February 22nd, 2012


How to avoid annoying the citizens of your host country

Yesterday I read a blog post about the Stephen Fry internet thing that really rubbed me up the wrong way. The writer, it appears, is an expat from New York who told me later that she's been here 18 months. She was basically agreeing with Fry (and the rest of us) and spelling out how crap NZ's internet is for the benefit of her readership, which appears to be international. So far so good, international attention for this is good.

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I don't think this is specifically a kiwi thing tbh, but because I live here, here is where I observe it. So I guess the bottom line is, if you make a comment about *group* and the group gets pissed off with you, maybe it's you not them. And maybe the rules of politeness work on a national scale as well as individually.

Huh. I'm glad I got that off my chest.

* rivet is one of those expats who handles this sort of thing with aplomb and afaik has never managed to piss any kiwis off in this way. Her diplomacy in that particular conversation was palpable. Unlike mine. ;-)