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Old 06-27-2007, 02:55 AM
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What do Americans think of Britain?

As a Brit, I will hold my tongue, but I would be interested to hear what Americans think of Britain, it's society, welfare state, health care, schools etc?
 

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Old 06-27-2007, 03:17 AM
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I think Britain is great historical place but any thing in British is much expensive than US.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:04 AM
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I think Britain is such a enormous place where lifestyle is quite different from Americans.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:58 AM
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First, some americans don't seem to know that America was once a British colony. I've had numerous discussions with adults who hold college degrees around "what that 1776 stuff was all about." Usually these people confuse the revolutionary war with the civil war. Wrong century.

I haven't visited the UK, but I listen to the BBC via internet quite a bit. I'm impressed with the variety offered, at least compared with American radio. From a distant view (mine), British culture seems to have more of an appreciation for history and art than American culture. But all the hullabaloo around the monarchy has always confused me. When it comes to government, Brits seem more engaged than Americans. Of course, that isn't saying much. For one, protests against the Iraq war were larger there than here (according to the press). But, again, I have never visited Britian or known many British people. I would guess that British culture remains as varied and stratified as American culture: liberals vs conservatives, the engaged vs the disengaged, the haves vs the have-nots, etc.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:49 AM
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That is pretty accurate Ed dude - The boy did good

Accurate about the UK, can't comment about what you guys think of us as I'm not American.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:56 AM
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That is pretty accurate Ed dude - The boy did good

Accurate about the UK, can't comment about what you guys think of us as I'm not American.

Hey G10, I know you are a super mod and a great guy and everything, but I thought this thread wasn't for us Brits. Get out of here before you confuse them

mattk is going to be well miffed with us. Don't blame me matt, I was just trying to keep this crazy mod in line. hope that wink helps.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:47 PM
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Sorry dude

I hope you're not trying to say that Americans are easily confused now
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:52 PM
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I hope you're not trying to say that Americans are easily confused now
Are you accusing me of tweaking the nose of all the crazies in the politics thread, I'm not that brave.

Stupid maybe, but not that brave.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:55 PM
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I think Brits need to stop wearing wigs.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:49 PM
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I think americans need to stop shoving socks in their knickers.
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:05 PM
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I dislike britain almost as much as canada

which isn't a lot
therefor this could be taken as a compliment!
 
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:10 PM
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/me is excited about being a Canadian in Britain.
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:28 AM
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I think its much safer to walk on the street of Britain than America.
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:57 AM
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/me is excited about being a Canadian in Britain.
While most places are fine, I would suggest a little caution until you are more familiar. There are areas that are quite dangerous. For instance, everyday this week in London there has been a stabbing of a teenager, most resulting in deaths. There seems to be a developing problem with kids and gang culture and guns and knives.

I don't want to put the dampeners on your excitement, just take sensible precautions.
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:03 AM
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While most places are fine, I would suggest a little caution until you are more familiar. There are areas that are quite dangerous. For instance, everyday this week in London there has been a stabbing of a teenager, most resulting in deaths. There seems to be a developing problem with kids and gang culture and guns and knives.

I don't want to put the dampeners on your excitement, just take sensible precautions.
So how about in America?
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:32 AM
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So how about in America?
This thread is just not going to stay on course.
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:34 AM
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/me is excited about being a Canadian in Britain.
Been before?
 
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:35 AM
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It's interesting to hear that most American's are very positive about Britain, especially the culture.
 
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i am English, but what i want to know from you yanks is - why do you all stereotype us as having bad teeth ?
- it's just something that i picked up from watching the likes of family guy simpsons etc....
 
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Blame "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" for the bad teeth stereotype. By the way, most of what Americans know about British culture probably comes from Monty Python.

And then there's Alec Guiness's teeth in the original "Ladykillers." And all of those BBC medieval saga "George of the Crooked Bicuspids," "Elbert PicketFencetooth," and "William of The Spotty Gums." No wonder we think Brits have teeth like blown over powerlines.
 
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