Tribal Report no.5

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3 November 2008 5 Cheshvan 5769

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"Tribal Report"-5
1. Norway: "My sister used to pinch me, but I could bite" 
2. Britain:  Self-Defined Characteristics of the British According to a Poll
3. New Zealand gets third Jewish prime minister


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1. Norway: "My sister used to pinch me, but I could bite" 
From: Bonnie Berggren
re TR4
Tribal Report no.4
#2. Norway: Women bite and punch Police
(We always knew they had a problem)

Dear Yair: ...after you said the Norway women bit a policeman, you said "We always knew they had a problem.."  Were you talking about the policemen?  (Ha.)Remember Gad was a troop or a fighter.....we tend to be that way.  My sister used to pinch me, but I could bite.  No lie.  Be careful of the ones from Sweden...Ha......After all the hoop-la and the spending of one trillion dollars to build up more our TV stations and newspapers...(have you ever seen the CBS building in Dallas?) we have a new president.  This is going to be interesting.  But the Law will go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.....and the coastlands will wait for it. ..Anyway, we are doing our thing here in the little Apple.....going to get together next Tues. and sing our songs of Zion......We pray for all of you.  bb

2. Britain:  Self-Defined Characteristics of the British According to a Poll
Moaning, drinking and queuing are what make us British

By Matthew Moore

Our top national characteristic is talking about the weather, just ahead of a passion for queuing, but other qualities in the top ten are not so endearing; sarcasm, a love of television soaps and curtain twitching were all identified as central to the British identity.

Obsession with class was also high on the list, along with more modern ills such as pandering to political correctness and road rage.

Working long hours, fascination with property prices and the love of bargains also made it into the top 50, suggesting that our behaviour during the financial crisis may be more ingrained than we think.

But it was all bad news. Stiff upper lip came out at number eight in the poll, with respondents also picking out a reluctance to complain, good sense of humour and the ability to laugh at ourselves.

The results were based on a study of 5,000 adults who were asked them to pick out the things - good and bad - they believe makes us unique as a nation.

A spokesman for global research company, which conducted the survey said that despite some of the negative traits identified, Britons were still extremely proud of their country.

"This is a brilliant list of characteristics and some of the observations are absolutely spot on," he said.

"You can't go anywhere or do anything in Britain without someone talking about the weather, and we're almost proud of the fact that we get more rain than anywhere else.

"What this poll demonstrates really well is how proud we are to be British - more than two thirds of respondents said they felt honoured to be a part of this country."


1. Talking about the weather

2. Great at queueing

3. Sarcasm

4. Watching soaps

5. Getting drunk

6. A love of bargains

7. A love of curtain twitching

8. Stiff upper lip

9. Love of all television

10. Moaning

11. Obsession with class

12. Gossiping with neighbours over the garden fence

13. Obsession with the traffic

14. Enjoying other people's misfortune

15. Inability to complain

16. Love of cheap foreign holidays

17. Working long hours

18. A soothing cup of tea to ease worries

19. Eating meat and two veg

20. Looking uncomfortable on the dance floor

21. Feeling uncomfortable when people talk about their emotions

22. Clever sense of humour

23. Obsession with property values

24. Pandering to political correctness

25. Road rage

26. Being unhappy with our weight

27. Wanting a good tan

28. Being proud of where we live

29. Not saying what we mean

30. The ability to laugh at ourselves

31. Washing the car on a Sunday

32. Taking the mickey out of others

33. Asking people about their journey

34. Inability not to comment on how other people bring up their children

35. Jealousy of wealth and success

36. Being overly polite

37. Texting instead of calling

38. An inability to express our emotions

39. Obsession with the Royal Family

40. Fondness for mowing the lawn

41. Love of rambling through the countryside

42. A love of all things deep fried

43. Emulating celebrity lifestyles

44. Leaving things to the last minute

45. Irony

46. Keeping our homes neat and tidy

47. Take decisions and accept the consequences

48. Achieving against all odds

49. Wanting our sportsmen / teams to fail

50. DIY on a Bank Holiday

3. New Zealand gets third Jewish prime minister


New Zealand elected its third Jewish prime minster and its first conservative government in nearly a decade on Saturday, ending the rule of one of the world's longest serving elected woman.
Prime Minister elect John Key celebrates the National Party's victory during the New Zealand General election in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday.
Photo: AP

John Key, a 47-year-old multimillionaire, former foreign currency trader, son of an Austrian Jewish woman and leader of the conservative national party, swept easily to power.

Key campaigned as a moderate, but his policies include plans to eventually abolish special parliamentary seats for Maori and making the country's greenhouse gas emission trading scheme more favorable to business.

On Sunday, he promised to follow through on tax cuts and pro-business, tough-on-crime policies that include registering the DNA of any suspect arrested for an imprisonable crime.

Foreign affairs and trade policies are unlikely to change much under Key - including the long-standing ban on nuclear-powered ships entering New Zealand ports that has rankled Washington.

New Zealand's small number of troops doing reconstruction work in Afghanistan will remain. New Zealand has no troops in Iraq.


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