Well, what are myths for if not exploding ?
In the meantime let’s put the lie to some other myths…..
Myth No. 1
The Americans are super-efficient
Certainly they are super-efficient at exterminating themselves
But any society that permits any old Joe to buy an assault
rifle is bound to run into a hail of gunfire sooner or later…..
Look, there are a third of a billion of them…..
…..it only takes a tiny percentage of them to be less than
…..of course one could reduce the risk by not going to
Or alternatively just stop selling ‘weapons of localised mass
destruction’ to anyone clutching enough green backs
Myth No. 2
The British are efficient
Wrong ! !
The G-man had need of some liquid sustenance recently whilst
up in town (London)
He slipped into Walkers of Whitehall near Trafalgar Square
http://www.walkersofwhitehall.co.uk (basically this is one-up from
This place is fresh, vibrant and features a robata grill…..
Well, that’s what the website says…………NICE
As he walked up the steps through the front door he was greeted
by a, well, a greeter I suppose
Schwing…..that was a good start
The babe wanted to know whether we were eating or drinking
‘Drinking’, I replied, ‘and you have just slowed me down’
The greeter-babe obligingly pointed out the bar to the G-ster
Three paces later and I was there
‘A pint of Greene King Abbot Ale, please’ I asked the beaming
The beaming bar steward turned to another bar steward and passed
my order on
The second bar steward proceeded to draw me a beer
Meanwhile, a third bar steward approached and said that will be
I passed over a tenner
Curiously, the third bar steward handed the tenner to a fourth
bar steward who rang up my sale in the till and brought me my
Not bad going…..
One pint of bitter served, five people involved in the process
Efficient or what ? ? ? ? ?
I did ask how many people would be required if I were to order
a poached egg on toast
Really, I did
All four of the bar stewards just looked at me as though I was
speaking Martian !
Now for the Italians……………….
Myth No. 3
Rumoured to be inefficient
Hold your breath…..
When the G-man bought Casa Groover in Bassangeles in 2002 it
had no kitchen
Anyway, I found an obliging Italian who when I agreed to part
with seventeen thousand euros said he would stick a kitchen in
Said kitchen had to be made to order and so I said let’s fix
a date and I will come back for the fitting ceremony
We fixed a date about three months hence
When I told a colleague at work I was taking a long weekend in
three months time to go to Bassangelese for the installation they
looked at me like I had grown another head
Unfortunately, I had bought the plane ticket and hired a car so
I was committed to going
Anyway, at 8.03am on the said fixed date my buzzer went
I answered it and shouted…..
‘You’re late, you told me three months ago you would be here
Fortunately, he got the G-humour and laughed
A team of men humped all the equipment, marble work surfaces
and electrical appliances up the stairs and started work
At 7pm the Italian announced they had finished but he was going
to come back in the morning and change one thing he was not
quite happy with…..
‘It’s not beautiful’ he kept repeating over and over
It looked bloody marvellous to me
So the Italians are efficient…..
…..as long as they work in the private sector
Now the public sector would be a different story altogether