Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

There seems to be a running trend nowadays among Americans. We are in love with England! It’s the British Invasion! Back in the ‘60s, the British Invasion meant The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but to tell you the truth, the English never left. Americans, more than ever, are obsessed with England, English people, and English culture.

If you think about history, an American’s love for England really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. America declared independence from England in 1776, and both countries fought for eight long years in the Revolutionary War. Several decades later, England and America clashed again in the War of 1812. In the first days of America’s independence, we were enemies with England. So why don’t Americans hate England?

After the first fights with England, Americans and Britons became allies. We have fought side by side in World War I, World War II, and in the Middle East. We have been friends, committed to helping each other out. We have died for each other. So maybe our love of England does make sense after all.

I can’t say for sure if Britons are in love with Americans, but Americans are enthralled by the English and their ways. Let’s look at the top fifteen reasons why Americans love England. These are from the perspective of an American, an American who confesses to a little fascination with a country she’s never been to.

Top 15 Reasons

15) The Accent

British people can’t really help it. They just have the cutest accents! Of course, there are probably hundreds of English accents in the U.K., but the average American can’t tell the difference between them. Americans love to imitate an English accent. The British probably think that we sound like idiotic monkeys, but it really amuses us. I wonder, do English people try to imitate the American dialect?

Why Can't the English Learn to Speak!

A Brit's Attempt at an American Accent...

14) The Queen

English people have royalty! Although democracy is what this country is all about, Americans are simply fascinated by the royals. We all know that the queen doesn’t have any real power anymore, but for some reason England still keeps her on the throne. What she does there is a mystery to me. American girls have this dream: One day, you’ll find out you’re related to some rich royal personage – you’re really a princess, after all – and then you get to marry Prince William.

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12) The History

England is so rich with history. The country has been around for centuries and centuries. Some of England’s buildings are older than the constitution of the United States. England has existed so long, that its history has become the stuff of legends. England is the home of King Arthur and Robin Hood and Jack the Ripper, and fairies and dragons and dryads.

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11) The Way of Life

Americans, in general, lead very busy lives. I’m sure English people are often the same way, but we like to view them as leading simple countrified lives. Drinking tea out of fine china every afternoon. Walking to the village church every Sunday. Gossiping with the neighbors (over a cup of tea, of course). Knitting by the open hearth. Watching Punch and Judy puppet shows.

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10) The Food

Crumpets, bangers, hot toddies, pasties. Many of us Americans don’t know what these really are, but they sure do sound delicious. How can English people eat scones and biscuits at teatime everyday and not get fat?

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What is this made of???

9) The Thatched Roof

We like to think all British people live in thatched-roof cottages. Ivy grows along the plastered walls, and roses bedeck the walkways. Rosy-cheeked children wear britches and run around playing blind man’s buff (apparently, Americans get it all wrong when we say “blind man’s bluff”).

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8) The Little Cars

When we think out from under the thatched roof, we realize that English people actually own cars (don’t they just walk everywhere?). Except for the fact that the English drive on the WRONG side of the road, the English know a little bit about cars. English cars are so cool! Who wouldn’t want to drive a mini cooper around the streets of London?

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7) The Telephones

People in England must not own telephones. If they ever have to call someone, they run outside and use one of those bright red phone booths. At least, that's how it works in the movies.

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6) The Bond, James Bond

English people are classy. That is, they’re classy when they’re not living under a thatched roof. I’m beginning to think there must be two kinds of English people: the thatched-roof ones, and the classy James Bond ones.

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5) The Humor

Monty Python, Mr. Bean, Jeeves and Wooster, Punch and Judy. Americans think British humor is hilarious (except for maybe Punch and Judy. I’m still not sure what that’s about). But I have this lingering feeling that Americans aren’t laughing at the same things that the English are laughing at.

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4) The Simon

Americans love Simon Cowell. He’s mean, blunt, arrogant, insolent, and insulting. What’s there not to love? And Americans don’t just love Simon Cowell, they love British judges on reality TV shows. There’s Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent”. There’s Nigel Lythgoe on “So You Think You Can Dance”. And there’s Len Goodman is “Dancing with the Stars”. You’d think that maybe there would be American judges on British reality television shows, but there aren’t. Apparently, America may have talent, but it doesn't have taste, whereas England boasts talent and taste. Oh, and by the way, there are no American nannies. Children only listen to nannies with British accents.

Americans also love watching BBC television. The very popular TV show “The Office” actually started in England on BBC. PBS’s Masterpiece Theater airs many BBC-produced shows.

3) The Drama

There are many very distinguished actors and actresses from England. Maybe it’s their accents, maybe it’s their poise, but in any case, Americans love to watch the English act.

Audrey Hepburn

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Sir Laurence Olivier

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Dame Judi Dench

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Kate Winslet

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Orlando Bloom

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2) The Music

As I mentioned before, Americans love British music. The British invasion gave us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Since then, the U.K. has shared with us the music of Sting, U2 (ok, so they’re Irish, same difference, but not really), Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, KT Tunstall (who’s Scottish), Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and my favorite, Keane.

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1) The Literature

Now we come to my favorite part of English culture – the literature. England has given birth to some of the greatest writers in all of history. Who hasn’t enjoyed reading the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, etc., etc.

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E. Nicolson 6 years ago

Ahh ... the truth of the matter -- The Literature! Been a big fan of their literature for many years:) Thank you for a delightful Hub.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, the books books books, the words that endure for centuries. The literature is the best part! Thanks for reading, E. Nicolson!


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Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

Great Hub

Isn't it interesting that most James Bond actors haven't been English :-)

Sean Connery(Scottish)

George Lazenby(Australian)

Timothy Dalton(Welsh)

Pierce Brosnan(Irish)


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

I smiled when I saw the literature at the end as your number one. Of course! England is known for its way with words-- more than any other country is. I must argue, however, that the reason we love English food is only because English books have made us sentimental over toast and crumpets and curds and whey. England really doesn't do many foods well (I remember them being relatively tasteless compared to Italian, Thai, Mexican, or Chinese), they just make it sound so sophisticated and bookish-- and we fall under the peer pressure of Elizabeth Bennett and Sherlock Holmes and Tumnus. One more point, if you don't mind. I asked a British friend to imitate an American accent and she made an incredibly painful drawl sort of noise that she said was as close as she could get. She said Americans sleep on their vowels and forget to pronounce their T's.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Shinkicker, thanks for the extra info on the James Bond actors! Very interesting ... I admit, I grouped other parts of the UK in with England in some parts of this hub.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Jane, English literature (and movies too, for that matter) is a big factor in how Americans (who've never been there) view England. We read afternoon tea and think "oh how lovely". We read burritos and mojitos and think "another stupid party by the pool". Sentimental over toast :)

That's so funny about the English trying an American accent! I'm wondering what sleeping on vowels is...


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi Rose, Gor blimey mate! up the apple and pears(stairs)! No seriously, brilliant. loved it. And we do love the yanks. Well I do anyway, and I think it goes for the majority of us. I think it is because we feel like you're our big brother!! no seriously, and we watch so much American TV, which I think is ten times better than the rubbish we produce. Afew TV programmes are good in England, but you have produced Star Trek, etc, all the good action movies, and we seem to be poor in that department. But the only thing I would like to say to burst the bubble is, the picture that the Americans have of our way of life is sadly very much out of date. All the above pictures, like the Telephone box, and cream teas etc, finished about 50 years ago. now we drive fast cars, millions of them on the roads every day, the telephone boxes are like in America open and small, greyish in colour. our accent is changing for the worse, the kids today speak really weird. The posh accent has gone and they sound a cross between american, african and slang. In american films you always see a policeman on a bycicle. That finished about 50 years ago as well. now it is fast cars and flat hats! But not to break all your dreams, we do still have the cottages and castles and afternoon tea if you are a bit posh! But I would much prefer a yank. The men are better looking! cheers Nell

(brown bread-dead, whistle and flute-suit, boat race-face) cockney slang! which comes from the heart of London, and is mainly spoken by the street traders.

Oh, and one more thing. the capital London and the other major cities are now exactly like America in every way, looks sounds, kids in caps and baggy trousers, smelly cars and noise, but to make you feel better, the villages are just how you describe. Well most of them.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello, Nell Rose! I so enjoyed reading your comments! I can't quite understand the slang ;) but I do love the word "posh". It's my new favorite word! I'm glad you love us Yanks! We love you back!I know our perception of England is old-fashioned; I've been mildly sarcastic in this hub. I'm so glad afternoon tea hasn't gone completely extinct yet! We like to think of England as some fairy-tale land. But English people sometimes have a wrong perception of us too! The whole country isn't one big dirty city with fat uncivilized people... we do have lots of countryside and rural towns. And there are, on occasion, posh people.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I didn't mean to say America was big and dirty! oops! no, I know what you mean. London and New York for example, look very much alike, the cars etc when you see them on TV, but if you do ever get over here there are some lovely places. Windsor is great, it has a castle and the old town part is old. you would love Clovelly in the west country, it is like a row of dolls houses. People cannot use cars as it is just one road on a hill, so in the summer they use donkeys to pull up the trolleys with food and goods. just for a novelty of course, but it's great. Even me, who is used to the little villages, stood in amazement looking down at the big steps, that lead to the sea front. I felt that I was stepping into Jane Eyre or Catherine Cookson novels.

Oxford is amazing, the main part is old but quite normal looking, but when you step into the heart of the college campus old town, it is absolutely amazing. We went there last year for the first time in years and went to the very top of the church. climbing up the tower steps holding onto a rope to pull yourself up, it was scary, but when we got to the balcony overlooking the cafe below and we could see all the spires and towers, oh my gosh, I was gobsmacked! you have to see it to believe it. My brother has always wanted to visit America, and so do I. maybe, just maybe this year, fingers crossed.

interesting bit of info, if you listen to an Australian accent, what you are really listening to is 19th century London barrow boys. The Cockney accent! over the years it has been stretched vertually out of recognition, but that is where it came from. The First convicts to be sent to Australia, came from London. Mainly poor and common, they took the local accent with them. It still sounds very similar today, but as I say, more pronounced and stretched. cheers Nell


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Nell, I didn't mean that you thought that about America. I ran into an English lady one time in New England, and she said that she was surprised at how civilized Americans were :)

Windsor and and Clovelly sound so wonderful and ideal! and posh. If I ever get to travel to England, I want to check those places out!

I would love to go to Oxford as well. Your story about climbing the tower reminded me of this book I read: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (Jane Grey introduced it to me, btw). I felt like I was in Oxford when I read it.

That is interesting about the Australian accent. The English sure have influenced the whole world! I think the Southern U.S. dialect has retained a lot of similarities to our language ancestry in the U.K. Maybe due to all those Scotch-Irish immigrants living in the remote countryside.

I hope you do get to visit America! The thing is, there's so much to see! The East Coast is my favorite...lots of history and the Atlantic Ocean (which you're familiar with). The Midwest is mostly farms and not much to see. The Rocky Mountains are truly breathtaking and great for winter sports. Then of course, there's California. I live in Hawaii which isn't much like the rest of the U.S. Very tropical. Cheers! :)


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Thanks Rose, I have enjoyed our conversation tonight. I think Hawaii sounds amazing. thanks again Nell


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Same here, Nell! I look forward to "talking" more in the future!


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Kendall H. 6 years ago from Northern CA

I think there should be an Anglophiles anonymous club here :) Great hub!! Absolutely loved it!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Great idea, Kendall! Hi my name is Rose and I'm an Anglophile. :) Thanks for reading!


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Hi Rose

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub as I found myself nodding in agreement to each of the entries - thinking yeah I love that too about England and the English people. And if I may add to your great list - I so like their traditional architecture and gardens.

Thanks for sharing, two thumbs up! way way up! :S


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks so much for reading, Cris A! Great additions to the list. Yes the architecture and gardens are so beautiful (from what I've seen in pictures). I love how some of the buildings have been around for so long - so much history. There's probably more reasons to add ... this list started as a top 10 and somehow unexplainably grew to a top 15 :) I had to stop somewhere.


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PeeGee 6 years ago from UK

That's not the English flag though....


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

No, it's not the English flag, PeeGee. Thanks for pointing that out. But it is the United Kingdom's flag, which is more recognized here in the States.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

What a great hub. I am quite sure that most English people have great respect for America and Americans. I have always loved country music and through artists like Waylon Jennings ,Willy Nelson, Merle Haggard, Goerge Jones, Jim Reeves and many others I feel I have shared some of your History. I was raised on country music from an early age. Still love it.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi D.A.L., thanks for reading! I didn't know country music made it across the pond. That's really neat that you enjoy American music. I'm glad our two countries get along so well!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

You rock !


