What do you think of the UK/The British?
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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.
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
Caitlin - posted on 07/09/2010
I love it over there.. I love the architecture, I love the history, I love the fast that when I went there for 3 days in May 2008, it was sunny and warm and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, nobody believes my honeymoon pictures were taken there, because it's not raining, they think it's photoshopped.
I love the Queen.. she saves us from having to elect a president every 4 years (in Canada I mean, of course..)
I love british comedy (the old stuff mostly, i don't keep up to date) - Monty Python, John Cleese, great stuff really.. It always has me in stitches...
I love the way pets are really a part of the family over there and people take care of them, train them well and they aren't forbidden in every park (they are pretty much societal outcasts here) That may be mostly where I was, but it's really great.
I love bar billiards.. I sucked at it so bad but it was sooo funny..
Rosie - posted on 07/09/2010
um loureen how dare you!!! it's unfathomable to me to think anybody couldn't possibly like their music. is it the music you don't like or is it the whole persona of the beatles? cause i could do without that as long as their music was still around. and why aren't you having a baby yet? lol!!!
and jocelyn, i know i'm sheltered, lol!!!
i just realized something else that kindof bugs me about british folk. i'm watching harry potter right now, and i cannot understand them sometimes!! they speak english for christs sake, why can't i understand them!!! i think you all speak too fast, lol!!
Charlie - posted on 07/09/2010
I love all my friends from England , awesome country side , comedy is gold , im gonna cop crap for this but i blame you for the obscenity that is the Beatles but thanks for the clash :D
When i think of food i think spotted dick and it makes me laugh .
oh and i LOVE the Irish , great accent , only people who can keep up with the Aussies in the beer stakes hehe .
Oh and i have to thank Scotland for my fiances terribly good looks and for inevitably passing them on to our son :D
Jodi - posted on 07/09/2010
Well, I love your legal system - the one that sent all of your criminals to Australia for 7 years hard labour for stealing a loaf of bread and then left them here, because by doing that, you created the best country in the world :P
Rosie - posted on 07/09/2010
so i'll start with the stereotypes, bad teeth, very snobby, and you all drink tea at every given moment, tea and crumpets, lol!
while i know these are not true (well maybe the tea thing is, lol), it's the first thing i think of when i think of england. i have to seriously remind myself to not stereotype, but i think we all do it with everybody. people from southern USA are hicks, east coast asshole loudmouths etc.
i love your architecture, and history. i find the sense of humor a little odd, some of it i can handle, some i can't. some of your food that i've seen on the travel channel is just bizarre, although the name of the show being bizarre foods kindof means they are going to show bizarre food, lol! flour in a stomach boiled in blood just doesn't make me want to go there to eat. some other weird pudding thing that you all have around christmas made me want to vomit as well. i don't think i could handle the weather. i get really depressed when there is no sunlight or i can't go outside. i think i would go bonkers!!
i love that there is hardly any gun violence there. in fact i never hear much about violence of any sort over there. UHC is my dream. o
i've never actually met anybody from england, so i can't comment on my personal experience with a brit. well, i kindof had once. he immigrated here when he was 4, so he was basically really americanized (is that a word, lol). he showed me his green card though, lol, cause i didn't believe him!! i'd love to visit someday, and it is the only country my husband will consider moving too that has UHC, that and japan (don't know if they do or not) and i'd rather not live in japan. if the weather was nicer in england i would jump at the chance to live there!!
overall i think you are a great group of people!
Tanya - posted on 07/09/2010
Eddie Izzard! I love him.
I do see brits as a bit up tight. I think that you have a very dry sense of humor. I actually love it. I went to see bridget jones and I was the only one laughing.
I think that Tony Blair should have told George Bush no. I am not sure why he wanted to back us.
I will have more later.
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