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    Good and bad reasons for liking the UK

    Why be an anglophile, you may ask?

    - It's all about those cool accents

    - they ultimately surrendered their colonial legacy willingly

    - without them, there'd be no Monty Python

    - Hey! They speak english....and so do I!!

    - without them there'd be no Beatles

    - the 1960's cultural phenomenon known as the 'British Invasion' just sounds so much more catchy than the 'Norwegian Invasion' or the 'Portugeuse Invasion'

    - thanks to the Brits the world probably drinks a lot more tea than it would otherwise

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    If it weren't for the UK, all the Canadians would all speak French, Russian, or Viking and the Mexicans would all speak Spanish and I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone.
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    Proper Football and Ale
    (or and that thing about Monty Python is spot on as well)
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    ...and the Mexicans would all speak Spanish ....
    My god, that would be tragic!

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    Because my family is from there.

    Agreed with/about Monty Python.
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    -Crazy skinny super models.
    -It would just be called the Channel
    -Sleazy hipsters from the 70's wouldn't have a carpet
    -Crumpets
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    I might speak Dutch, not english!

    I wouldn't enjoy scones with cream and jam with my tea

    No Jane Austin
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    The Good

    -Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    -Really good actors/actresses

    -William Shakespeare

    -The BBC

    -Bernard Cornwell-an author

    -Masterpiece Threatre

    -Punk Rock

    -Who else would we imitate when we wanted to sound obnoxious and snooty

    The Bad

    Have ever had British food.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    The Bad

    Have ever had British food.
    Oh, I don't know. I find the following British cuisines or food/drink creations quite tasty:
    • Bangers and mash
    • Shepherd's pie
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Scones
    • Sandwiches
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • numerous varieties of teas
    • English ales
    • Dumplings
    • Apple pie
    • Pound cake
    • Toffee
    • Cottage cheese

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    Good thing: Kirea Knightly

    Bad thing: British Teeth
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    Quote Originally posted by CPSURaf View post
    Good thing: Kirea Knightly

    Bad thing: British Teeth
    So so true.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    A few from me....

    The Good:

    -Ale
    -All of those place names that make such great street names
    -The newspapers (and press corps in general) for reporting on USA domestic things that the USA's 'popular' press ignores
    -They have been our most steadfast ally ever since the end of hostilities in the War of 1812
    -Railroads (the World's first common-carrier railroad was in the UK)
    -Roundabouts (yep, the Brits invented them)
    -The stabilizing and unifying effect of the Royal Family
    -Football (as in 'soccer')
    -Golf (even though I don't play it)
    -Great popular media shows, especially their intellectual comedy (Benny Hill, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, etc), along with Dr Who and going all the way back to Shakespeare.
    -'Prime Minister's Questions' in the House of Commons
    -'Page Three' girls (and a much lower overall level of hysteria over issues relating to such things than here in the USA)
    -AND (harking to another current thread in FACland) - Wonderbras™!

    The Bad:

    -No '1st Amendment' - you can be imprisoned for unPC speech
    -£145.50/year license required to watch over-the-air television
    -The NHS - despite what some here in the USA might want to think, it's pretty bad
    -An irrational stubbornness in refusing to change their highway signs to metric, even though nearly every other aspect of British life (other than serving ale in pint glasses) is already metricated and there is a persistent problem with lorry drivers from the 'continent' driving their rigs into low bridges.
    -Aggressive use of automatic cameras for speed limit enforcement
    -'Surveillance nation' - there are police cameras literally EVERYWHERE
    -Undisciplined football fans
    -Labour governments, especially the one that was elected in 1945 - they literally nationalized the entire country - and the terrible economic malaise that followed until at least the Thatcher years

    Mike

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    There'd be no James Bond...or Austin Powers.

    Also no swanky cars like Aston Martins, Jaguars, Rolls Royces, Range Rovers or Bentleys.
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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