't compete with canadian Inuit, but that's winter too

jsorense
15-12-2011, 19:15:10
We had actual snow the last two years!
Looks like you are going to get some more snow soon. :lol:

RedFred
16-12-2011, 05:11:51
The Tyrolian Alps...

...forgot about them.

:o :o

Dyl Ulenspiegel
16-12-2011, 06:42:40
The Italians have a lot more Alps than just the south Tyrolian ones.

Funko
16-12-2011, 08:20:45
And vun day ve zhall hav zem bak!

Fistandantilus
16-12-2011, 08:52:18
:lol: They have always been more interested in the sea rather than more mountains.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
16-12-2011, 11:25:59
Zo haff vee!

Provost Harrison
16-12-2011, 14:19:46
Haha, the I remember the look on my Italian colleagues' faces when I turned up at the beginning of February wearing short sleeves and no coat. It was 14C...I don't think the summer here has been much warmer :lol: They were all in their garish puffy jackets and what have you. Me in a short-sleeved polo shirt. I was boiling after a while with all the walking around...

Provost Harrison
16-12-2011, 14:24:11
Mind you, this comes from the fact that the Italians are all a bunch of mummy's boys who still live at home until they are 50 being force fed food. The question is, are Italian men just flamboyant, or completely gay? ;)

Funko
16-12-2011, 14:25:09
14C? Summer!

Provost Harrison
16-12-2011, 14:30:36
This is Manchester!

Funko
16-12-2011, 14:32:11
A very hot summer!

Provost Harrison
16-12-2011, 14:34:29
I prefer it that way :D I don't do "hot". London was far too tropical a climate for me :p

Lurker
16-12-2011, 15:41:48
And vun day ve zhall hav zem bak!

:lol: