Christopher A. Lee <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Jun 2005 17:23:58 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >altheim wrote:
> >> As you are sure to know, if you are reading this in the UK,
> >> we are nearing the end of Wimbledon fortnight (that is tennis
> >> to US ignoramusses) and today (Tuesday) was the Ladies
> >> quarter finals. Among the qualifiers was Venus Williams
> >> (Serena was knocked out earlier in the tournament). During
> >> a break, one of the BBC presenters interviewed Richard
> >> Williams, Venus's father. He remarked that tennis was not
> >> the most important thing in the Williams household (yeah right).
> >> "What is the most important thing then"?, the interviewer asked.
> >> "God, Jehova is No. 1"
> >> If an English person said that s/he'd get funny looks.
> >I am not entirely sure that's true. If someone said that to me, I would
> >definitely not mind. So why would a more observant person respond with a
> >funny look?
> Because England isn't particularly religious per se, somebody's
> religion is their own business and it is not considered polite to
> raise the subject.
> The more remote parts of Wales and Scotland on the other hand...
That's simply to avoid giving offense, you don't want to make comments
about bl**dy F*n**ns if you know your guests are Catholic for eg.
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