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Why thank you, TattoGuy! But I think the U.K. rocks better! :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

cool hub. I get many information here. Those are wonderful picture. Thanks


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by, prasetio30! I'm glad you liked the pictures :)


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 6 years ago

Rose, this is a great hub!! :) I was facinated by the Brits for a long, long time.. I am an American and luckily made friends with many while living in a resort town in America.. I was giggling through this, because my friends from the UK and I often tease and poke at each others accents.. They would use the John Wayne accent to define Americans the best while I would head straight for Austin Powers (the cheeky nature, of course).. I get on well with the humour in the UK.. Anyway, I now live a wee village in the UK, and it is just as you described.. The people are so lovely.. I really enjoyed this, thank you! :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s, thanks for your comment! It's funny that the British often think that American accents are Western or Southern, when those are just a couple of the dialects. I'm sure our English imitation is pretty funny to them though!


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Awesome! Thanks to Hub Pages - I MAY be traveling to the UK. Love this hub! Bookmarked for future travel and Rated it UP!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

GmaGoldie, I hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK if you get to go! Be sure to let us know if England's really what we think it is :) Thanks for reading, and I really appreciate your support!


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

That was a fun read :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm glad you enjoyed, Trish_M!


DAN THE MAN (NOT) 6 years ago

FOUND YOUR PIECE A VERY GOOD READ U MADE US ENGLISH SOUND LIKE HEROES LOL


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well, you are our heroes! Thanks for reading, Dan the Man!


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Tori Maltby 6 years ago

Great Hub! Made me smile. As a South African with a proud UK ancestry I have been trying to explain the glory of England to my USA family for a long time and they just don't seem to get it. They don't understand my love of the queen and my respect for the royal family and they definitely don't agree with my NEED for some hot tea and biscuits. I'm just glad that some people see it my way!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tori, you don't have to feel alone! There are plenty of Anglophiles in America ... maybe they're just all in hiding. I'm glad you enjoyed reading! Thanks for coming by!


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ocoonocoon 6 years ago

The Beatles are Irish! (Well, deep down they are anyway)

England is really the mother of America so what can you say? We have to pay respect to them for creating our language and being the model for our system of government. I really have to disagree with you putting Simon Cowell up there, though.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

True, ocoonocoon, we do owe a lot to the British for the way America is today. Not a Simon Cowell fan? That's too bad :) he's pretty much the only reason I watch American Idol. Thank you for reading and commenting!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

3 words Rose: Fish and chips.

Ok a 4th word: Pubs.

Nice hub!

Daniel


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for coming by, Daniel. Yes, fish and chips! Yum ... with malt vinegar, of course. =)


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Elefanza 6 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

Other great authors include JK Rowling, the Brontes, Oscar Wilde and C.S. Lewis. Britain (London in particular) also has the world's largest book store. And you can't forget Portabello Road! That street has some of the most eclectic wares you can find anywhere. Consequently, Wal-Mart is selling British themed T-shirts for three bucks. Not that I'm wearing one while I read this post. No, not at all. :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Elefanza, the list of British authors goes on and on... I've been meaning to do another hub on that. Portabello Road - I'd never heard of that, but I looked it up, and it looks pretty cool. I'll have to go check out Walmart (shh don't tell anyone)


Katie 6 years ago

You forgot JK Rowling :\ BEST AUTHOR EVER!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Katie, well I couldn't list everybody; there are so many great authors from England! Maybe I'll write another hub sometime.


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livewithrichard 6 years ago from Charleston, SC

Kudos to a great hub, glad I found it. For me, its the British humor, from Monty Python to Benny Hill there is something about that sarcastic humor that suggests everyone else is in on the joke. England and the whole of UK is my first choice when, if ever, I vacation outside the US.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

Great hub! Being a Texan and going to England for the first time in 2006, I totally, I mean TOTALLY, fell in love with the English countryside. I love everything about England. I went to England to meet the gentleman who is now my husband. Yup, snagged me one of those posh British gentlemen. :) He and I have many discussions about our culture differences, the dialects, etc. (have a couple of hubs about it)

He is often asked here "what part of Australia are you from?" and he always answers, "just a little island off the coast, called England". LOL If by chance they figure out he's from England, they always ask him if he's from Liverpool which highly offends him and gives them a short lesson in the different accents.


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frogdropping 6 years ago

You know we have an awful lot of rain in England don't you?! We're consummate puddle jumpers, of that I'm sure ;) I think we're a nation of many cultures, melded over the centuries. The many invasions and conquerings down the ages has given us a fascinating history. And a bit like KCC's husband, whilst in Lisbon, I'm often asked 'are you english? And which part of America are you from??'!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

livewithrichard, I'm glad you found it too! British comedy can be so funny, although I confess I don't always get it. I do like some Monty Python and Fry and Laurie. England is on my list of must-see places too.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

KCC Big Country, lucky you! Someday someday I will go to England and find me some loving countryside - not too sure about the husband part. But it sounds like you two have a fun time! I'll have to check out those hubs :) I saw Liverpool in a movie once and it looked like a small Las Vegas, so I can understand your husband's annoyance.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

frogdropping, I LOVE rain!!! I should add that as reason number 16 why I love England. The mix of different cultures sounds like America - we call it The Melting Pot. What a funny mix of questions! I wonder what your response would be...


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marieryan 6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

Rose, I had no idea the British were so popular to the Americans! Thanks for a fun read


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

marieryan, oh yes, we're all Anglophiles here, or at least a lot of us are. Thank you for reading!


Nic Hawkins 6 years ago

And hes me thinking all Americans hated English people. Guess i was very wrong :P

I live South London and id like to go to America sometime!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Nic, thanks for stopping by! Oh no, Americans don't hate the English at all (that's the French). America is great; you should give it a try :)


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whoflungdung 6 years ago from London, England

Hey there Rose, reason 11 is a myth sorry. Live in London and there is no rest for the wicked, or afternoon tea with scones. Reason 8 small cars is very quaint until you include the Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce.

I like the music part there are a couple that have been aquired as American and may not have been mentioned for that reason, Dusty Springlfield for example.

By contrast however I think we would have to admit that Britain may have talent but not any good enough to get onto your shows. We might be able to judge them but we could not compete.

Literature yes although I fear that the centuries of a headstart and the fact that nearly every child in the world has been force fed these wonders has somehow helped to maintain our lead on this.

Another misconception that the British not only allow but promote somewhat scandalously is the notion that anyone uses the red phone boxes. Everyone has their own phone or mobile but at every opportunity these phone boxes, like the red buses are promoted.

Accents fair enough, I think there are various American accents and some better than others to my mind but likewise could be said of our shores.

On the whole though a great hub and nice to know!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

whoflungdung, I appreciate all your comments! I love hearing from people across the pond! Yes, I know that a lot of our perceptions of English life are mere fairy tales... sigh. There are more than a few British musicians that are loved here in the US; I couldn't possibly list them all. I was actually intending to expand this hub with more hubs on British music. I did get a couple done. Well, thanks for reading; your comments made me smile!


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knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Ahh anyone who includes Baked Beans, marmite, the Queen and an afternoon cuppa tea knows the British nature. Loved reading how you viewed us and our strange little island. Nice to see how former enemies can become firm friends perhaps we can teach other countries the same. (obviously this should be read with a very English accent)


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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

Right on the money! I love everything English, still don't understand why I am living in New York not in London. But well, I do have an English boyfriend. Beautiful country, rich history, talented people. Do you know that English have more Nobel prices than anybody else? And of course, the accent and sense of humor are just so lovely and sexy! :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

knell63, I'm so glad that you stopped by to say hello! It is nice that our countries are such great friends now. Someday I want to visit England for myself to see how close my perceptions are to reality :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Wanderlust, well, New York has its own unique lovability too! I didn't know that about the Nobel prizes... that's interesting! Thanks so much for visiting - it's nice to meet you!


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missmaudie 6 years ago from Brittany, France

I loved this hub! It's so funny to hear the way that other people view us 'poms' as the Australians would say, or 'les rosbif' as we're called in France. I have what you would probably call a 'posh' accent, ie received pronunciation with no discernable accent, there are still a few of us out here!

As other people have commented, we stopped using red phone boxes and eating scones for high tea ages ago. I loved the Marmite photo, made me drool! I live in France now and only get to eat marmite if somebody brings it over for me. It's delicious! Have you ever eaten it? You have it on toast with 'lashings' of hot butter! Thanks again for the good read.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi missmaudie, thanks for coming by and joining in on the fun! ...still love the word "posh"...

Ah Marmite, so it is edible! I still don't know what it really is made of, and I have never had a chance to try it. The butter part makes it sound a little more appetizing ;)


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missmaudie 6 years ago from Brittany, France

Yes, Marmite is edible! It's an intensely savoury yeast extract that looks like black goo. You either love it or hate it. Actually, if you roast a chicken you get sticky bits left on the bottom of the tin don't you, it tastes almost like that! Hard to explain when you've eaten it all your life. I'm sure somebody else can come up with something better. Most people spread it thinly on toast or bread and butter. Don't put too much on though, it has a 'bite' to it!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Interesting :) Sounds like a very unique food. Whenever I travel to England, I will jump off the plane shouting "Marmite marmite, somebody bring me marmite!" Everyone will think I'm crazy, of course, but I don't mind. I'll let you know what I think of it :)


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missmaudie 6 years ago from Brittany, France

It's very much an acquired taste! I suspect that most people who love it have been raised on it from babies. I'll await your opinion with interest :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

All right, it's a deal :) Now all I have to do is figure out a way to get to England...


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ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

Really interesting to see what Americans think about us


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

ns1209, well I'd love to hear more about what the English think of us Americans!


Steve 6 years ago

Just found you and love the comments and info on England. I have always loved anything England and my self want to vist,.Thankyou for sharing with us who love England.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

Lovely Hub and photos. Check out my HUB on my Spring working as a volunteer at Stonehenge, England. I loved ENgland even before I moved there (On my Mother's side we moved to the "States" from Durham England in the 1640'S)The crumpets brought a real smile to my face-O, the memories!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Steve, thank you for coming by! England is a fascinating place - I hope I can visit someday too.

GarnetBird, thanks for reading! Lucky you - got to live in England :)


Diamondgeezer 6 years ago

I've been to the US three times (Georgia,NY and Colorado)and,without exception,everyone I met was extremely friendly,polite and hospitable and made me feel very welcome.I thought the scenery in CO was awesome but was disappointed with NY(compared with London)As for accents,I've always thought American women sound a lot sexier than British women!!

BTW,I live in the far SW of England and yes,down here we do still have cream teas, proper phone boxes,stunningly beautiful villages and countryside with castles ,country houses and thatched cottages.Check out www.cornwallcam.co.uk


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Diamondgeezer, thank you for reading and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in the US! Colorado does have some brilliant mountains and scenery, but I missed the ocean when I lived there. English people have the accents - Americans just speak American :)

I'm so glad not all of my dreams are crushed! Teas and castles sound divine right now.


Diamondgeezer 6 years ago

Ahh Marmite. I love it on toasted crumpets on a cold winter night! Ingredients: Yeast extract,Salt,Vegetable Extract,Niacin,Thiamin,Spice Extracts(contains celery),Riboflavin,Folic Acid,Vitamin B12.Sounds awful,I know but I'll gladly send you some if you would like to try for yourself.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Diamondgeezer, now what exactly is yeast extract? Doesn't sound too appetizing, I'm afraid. I would like to try it someday, but maybe it tastes better eaten in the UK...


Diamondgeezer 6 years ago

All is revealed on The Marmite FAQ website. :)


lemmyisgod 6 years ago

I am English - I loved this hub - you had me in fits of laughter - totally true and completely inaccurate at the same time! No 11 had me in fits of laughter! It's so ironic when the Americanisation of UK culture has eroded so many of the stereotypes you speak of! Great hub though fantastic - very very funny I loved it!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

lemmyisgod, so glad you enjoyed it - this was one of my favorite hubs to put together :) I'm sure many American perceptions of England are a little false, but still there must be a little truth there.


TerminalV 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading this entry even though I infer it was meant as lighthearted entertainment.

5 times since 2004, I've enjoyed traveling to England and I honestly wouldn't list #10 as a reason why I love visiting. Outside of Fish & Chips, I normally dine @ Indian, Caribbean and African restuarants (a variety not found where I'm from).

Humor: It appears those listed are of the 'old school' LOL (I knew nothing about Monty Python until high school. Growing up, it was all about Benny Hill and The Young Ones!) It's all about the 'newer' names who've made us 'have a laugh', such as Russel Brand, Lenny Henry, Gina Yashere, ect.

The Telephone Box: What can I say! Outside, a cute unique box that takes me back to the younger years watching Dr. Who! Inside, however, the smell of urine & adverts of "page 3" like girls all over the place (especially in London)!

The Music: While it's played a backseat roll in the UK music industry for some time, today, the so called "urban" scene isn't (or shouldn't be) a force to ignore. Who can deny the catchy, "American Boy" (Estelle), or "Dance Wiv Me" (Dizzee Rascal), or "Down" (Jay Sean)?

Altogether I just love traveling to England, and have yet to have any bad experience!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

TerminalV, thanks for reading and for all the comments! I'm sure you have a lot more expertise on the subject than I do (since you've actually been to England ;) So I appreciate all your thoughts! You're right, the sole purpose of this was entertainment. Nice to hear from a fellow Anglophile!


jburgon89 6 years ago

Hello, I'm from England and this was a really nice read. Its interesting to see how much I actually take for granted. I recently flew to Orlando, Florida for 2 weeks and it was amazing. Everyone was so friendly and I would love to live there for a year in my mid 20's before I start a family.

It was a great read and a change from 'Britain is our baby sister'. Which I don't like to admit it but thanks to Tony Blair and now Obama it is becoming true.

God bless


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

jburgon89, thanks so much for reading! I'm so glad you had a good time in the States! I would love to visit England someday... it's a dream of mine :) I have a great respect for your country, your history is a lot older than ours so you're more like our Big Sister.


Lord Gaga 6 years ago

Whilst touring California by car with my wife a couple of years ago, I had to pop into a shop on the edge of a town called Bakersfield. A young lady assistant exclaimed, "I love your accent". I politely pointed out to her that, from my point of view, it was she, not I, who had an accent. After a moment, this insight into the subjectivy of culturally acquired aural perceptions dawned upon her (although probably not in those words), and she went on to exclaim, "Wow, I'd never thought of it like that - that's awesome!" Or as we might say on this side of the pond, "How frightfully interesting, old bean."


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Lord Gaga, thanks for the story! ...though I do think you all are the ones with the accent :)


RichardM 6 years ago

Interesting read. I understand you used a lot of sarcasm in this page, but still number 11) is a total myth, the only people who are like that nowadays are the crazy homophobic racist English village folk who go round hunting foxes with dogs (which is actually illegal) . I've always found it interesting how America views England as such an old fashioned country, regardless of the fact that our society is more liberal society generally speaking more free of the constraints imposed by organised religion, which is something I think a lot of people in this country (yes I am English) view America as.

Still, there is no doubt in my mind that the English still do love America. You'd never find anyone admit it, but let's face it, we're so culturally similar, we kinda have to like you guys :'). We may not go crazy for your accent (as it is a comparatively normal one for us to hear considering the amount of US TV shows aired and music imported into this country), but we still love you guys. It's shame to see that there is growing resentment is growing between both sides of the pond though due to politics, but I'm sure we'll be fine ;D.

I also like your mention of music. Yeah you mention literature and yeah that's alright, but I think us English people are extremely proud of our music. But good article, made me happy to read that someone likes us, what with the hatred we get from the French, Scots, Irish etc... :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

RichardM, glad you came by! Yes, I was being a bit sarcastic... and I know #11 is pretty much a myth, but I like to imagine it's still that way :) (and do people still hunt foxes??) America is pretty liberal as well, and growing more so, which is a shame, in my opinion.

English music... there are days when I listen to nothing else! There's just something about your music that makes me really happy :D

I'm so glad that the English still love Americans! We love you too, despite all political nonsense.


Tally ho old chap! 6 years ago

Hey guys. I am 100% English and absolutely love my country to bits.Yes the weather isn't great and it's getting a little crowded here and there but as said in recent posts we have so much to proud of. Saying that i love,love,love the USA too.Have been there about 3 times and think the people are lovely and the accents always break the ice when meeting people. I think nowdays though people are too quick to hate their country and think the grass is greener on the side but it is not.England has good points and bad points just as does America but what really counts is the majority of people actually view their country and others countries with humour and understanding of their culture.

Rock on England and rock on USA.

By the way i am from Birmingham in the midlands and i am proud of my brummie accent but have no idea if Americans would distinguish my accent to the typical London accent????????


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi there, so good to hear from someone who is so patriotic! I love my country too, and am so happy to be an American. I love England as well (although I've never been there) which is probably a result of my obsession with English literature and music. You've made a really good point about the grass being greener. I love it when people love their own country and yet still have respect and appreciation for other countries and cultures. Birmingham... don't know anything about it, but I'm sure it's lovely. I have no idea if I would be able to tell the difference between the accents ;)


NoName 6 years ago

Shame americans can't spell though isn't it. Humour

the ones you have mentioned kind of happened a few centuries ago


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well, I'm afraid it's spelled "humor" :)


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burning bush 6 years ago

Simply spot on Rose. Marmite, bangers and mash. For me it doesn't get any better. It brings back memories of travels and life a long time ago, at least for me. Thanks.


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Tom_Radford 6 years ago from London

That's what the British like about the British too!


Tom-LFC 6 years ago

Hey Rose,

I love your perception of my beloved country :) I am proud of my country but i sometimes have problems being proud of the people who live here. People see the English as arrogant and racist (from what ive heard) but the majority are not. Its, as always, the minority that ruin it.

I loved everything about this and you seem like the kind of person who is really easy to get on with. I love America. I have been twice and also had a girlfriend from New York, unfortunatly that didn't materialise but oh well. I have a weird sleep pattern so often find myself watching BBC news in the morning and when i do they always show ABC world news. I was amazed at how much coverage the royals got when they visit.

Unfortunatly music in this country has taken a turn for the worst since the Britpop era, but that doesn't bother me as i will listen to ACDC, The Beatles, Blur and bands of the like with some of our american counterparts music mixed in of course.

I dont think anyone can explain the relationship our countries share, but we are so like compared to the rest of the world. I suppose thats what makes it special.

Thanks for a good read!!

(PS I am also from Birmingham so my accent is also a far way from the London accent! also i think if you like panel comedies you should try a program called mock the week, or QI (which is hosted by stephen fry out of fry and laurie!!)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

burning bush, I'm glad this brought back good memories for you!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tom_Radford, well, the British are just so lovable, I guess :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tom-LFC, thank you for your lovely comments! I, for one, have never met anyone from England who was arrogant or racist; you all seem quite pleasant :) So glad you love America - no matter how much I have a crush on England, I will always hold my own country very close to my heart, and it's nice to hear that not everyone hates us! Birmingham sounds nice - I wonder if I could tell the difference between a Birmingham accent and a London accent... thanks so much for stopping by, and I will check out the comedies you recommended!


Terence Houghton 6 years ago

Hey Rose, I'm from Liverpool and I have no idea how I stumbled across this thread but it is ace. Made a very sceptical man (I hate nationalism with a passion) warm with pide :). Sounds a bit contradictory I know so sorry to confuse matters haha. One thing I would point out to anybody who thinks that the American spelling of certain words is some perversion of the English original is way off mark. Most of the time the american way of spelling is actually the original English way of spelling the word and this has been changed since in Britain. The Americans are upholding their historic inheritance much more than we are. Think about that. Also, a little bugbear I have with the way people see the American war of independence is when Americans see it as the Americans fighting the British when really it was mainly first and second generation English people fighting other English people (Discounting foreign mercenaries of course :) ). It many ways it was a civil war and many colonials actually supported the British Crown because they considered themselves British. The descendents of the revolutionaries assume they were on the right side of history but if they had lived at the time who know's what side they would have supported. Food for thought eh?


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well, Terence, I'm so glad you did stumble across my hub! Thank you for pointing that out about the spelling; I didn't realize that. Personally, I don't think one way is right or wrong; one is British and the other is American. It doesn't really matter.

Yes, technically it was English fighting English in the War for Independence, and it is sad that matters got to the point of war. And many colonists were Loyal to the crown. However, I do believe the cause of the war was for the right. The British king at the time was not upholding the colonial charters, and "Americans" were not receiving the representation in law-making that was their right. Good food for thought :)

Thanks for visiting!


Terence Houghton 6 years ago

Hi again Rose :)

I also agree that the revolutionaries were right. The fact that they were not receiving their full rights as Englishmen under the law was a grevious infringement in their eyes and a justifiable backlash was inevitable. Oh I didn't mention how much I like Americans to. At least most of the yanks I have met or spoken to (barring some right wing loonies who I had the privelege of enraging several times on their hate ridden forum :))


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Terence, I never would have thought I'd hear an Englishman say that the revolutionaries were right! Well, I would have to agree (as you know).

I'm glad you like us Americans, though I confess that the Brits I have met are nicer than some of my fellow Yanks. I suppose there's always some good and some bad.


Kate 6 years ago

Hey! I just stumbled across this post and it really made me smile - that's probably after years of being told the British are disliked by everyone, ha! But I guess not :)

I must say though, a lot of what you described IS still true, especially of England, but I think a lot of the things you mentioned were more of a Southern English thing.

I'm from the North (I live just outside of Manchester), and up here we're pretty much completely different to the Southerners! We have a much broader accent (I noticed you said in one of your replies that you wondered if you could tell the different between a Brummy and a London accent - trust me, you definitely would be able to, haha :D), different dialects, different ways of life really. I mean, for example, one of the Northern "things" is putting gravy on your fish and chips, something Southerners never do apparently. My Southern friend is always disgusted by it :')

Southern England is a lot more glamorous than the North too, I think. Well, places like London, Oxford and Brighton, for example. And every time I've been down to London, the weather has been dazzling in contrast to our seemingly constant, dreary, overcast skies.

I think I'll be moving down South when I'm older. That's not to say I don't love my old-fashioned Northern roots however! I mean, The Beatles were Northerners after all :D

Also, a lot of the British comedy you said you liked (Monty Python, Fry and Laurie etc) is mainly Southern English. I'd love to hear your opinion on some Northern comedy (it must sound like I feel there's some great divide, but honestly, the areas of England are just so different!) Peter Kay is a great example. He's a Bolton lad so he has a very broad accent and Northern 'way of life' :) You should check him out!

Thanks for this great post by the way.


Nicola 6 years ago

It is funny to see how many old stereotypes we still have of each other. I would certainly agree with the last couple of postings that there is still very much a ‘north – south’ divide. Though we, the British, are a relatively small collection of islands, certainly compared to the USA, there are significant differences not just between the different countries, but the regions too. Our language does vary a little still from place to place, don't forget that it was until 1755 that Johnson published the 1st English dictionary.

Not sure that I would say that the south is more “glamorous”. Obviously London has all the famous name shops, most of the country’s theatres, museums, and institutions, and consequently a high concentration of “celebrities” and rich people tend to gravitate south. Glamour belongs more appropriately to Hollywood in my opinion.

Beauty is certainly something that can be found in both the North and the South of England - we are blessed with some beautiful countryside.

The US, on the whole, has a distorted vision of Britain probably mostly from the way we are represented on film and TV. Americans are patronised considerably by their own TV and film industry who don’t think that they can understand anything that isn’t delivered in BBC English and doesn’t have a simple plot line. I think that’s very unfair as that means that they rarely get to see anything with a Northern flavour. Have you noticed how baddies in American block-busters are often played by British actors – I wonder why that is?

As for me, well I’m a southern who has some roots up north, and I love my country, despite all the bad stuff and think that on the whole we’re a decent lot.

PS. My partner is a descendant of Lord North, who was the Prime Minster who lost America! (OK, the situation was rather beyond his control at the time, but he was in charge of our government at the time.)

Best wishes.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Kate, I'm so glad you did stumble across this... thanks for all your comments! Thanks for pointing out all the differences between the South and the North of England. It's the same here in the States. I didn't realize England had similar regional differences until I read "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell. It was very interesting. I'm sure all parts of England are worth visiting - I can't wait to do that someday!

I did check out Peter Kay on YouTube - great accent!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Nicola, thanks for your visit! I'm sure you're right about both the North and South being beautiful. You mention that Hollywood is glamourous... I do think London probably would be the more elegant though. Not many of our celebrities have real class. That's interesting about Lord North - poor man to have that as his legacy!


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MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

Well written hub, strange how myths arte perpetuated, never been here, have you:-)

best

Mick


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

MickS, no, haven't made it across the pond yet... but I'm getting ancy. Thanks for reading!


