10 First World Problems Economy World People Don't Have
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10 First World Problems Economy World People Don\'t Have

I'm not even sure if it's politically correct to mention first or third world countries anymore? Is it a bit like having classes in a train or plane? First class is fine but no one ever mentions third class anymore, it's economy or super economy! So just to be sure I changed the name of the title of this work...

There are lots of "problems" so will be the subject of a number of articles.

They are in my own order and opinion of stupid and derived from various newspaper articles. The problems not the comments thereof.

1)Disappointing air freshener: We had a long drop toilet which for obvious reasons was out side... far outside, next to the cow shed which produced a very disappointing air freshener but was preferable to the smell from the contents of the long drop. Not often both sides of the economic divide have the same problem.

2) Warm Pimms: People living in warm climates hate warm drinks which would account for the odd expressions you see on the face of a newly arrived traveller from Africa the first time he tries a beer in the UK, however warm or cold Pimms is never going to be a problem or a care to someone living under a baobab tree.

3) Spotting someone wearing the same outfit as you: Now if you are living in a real economy world you would be hard pressed not to find someone in the same outfit as you! Even a not so economy world like Hawaii it would be a problem if you cared when everyone chooses their outfit from the same clump of grass!

4) Chipped nail polish: This of course is a problem facing women the world over but its level of importance diminishes at the same rate as the amount of chipping of your actual nails. Try grinding maize by hand and not chip your nail polish?

5) Two Weetabix not fitting in a round bowl so one is soggy and the other is dry: This one should have been on top of the list of stupid! It doesn't matter where you live, if you have Weetabix and this is a problem.. don't put them in a round bowl!

6) Wanting another car but it wont fit on the drive way: The one problem economy living does NOT have is a drive way one, you generally have a small house and 100 acres of driveway and probably no access to a car in the first place?

7) Cold leather seats in the winter: This is not about the leather, many seats in the economy world are leather they were just wrapped around a cows bottom a lot less time ago than the ones in DFS. So about the cold part.. well most parts of the economy world are in the tropics and a cold winter day is very similar to a warm summer day in lots of the first world. No problem really.

8) The shop not stocking a coke bottle with your name on it: Coke is a staple drink in Africa, you can be deep in the jungle and sooner or later you will come across a coke sign, normally as a part of the front door of a "corner" shop, and they will be selling coke, and no they could not care less that their name is not on it, unless of course you were named Pepsi.

9) A neighbour using the same Laura Ashley wall paper: Until I came to a "first world" country I had no idea what wall paper was let alone the fact that it belonged to Laura Ashley, but having said that thinking back it was rather annoying that everyone's walls were painted the same colours! White or mud colour.

10) Living somewhere too posh for a cheap corner shop: This is a true story which happened in a largish town in Africa, being politically correct I wont mention the name of the town. It was in the middle of rush hour traffic when a truck carrying a container over turned on a corner and the container came off, being rush hour it was left there and everyone just drove around it (this reminds me of another problem the economy world does not have) until a few hours later when recover operations could start, however the entrepreneurs had not been idle, the container had been emptied and realigned slightly for corner ascetic purposes and had been converted into an already thriving corner shop. It was a very posh area by their standards of posh.

Please feel free to comment,

Until the next issue of "serious" first world problems.


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