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World's 10 hardest working countries
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew a couple of Slovak hit men/operatives once, and they were quite efficient, I must say. Not quite up there with umbrella-wielding Bulgarians, but no slouches either.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Sasha,

Well, I think a lot may depend on how much you love your work. Very Happy

Of course, if you DO love it, it's not really work.

Regards,
John
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Phil_K



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BadBeagleBad wrote:
Phil_K wrote:
Much as Sasha says, I suspect what we are seeing here are the most inefficient countries, rather than the hardest working. I'd imagine that in terms of hours, the UK comes pretty low on that list, but I think it's high on the productivity league.


Any old dig against Mexico is good, no?


Is that a rhetorical question? I'm surprised, I thought you loved Mexico.
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Assault with a deadly umbrella Reply with quote

Not a Bulgarian, according to The Times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Gullino
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article. But he isn't the only operative who used an umbrella...
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried work but I did not like it so I went to Saudi Arabia.
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: Workshy Reply with quote

For a lot of Omanis, work seems to be a four-letter word. It's something that foreigners do for them.
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VietCanada



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
These surveys are all very well, but I'm not convinced of their accuracy. Hours spent 'at work' does not always mean 'hard at work'. Ten hours in an office in Moscow can often really just mean two hours of work, one hour plus of fag breaks, three hours of Facebook, two hours of lunch, and generally just skiving off the rest.


Absolutely agree with this.

In Canada I worked an 8 hour day not counting lunch (30 min,) and breaks(2X 15 min.). I was expected to be working all that time. In Korea and VN they work 10 or 12 hour days but spend much of their time socializing or hanging around waiting for instructions. In VN they actually sleep and don't even bother to find a hiding place to do so.

These studies are just about manipulation and lowering wages.
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jaffa



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
These surveys are all very well, but I'm not convinced of their accuracy. Hours spent 'at work' does not always mean 'hard at work'. Ten hours in an office in Moscow can often really just mean two hours of work, one hour plus of fag breaks, three hours of Facebook, two hours of lunch, and generally just skiving off the rest.


Saudis would go ballistic if they had to do two hours work.

Amazing, isn't it, that you can visit New York and not be able to smoke a fag, but a man can marry a man!

When I was in China the born-again Christians used to invite me round to dinner (their church mission sent great food from Hong Kong) and afterwards I'd amuse myself by saying "I'm just going to smoke a fag on the balcony." A woman choked on her apple pie. After a while the invitations dried up. It was after Christmas lunch when I turned up severely hungover and missed the pastor's tape recorded sermon as well as prayers. Lovely turkey though, I have to say, but it was noodles from then on.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
fag break


The headmaster at my school in Mexico (a gay American man) told me that he and a (straight) British friend of his were in a non-smoking coffee shop in Frisco when his friend blurted out "Sure would love to roll a fag!". No repercussions except deafening silence.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my dear old Nan, God rest her soul, used to burn bundles of faggots in the hearth. "Go down you to the shed, Sasha", she'd say,"and break a few faggots for the fire, 'tis cold."

Probably arrested for hate speech today, the sweet old dear. At least she rarely uttered 'niggardly'.
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