Eliza Finch 6 years ago

It is a common misconception that we Brits drive on the 'WRONG' side of the road when in fact there is evidence that the Romans who invaded Britain drove their carts on the left and it was law and they were the first ones to invent real roads so they are correct and therefore so are we.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Eliza, I didn't know that about the Romans - haha! If that's the case, I guess you do drive on the Right side :)


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Rose, I thoroughly enjoyed this hub! Is it that we Americans think the British are 'cute?' But the reason we love the literature and humor, I think, is because it is their language and they just know how to use it best, after much practice!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dolores, I'm so glad you came by! Yes, the Brits are definitely cute :) That is true about literature - they rather came up with the language, didn't they?


EnglandCalling. 6 years ago

Im afriad to say a lot of our beloved country is nothing like you lovely yanks like to think, things have changed. We live busier lifestyle's then you think, just like yours. The cockney accent is being killed, we just tend to have southern, midlands(brummie), northern and even stronger northern! The thatched housing is rarely seen (Posh, countryside, Richer housing) and London is fastly becoming the most multi-cultural city around. Hard to understand but if you get the chance one day to visit London your realise what I mean. Take a stroll down the "famous east end" and all your going to find is a majority of foreigners and quite frankly. S""T. It's a sad thing to say but England will soon have no identity and our famous culture will be no more. The only thing what is staying british is our football fans, and even there being slowly pushed out by this mad modern day society we live in.

Very good article though by the way, made me have a good chuckle:)


EnglandCalling 6 years ago

Whilst im here, does anybody have any idea/answers to who chose right/left side of the road to drive? Were we the first to go left and you went right or did we not want to copy you and being the stuck up bastards that we are we decided to go opposites!?:) few american friends of mine seem to think you were first!!..

Also how is our accent cute? Makes me laugh that! I can see way's in which you think our language is "posh" (well spoken) .. Cheers!!!


Scarlett Rose Blue 6 years ago

EngandCalling- I live in the South East and it really is sleepy with tea rooms and sweet shops and nearby farm shops along with beautiful walks and the most delightful churches and village greens with duck ponds in the middle. Most cities are multi cultural I have been to NEW York four times and that is a big melting pot and that is what makes the place it is. A brummie accent still sounds the same to me as it did twenty years ago. Maybe you need to visit more places in England and maybe you will not be so negative about our country.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

EnglandCalling, thank you for your comments! I have heard that London is becoming more and more multi-cultural. Things will always change, I suppose. As to who drives on the right side of the road: someone above commented that the Romans drove on the left side, therefore making that the true right side ;)

Well, whether you understand it or not, your accent is cute, just like the sky is blue.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Scarlett Rose Blue, I always love to hear all the sides of the story. Thank you for commenting! After all these comments so far, I am convinced that England must have quite a mix of locations, lifestyles, etc., rather like America. It's good to know that there are quiet quaint corners, even though some places are growing more modern.


scarlet rose blue 6 years ago

Rose West - I live very near Canterbury and the surrounding areas where life has changed very little you still have the one shop and the one pub in the villages. I recently visited Boughton a small village and the old hopping huts that were a massive part of life for the locals and Londoners since the early part of the 1900's many families moved there during the war to escape the bombings only to watch the dog fights in the air between the Germans and our brave pilots which mostly took part ovrt the skies of Kent. You must visit our country it is not just about cities we have many untouched beautiful places that only England can have.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Scarlet, sounds absolutely delightful in Canterbury! I remember learning how people would move to the country during the war - like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... I would love to visit England soon. I'm just afraid I won't be able to fit everything I want to see into one trip!


dizzyUK 6 years ago from UK

I really really enjoyed this hub!I'm from the UK and I absolutely love the US from my experiences in Colorado, West Virginia and Carolina. Love the people and the stunning scenery.

I'll say to EnglandCalling, you refer to multiculturalism as a bad thing but many of those "foreigners" you refer to may very well be British citizens themselves. The fact that the UK has a wonderful record of welcoming people from all over the world to settle down and raise their families is one of the things that I value and identify as being "quintessentially" British. I don't know where you live but there is still plenty of the old-school Britishness still around.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

dizzyUK, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It is always lovely to hear from my British readers. I'm happy you had a nice time here in the US.

Good point about multiculturism - here in America, we are made up of many many nations. We are a big melting pot, and I think that is what has helped prosper our nation. I can't speak for what it's really like in Britain, because I haven't been there (yet!) but I imagine the different kinds of people only add to its beauty.


eggsontoast 6 years ago

I must say I live in the countryside and it is very much like you have said. My nan refuses to drink eleven o'clock tea without the milk being in a milk jug and tea in the teapot. To be fair we aren't all quite that extreme :L If you love the traditional English way of life I would recommend the the show to the manor born. I am actually in love with it! I even went out and bought a tweed skirt and a hacking jacket!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

eggsontoast, I think I will come and have tea with you nan, haha :) Thanks for the tip on "To the Manor Born" - I've never heard of it, but will keep an eye out!


emilyrox!! 6 years ago

I live in England and i hate tea,n serioulsy HATE it, for the accent... look bristolian ul b plesantly surprise ol' chap :) lol


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

emily, I must admit - how can anyone hate tea? Haha, well there's always coffee :) Bristol - definitely would like to go there!


beanboy 6 years ago

Hey :D me being a 16 year old school boy in England found this article really funny :D I always thought Americans were constantly mocking us but I guess that's because of the simpsons I watch which I love;) but this article lead me to another question is the teenage American view of Britain the same as the view you described in the article?

Otherwise great article and where I live in south east a lot of the things you mentioned still happen :D


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

beanboy, I'm glad you enjoyed this! I for one like to think of Britain as almost a magical place where life is simply beautiful and perfect. And I can't speak for the majority of teenagers, but when I was a teenager, I was just as in love with England as I am now. This, of course, could be due to the fact that I was (and am) obsessed with Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and all your lovely literature.


Richard Jordan 6 years ago

Rose, I stumbled upon your hub and was fascinated to read your views of England / UK. Really the two terms are interchangeable although others might not agree. Here in the UK we have a strange love / hate relationship with the USA. Love because we admire your strength and plain speaking and your desire to do the right thing and hate because we have seen the horrors of Vietnam and other wars which as Christians we must condemn. Do come to the UK and see our beautiful country. We share a common history and whilst your views are as you say a little outdated, you will find much that is just as you expected. The greatest if these is our warm welcome to our americans cousins who have stood by us so very often. Can i recommend that you come to Northern ireland where 11 US presidents can trace their ancestory have a bowl of champ and a pint of Guinness, I will let you discover champ for yourself but i know you will love it. Take care and i hope you do get to the UK soon as i think you would so enjoy it. God bless richard


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Richard, so happy you stumbled upon this! Also glad you return the well wishes of us Yanks :) I do so want to go to England and Ireland too! I love Guinness and I like to make colcannon (is champ similar, I wonder?) around St Patricks's Day ... I think you've just inspired me to write a hub on why we love Ireland! (coming soon...)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Good news! I have just published an accompanying article on why Americans love Ireland! You will find the link above the comment section, right above the rating bar.


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gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

It is your greatest hub I believe. Really enjoyed reading and watching it. Its history is great and I love it due to its history and its royal palaces.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

gulnazahmad, thanks for your visit! I'm glad you enjoyed it. When it comes to England, what's there not to love?


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WestOcean 6 years ago from Great Britain

Priceless. Enjoyed this legendary hub :-)


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Thanks, WestOcean! Glad you stopped by!


steve taylor 6 years ago

hello rose! just to say me and my son, visited more of our lush and green land over the summer.excluding the cities of course,[but they all have their good points,architecture, old city walls, some almost still intact.]visited battle, in sussex, where they fought that bloody and violent battle, near hastings ala 1066! the actual field feels atmospheric still.tried a chain mail cloak as well , quite heavy, [how did they fight with that on? all replicas of the weapons are on show as well. old ruins, and the actual spot where harold fell. then down to beachy head,a huge white cliff,then the birling gap,miles of white cliffs, lovely.its a must see that area rose! amongst many others. ps,luv the old american cartoons,tex avery,chilly willy, woody woopecker,and all your slapstick from days gone by.. stooges, laurel and hardy, etc. it seems nowadays your humour is too safe,its a shame, used to be anything goes and i loved it! weve gone all politically correct,and our writers are curtailed in what they do. and the classic humour is drying up. hope you get over here sometime... steve.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Steve, sounds like your summer travels were quite an adventure! I'm sure Sussex is a great place to see - there is so much history in England. I can't imagine what it must have been like fighting with chain mail - still, very cool. What you say about the white cliffs has totally intrigued me; I would love to go! I just looked up a picture of Birling Gap - absolutely picturesque!

It's funny to me that you like our old cartoons :) It does seem that American comedy is going down the drain. I do enjoy "The Office" - but even that originated in England!

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope I get there too!


steve taylor 6 years ago

hello again rose! just to say im from the west country, bristol. have a strong accent, apparently we all sound like pirates, with an oo arrh! and ow bist, cussent,etc. [old saxon words still in use, but dying out slowly,] due to the ever increasing immigration,and street talk. have read books by bill bryson, and that man has had the luck to tour the whole country,[and my god he has been to some great places! i like tintagel castle in cornwall, said to be an old haunt of king arthur,you can access the ruins on the top of a cliff, by a built in staircase that clings to the crags. my favourite holiday resort is weymouth on the south coast, been going there since i was a kid, and runs through me like a stick of rock. [multicoloured tubular sticks of candy to you] the americans were based there in 1944, in readyness for the d day landings, [have seen an old black and white pic of them marching on the promenade, in a local pub down there.i still love the smell of fish and chips, and candy floss wafting around the town, but then again that goes for all of our resorts. one way to tell if someone is foreign in england/britain...is, they put mayonnaise on their chips, while we have red sauce,[ketchup] or salt and vinegar. hope you do make over here one day.. im sure you will.. steve.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Steve, Bristol always reminds me of Treasure Island (I think that's where they sailed out from). Sounds great, though I might need an interpreter if ever I get there :) I'd take a castle on a cliff any day! I confess, I was momentarily confused by the "stick of rock" - something like a candy cane, I imagine. Mayonnaise on chips (French fries, right?) - I prefer ketchup and vinegar, as well. I'm beginning to think the only way to see all the amazing places in England is simply to move there. But of course, I haven't seen everything in my own country yet :)


steve taylor 6 years ago

hi rose,your correct about the pirate thing, arrh, me hearties! lol.its a warm friendly accent,and a bit mocked,we get the carrot cruncher, and farmer taunts,and we all drive a combine harvester allegedly, [but we dont,were a city of 400, ooo with beautiful countryside surrounding us. just google cheddar gorge,chew valley lake,and the blackdown hills.. chips? yes fries to you, crisps? potato chips, i think..did you know when someones pissed in england, their very drunk, not angry. and the t.v is commonly known as the telly? a friend of mine went into a bar in the states, and asked the bartender if he sold fags, to which the place turned very frosty. big mix up there, fags meaning cigarettes! a most recent phenonemom in british telly is the jeremy kyle show, a very outspoken man who rips people to shreds, if they dont want to work, have an attitude problem,or are plain nasty, mostly dysfuntional families and people, dna tests and lie detector results are thrown in as well.its great! maybe you should have a peek rose, its good fun. anyway, one day id love to visit america before i snuff it.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello again, Steve, you must live in a very beautiful place! Even though both of our countries speak English, it's funny how many differences there are in our language. It can result in many comical misunderstandings! Thanks for all your comments :) I hope you get a chance to visit America someday.


Alfie G 5 years ago

Im sorry but do Americans really like all these things about England, im English and find it hard to believe.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alfie, I can't speak for *every* American, but I really do think there is a lot to love about England :)


ashley 5 years ago

Great hub, Rose. This article made me laugh! :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi ashley, thanks for laughing! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)


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CaravanHolidays 5 years ago from Wales UK

Blimey, that's a hub and a half! - when I get time I'll write a response hub entitled Top Reasons Why Brits Love America


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

CaravanHolidays, I look forward to your hub! I would love to hear those reasons :)


BritChick 5 years ago

Ahh I loved this post, how very quaint you must think we are!

Its a shame most of its not true really...

The accents bit made me laugh, mostly because I'm always watching American programmes with fake British actors on there and thinking; "Where exactly do people talk like that...I've never met them!" I'd love to see someone with a really thick Leeds accent on American tv!

And the food section...me and my friends were having this conversation the other day about what defines 'British food', and the best we could come up with was chip butties. I've never understood where this whole crumpets stereotype comes from...

Then again, I guess most of America is not as obsessed with MacDonalds as we think!

I've also got to say, I find it odd that you describe ways of life as walking to the church...I would've assumed America is much more religious than England.

But hey, maybe thats just another British misconception of America!

