What do you think of the UK/The British?
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Thanks Toni … I’m Cornish … My County ;)
I’m very much British, love my country but there is plenty that can be improved without destroying the British way of life.
We are a country rich in culture. Beautiful Stately homes still preserved in their original glory. Magnificent cathedrals and churches. Stunning historic architecture.
I love our somewhat gruesome history! Why wouldn’t someone celebrate an attempt (even failed attempt) to blow up politicians?
Our countryside is stunning (particularly in Cornwall!).
Our sense of humour. Self deprecating sarcasm.
Great music. What would the world be without The Beatles?
Great literature. What would the world be without Shakespeare?
And now the bit where we British really come into their own ... complaining… The Bad!
Our immigration laws need tightening. Everyone wanting asylum doesn't stop at France they want to get to us because were the soft touch. Limits need to be placed on those seeking asylum based on what our economy can handle not on how many make through the net illegally. Legal immigration needs to be tightened on unskilled workers. I agree with the quotas other countries have in place.
While I greatly appreciate the NHS, there are many problems within. Too many pencil pushers not enough qualified nurses. I think life saving drugs and procedures should take greater precedent over elective procedures rather than which are cheaper and easier to meet government targets. I disagree with postcode lotteries regarding drugs and treatments. It should be all the country or none of the country. I have no issue paying for my own prescription drugs either. It stops people wasting medicines.
I am grateful for free contraception .. I think contraception should be universally free! I like that children free from all charges on the NHS. It's not a child’s fault if their parents are irresponsible and they deserve the best possible care regardless of social status.
The Royal family is a waste of money but it an important part of our culture and the role of the Queen is still of importance to our parliamentary system of government. She’s is the only royal who should be on our payroll, the rest of them can work for their castles!
I love our tax credit system (only thing the last labour government did that was worth screwing our economy for). It makes sure that families who are actually working and aren’t sitting on their asses despite crappy pay, can make ends meet, pay rent, bills, and properly care for their children.
I disagree with many other things in our benefits system. We’re too slack on people. Everyone should have a roof over their head, heating, electricity, running water. A lack Satellite TV is not a human rights issue. Nor is money for cigarettes‘, alcohol or a weekend of partying while your kids are left to fend for themselves (yes I know people who do this).
Our media is overly dramatic. Please don’t quote stuff you read from our tabloids as fact. They print embellished rumours!
I LOVE being British and even better English lmao.
There are some great things about our country:
The NHS may not be perfect but I would rather not have to worry about whether or not I can afford the doctor for anything. I love that we have one of the best training courses for nurses worldwide (probably because I am seriously considering retraining as a midwife when my child/ren get bigger).
My country is beautiful and has some of the best scenery in the world IMO, although we have some of the worst I've seen as well :-) I love Cornwall it is one of the best places in the world for a holiday (would be the best if the weather was better).
I love the traditions we have such as maypole dancing and folk dancing. Bonfire night rules (although why we celebrate a night where Guy Forks tried to blow up parliament is beyond me but it is FUN). I love the fact we have a royal family - they raise so much revenue for our country.
We have some great musicians, actors/ actresses, and comedians.
There are also some really crappy things about our country:
We pay far too much tax - we are one of the most taxed nations in the world!
For 80% of the year our weather sucks - rain, rain and more rain, and a bit of fog and mist and ice and frost thrown in too. The other 20% we get snow and sun :-)
We moan far too much about everything - it is our right because we are British lol.
I dislike that we are becoming far too dependant on other countries because we treat our farmers and manual workers like second grade citizens. They deserve to be paid a fair price for their hardwork. We seem to be losing manufacturing to other countries which means that our workers are jobless and skill-less. It annoys me that the beaurocrats seem to think it is fair to raise the access grades for our trades (you have to have C grades now to get on a plumbing course - many plumbers are not great academically but are great with their hands).
It irks me that we pay benefits to the lazy - get off your arse and get a job (benefits to those who cannot work for genuine reasons are fair enough). It also irks me somewhat that if you and your partner earn £50,000 pa you can still claim child benefits!
I am not a fan of many British dishes and would rather have a Mexican, Italian or Indian any day.
But overall I would rather live in the UK than anywhere else in the world - it is where my heart is.
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Sara - posted on 07/12/2010
When I think British, the first thing that comes to mind is Robert Pattinson. After that, I think of you lot and how wonderful, funny, smart and kind-hearted you all are. I also think that overall my impression of Britain is that it's a simpler place to live than the US, I have this impression of tiny villages tucked away in rolling hills where you have a butcher and a milkman. I realize not all places in GB are like this, but this is what I think of.
LaCi - posted on 07/12/2010
lol susanne. I love your healthcare system. Some American's don't love your healthcare system because we're still in the mentality that socialists are the devil and capitalism is god. Look at how far that's getting us. ;) fortunately, the table will turn when some of these old people die off.
Louise - posted on 07/12/2010
I love Great Britain even with all it's faults. No matter where I holiday I love to come home. I love the weather and the fact I have to take sun cream and an umbrella on a day trip. Mostly British people are freindly and our sence of history runs deep. Yes I love a cup of tea and the kettle is the first thing I reach for in a crisis.
We all love the country we are born in and rightly so. But if you havent been to England to experience our culture then don't knock us were really not that bad. Crap at football we may be, but determined to have a go is the British spirit.
