Thats just ridiculous - branding nations like that.
surely i can brand my own country after living here all my life?
as for Italy i don't think its a particularly new or controversial idea that they're one of the most child-friendly countries in Europe..
i had a real insight into how Brits are seen today, it wasn't meant maliciously but it was clear enough.
i was really taken with a cartoon in angora so i used it as my signature on another forum, when a Polish forum member pm'ed me to find out why i was using a polish sig, he was friendly enough but he was amazed and surprised that a Brit would want to learn Polish, he was very pleased but said "you must be in a minority"
a Ukranian friend was similarly bemused when i said i wanted to visit Lvov, i had to convince him by namedropping Petlura, the Polish childrens choir and the Armenian cathedral!
re: British ignorance
it almost seems to be that some Brits had never encountered Poles before 2004, i guess i took for granted that everyone had the same experience as myself.
my town is close to a mining area in North Staffordshire that employed many many Poles since 1940, they were just always around.
i didn't meet any Black people til (iirc) the final year of primary school. but i knew Poles even before Mum went to work for some. i probably once asked my parents why a boy at school had a "funny" name, it was explained to me and i said "oh, ok" i think i thought of them like Welsh people, not exotic at all.
there were people with Polish names on TV, like (gardening expert) Stefan Buczaki (sp?) (Cancer specialist) Dr Karel Sikorski and writing in the papers like Nina Miscow. there were Polish teachers at school and every street seemingly had at least one elderly Polish man with a heavy accent and an intriguing history!
my Dad was/is pro-Polish as a result of his army experiences with displaced Poles in Germany and having them around when he was a kid but even before i was old enough to absorb that, they were just a part of normal everyday life. even my maternal Grandmother who to be honest hardly knew what day it was and had zero interest in the world could be heard saying things like "the Poles suffered terribly" like a lot of her generation she could be pretty racist, but the Poles were a special case!
(Cancer specialist) Dr Karel Sikorski
#spot the stupid mistake