Well either way, this hub made me smile :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi BritChick! One of these days, I'm going to find myself in England destroying all these misconceptions, but for now, I think I'll keep them :) You're right about the accents - it bugs me when Americans play Brits in movies. Chip butties?? I have never heard of those, but I just looked it up, and I must confess they don't look too appetizing ... but I could be wrong! McDonalds = *gross food you have to submit to on road trips*, in my opinion. I have heard a lot that England isn't very religious anymore. I guess my misconception about this must be derived from over-indulgence in old English books or something. I'm so glad this made you smile, because that makes me smile!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Here's a QUESTION for my British readers:

Is it true that you don't have "s'mores" in England? Because that would be a tragedy of huge dimensions.


Gracie 5 years ago

Hi Rose,

I'm 100% English. I come from Stratford Upon Avon - where Shakespere was from. Here we still live in thatched roof houses, have red telephone boxes and most people drink tea in the afternoon. Well actually I drink it all day, I love tea! The land is like a dream over here, my boyfriend is from the countryside and has a VERY posh english accent like what you here in the movies.

I loved reading this post and what others perceptions of us are. I'm going to be touring the usa in August for 2 months and was told by a friend how much americans love our accents :P

As for s'mores, I've heard some Americans speak about them before and haven't had a clue what they are going on about. I thought it had something to do with marshmellows.... (if you have them in the usa!)

xx


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Gracie, so glad you came by! Stratford-Upon-Avon! What a place to be from :) I guess there are corners of England that are still not too modernized. Someday, someday, I'd love to see that!

I hope you enjoy your time in America! Everybody here does love English accents, so be prepared to be liked :) Our country is really big and diverse, so I hope you can see a lot of it in the two months you'll be here.

No s'mores! I feel so sorry for you... When you're here, be sure to have a campfire. You roast marshmallows on a stick over the fire, and then smush them between two graham crackers with Hershey's chocolate. So yummy, but half the fun is the making of them.

So glad you found this page!


Liv 5 years ago

I'm English and 18. Okay So the history, the food, the cars and the literature. Other than that all can see is, have any Americans seen this place. I would say a good half of British people are Grumpy, miserable, selfish, arrogant, inconsiderate, dick heads. We have alcoholic toddlers, everything is too expensive and outside London phone boxes look more like suicide booths. The buses are always late and when they are early they don't wait like there meant too so your late anyway. You definitely should have put 'Primark' on the list. Their a super cheap shop that sells on trend clothes, shoes, accessories and some make up. I know it's only cheap because homeless indian children make it but they'd only be working somewhere very similar anyway.

The truth is every country has it's pitfalls and it's wins :/


Ross 5 years ago

I've enjoyed reading this hub. It's very strange to hear how other people see us here in Britain, it's normally us commenting on how odd foreigners are! I only hope Americans are not too disappointed when they arrive here and expect to find themselves in somewhere right out of Midsomer Murders. Most tend to spend their holiday in London, which is about as representative of Britain as New York City is of the States. You'd be unlikely to meet many English people there for a start, as the city is a huge melting pot and has been absorbing migrants for a thousand years. It's just a shame that Americans get less holiday time than we do in Britain, so they don't get too far outside London during their stay. But that's were the real England begins and runs for 400 miles north to the border of Scotland and 300 miles southwest to the tip of Cornwall. I live in Liverpool in the Northwest and was asked last summer to show some visiting Americans round my home town. They had a great time and walked themselves ragged seeing all the places they wanted to go. For many Americans, Liverpool was the last bit of Europe their ancestors ever stood on before shipping off to the USA and Canada. The city has put up a stone gateway to commemorate the migrants on the spot where literally millions once walked down to the ships, and my guests were very moved standing by it. They were also surprised, in looking at an atlas, just how many American surnames are the same as many placenames in Britain. We have a lot more in common than we think.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Liv,

Truth is most Anglophiles haven't actually been to England, so that probably explains all of our misconceptions. You're right about every place having good sides and bad sides (alcoholic toddlers? really?). The reality doesn't always match our daydreams, I suppose. But I still like to dream :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Ross,

Thanks for reading! It would be amazing to spend a long time in England, absorbing all the different places and people. I imagine that a small vacation would hardly be enough time! Very interesting about Liverpool - sounds like that was a fun trip for your American friends. We really do have a lot in common. I think I'm part English somewhere, but it's such a long and complicated family tree that I'm not sure where to make the connection.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

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SUSIE42 5 years ago

I enjoyed you hub very much. It makes me want to go there.


English girl 5 years ago

Hi Rose West, your thing caught my eye when I googled 'I Love England' because I do, I am English and love it here. I come from Hertfordshire which is a bit countryfied but also has cities and towns. I have never been to America but would love to have the chance to visit there some time in the future, and on several occasions as it is so massive. But the reason why I love England so much is that even though it has its crappy bits like everwhere else does, we are on the whole a very tolerant nation. Its great that we are multi cultural and all the diversity that goes with it,all the different personalities that we get to work with and don't forget the benefits - in our high street alone there are no end of pubs and Fish and Chips,Indian, Chinese, Italian restaurants, not one French one yet though btw. Some people see tolerance as a sign of weakness but I dont, I prefer to see it as the glue that holds this beautiful nation together. My personal view is (and it maybe wishful thinking or a bit cockeyed to some) that a vast majority of English people have a bond with all humanity much the same as I see the Americans as having and that is fairness counts for a lot. Its probably just me as I'm quite a spirititual person and would love to see an end to hatred and greed. I still like a good sense of humour though, that's definitely a good old English trait. (And we still have Morris Dancers at our Town's festival each year, and the local beer festivals). Anyway hope this isn't too boring for your brilliant hub. I've enjoyed reading all the comments.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi SUSIE42 - it makes me want to go there too :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello English Girl, I'm glad you found my site! I just googled some images of Hertfordshire - looks like you have some spectacular countryside! I hope you get to visit America sometime. But you're right, it is really big, and most Americans haven't even seen it all. I think it is wonderful when a place is full of different cultures and backgrounds. It's like that here, even in Hawaii where there are so many people from different parts of the world. Sure, not everyone gets along all the time, but it's important to work together. Oh, and Morris Dancing? I've heard of that, but never seen it. Sounds fun! Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!


English girl 5 years ago

Hi Rose, Hawaii sounds like a good place to live. It must be lovely waking up in Hawaii every day.I felt I just had to reply to you today of all days - Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day. Absolutely loving every minute of it. I've worked the early shift today at a home for the elderly and its been a good atmosphere with bucks fizz in the morning and pimms in the afternoon. With the big TV on, the flags hanging up in the home - what a lovely day, and didn't Kate look beautiful in that dress. And as for William borrowing his dad's Aston to drive them from Buckingham Palace to where they were going - how cool is that. Its the evening now and I've just come back from our local beer festival which is on to celebrate the bank holiday weekend with aptley named beers such as 'Kiss Me Kate, Kiss Me Willy' which was very nice I might add. And what about those trees in the Abbey - spectacular. What a lovely day its been - Thank you William and Kate you've made my day and my husband and kids day too,God bless you both. Thank you Rose for the positive things you write - I really like this site.


Amy Beckinsale 5 years ago

I really enjoyed you top 15. Fantastic. I've been living in England, well, all my life. I am glad you guys love our country as much as we do!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello English girl, it is lovely in Hawaii, but I imagine it's lovely waking up in England every day as well :) I watched the wedding over here as well (but I had to stay up late at night to do so) - it was so beautiful! I loved the trees in the abbey and how grand it all was! Sounds like you've had quite a nice celebration (I did have to look up what bucks fizz and pimms are though). Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing how the wedding festivities have been going across the pond - I always enjoy reading comments from my readers!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Amy, so glad you liked it! It must be amazing living in England! I know there are a lot more than 15 reasons to love England :)


Jessica Brock 5 years ago

Really great hub! Your point on accents really made me laugh and i love how you've put down tea and crumpets (which i have just enjoyed myself). Half the time, English people wished they lived in American with the sun, beaches and relaxed environment! Great work!


miranda 5 years ago

i absolutly LOVE AND ADORE the british music. i HATE american music. they have no taste, but current british artists are absolutly amazing. examples: jessie j, adele, tinie tempah, pixie lott. love them all and i love the who.


harry 5 years ago

If you ever go to Southern Ireland, which is not part of the Uk by the way, never say that the British and the Irish are practically the same thing. Its a bit like saying to a Texans that they and the Mexicans are basically the same people. England and Ireland have a very complicated history, and there is much animosity between the two nations, especially from the Irish side. Also, it is not really surprising that Americans feel an affinity with Britain, as if you will remember a large portion of American immigrants were British, and therefore there are similarities in culture. Btw, Audrey Hepburn is not really british, she only moved to England when she was 19.


saint george 5 years ago

I dont think any1 has mentioned how nice the roast dinners are and the fry ups, they should be the top 2 haha i have met a few Americans and they have been nice people but without sounding too insulting i think America is the plastic version of England, were abit more about quality apose to quantity,living for the future instead of living for the day and when u make a friend with an englisman u have a friend for life.in response too previous comments our citys have changed as they are very multi cultural but our towns and villages haven't. i enjoy a bacon butty a nice pint of london pride and a kick around of the football in the park on a sunday,we still have a lot of traditions left.

i do love america muscle cars,rock n roll music(elvis presley,buddy holly)hamburgers and action movies oh and defo the theme parks! great hub


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jessica, thanks for your visit! It's funny that you listed beaches, sunshine, and a relaxed environment as reasons why the English want to come to America - much of the US doesn't have any of those things, so I guess the misconceptions work both ways :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi miranda, I love British music too - especially Keane :) American music is often not worth listening to, but there are some American artists that seem to be true artists, and not just wealthy pop stars.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi harry, thanks for coming by! I'll be sure to remember that about Ireland ;) I don't want the IRA coming after me... Even though Audrey Hepburn was born on the Continent, she was actually a British citizen, her father being British.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi saint george, I haven't personally had English roast dinners or fry-ups, but it sounds good :) Very interesting perspective on America. I would agree with you in some ways. I think many of us are attracted to England because of its deep heritage and solidarity. A lot of American society is plastic - I really dislike the fast food culture and instant gratification attitude that many have. Let's not generalize too much - there are many Americans (and Englishmen, as well) who are great people and who make excellent friends. Both places have their pros and cons, I imagine :)


saint george 5 years ago

hi rose, definitely make a b-line to have a beef roast dinner and full English fry up you wont ever look back :)).

There's defo good ppl all over the world and im sure there are Americans that make really good friends:) i love to visit america again and do a tour of a few states.

i just hope are society doesn't change the same way which i threat over due to the amount of american influence are younger generations have.no disrespect, there is a lot of stuff i like about America, its a country every1 is always watching.Your one of the newest country's in the world and you have a lot of history to make yourselves, I just hope that America picks the right moves for the good of the world and not to line the pockets of the fat cats :))


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello again, saint george, I love my country very much, but I can't help but look with concern on the path we as a nation are going down. I disagree with much of the way our government works nowadays, and I pray we can turn back to the roots of our founding. Still, I do love it here. But I love England too (even though I've never been there)! When I get there, I'll be on the lookout for the roast beef!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I've just published a follow-up hub! 10 MORE reasons to love England :D

http://hubpages.com/education/Another-Ten-Reasons-...


Robert 5 years ago

I live in England, in a town near London, and I really want to move to the USA when I'm old enough. I think it would be awesome :) I love all the different accents, so I wouldn't mind travelling around a bit aswell =]=]


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Robert, why leave England? It seems like such a great place to live! Since we both have a slight case of "the grass is always greener", maybe we could swap places :)


AThruBlue 5 years ago

Great Post, I'm an English living up north in Manchester, I've been to London a thew times and totally agree, it's a different world from where I live. Not to put a downer on Manchester its a fun place where if your lucky, you'll run into a homeless guy throwing beer cans at you haha :) See you soon.


AThruBlue 5 years ago

I forgot to mention, Have you heard of oasis? They're quite famous, not together anymore but Mancs all the same :)


AThruBlue 5 years ago

Maybe a bad reputation there, Manchester quite nice actually :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

AThruBlue, thank you for your comments! From Manchester, eh? I met a man from Manchester once... but he didn't mention anything about homeless people! I have heard of Oasis, but haven't heard much of their music. I'll have to check them out. Maybe one of these days I'll get to check out Manchester for myself!


YorkshireLad 5 years ago

if u want to see an old style n very english city. Then go vist York. Very northern, very english. Uv got the amazin bar walls that surround the city. Very old streets. And the home of guy fawkes!! An english legend. Obvs we know for the wrong reasons haha.

