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November 01, 2005



I'm all for the Groby pronunciation test; it'd exclude about 59m current citizens.

Paul Davies

I'm not sure even Blowers could describe both DL methods...


If tolerating the Smiths is to be a condition of British citizenship, I shall burn my passport in Parliament Square.


_I'm all for the Groby pronunciation test; it'd exclude about 59m current citizens._

Including me, I fear. I'll pack me bags then...

Chris Williams

Those who pass the Groobeh test will then face the clincher: distinguishing between Thurlaston, Thurmaston, and Thurcaston.

Robert Schwartz

I gues I am staying in the US.


Oi, wot abaht Norf ovva Bordah?

Pronounce Menzies, Marjoribanks, Mouswald, Ruthven..... or even Forsyth.
(As Miss Woods said: Scotland, where everywhere is spelled Ecclefechan and pronounced Kirkcudbright.)

angry economist

I was wondering when the oik's would speak up! now its my turn...

What about: Ponteland, Morpeth, Alnwick, Redheugh...

And they should be made to translate Geordie... training videos of Byker Grove could be made available.

And they should be able to describe what's in various curries or the culinary style - madras, bhuna, vindaloo, murgh etc.

All in all the citizenship test is a load of old bollocks. If they should test folks it should be on something useful for them to know like the electoral system, government, their rights, human and legal etc. Instead of daft questions about history and crap like that.


Chris: How abouts...

Thurlaston: village in the direction of the arsehole of Leicestershire (=Hinckley).

Thurcaston: village that had a lucky escape when Thatcher's Government put paid to the later phases of expanding urban hell (=Beaumont Leys).

Thurmaston: bit in the middle on the road to Syston.

Mark Henderson

I am British and am about to move to the US and was wondering whether I should worry about the citizenship test. Just for a laugh I tried the trial british citizenship test and actually failed it. Surely this at least suggests that such tests are perhaps a little bit too difficult? Do countries pay any attention to peoples test results? I'm not an idiot and do have some idea of how the country works, having been born and lived here for 42 years!

Mark Henderson

Reading that through, perhaps my grammar might be questionable in places...

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