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This is not a comedy sketch. These are the “stars” of the UK’s current most popular reality TV show. They’re also the products of 11 years of British education. The future’s going to be so bright.

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  1. These girls are not as stupid as they are pretending to be. They are involved in a career plan which is simply to become a ‘Celebrity’. Saying entertainingly stupid things which ‘go viral’ on the internet is part of their game plans, and in the modern world it can make you a millionaire. These are not the fruits of any education system, these are the canny navigators of a very lucrative social media world.

  2. off topic…. we have a statement from Bill Clinton about the Epstein arrest

  3. Colm


    These women grew up knowing what their greatest assets are and it was never that which can be found between their ears. So they are making the best of it. But they are wannabe Mayflies and their ‘career’ (sic) will be as short but, they will probably make more than cleaning tables at MacDonalds.

  4. Back in the good old days, like pre-1914, before Commies took over educating our children, the average young women in Britain would probably never have heard of Barcelona or even been able to find Britain on a map of the British Isles.

    Ignorance of geography never ceases to amaze. I once travelled through the states with a Dutch guy, and the guy running a camping site asked us which highway we had taken from Holland, while another thought English was the language of the Netherlands.

    But these people never travelled so can be forgiven. I once met a young Australian who’d just arrived from Prague but didn’t know what country it was in, and a women traveller arriving in Germany didn’t know if Italy was to the south or north of the place.

    There are some people who have an instinctive grasp of geography, while others simply don’t think in terms or directions or maps or places, I’ve found.

    My wife never received any religious instruction or anything like that as a child, and she once inquired whether Judaism broke away from Protestantism, or was it the other way round? I explainied all in detail, but then later she asked whether that guy Martin Luther had lived before or after Jesus.

    When you simply don’t have a place to put the individual facts you learn, they becomes irrelevant and are immediately lost.

  5. Geography and the related history have always been one of my favorite subjects. I always Had an extreme interest in it.

    Big geography – what Are the stations on the Trans-Siberian express? How long are the Aleutian chain?

    But also little geography – How old is the huge Hell gate ( rail ) bridge in NYC ? Who built it? Why is it where it is? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Gate_Bridge

    It’s impossible not to want to know these things

  6. Yes. An understanding of geography is also necessary for any understanding of history, or even of politics and world economics. Every description of some historical event must start with the geography of the place.

    But simple geography will tell you only so much. To understand eastern Europe, for example, you have to have at least some understanding of the intricate patchwork of ethnic groups and minorites that have been in the place for centuries. Hungary is not simply Hungary, and Rumania is most definitely not simply the coloured patch you see in an atlas.

    There used to be a fun quiz on the BBC site, where maps of certain regions would show the borders of the different countries but no names. Most were easy, of course, but once you get east of the Caspian Sea you’re into tricky territory with all those -istans.

    There’s also the great geography game you can play with Google Earth. I’ve developed a bit of a system for it, and can now often pinpoint the place they give you on the entire globe to within 40 or 50 meters.

  7. Talking of geographical knowledge I have to confess this discussion reminds me of an incident when I was at school in which my usual high moral standards deserted me. One of my classmates had a habit of not doing his homework on time and I had sometimes helped him out by doing it for him.

    One day he had a test which involved being given a large flat map of the world with no wording in it and a list of 20 countries he had to write in their location on the map. He of course hadn’t done it on the morning he was due to hand it in and I said I would do it for him. Being annoyed at his laziness I stuck the countries deliberately wrongly everywhere ( France in Australia, Belgium next to Chile etc etc. I expected him to immediately recognise the mess I had made but he had no idea it was wrong his geographical awareness was that bad. He handed it in and was of course subsequently humiliated when his “work” was shown to the rest of the class. He couldn’t admit he had got me to do it and I of course kept quiet. I wasn’t always that mean at school 😇

  8. Ignorance of geography never ceases to amaze. I once travelled through the states with a Dutch guy, and the guy running a camping site asked us which highway we had taken from Holland, while another thought English was the language of the Netherlands

    I remember visiting friends in Elorrio, a town in the Basque province of Bizkaia, in the early nineties and everyone telling me ‘you must meet Jennifer, you must meet Jennifer’ I eventually met Jennifer who turned out to be a language exchange student from the states, (Texas), and said to her ‘hi Jennifer, I’m Paul. How are ye? and Jennifer says, ‘wow your English is great’ to which I replied, ‘yeah, well. I’m from Ireland’ and Jennifer says ‘wow…….do you speak English in Ireland?’

  9. I encountered an American who didn’t believe that there was an Irish language. When the subject somehow came up, he thought that he was being teased.

    I know a reasonably successful 50 plus woman who works in the Wall Street area but who doesn’t know how to get to midtown by subway. Every so often she has to go there, and each time she asks for directions.

  10. Yes that’s right snowflake Pete. The youth never acted disrespectfully, stupidly or just wanted to party when you were young. Right?

    The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

    Socrates (469–399 B.C.)

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