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  • So, some days ago, the big German tabloid newspaperBildpublished an article about just how badly-behaved the Brits are when they go on holiday.

  • Apparently, we drink too much, grope women, and get sunburnt.

  • Outraged at all these lazy stereotypes, the British press decided to hit back with some lazy stereotypes about the Germans.

  • So I thought it would be a good idea to take just a few of these and examine them a little more closely.

  • I’ve chosen five.

  • Germans always lay their towels on the sun-loungers in order to reserve them before anyone else can get to the pool.

  • At least one study has confirmed that, in fact, yes,

  • the Germans really are more likely to do this than anyone else.

  • But do you know who came second?

  • The British.

  • Germans have no sense of humour.

  • I’ve made a couple of videos explaining this one, and no matter how clearly I state that yes, in fact Germans do have a sense of humour,

  • I’m regularly accused by Germans of saying the exact opposite.

  • Yes, the Germans have a sense of humour: of course they do!

  • It’s just that humour is a product of culture, and so the British simply don’t understand the German sense of humour.

  • Germans don’t know how to enjoy themselves.

  • The British have this view of the Germans as being well-behaved, strait-laced,boring, unable to have fun or enjoy themselves.

  • This is probably because, outside of London,

  • most British people's experience of German tourists to Britain is of retired couples going to Cornwall touring the settings of the books by Rosamund Pilcher,

  • which are very popular among that age group in Germany.

  • In fact, these people are enjoying themselves; just without the need to get senselessly drunk first.

  • But if you try some of the Mediterranean resorts, like the Platja de Palma on Majorca,

  • youll find lots of young Germans getting just as stupidly drunk as the British twelve miles down the road in Magaluf.

  • Germans can’t cook.

  • There’s some irony about this one, because the Germans say that it’s the British who can’t cook.

  • Well in fact, German cuisine is as varied and interesting as any other cuisine:

  • it’s not all just potatoes and cabbage.

  • What about all the different types of fish that you can get in the north of Germany?

  • Or, if youre in the south, how about...

  • Swabian Maultaschen? Sort of pasta, stuffed with meat and spinach.

  • Or how about... grilled chicken?

  • Onion tart? Or...pork tenderloin in a mushroom and pepper sauce served with fried potatoes and salad?

  • Germans think Mr.Bean is funny.

  • Actually, that one is true.

  • If you have something for my notice board,

  • please send it to this address.

  • Please note that I can only accept letters and postcards,

  • so please don’t send me parcels or packages,

  • or anything that must be signed for.

So, some days ago, the big German tabloid newspaperBildpublished an article about just how badly-behaved the Brits are when they go on holiday.

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