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(Humour) Geographical awareness

29th March 2009 (14:57)
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Inspired by a recent question in drop_the_u, how would each of the Scoobies react to being told that 'Torchwood' is set in Cardiff, which is in Wales?

  • Xander would look blank, and say "Where's that?"
     
  • Buffy would mishear "Wales" as "whales" and get really confused at the idea that 'Torchwood' is set inside a large marine mammal.
     
  • Willow would say "Wales? Isn't that part of England?"
     
  • Dawn would roll her eyes and explain that it's a separate nation within the UK.
     
  • Giles and Spike would meet each other's eyes in tolerant exasperation at the ignorant Americans, then feel uncomfortable at this moment of shared emotional bonding and hastily look away.
     
  • Giles would then explain about the history of the Principality.
     
  • Spike would make a politically incorrect joke about close-harmony singing and sheep shagging.
     
  • Anya would describe how she once turned a Welsh coal miner into a sheep, as vengeance for him cheating on his wife.
So - how would you react to that information? :-)

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Posted by: dorians_kitten (dorians_kitten)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 14:10 (UTC)

Yep-that sounds about right. :)

Thanks for the laugh. The Giles-Spike bonding, followed by embarrassment was my favorite part.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:09 (UTC)

Thanks!

(My own favourite line was Buffy's. Sometimes I think she pretends to be a dumb blonde deliberately...)

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 14:36 (UTC)

As for your question, I don't know ('ve never seen Torchwood), but I really love how you describe all the character's reaction, it's accurate and very funny.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:09 (UTC)

Thanks! (Although it was mostly a question about "Where's Wales?" rather than "What's Torchwood?")

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 16:12 (UTC)

LOL! My actual reaction to that information was, "It's in Wales? Why?" Also, I may have thought Cardiff was a made up place...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:10 (UTC)

To which many Cardiffians might well retort "Why would anybody want to make up this place??"

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 21:13 (UTC)
James explains it all

Heh. When I was in London, I had Wales explained to me as: "It's like England's Canada. You know it's there, but... why go?"

Posted by: AnarchAngel (anarchangel23)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 17:47 (UTC)
Buffy dive

My response would be "Yes, and I know where Cardiff is." in a slightly bemused and mocking tone.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:12 (UTC)

*Refrains from making jokes about sheep, Wales and New Zealand. But only by sheer willpower.*

;-)

Posted by: AnarchAngel (anarchangel23)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:48 (UTC)

New Zealand is not the same country as Australia.

;)

Posted by: 2maggie2 (2maggie2)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 18:18 (UTC)

Very funny. Spike-Giles is best.

My reaction: Uh, where else would it be? I might then do a five minute spiel about how Wales is totally worth visiting.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:14 (UTC)

The closest I've been to Cardiff is... well, I was going to say Machynlleth, but actually it's probably Bristol. Without checking distances on a map, anyway.

Posted by: 2maggie2 (2maggie2)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 21:18 (UTC)

I did a six-week road trip in the UK some time back, which included about a week in Wales. But not Cardiff (though I must have driven by on my way back down to Cornwall).

6,000 miles and I only drove on the wrong side of the road twice!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 19:07 (UTC)

Giles: "Cardiff, I believe, is where one goes when one can't afford to film in London..."

Xander: "Nah, it's because BBC Wales makes it."

Spike: "So after two thousand years Wales has finally turned out something worthwhile, then?"

Xander: "Who said anything about worthwhile?"

Buffy: "Catherine Zeta Jones is from there, isn't she?"

Xander and Willow (brightly, in unison): "Really?"

Giles: "It's interesting that the name Wales means 'foreigner.' It's where the native Britons would retreat to whenever someone would invade England and drive them out."

Spike: "Their tourism board should make up posters saying WALES: THE LAST RESORT. Come and join us in hiding from the bloody Normans."

Buffy: "Torchwood. Isn't that the show that's like Doctor Who, only everybody's gay or something?"

Willow: "Catherine Zeta Jones is from there, and everybody's gay?"

Kennedy: "No, Red. We are NOT moving to Wales."

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 19:35 (UTC)
Intelligence

LOL!

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 19:52 (UTC)

Buffy: "Torchwood. Isn't that the show that's like Doctor Who, only everybody's gay or something?"

No, I'm the only gay in the village!

Sorry, couldn't resist that.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:15 (UTC)

ROFL
Nice alternative take on it. :-)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 19:37 (UTC)
Hmm

My reaction? Well where else would Cardiff be, look you?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 20:16 (UTC)

Cardiff is a suburb of London, of course. Everybody knows that!

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 21:01 (UTC)

I believe my reaction was, "Oh, that explains Gwen's accent, then. Wait, then why doesn't Jack have an accent?"

I don't pay very much attention when I watch. XD

And I think my friend made a comment about how it explains Gwen's crappy teeth - I think they're cute - because everyone from Wales is a bunch of inbred hicks.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 21:08 (UTC)

I think the explanation of Gwen's teeth is "Unlike US TV networks, the BBC hires actors for their acting skills not their glamorous good looks." ;-)

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 29th March 2009 23:19 (UTC)

Awww, but I think Gwen's cute.

Owen's face, on the other hand...something's up there. Not sure what.

Posted by: itsmrgordotoyou (itsmrgordotoyou)
Posted at: 30th March 2009 16:33 (UTC)

Heh. Giles and Spike's hasty look away was especially good. But Willow would probably know more about Wales, at least after S4 when she started hanging around with the Wiccan crowd.

Me? I'd probably feel both smug and depressed when I realized that most other Americans don't know where, or what, Wales is.

I once had an undergraduate history class (ugh, 20 years ago this semester) with a professor from Wales. This was at a reasonably well-respected but not exclusive large state university. On the first day of class, the professor asked us who knew where Wales is. About six or eight out of forty students raised their hands. I'd guess that that proportion would hold true in America as a whole.

I was one with my hand up. But if she had further asked us where Cardiff was, I wouldn't have been certain if it was in Wales or England. To me at the time Cardiff was mainly the name of a small town near my hometown, famed locally for a highly collision-prone intersection.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th March 2009 20:37 (UTC)

While Willow is definitely intelligent and knowledgeable, she's a science geek: computing and physics and chemistry and biology are her areas of specialisation, not geography or history. And she was pretty contemptuous of the Campus Wiccans in S4, so I can't see her getting all into the Celtic Twilight stuff.

After she's actually lived in the UK for a few months between S6 and S7, that might have changed.


And while most Americans might not know where Cardiff is, I have to say in return that I can name exactly one US state capital: Albany NY, and that's only because when I saw a list I couldn't believe that the state capital wasn't NYC...

Posted by: ofparsnip (ofparsnip)
Posted at: 28th April 2009 21:59 (UTC)
[tw] gwen

"Aliens? In Cardiff?"

(I've been paging through your posts, and I just couldn't resist. :-D)

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