NUFC French Day 0 Southern Stereotyping 1
However, I was interested and amused to come across the following that was on a Southampton fan website (The Ugly Inside), telling Saints’ fans what to expect if they stayed over in Newcastle –
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The nightlife is legendary, the Bigg Market is well known and so are the bars down on the Quayside, but there’s a lot more than that. Geordies are well known for their hospitality and as long as you are friendly to then they are generally nice back, albeit in a language that you won’t understand.
(So far so good, kind of)
The trick is just to nod and say how much AC/DC improved after recruiting the former singer of legendary local band from the 1970s, the imaginatively entitled ‘Geordie’, who for the record were a sort of north eastern Slade.
Lager is sold in few hostelries in the city centre or the rest of the city for that matter, at best you can get an IPA, even bitter isn’t that common, the only beer for the locals is Newcastle Brown Ale which is sold in buckets rather than pint glasses, asking for a lager will get you some strange looks and at a best a friendly local will quietly suggest that perhaps the pubs in the gay quarter will be better suited to your requirements.
At worst you may be physically assaulted or be on the end of a rant about ‘soft southern poofs’ and told in no uncertain terms that the aforementioned ‘Geordie’ were the greatest hard rock band in history whilst the drumming on Coldplay songs is out of time and effeminate.
No doubt like me, you’ll recall many a time when you’ve been sitting in a Newcastle pub with whippets by your feet and pigeons on your shoulder – plus the odd ferret down your trousers, quaffing a bucket of brown ale and shouting homosexual insults at anybody asking about this mysterious lager stuff.
Obviously not the funniest thing you will ever read but I do find the timing of it amusing, on the very weekend Newcastle United were going all continental and outward looking with their ‘French Day’.
Vive Le Geordie Stereotype!
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