Mus­ings are thoughts, the thought­ful kind. For the pur­pose of these ar­ti­cles, a-mus­ings are thoughts that might amuse, en­ter­tain and even en­lighten.

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michael Walker

Here’s a list of 16 na­tion­al­i­ties and 16 stereo­typ­i­cal de­scrip­tions that may, or may not be true. Match them if you can. Brazil­ians, French­men, Danes, Arabs, Cana­di­ans, Bangladeshis, Colom­bians, Dutch, Ar­gen­tines, Chi­nese, Bel­gians, Aus­tralians, Bri­tish, Bul­gar­i­ans, Finns, Ger­mans.

And when you have fin­ished, check out our neigh­bours. How would you char­ac­ter­ize An­tiguans, Bar­ba­di­ans, Do­mini­cans, Vin­cen­tians, Trinida­di­ans, Gre­na­di­ans, and Kit­ti­tians?

1. In­tel­li­gent; mod­est; in­se­cure; anx­ious; im­pul­sive; men wear beards and are wom­an­iz­ers; sub­servient and re­pressed women wear burka or head­scarf; “play and pray” at­ti­tude; love cer­e­monies.

2. Dis­agree­able; mega­lo­ma­niac; warm and friendly peo­ple; can be vain and ar­ro­gant; beau­ti­ful women; cul­tured so­ci­ety; lazy; dis­rupt­ing pro­test­ers.

3. Party an­i­mals; na­ture lovers; surf all day, drink all night; neu­rotic; ex­tro­verted; shal­low but hon­est; open-minded; free spir­ited; jok­ers; use­less dads; un­cul­tured; sports lovers; meat eaters; red­necks.

4. Poor; adap­tive; po­lit­i­cally in­ac­tive; in­tel­li­gent; poorly ed­u­cated; pro­duc­tive; in­of­fen­sive; cor­rupt; fam­ily-ori­ented; long hours, min­i­mum pay; friendly to for­eign­ers; younger gen­er­a­tion well ed­u­cated.

5. Good beer; poor hy­giene; good at math; dis­hon­est; bad lovers; pen­chant for gar­den sheds; dis­trust of au­thor­ity; tax evaders; in­tro­verted; mod­est; pa­tri­otic; lots of neigh­bours; multi-lin­gual; all own di­a­monds.

6. Live off tomato, cu­cum­ber, goat cheese; colour­ful fes­ti­vals; open-minded; sun­wor­ship­pers; love bear-danc­ing; na­tion­al­ists; tol­er­ant; fee­ble re­li­gion; dis­ci­plined; highly qual­i­fied; drama kings and queens.

7. Body-cen­tric; party an­i­mals; im­pul­sive; women, su­per-mod­els; men, gay or ma­chos; al­ways late; ad­dicted to car­ni­val, soc­cer, cof­fee, meat; beach and sun; al­ways out­wit gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­tions.

8. Drinkers; lousy food; stiff up­per-lips; ul­tra-tra­di­tional; bad teeth and hy­giene; rude; scruffy hair; swear all day; artis­tic; “fash­ion­able”; deep thinkers; in­tel­li­gent and ar­tic­u­late; boast­ful; anti-Amer­i­can.

9. Sub­mis­sive; neu­rotic; agree­able; mod­est; open-minded; pro­gres­sive; ef­fi­cient; straight­for­ward; po­lite; re­spect­ful; law-abid­ing; or­derly; tol­er­ant; multi-lin­gual; mod­er­ate; don’t like suc­cess­ful peo­ple; anti-Amer­i­can; pas­sive; bor­ing; so­cial­ist mind­set; eat blub­ber; live in igloos fur­ther north.

10. Im­pul­sive; ag­gres­sive; vi­o­lent; kid­nap­pers and narco-traf­fick­ers; merengue dancers; pas­sion­ate; ed­u­cated; hard-work­ing; car­ing and lis­ten­ing peo­ple; na­ture lovers.

11. Noisy spit­ters; fast-learn­ers; ma­te­ri­al­is­tic; great at math; can’t hold liquor; bad driv­ers; ar­ro­gant; “short pri­vates”, big­ger than Ja­panese; wear glasses; pi­rate ev­ery­thing; drink green tea; eat ev­ery­thing.

12. Open-minded; som­bre; in­tro­verted; prud­ish; cold-re­sis­tant; deca­dent he­do­nists; ur­ban; jovial; beer-drink­ing; vaguely un­hy­gienic; pro­foundly dis­or­ga­nized; so­cia­ble and re­laxed; easy-go­ing.

13. Open-minded; well-trav­elled; ef­fi­cient; harm­less; stub­born and mean; de­vi­ous in busi­ness af­fairs; for­mi­da­ble mer­chants; “Where one has passed, not even grass grows” a Ja­panese say­ing goes.

14. Vodka-lovers; mod­est; som­bre; in­tro­verted; hon­est; trust­wor­thy; quiet; se­ri­ous; dili­gent and hum­ble; melan­cholic; very tall and blond; love na­ture; fru­gal; calm; sturdy; sauna fans; at­trac­tive women.

15. Good lovers; best cui­sine; chaotic; ir­re­spon­si­ble; in­tro­verted; cul­tured; so­cial “play­ers”; don’t work, pre­fer to strike; al­ways sur­ren­der; don’t speak English; rude to tourists; anti-Amer­i­can; don’t use soap.

16. Me­chan­i­cal; or­gan­ised; bor­ing; no humour; con­sci­en­tious; beer-bel­lied; hand shak­ers; eat sausage and sauer­kraut; women are icy; leg­endary bu­reau­cracy; never late; fol­low rules.

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