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How not to offend a foreigner in London

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In the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics, VisitBritain, UK’s national tourism agency, has come up with a list of how not to offend foreigners. Some of them are, er, unusual.

» Don’t pour wine backwards into a glass for an Argentinian

» Never ever wink at anyone from Hong Kong

» Don’t talk to a  Japanese with hands in your pockets

» Don’t ask a Brazilian his salary or age

» If a Chinese compliments you, don’t say ‘thank you’; instead deny it

» Don’t tell Arabs what to do

» If a South African says he was held up by robots, he means traffic lights

» Don’t snap fingers at a Belgian

» If you’re with a Pole, don’t tell him Poles drink too much