Here at Fierce Digital, we take great pride in having such a diverse, international team.
In fact, we believe that it’s our unique mix of different talent, culture, languages and ideas that give all of our campaigns some extra fierceness. To celebrate our diversity in these dark Brexit-times, we thought it would be nice to share some quick facts about our respective home countries. Are you keen?
Of course you are! Without further ado, here’s a random mix of our favourite things, some really weird facts and a quick lesson in Scottish linguistics…
Let’s be honest: Scotland is so alcoholic it has its own set of restrictive drinking laws.
I remember how incredibly awkward ceilidh dancing was at school – all the girls in one row and the boys in another, the mad rush to pick your friend when it was your turn, praying you get picked (especially by the person you fancied), and hovering hands as you didn’t want to touch anyone of the opposite sex, haha.
But then, as adults, we somehow love ceilidhs and continue them at weddings and at Burn’s Night.
Spain is unfortunately well known for its bullfights. But there are only two places in the country where these practices are not allowed – one is Catalonia, the other is… Canarias (my home)!
In Catalonia, they recently voted to ban it due to animal cruelty. But in the Canarias, it was banned decades ago because it was simply too complicated to transport the bulls. There are no bulls in the Canary Islands – just goats, sheeps and a few cows, haha.
Sarah, South Africa
There are so many things about the South African culture that I didn’t realise were pretty bizarre until moving overseas…
From ‘braaing’ (similar to a BBQ but more of an ‘everyone comes over at 3pm, drinks excessively and only eats at midnight’ kind of occasion) to our colloquialisms (especially in relation to time – we’ll say ‘just now’, ‘now now’ and ‘now’ which all mean very different things, but are very specifically unspecific and don’t guarantee any actual time frame).
One of the things I’ve started to value more and more since moving away, though, is the incredible, outdoorsy life I had growing up. A stand out memory for me is going snake catching as a child with my siblings. We’d go barefoot into the veld (a big field), sticking our bare hands into nooks and crannies in the ground and shrubbery looking for snakes.
We didn’t find any very often, but if we did, we’d just celebrate a little and let it go – achievement unlocked, respect gained.
There are plenty of things that are unique to Scotland. Whenever my family come and visit from Canada, they’re always desperate to get a sausage roll and a potato scone, haha.
However, the one thing I love the most is bagpipes. For some reason, I get very emotional when I hear them, and they always remind me of home.
Also, I second Patrina – you cannot beat a good old ceilidh!
Apart from all of the top deadliest animals on the planet residing mostly in Australia, there is one predator which is feared by us all:
P.s. I don’t endorse this video, but it’s an easy enough representation of the BEAST.
There’s so many things I love about Scotland, so how can I possibly choose? However, I do think it has to be the complete inability to pronounce the name Carl in a Scottish accent haha!
Ok, let me tell you about the celebration of name days in Poland. It’s so backwards that I don’t even know why it still exists.
So, it’s like every day of the calendar year is reserved for a different name. The closest name day to your birthday is your name day. There can be more than 2 name days for the same name – there’s 2 Dominik days during the year, but I’m supposed to celebrate the one on the 15th of May which is closest to my birthday.
Young people don’t celebrate it. It’s more that sort of celebration you start when you no longer want to celebrate your birthday. If your age is too high for your pride, then you can start celebrating your name day instead.
Does it make sense to you? Because it doesn’t really to me.
There’s so many great (and weird!) things about Norway, that I don’t really know where to start.
I could mention all the slightly strange food habits we have? For example, every Friday is “Taco Friday” in Norway, meaning that every single family eat tacos at 7 o’clock. This is no joke, we take our tacos very seriously, guys.
We also eat some really weird stuff. Fermented shark, fish in lye, and fermented sheep’s head are apparently staples in our cuisine. My boyfriend also had a bit of a shock last summer, at the local food store, when he discovered that catch of the day was whale. It took me a while to realise why that was weird.
Besides all the food, I think it’s worth mentioning the plethora of brilliant musicians in Norway. We have a-ha (the 80s pop trio that every dad in the world loves), we have that weird guy with the fiddle who somehow won Eurovision in 2008, and we’re also home to this amazing duo who asks the questions that I ponder the most – really, what was the deal with Stonehenge?
(Was it a giant granite birthday cake? Or a prison far too easy to escape??)