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Love it or hate it

03-03-2011

Ross MacRae, 20, from Edinburgh, Scotland, third-year law student (on Erasmus exchange)

Loves: Monty Python, lacrosse and Marmite

A member of the Maastricht Lamas lacrosse team, Ross MacRae is quick to profess his love for the sport. “It’s a really nice combination of speed and agility, two things I don’t really possess”, he admits. “And a bit of violence, which I’m slightly better suited to”, he laughs. “It’s a really fast and enjoyable game and in the last 10 or so years it’s become far, far more popular.” For something less strenuous, in his view, you can’t beat a Monty Python classic. “It’s such a cliché, but I really love Monty Python … the absurd humour of it.” He names Life of Brian as one of his favourite films and a thought-provoking commentary on religion. The British spread Marmite is another favourite, spread on bran toast to make the ideal breakfast. The black, salty spread made of yeast extract is one love he may harbour alone.

Hates: American English, queue-jumpers

A UK citizen, MacRae can’t stand the American way of spelling in English. “I really, really, really hate with a passion American English”, he says, insisting that it is “not a language”. “Particularly on Microsoft Word when it tells me I’ve spelt something wrong (using the American English dictionary) and I know for a fact that I’ve spelt it right (in British English) – that drives me insane.” Also owing to his British background, MacRae is highly offended by people who try to push in front in a line. “To do that in the UK is social suicide”, he warns, describing the selfish act as worse than spitting in public. “Queues are a basic tenet of our civilisation; you have to respect a queue.”

 

Lauren Novak

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