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The honesty of drunken Welsh rugby fans

The honesty of drunken Welsh rugby fans

So in the aftermath of Wales’ unexpected rugby victory against England (which no doubt will be romanticised for the next 10 years), I find myself at the infamous City Arms pub with a gazillion Welsh rugby fans drinking away. So I have to navigate past the sticky floor (although oddly no harmonious singing at this point) to the toilet.

While waiting at the queue, some bald-headed bloke (the worse for drinking) looks at me, and twigs that I don’t exactly look Welsh. And proceeds to grill me about who I am, where I come from (giving Wales as an answer doesn’t seem to wash with him) and what I’m doing there (drinking, and waiting to pee).

If I was feeling maleviolent and playful, I could have started speaking to him in Welsh, but I’d already seen three almost-fights that weekend and had no desire to be a victim of a fourth one. Especially in a grotty mens’ toilet. So I answered as good-naturedly as I could – and to be fair to the guy, he wasn’t outright offensive or racist. He just reminded me of just why I will never belong in Cardiff. Or Wales for that matter. Although I suppose I could wear one of those red Welsh rugby tops. Although they look better on the ladies than the men.

His final sentence was a clincher though. Realising that he may not have been the most polite person around, he decides to make amends by complimenting me. Well, my race, by saying that Asians (of course) had the highest IQs. Patently untrue, but nevertheless yet another stereotype.

Bet you don’t get this kind of trouble in San Francisco. Actually, you probably do.

9 Comments

  • badlydubbedboy

    The other 500 were probably drinking!

    And it's always the way that there's the one person you spot who makes the difference in a way that 500 people don't. Bit like Gavin whatsisface.

  • zuzula

    I was once refused service in a bar in Edinburgh for sounding too English 🙁

  • Thanks for reminding me that us 'Merkins aren't the only ones who have to deal with pig-ignorant hick types 😛

  • Are his actions any less offensive than your suggestion that all people from Wales and Cardiff are paraochial prone to *meanigless generalisations* and not being welcoming?

    One bloke says something whilst the other 500 in the pub paid no attention… Says it all really. 😉

  • Lord of Misrule

    "red Welsh rugby tops"

    I much prefer the white version of this year's model. Though seeing as they're both about 55 (long or short sleeve, I notice) in Debenhams, I don't think I'll bother any time soon…

  • Saturn

    I would have glassed the shiny-headed twat and then ran away, very fast. Possibly. 'Always Take a Bottle to the Bogs', thats one of my many mottos.

  • Interesting word, *maleviolent* – a regular typo or a Freudian slip of the finger?

  • Sheff

    You should definitely have started speaking "yn gymraeg" to the idiot. Always guaranteed to offend the 64% of hwntws who can't speak more than a dozen words of it (and that was one of those 76.3% of statistics that are made up on the spot before anyone picks me up on it) but in this case you really would have left him with hee-haw comeback. And if he decide to come back with the fists you'd probably have been OK – I've always harboured the suspicion that you can handle yourself much better than you like to make out.

    And of course rugby tops look better on women. It's because you're heterosexual – women just look better than men irrespective of what they're wearing.

  • 'So in the aftermath of Wales’ unexpected rugby victory against England (which no doubt will be romanticised for the next 10 years)'

    Not so unexpected now and damn right we will enjoy it. That said, as i get reminded by many post-2003 rugby fans "We won the World Cup" – does not ring well for the footy now "we won it in 1966" and in a few more years will not ring well for England!

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