Great Britain refers to the largest island of the United Kingdom being England, Scotland and Wales.
United Kingdom includes Nothern Ireland.
The British Isles consists of Great Britain, all of Ireland, and all the surrounding small offshore islands.
Joanna - posted on 07/10/2010
I am not a huge fan of the Beatles either. I like a few songs, like "Happiness is a Warm Gun," but overall, it's just not my type of music. I agree though, their influence in music was great, no denying!
Oh, and I have a question... is the F-bomb more acceptable over there? Sometimes I'll be out and hear a brit talking and it's "f***ing this" and "f***ing that", etc etc.
Jodi - posted on 07/10/2010
Christa actually has a really good point :)
As an example:
In the Olympic Games, you compete as Great Britain.
In the Commonwealth Games, you compete as individual countries.
Now figure that one out!!!
It really doesn't matter, because the Aussies can usually whoop your arses either way :) Last Olympics, we only fell behind by one medal, and only because your cycling team practiced.... Bring on the Commonwealth Games next month......
But it is an interesting question!!!!
Christa - posted on 07/10/2010
Ok, at the risk of sounding stupid help me out. . . I've never been able to fully grasp how things work over there. So the UK is England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland, right? England and Scotland are there own countries? Is N Ireland part of Ireland? Do you have one government for the UK and then separate governments for each country? When you say "British" does that refer to all of the UK, vs "English" refers only to England?
For me when I say British I probably mean English. If I were talking about Scotland I would say Scotland, to me it's a totally different place. But again I've never been there and have never met anyone in RL from there. Help me. . . . :-)
Lady - posted on 07/10/2010
Lots of people do love the Scots accent though Cathy!!
I hate the British weather, I hate that everything is sooo expensive over here - seriously double the price of in America!!!!
I think Britain still thinks it's great when in fact it's just a tiny little Island of no real importants - the sooner it realises this and properly joins with Europe instead of trying to hang onto America's apron strings the better.
I think the Royal family are a complete waste of money - sure keep them on but give most of there houses to the homeless and pay them nothing - they have more than enough money to last them twenty lifetimes!!!
I hate that the whole country is ruled by one tiny part of it ie the south of England - and that most of that area has very little idea of what's going on in the rest of the country either that or they don't care.
All that being said I love the NHS, I love British comedy and films and television. I love the British spirit of nothing is going to keep us down - the way the day after the London bombs people were back waiting on the buses and tubes - well maybe not quite the next day but soon enough.
Being a Scot I just love the Scottish people even if a lot of them are a bit rough aroung the edges or very snooty - it's hard to find the inbetween - the wit and the panter is just something that can't be found anywhere else in the world - I think Scottish education is some of the best in the world and am sorry that my children aren't getting to experience it but hopefully we will be able to pass some on.
I love British culture and history and hope that no matter where I end up living in the world that I'll still have some connection with Britain and in particular Scotland and so will my children.
Lady - posted on 07/10/2010
I'm confused when you all say you love the British accent - Britain has to have the most accents in the smallest area in the whole world - the person at the bottom of the street has a different accent from the person at the top of the street - I suppose it's the one that all the villans have in all the American movies LMFAO!!!!!
C. - posted on 07/10/2010
YES YES YES!!!!! I LOVE HOT FUZZ!!!!! When that came out, my friend and I went and saw it 3 times in 2 days. We couldn't get enough of it.. Ok, and I kinda had a thing for Simon Pegg and my friend had a thing for the 2 guys with porn-staches. (ew)
I would so love to visit the British Isles one day. There is so much history and the pics I've seen are amazing. I love that dry British sense of humour and the amazing music. I love your slang and curse words. I'm surprised no one mentioned this yet but Britsih sweets/candy are the best. When my hubby's aunt visits from Scotland, she always brings us a bagful of goodies (I love that woman). I don't go to our British Shoppe very often because I could easily spend a fortune there. I love Walnut Whips and there's a pack of Gold Bars in my fridge and it's taking all my willpower not to sit down and eat the whole pack.
Becky - posted on 07/10/2010
I love Monty Python!
And I love some of the British expressions. I used to have a supervisor who was from Great Britain (can't remember what part) and some of the things she said cracked us up! When she was hungry, she would say, "I'm so hungry, I could eat a scabby donkey!"
I've only been to London once, on an overnight layover. We did the typical tourist thing - took a tour on a double decker bus (very cool, but rather scary drivers!) It was a very interesting city, with beautiful architecture.
But, you guys need to quit exporting your funky vehicles to Canada. It totally freaks me out when I look in my rearview mirror and there's nobody on the driver's side of the car behind me!
C. - posted on 07/09/2010
I have to agree with everyone that said comedy.. British comedy happens to be a weakness of mine. (Even the older shows like Last of the Summer Wine, Are you being served?)
I'm going to have to think about other things.. Too sleepy.
Charlie - posted on 07/09/2010
LOL Kati ,
I dont know they give me the creeps , i cant stand their music , their looks , their everything funnily enough its one of the first things Jamie and i found out we had in common he is also one of the very few people who cant stand them either , i know we could be lynched by Beatles fans for this Hehehe.
Im getting induced in two days :D
LaCi - posted on 07/09/2010
lol kati. My boyfriend hates my love of british things because he can't understand them half the time ;x He's gotten better with exposure over the years though. he's the one who introduced me to scroobius pip so I assume he understands them now if he listens to british hiphop
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