Joining the british army in november!! Guna fly the flag for yorkshire!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi YorkshireLad, York sounds great! I love old cities... Is it very American of me to say I don't know much about Guy Fawkes? (...something about gunpowder...) Congrats on joining the army! I hope all goes well for you!


YorkshireLad 5 years ago

yep haha. Gunpowder plot. N thers loads of americans in york. Ther everywere!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Really? Are they all tourists? Or do they live there?


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

I have visited England on several occasions. The people are awesome, the food isn't bad, and you have to love the scenery, accents, and the culture.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi daskittlez69, that's so cool that you got to go there! I'm sure it's such a lovely place to be :)


Rachael Burke  5 years ago

Lol from a country girl who is half English and half Irish but live in England her whole life so far ( only 16) this was quite amusing and to be frankly honest, you have a rather odd idea of British life. Not too far from the point but a little, if Hollywood version of British culture is the phrase I'm looking for.


The_Idea_Gal 5 years ago

Tremendously enjoyable read and such a great tribute to England - the place, the people and the history!


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sj_workman79 5 years ago from New Hampshire

I have been to London twice and there are a few I agree on. The history absolutely pulls me in and it is the literature that keeps me there. British Literature was one of my favorite classes in college as Wuthering Heights is my favorite book.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Rachael, thanks for commenting! Oh dear, I hope my ideal England isn't completely made up by Hollywood! (I try to watch a lot of BBC.) But I'm glad this entertained you, all the same :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

The_Idea_Gal, so glad you enjoyed it! England is a great place to make a tribute to :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

sj_workman79, the literature is my favorite as well. But to be honest, I didn't enjoy Wuthering Heights all that much (I liked Jane Eyre better). London must be incredible to visit! Thanks for stopping by!


Alice 5 years ago

Over all this was a great tribute! But I'd like to ask you why you didn't just make a tribute to the United Kingdom? You used the british flag, posted pictures of BRITISH royalty (you see, there is no such person as a Queen of England. Her Majesty Elizabeth II is the Queen of The UK, as well as the Commonwealth Realms). If you want to go here, you must be able to distinguish between the terms. Being English automatically makes you a Briton. But being british does not make you English. For example, you can offend many Scots by calling them (and their royalty) english.

I really liked this tribute though. It really is lovely to know that there are Americans with deep respect for their mummy on the other side of the pond.


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chasmac 5 years ago from UK

I too enjoyed your hub, but like Alice above I was a little confused as to whether I was reading a tribute to England or to Britain. Alice is right, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Brits resent being called English, as if their own cultures and traditions weren't important enough to be distinguished from those of their larger neighbour, England.

I remember after the Falklands war between The UK and Argentina in the 80s, a British army general on TV paying tribute to the "brave English soldiers" who lost their lives in the conflict. Understandably, this incensed the families of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish soldiers who also lost loved ones to the conflict. Of course, that general, obviously an Englishman, wasn't intentionally ignoring the sacrifices of the non English Brits, but, like you, was using the term English as an umbrella term to cover the entire UK. As a British army general, he should have known better, and I'm sure he soon regretted his mistake given the negative publicity it created in the media.

So please visit England any time you wish. It's a fascinating country and you'll be made welcome. And if you have time visit Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland too, and also our non British neighbour, The Republic of Ireland, which is also well worth a visit.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alice, thanks for reading and for your comments! I appreciate your pointing that out about the confusion of terms. Over here in America, we think of "British" and "English" as synonymous terms. In this article, I tried to concentrate on England, but I put the British flag up because Americans recognize it more easily. But thanks for explaining the difference! I'm glad you enjoyed this - the United Kingdom is one of my favorite places (even though I've never been there :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi chasmac, thanks for your input! I do hope I haven't caused any offense with my terminology :) As I said, I tried to restrict my list to English things, hoping sometime to write more articles focusing on the rest of the UK (I have written a hub about the Top 15 Reasons to Love Ireland). That's very interesting about the British general (at least I have an excuse, being American). I would love to visit sometime! I'm afraid if I ever get there, I won't want to leave until I explore every corner of the British Isles!


Random09 5 years ago

This made me laugh. Some Brits have an obsession with America if I'm honest that's me! And yes u do sound like idiotic monkeys trying to imitate our accent! And we probably do trying to imitate yours! It's funny really how wrong everyone stereotypes things. Englands nothing like how u described (well not where I live!) but my view on America is it's amazing but all Americans I talk to say it's nothing special


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Random09, I'm glad this gave you a smile :) I think it's easy to idealize places you've never been to. And yet, my intuition tells me I would not be disappointed with England. I'll just have to see for myself! Oh, and by the way, America is pretty amazing too :)


Shelbino 5 years ago

What about English Football? Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool are getting bigger and bigger in America.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Shelbino - good point! I'll be sure to add football (or soccer ;) to my third list (if that ever comes about).


Scott 5 years ago

What a complete fool.

1. Great Britain consists of 3 countries, Scotland, England and Wales.

2. The Novel, Invented by Scotland, but don't forget, the English are by far the greatest writers, which is why William Shakespeare, their greatest bard is second best to the greatest bard that ever lived, Robert Burns.

3. James Bond, funny seeing Sean Connory, a Scot being used, who wasn't even English. In fact he was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

4. King Arthur, although no proof of being real, most of the evidence pointing to his existence, points to Scotland. In fact even in the film you saw him fighting on the opposite side of Hadrian's wall, why? Because King Arthur's fame was for fighting against the English. Yet here we have someone claiming King Arthur's home was England, really? I beg to differ.

5. You kick Scotland in the teeth by calling British people English, calling us English is an insult. We fought and won your countries Independence and that's the thanks Scotland gets? Oh and no! it wasn't an AMERICAN revolution, it wasn't only based off the Deceleration of Arbroath, most your army that fought and won the war were Scots, the highland clearances did not stop till the early 1900's.

6. Then you post about cars, what do they drive about on? Tarmac, invented by who? Same with street lighting and much of what you live off of today, the same country Scotland who gave you Halloween and built the foundations of Great Britain and the Modern World, and you harp off about England, calling us British-Scottish people English. You ought to be ashamed of yourself, Scotland built the US from the ground up. Even your US Navy has John Paul Jones written all over it. And no, I hate to tell you this, Scotland is not a place in England nor is Edinburgh in England.

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In fact if anything, Scottish people and Welsh, are more British than the English will ever be, why? Because our ancestry speaks for itself, that's why. You go and try and find me an Englishmen who's heritage reaches far back as 2,000 years, you'd be bloody hard pushed, because they came from Germany and Denmark. England's original British ancestry was wiped out.

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7. Football (Soccer) a rule book founded in Aberdeen, north of Scotland, 300 years before England invented it. In other words, it was played in Scotland's parks 300 years before England even claimed to have invented it. Coincidently, Scotland happens to be joined at the hip to England. If you don't believe me, go do your research on it, you'll see who invented it in the Western world, Scotland.

8. Add this to your list, the song Rule Britannia, written by a Scotsman.

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I don't think you realise mate, just how much you have insulted my country and our people.


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HomerMCho 5 years ago

Great information about Americans.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Scott, I don't recall ever saying that Scotland was in England. I tried to make this article as "English" as possible, but apparently I've caused some confusion with my mixing the terms "British" and "English". I really have no intention of insulting anyone, and was planning on someday writing a Scottish installment all on its own. I am a lover of Scotland as well (I am part Scotch-Irish, after all), and I realize that it has a culture and history all its own. Thank you for your comments - but please know that my intention here was not to insult anyone, but simply to provide a moment's entertainment.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

HomerMCho, thanks for your visit!


UKate 5 years ago

What a great find! I'm so glad I've stumbled across this post - thanks for the smiles, Ms. West. :)

I've never been an anglophile, but now suddenly find myself living in Somerset...talk about shock. Any advice or input regarding learning more about amazing England would be greatly appreciated!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

UKate, so glad you found me! Want to trade places? I'm sure the culture is very different from what you're used to - but hang in there - it's an adventure ;) Somerset looks like a lovely place to live. You can check out my Anglophile blog to get more info on England - inlovewithengland.wordpress.com


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Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Wow you are brave.

You don't know the difference between Britain and England and really insulted a lot of people from the United Kingdom.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Silver Fish, I have no intention of insulting anyone. This hub was meant to be fun. I do know the difference between Britain and England, and I hope my readers realize that this hub is far from attempting to be political.


ellie webb 5 years ago

ummm...yeah..im from britain (essex to be excact) im 16 years old...just saying that only some very lucky country people live in thatched roofs...and i hate tea and coffee....lots of people do like tea and coffee.. but so do americans..oh and HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE A CRUMPRT hehehe....mind you you would probably say the same because i haven't had a corn doy :/ the telephone boxes are only really in london..and we dont have many..as i travell to london many times..but i see why you like them there soo colourful :0) ....and i just got told of by my teacher for writing this lol!... umm k bii...i guess.. CRUMPETS!!!


Paul :D 5 years ago

wow I loved this :D I am british, well i perfer to be called english, most northerners do tbh though :D Anyway this was fantastic to read and don't worry I have never heard any of my family or friends say they don't like americans I have been to america and the people are really nice and frendly, would love to go again :D


Jon 5 years ago

We impersonate the americans alllllllll the time, its our favourite accent to do apart from the irish, french or italian, and german


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molometer 5 years ago

Dear Rose,

You are not going to believe this but it's true. I live in a tiny village deep in the rolling countryside and yesterday I had bangers and mash for supper and this morning I had crumpets for elevenses.

Reading your hub was quite spooky and made one wonder?

My daughter is currently reading Dickens and my wife loves X-Factor.

Thanks for a lovely and accurate hubpage. voted up.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi ellie, eating a crumpet is like #57 on my bucket list ;) You must try a corn dog! But only if you are ever at an American fair.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Paul, thanks for such lovely comments! Spread the love!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Jon, I'd love to hear a British impersonation of an American sometime!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

molometer, it sounds wonderful! I do believe it! England, I know you exist out there, somewhere, and I will find you! By the way, thanks for the rating :)


Imogen 5 years ago

Is this really what you think of England?! It’s such a bizarre, fairytale, ideal view haha. Basically everything you’ve mentioned is based on a stereotype that was created in like the 50’s. And I have a point that I really need to stress – EVERYONE has accents. When Americans say they like my accent, I’m like, that’s odd, I don’t even have one. And then they say, I wish I had an accent! And I’m like YOU DO HAVE AN ACCENT! YOU HAVE AN AMERICAN ACCENT!! Duhhh! Haha

Many English people (possibly ALL English people) will be very offended on your views of the English lifestyle ‘leading simple countrified lives. Drinking tea out of fine china every afternoon. Walking to the village church every Sunday. Gossiping with the neighbors (over a cup of tea, of course). Knitting by the open hearth.’ That is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard! And it also insinuates that the English have no work to do, have a leisurely life free of hard work and have no problems and nothing to do. This is extremely not the case. We basically have the same lifestyles of an average American. All of us are always very busy.

My next point : what the hell are ‘hot toddies’???! Haha I have never heard of them and don’t know anyone here who has. They sound nice though ? ‘How can English people eat scones and biscuits at teatime everyday and not get fat?’ Maybe because English people don’t eat scones and biscuits and crumpets all day. And we’re not absolutely obsessed with tea either. Furthermore, only little cottages in the countryside have thatched roves, and that’s because they are old. Our houses are just like houses you’d find in any other country. Another thing, we don’t all drive around in tiny cars, in fact hardly any of us do. And we don’t even use telephone boxes. And for the record, we don’t drive on the WRONG side of the road. How very dare you?! You are the ones who drive on the wrong side of the road!

I’m not trying to be really horrible here, but I just want you to know the truth about England, and I feel I have to stick up for my country and tell you how it really is. I think you’ve been a little naïve in your views on England and so I can tell that you’ve never actually been here yourself otherwise you’d have a much more informed view and not a view based on television, books and all that. Imogen


john1976 5 years ago

England today is very different from 50 years ago. So much of our heritage and even now is being demolished and replaced with ugly buildings with no chracter. You only have to go into town centre's and notice what a dump they all are even london has become one. Modernisation has ruined our lovely country. You look at pictures from the past and everything looked, well just lovely, no bypasses, housing estates, airports, noise and people then did sit by the range and of course not forgetting the local branch line which sadly you can't do anymore. I do not know why anyone still wants to visit England anymore our picture postcard villages are all long gone.


