Gordonsmall, what did bother me a little was the statement: "things are slightly more clinical where you come from"!!!
Could you explain what you mean???
I'm sure you're aware that certain countries have reputations that can be exploited in a "humorous" sense.
As an example, myself and my fellow countrymen are known for our alleged excessive drinking, primitive language, questionable behavior with women and ability to start a fight in an empty room (or an airplane if it's full of Celtic supporters
) and as such we are often on the butt end of more than a few jokes, including many jokes about neanderthals/cavemen/dinosaurs etc.
In the case you mention I was simply making a sarcastic reference to the rather "military" reputation of the German nationals - but I assure you it was not meant to be insulting, merely a bit of "banter" as we call it in Scotland.
Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.