The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Children Of Tiger Mom’s …
August 20, 2015, 6:20 am
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So a few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong.

As I was walking through the airport, I saw this …

They are literally a walking cliche.

Then I got thinking about it and I asked myself what would the alternative be … a t-shirt announcing they’re studying the effects of copious amounts of drink, drugs and sex?

What would I think of someone wearing that t-shirt?

We are so quick to group people into 2 groups and yet its all bollocks isn’t it.

Those kids might study hard but it doesn’t mean they don’t have a life.

And kids getting off their tits on booze doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in life.

But we don’t like to acknowledge that, we like defining people by the cliches that make us feel better for the situation we’re in.

Rich people must be bastards.

Northerners are not as clever as Southerners.

Tiger Moms lack empathy, warmth and understanding.


And planners are the worst.

So much of what we do is defining – and giving a name – to groups of people that fit a certain attribute or stereotype that we want to ‘sell to a client’ while ignoring the fact that the reality is these people have many more sides to them than that single attitude.

It all makes me a bit sick to be honest which is why after I took this photo, I actually stopped them – and under the guise of doing some research – asked them a few questions about their favourite subjects, music and ambitions.

Only for them to fuck up this post by responding with …

“Maths, Mozart’s piano concerto 27 and becoming a surgeon”.

Kids today. Pah!

PS: Sorry about using ‘Mom’ instead of Mum. It makes me feel ill too.

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It’s based on a WWII British poster that ran while we were having the shit bombed out of us.. It said “Keep calm and carry on” over the Union Jack. I’m surprised it didn’t say… “And put the kettle on.” So why the fuck have those two douchenozzles got a fucking American flag on their chest?
Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.

Comment by adscamgeorge

fucking thieving yank wankers.
repulsed of hayes middlesex

Comment by andy@cynic

U-571 – the movie.

I rest your case, let alone mine.

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Comment by John

what the fuck do you want me to do with this because i fucking cant click on it. fucking luddite.

Comment by andy@cynic

you come to your senses and slag off planner twats and then get shown up by a couple of bookworm school nerds who will never get laid in their fucking lives. today hasnt turned out so fucking bad after all.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re assuming they told the truth to this weird stalker guy who harassed them at the mall.

Comment by John

who the fuck cares, they made him look a twat, thats all fine by me.

Comment by andy@cynic

and it was at the airport. if youre going to judge, judge decisively.

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Comment by DH

I agree completely – except when it comes to planners from Nottingham.

Comment by John

well that wasnt worth the fucking wait.

Comment by andy@cynic

It never is.

Comment by John

Mozart is the amateurs choice. Don’t worry Rob, they’re not that smart.

Comment by DH

This is the most unexpected comment I’ve ever read on this blog. I now see a different side of you Dave.

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Comment by Bazza

Someone once said it to me years and I’ve been waiting years to patronize someone with it.

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Comment by Bazza

I was momentarily impressed Dave. I should have known better.

Comment by Rob

I agree with you about the dangers/stupidity of stereotyping convenience. But if planners discover this is the perceived truth rather than raw reality, is it wrong? Lazy perhaps, but wrong? I’m not so sure, especially when society have a total lack of interest in what brands say.

Comment by Pete

This is the most plannery comment I’ve ever read on this blog.

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Comment by Pete

I know what you’re saying and ‘perceived truth is truth’. Except it isn’t really is it … so the very least a planner should be doing is discovering the gap between the 2.

Comment by Rob

I once saw a young Asian gentlemen wearing a similar t-shirt, except it said “keep calm and study Harvard.” I only remember because the grammar did not reflect the statement.

Comment by Lee Hill

He is now the billionaire owner of a MOOC network.

Comment by John Dodds

Reminds me of a story I heard about a guy (I forget who) that spoke at a Media Agency conference.
He did a long presentation about the strange and unusual things that he had been part of, and the shocking things he’d seen and dealt with.
His final line was – “But you’d know me as a C1 Male aged 45-54.” and then he walked off.

Comment by Rob (other one)

Mic drop moment.

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