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ma45frost 5 years ago from USA

I lived in England for 3 years. UK is a country so rich in history and culture which I absolutely adore. Oh, and I love the accent! The old castles are unique and wonderful places to visit. I had the opportunity to go to theater shows and I absolutely loved it.


rainydae77 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading this post...although I have to say, films like 'Love Actually' and 'Notting Hill' really do have a lot to answer for! I haven't seen a red phone box outside of London since 1984 ! and I don't know a single person who participates in 'afternoon tea' I can't bear to hear people speak of a 'British' accent...it's so irritating ! Doesn't anybody else in the world KNOW that the United Kingdom is made up of four different countries? Not states, not provinces, COUNTRIES ! England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The Union Jack is NOT the English flag !! I am very proud to be English, and very proud to British, but I kind of get the impression that Americans view us from an "ahh , aren't they cute" perspective. Here's some news for you...a huge percentage of children in the UK are living in abject poverty, unemployment is rising, yet millions and millions of pounds worth of tax payers money gets pumped into the royal family every single year. I feel sick knowing that I have to wallow in £27,000 of debt just to get my degree, whilst I've already paid for Prince William to get his so please excuse me if I don't share your adoration of the Royal family.....oh, and I'm glad you all enjoyed the Royal wedding over in the states, but guess what....you didn't have to pay for it !!!! I think what American's fall in love with is LONDON....which is a different kettle of fish to the rest of this once glorious nation which is dying on it's a***


Sarah Smithfield 5 years ago

I do like England, but what annoys me is that a lot of so called Anglophiles I have met have no clue about what they're talking about.

When they refer to Britian/British they think it means English, they call RP BBC days if yore accents British accents and refer to Scottish accents as separate because they don't know Scotland is in Britain. They think Wales is a part England and They don't know anything about the UK at all, a lot of people in the U.S don't know that Northern Ireland is a part of the UK and many Northern Irish people refer to themselves as British and are proud of the fact. They call the Queen, the queen of England, which is like saying President Obama is the President of Texas. It annoys the hell out of me. The majority are fine though and know they difference :)


Sarah Smithfield 5 years ago

Also the Union Jack is NOT the English flag, google St George's Cross, THAT is the flag of England. This is not at all. The blue part comes from the Scottish flag, it has the Northern Irish flag on it too. This is like having a "I LOVE GERMANY AND GERMANS" post and having the European union flag on it.

And some English accents sound horrible, The newcastle accent is nothing like the RP accent or try going to Bristol oh lord, my ears.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you realize that this is meant to be an exaggeration, just for fun. Obviously, with any generalization of a society, some people who don't fit in with the stereotype might find themselves offended. This is not my intention. Yes, I do know the difference between England and the United Kingdom. Yes, I do know that the flag at the top is the UK flag, not the English flag. Please forgive me if I sound like an ignorant American. If you're reading this, I hope you can find something to enjoy in this space. I only want to bring a smile to your face.


Megz151 5 years ago

im English and live in Sheffield, the City famous for Steel! i love the USA and always wondered if they loved the UK... well now i know!! Lol most of the country live in modern brick houses though... with no thatched roof! The other day i was in Sainsburys: (a english supermarket) and i saw some Hershey bars; so i thought id give them a try... haha they were okay but not as good as Cadbury chocolate! id also like to try other american food like Twinkies and coco crispies (our version is called Coco Pops!) :)


FritterSoup 5 years ago

Im 12 and English, I am truly passionate about going to live in the US!


matthewmttyd 5 years ago from London, England

Well I'm a Brit and extremely proud of it, but I have to say, the only other means whereby I would feel as much national pride as this, is if I was to have been born American, and I'm proud to have the historical ties we do. I have never been to the US but I would love to sometime. Don't worry about the lady above, I think her student loan debt is getting to her. There's no harm in a few stereotypes anyway, I'm sure we have plenty about you guys too. Your portrayal of England isn't entirely wrong. The things you like about it are still there and I think us Brits actually forget that, because we're so used to it we only see the changes that are taking place. However, drive out of the towns and further into the country and yes you will indeed discover many little villages with thatched roofs and Tudor buildings with quaint little tea rooms and idyllic scenery. But, it's a classic case of there being good and bad in every country, it depends where you go. There's no doubt though that multiculturalism is changing certain areas of England but it tends to be the poorer, inner urban areas. As for our American brothers, I have had the pleasure of knowing a few and I find them warm, friendly and charming. I have often thought about going to work in the US for a year. Maybe I ought to start with a holiday lol. Anyway, thanks for the intersting post. It's nice to know some of you do like us. :-)


Alex 5 years ago

British people ADORE American accents and always try to (unsuccessfully) imitate them. Personally, as half American, I find it ghastly and highly offensive, however often when you sip your tea, you just have to laugh.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Megz151, thanks for reading! I guess if England has to have supermarkets, a name like Sainsburys makes it better ;) Hersheys is good, but my favorite American chocolate is Ghirardelli. I've heard that the Cadbury chocolate that they sell here in the States isn't the same that they sell in the UK. I guess I'll have to try it over there to get the real flavor. I think it's funny that "American food" is defined as twinkies and coco crispies. Trust me, you can skip on the twinkies.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi FritterSoup, thank you for your visit :) Moving across the ocean to a different country is a big deal. I hope you enjoy America when you get here.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi matthewmttyd, thanks so much for your encouraging comments! I love America as much as I love England, and I think it is wonderful when we can come together as friends across the sea. I do want to go to England someday, and I definitely want to drive out into the countryside and explore. For being an island country, there must be so much to see! Your history goes back so far, that I think this is part of why we love England. You have castles and ruins and "really old" buildings, while our oldest building is only 400 years old. Everywhere has its pros and cons, and I rather think this makes the beautiful things that much more special. You should come visit America - the only problem is deciding which part to visit. There are so many distinct regions here, that it could take a lifetime to see it all.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alex, next time I run into someone from England, I'm going to ask him to imitate an American accent :)


Kands183 5 years ago

I would like to say I loved reading this.

I have been to quite a few places in the states and loved the experience. I would like to say the comment from sarah smithfield that peoples accents from newcastle are atrocious is offending. Like americans we have different accents across the UK. I myself come from Newcastle and have found many people love my accent. It definatley isn't proper english but proud of it anyway.

I would love to come back to the states once I get some time to myself. I didn't think americans got our humour but nice to know that you enjoy it.


Keith Wicks 5 years ago

Hi Rose, love your site, full of interesting comments from both brits and americans.

I'm a brit, born 1949 and have written a biography of my childhood to age about 14. I've often wondered if americans would buy something like this for a small price to learn more about a working class child growing up in england during the 50s/60s. Its full of details about our daily lives and customs.


Jules 5 years ago

Hello! I've always been fascinated with why the Brits are so popular with Americans, so this was a really fun and interesting read for me. I came to Buffalo when I was a student and was made to feel like a celebrity just because of my voice! I have to admit I quite enjoyed the attention! I love you Americans- you're so friendly and have a positive outlook.

I one of those Brits who lives in an old house in the country, walks to church on Sundays and drinks far too much tea! So we do still exist! I hope you get your dream to visit our beautiful country one day!

Xx


stephieboo 5 years ago

I see you love England too! I'm from New York and I've had the pleasure of visiting England for the first time this summer! I stayed in London for 4 days and ventured into about 5 or 6 other cities. I went to Oxford and Cambridge Universities (BEAUTIFUL btw), Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath (BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL), and a secluded village called Lacock where a Harry Potter scene was filmed. People in general were really friendly (stating the obvious) and compared to people here in NY I mean they don't like to yell a lot...LOL. =) GO.TO.ENGLAND.WHILE.YOU.STILL.HAVE.THE.CHANCE. you will not regret it one bit ;)


Lg 5 years ago

Just a quick word about Liverpool, .....like Las Vegas!!!? We were European capital of culture 2008

Our Victorian parks are the most important in the country , our St George's Hall is the finest neoclassical building in Europe, we have more Georgian houses than Bath and the country's oldest classical orchestra. Only the capital has more public art and sculpture!! Our Anglican cathedral is one the 20 th century's greatest pieces of architecture!

Add the Beatles and Liverpool FC the world's greatest football team..... And I really don't think the two are comparable!


19 times 5 years ago

I think you'll find Liverpool are not even Englands greatest football team never mind the world's. That belongs to the red team from Cottonopolis or Manchester as you probably know it, arguably the worlds most important city during the Industrial revolution, the worlds most important city for music in the late 80's & 90's & now the home, along with neighbouring Salford, of the most British of institutions, the BBC.


Lg 5 years ago

Arguably,the world's 'most important city during the industrial revolution' (?) was nothing without the world's greatest port!! I was giving some information about my city ... In a light hearted way,

In answer to a specific, previous comment

To Liverpudlians , Liverpool FC will always be the greatest team, and Liverpool the greatest city.

You Manc's should lighten up!! As for British institutions , keep 'em ... Scouse first, English second!

By the way... 5 times!!!!!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Kands183, I'm so glad you enjoyed America (and that you liked my post)! Yes, I've heard there are many accents and variations of accents in the UK, and I think I would love them all :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Keith Wicks, thanks so much for reading - I have immensely enjoyed hearing from people on both side of the pond :) Your autobiography intrigues me - sounds like a possible seller to me!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Jules, thanks for all your positive comments! To be honest, many of us are Anglo addicts :) If you're British and in America, your accent will take you a long way. Tea and walking to church - I knew there was a remnant out there! I definitely want to visit... *sigh* someday.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

stephieboo, I'm a little bit jealous ;) But my time will come. Sounds like you had an amazing trip - Bath and Oxford are two of the places I'd like to see too.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Lg, I honestly didn't know all that about Liverpool - thanks for setting my preconceptions straight! I'm sure there's plenty to see in your city alone, and I would be privileged to visit there :)


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

19 times, I've been told Manchester is great in its own right. "North and South", if I'm not mistaken is about Manchester during the Industrial Revolution. You must have quite a history!

As to soccer (or football, I guess), I simply have no opinion or desire to get in between you two ;)


Tanya 5 years ago

haha, it's definitly not like that at all for anyone that lives in a city in England... Although you are never too far from the countryside here. Or anywhere really, since England and even Britain as a whole is so small.


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uktvbrackets 5 years ago from North Wales, UK

A very interesting article but could I just point out that Britain is made up of more than just England. Contrary to belief, the UK, Great Britain contains England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. While England does indeed have a larger mass in the UK, most actors, singers, performers are not even English. Take Sean Connery, he's Scottish and doe's not even have an English accent in the 007 films.

I am Welsh and it gets rather tiresome when the UK is regarded as just being England. The Union Jack is the flag of the UK and not England. I'm sure that Americans get equally frustrated when us Brits get things wrong concerning your country.


Rit Man 5 years ago

well this american dont love england but if your going to list actors, you forgot Charlie Hunnam. Green Street Hooligans was the only unknown english film i thought was awesome. Americans dont give a crap about world football because everyone makes fun of our game called football.


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uktvbrackets 5 years ago from North Wales, UK

I love gridiron and a few years ago followed it every week. My favourite team is the New York Giants and that is probably is because my favourite band are KISS.

What is American Football called football? Our football does actually involve kicking the ball 99% of the match where as gridiron only involves kicking about 20-30% of the entire game. Just a though not a critisism


Englishman 5 years ago

I'm sorry. I know you was trying to be nice about my country and I am glad that you are a fan, but I stopped reading when you implied that we are not a democracy because we have a monarchy. Also, 'British' and 'English' do not mean the same thing. English, Scottish, Welsh and (although controversial in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) Northern Irish people are British. Only English people are English.

I appreciate the sentiment behind this article, but it needs work. You're a talented writer. You just need to improve on the research side of things.


american 5 years ago

obsessed? I am american and most americans dont care much about england... marmite and all those things are virtually unknown here!!!


GoodStuff 5 years ago

If you like classic English comedy you should check out Fawlty Towers and Yes Prime Minister, some of the funniest English telly.


Alex 5 years ago

A nice article. Did you know that your namesake is one British person we are not proud of?


jimmy 5 years ago

Being born and raised in england i have no idea what nation you were writing about. sorry mate england is nothing like that. for a start no one believes in god anymore, snow patrol are northern irish, and the flag at the top is the british flag (although hopefully it wont be around for much longer).


KristyC 5 years ago

I have been to the States quite a bit with work (Ironically I work for IBM!) and as I have what would be considered to be a 'posh' English accent, I am often asked to talk when I am over there so people can hear my accent! I remember I was buying coffee at Starbucks in Kansas City Airport, and three of the girls serving begged me to keep talking to them so they could hear my accent!! I joked that surely as they worked in an airport they must have heard people with English accents before, but apparently they had not!

