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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:03 pm 
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Is Glasgow following Saint Andrews and Edinburgh in being the preserve of aliens from teh South ?


I doubt it, Glasgow's a different town. Even Edinburgh's not completely taken over. I see them in the National Library, but I let these runts know their place (if they start whittering about the Opal Lounge (on George Street) and ponies, I wander down to reception and watch their faces as they're told off for talking)

The two problems St Andrews has, are as follows:

* Firstly, it's a wee town, so these buggers can live in their own bubble... not possible in a big city as much.
* Secondly, when Dundee and St Andrews split in the ?1960s?, Dundee took the more practical subjects like medicine, engineering etc while St Andrews kept history, history of art (toffs' usual subject of choice) and theology. St A's has a decent astronomy department, but it's never quite recovered from the split.

The good news is that Glasgow and Edinburgh retain massive practical faculties such as computing, vet. medicine, geology etc which posh airheads can't handle, and even Celtic which the English don't usually enter.

Like I say, our foreign student base should be diverse... not just chinless wonders.

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I remember when then Siol got escorted out of St Andrews after one rally and got told not to come back after the Drum corpse rattled up the hooray henry's spent the night in Dundee with fellow members.In :meemaw: :lager: :saltire: those days it had a lot of English students,must of been 1982 or 83! :matesdrunk:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:49 pm 
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Still, St Andrews holds an interesting place in the national psyche, being the spiritual home of one of our national sports, named after our patron saint and the old spiritual centre of Scotland (Iona notwithstanding).

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:50 am 
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They are deliberately set up to anglify Scottish kids, and I notice a lot of them don't even do Highers and Standard Grades anymore. ... They should be forced into the Scottish curriculum.


Why not count Highers as equivalent to A-levels as entrance qualifications for Scottish Universities? That would not exclude the brightest of them but it would tilt the balance in our favour!

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The most obnoxious types are often nouveau riches like the Middletons. They are no more aristocratic than I am, or anyone else on the board, and come from Durham coal miners. But you meet these folk and they're the worst snobs ever. Worse than the real aristocracy.


Yes.

This is a British disease.

There will always be people like them, but the existence of monarchy lends justification to their behaviour.

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That said, there are probably other reasons why folk send their kids to these other than class consciousness etc... and they probably reflect certain problems in our public school system.


Yes again

Don't know if any of you remember the German bloke who visited this forum a few years back. He absolutely loved this country and wanted to stay, but his children reached school age and he did not want them to have a third rate education ...

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Is Glasgow following Saint Andrews and Edinburgh in being the preserve of aliens from teh South ?


That's what I've heard.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:32 am 
ATM the English and any other bunch are vastly outnumbered by Oriental people who seems to be bringing an awful lot to the Scottish economy at the moment which is no bad thing.
It also bring that extra confusion to the rule of thumb... nae lumbers fae orientals during the festival due to the Lady Boys of Bangcock factor.. the extra people in the mix turns it into more of a "lumber Russian roulette" than before :P
Edinburgh uni has always has a lot of English people but also a lot of Scots and others.
It depends on the course really.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:31 pm 
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I think we rest on our laurels. Scottish education used to be much better, but then again it included the Lochgelly and excluded our own languages and most of our culture...

But we used to churn out excellent engineers, doctors, vets, mathematicians, astronomers, geologists etc, so in science we excelled. The best in the world. Very few anymore. We have Dolly the sheep in recent years and Prof Higgs, but he's partly a product of English education. Still deserves the Nobel Prize though!

Don't even get me on to foreign language teaching in our country, it's embarrassing.

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