Also I must admit that a certain American gentleman with whom I was working in Kansas did also tell me that he would die happy if he could listen to me speak all day, every day! ;o)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Tanya, for such a small country, there seems to be a lot packed into it :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Rit Man, oh yes - Charlie Hunnam - Nicholas Nickleby! I know a few Americans who love world football.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

uktvbrackets, good point - I really don't know why our game is called football.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Alex... Rose West. I really didn't know who she was until I started googling myself one day. Oh well. We are two different people!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

jimmy, please don't crush my dreams!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

KristyC, ah, the accent! Love it :)


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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Fantastic just came across this comprehensive Hub of yours about my former homeland Well done !


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barryrutherford, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)


13M 4 years ago

as a britih soldier gotta say americans do have a lot better love for there troops where as we are just getting better ;) but its true yanks love us brits but we love to hate our yank cousins i belive :P and to the humour americans find it a lot harder to get it as we like sarcasum and we insult each other a lot which yanks would never say something like hi here's my friend dave hes a bit of a twat :P


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

13M, we are Americans are pretty patriotic, in general. I hope you don't hate us though! Not sure what a "twat" is ;)


Alan Alty 4 years ago

I think most of the views of the english are out dated, we share many of the same foods and architecture as you do, our cities are beautiful but in poor areas there are inevitably rough houses, that have been abandoned. The traditional english accent has become scarse with only some still habouring it (me being lucky that i was bought up in a middle class village in the west country). we share many of the same cars as you, with the vast amounts of japanese and german cars being imported. We are not a laid back spciety with just as many problems our lives are hectick, only the very wealthy and old who do not have jobs can have the life that you described. As for phones, they are very similar with them red box's only really being on show for tourists from other countries. An example of this is that i was writing this from my ipad 2 but it ran out of battery so now im using my iphone :L those shows, atleast i do not find funny and the food shown really seems over priced and some i haven't ever heard of. This comment really puts a downer on the article, its not that i hate england it just looks mostly the same as america, just more exiting things are happening over there, england is good if you want a civilised and easy life, sheltered from the possibility of larger wars and natural desasters, but to be honest, its just boring.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alan, thank you for your comments, but I refuse to agree with you. It can't be exactly the same there. I suppose the UK is much more advanced than some of these stereotypes would portray, but I wholeheartedly believe that there is at least a glimmer left of the romantic England I've always heard of.


Anglophile who found out he was british ten minutes ago 4 years ago

Nell, Hawai'i isn't amazing. i lived there for three years. if you want to see tropical, head to Maui or the big island. Oahu has some sights, but not as spectacular.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Well... Hawaii is pretty amazing in its own way. I like it here alright :)


Karthik 4 years ago

Hey Rose, i bet this is a great place to know a lot about England and meanwhile the difference between American and English accents. But, i suggest that it would be even better if you can provide additional information about these accents as there is a great population around the world who doesn't even know the type of their accent.

I am from India and i am the first to experience that sort of confusion. So, please help us out if u can.

Farewell.


Sarah 4 years ago

Wow, never knew american's thought we were like that. I didn't think we had accents, yes we sometimes we copy american accents, we find it different. We don't drink tea very much we drink coffee, we aren't posh, only about 30% of British people care for the Queen, I know I don't care much for the Royal family, they are just a tourist attraction, to be honest I prefer the London Eye, it's really good. We love the american's humour too, we love your shows and movies,we love the way you speak and your slang, how different it is to ours. We love america too, I really want to go there!!!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Karthik, thanks for your visit! I am by no means an expert on different accents, but I'd recommend that you check out some YouTube videos to hear for yourself the differences in English and American accents.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Sarah, what would be the word for the American version of Anglophile... Ameriphile? :) I'm glad you love the US too! I've never heard the Royal Family labeled as a tourist attraction though... I wonder what they would say about that. At any rate, thanks for your visit and comments!


sb 4 years ago

I think people need to chill out a little bit, especially the Scottish nationalist who hates the English, yawn...(i love Scotland btw-just not really a fan of hardcore rambling nationalists!) and of course English people have accents, scouse, geordie, cockney, bristolian, brummie etc etc. Also, I am by no means a monarchist but I really don't think that the royal family are just a tourist attraction, at least they weren't created to be so! England does still have some of the magic you are talking about, in certain parts anyway, especially if you want to see it and you're right to maintain SOME of the stereotypes at least because I'm sure they will be realised when you do visit if you go to the right places, to be fair you seem to know a fair amount about the geography and history of various places in England so I'm sure you will find what you are looking for, which is incidentally all the bits I love about Albion!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

sb, I appreciate your thoughts, and I do hope my readers realize that this is meant for entertainment, not for causing offense. No matter what, I do believe in an England that still retains what you call "magic". Perhaps some have lost sight of it, but it's still there. At least, I believe it is. I hope to see it for myself someday.


Bring Rose to an English rose garden campaign co-ordinator 4 years ago

Come on people! For months Rose has been pining for England's green and pleasant land, and yet she's never been! Step up internet. Unite behind this great well of good will and get a campaign going that will get Rose West to a game of village cricket, or a trip on a steam railway, or a day visiting Wordsworth's cottage in the Lake District.

Shame on you fellow Englishmen and women, here we have a lover of our country and not one of us can has offered her a cup of tea and a bed for the night.

Rose, you would be most welcome here. Come on, book some time off - save up £600 for the return flights http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Hawaii/Londo... and come see what you've been wanting to see all this time rather than just talking about it. You'll find everything you want, everything you've hoped, everything you didn't even know about and more. If you get bored of Britain, Paris is only 2 hours away by train...

Best wishes from the BRTAERG campaign head quarters in North London


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Dear Mr. Co-ordinator, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that you have made my day. The BRTAERG campaign is something I can sincerely get behind. With the combination of my desperate pining and your charismatic campaigning, perhaps we can make this cause take flight. Literally. Any one else interested in helping me get to England? ... Anyone??


The Bint 4 years ago

Well, I'm English and I love it. I cook brilliant scones (don't use mix - yuck!), make English food, go walking in beautiful ancient woodlands with ruined moated manor houses, run around water meadows designed by capability Brown, can leave my door unlocked for months on end, know my neighbours, drink a lot of tea...and I live in a not particularly great part of south London. Too many Brits believe the media hype that we're all going to the dogs. We have our problems and we have some real tossers but there's a lot to love here.


Daniel 4 years ago

I am British, this is extremely stereotyped!

1. The accent is only used by about 1 in 1000 people in britain now, keep up!

2. Most of us really dont care much about the queen

3. Or william

4. History- fair enough, the wars personally interest me

5. way of life NO ONE wakes up and drinks tea, we are city folk (mostly) just as busy as you and most of us are depressed out of our minds

i could go on forever...


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The Bint - sounds like an ideal life :) Wish I could try your homemade scones! Ruined moated manor house - totally!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Daniel, haha :) Yes, I know I'm stereotyping, just for the fun of it. I bet you do wake up and drink tea.


The Bint 4 years ago

Hi Rose - don't worry about the stereotyping. With 70 million people, how could it be avoided? Actually the majority of my friends do speak with a standard Tony Blair accent, can make jam and like going to country pubs. Scones are very easy - http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/baking/how-...

I worship at the altar of Delia Smith! ha ha!

Yep - there is a 13th century ruined moated manor house across the road in a nature reserve. The park down the street is made up of the gardens of two 18th century stately homes (now demolished). Elizabeth I's Spymaster, Walsingham, owned the land where my house is built. Even on the way in to work I can see two royal palaces every day. I just love the history. You can't replicate that. I used to be able to look out of my office (not in London) and see three medieval castles, and I always loved it. And *nothing* beats a warm summer day sitting outside a country pub watching cricket on the green with half a pint of cider in your hand. Nothing! People think that's dead but for a lot of the population it's just totally normal life! x


Raphael Nasif 4 years ago

Holy crap. I could write an essay on the hub and every single comment I have read (which, amazingly, is all of them - took me ages).

However I'll confine it down to a few sentences:

Keep your hopes up about England and the rest of Britain, it does have much of what you love stored within it. I live in a countryside village in Kent. Kent is often called the Garden of England because of the amount of greenery that envelopes the county. If you're looking for the very "English" side of things on your list, I definitely suggest visiting Kent. I believe someone mentioned Canterbury, which I think is an excellent idea, because it has the cathedral and a lot of history. Hastings has that too. As far as cities go I love London, but Bristol steals my heart. It's incredibly hilly; absolutely wonderful. You'll also find many grafiti art pieces from Banksy (a very famous - and very good - grafiti artist). I have some links for a few examples of his work at the bottom.

I got a bit annoyed reading through some of the comments from the Scots and the Welsh. Bloody hell, calm down... This fine lady put a lot of hard work into writing this fantastic hub and the first thing you do is yell at her for saying "Britain" when only talking about "England"? It's not her fault that she didn't know people disliked the relationship of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to England. Scots especially; tempers rising far too quickly. I am English (well, half) but I wouldn't give a damn if someone generalised Scotland as Britain as ignored England. I would kindly point out the difference and not get into a tantrum.

Now, the matter of your Top 15 reasons:

15) Ah, the deadly accent. You'll find it varies from place to place (I know many people have mentioned this, but you really will notice the difference between someone who's from Liverpool and someone who's from Kent, regardless of if you're American or not). My girlfriend is South African, and she has a kinda "British" accent, but you get the occasional bouts of an Afrikaans accent, which I think is hilarious, and tease her about. She pronounces some of her words in what I would call an "American" accent and I constantly correct her on them (or resume the teasing). She thinks we pronounce certain, more British, words strangely and that Americans do it right, such as "mom" as compared to our "mum". However she likes the accent, and a lot of Europeans I talk to (mostly about 20 or so I talk to when gaming) love our accent as well. It's strange how they love it, but I guess our influence on the world as a kind of universal language helps that. Mine is quite British now. But when I first permanently moved here (when I was 10) it had slight bits of American in it (according to the British people I went/go to school with). None of that remains though :P

14) We love our jolly Queen! My mum's boyfriend actually accidentally bumped (literally, bumped, ie hit) into her in Harrods once. He was so surprised he couldn't form any words. Btw Harrods is a good place to visit, very posh, but mostly used as a tourist destination now really (not helping that now, am I? ;)). And you may think she doesn't do much now, but it's just not as public as before. She still holds an incredible amount of power; more than any politician. However, in a way you are correct; the monarchy are slowly becoming less and less of a system to run the country and more and more of a mere representative of the country.

13) Did you watch the wedding then? :P

I personally prefer Harry, he's far more outlandish - my kind of style. But I don't know much about him or his brother or the rest of the Royals, tbh. I just don't follow that kind of thing.

12) I may not the best person to talk about this (oh god, you would be here for the same amount of time the history took part in for my girlfriend to explain every single bit of it to you - she's fascinated, which is very interesting as she's not British). But I do love me some Great British history sometimes. The castles are splendid! If you do visit England you MUST (look, I used capitals to emphasise my point) a castle. It's wonderful. There are many of them to visit, choose wisely. Bodiam Castle is a nice one in Kent, if you do come to this county. Leeds is another good one, apparently (I personally have not visited it). Links to both below. One things about architecture is the old buildings (16th century and earlier) have the most beautiful designs. Intricate gargoyles and other creatures and patterns flow up church sides and pillars of various buildings and arches. The history is so intense in England, and Britain, that you could get lost in it forever :)

11) One that is hard come by. I love the way you view us in that sense; it's pleasant. We don't have scones that often (though they are purely scrumptious! - a must when you come, topped high with cream and strawberry jam!). And there's actually a funny little debate in Britain about the proper way to pronounce it; both sounding very "British" but entirely different. It's either scones as in cones (the stretch on the "o") OR scones as in pros and 'cons'. Both sound rather posh. I love a bit of country air. I recommend you find a lovely field (on a sunny day; please not a rainy day - which is far too abundant) and just sit in the grass, with a friend or two, have a picnic and breath in the fresh country air and go for a walk in the woods. You'll enjoy the freedom and the sense of peace from the lack of stress you'll feel. You are right about gossip. It's huge between neighbours ;P

10) I laughed when I saw this. We are not renowned for our food. Most tourists think it's just about mediocre (to which I quite agree with). However a few visitors do thoroughly enjoy it. Americans are completely awed by Marmite (as I saw you posted :P) and often end up falling in love with it or absolutely hating it. Never quite in the middle. I personally prefer Bovril, a meaty version of it. We do have a very distinct set of foods though, and some really odd ones. Our favourite and most common is generally bacon and eggs. Great way to start the day! But don't be surprised if you're disappointed by the food.

9) Thatched roof... haha... Good luck in finding that particular one :P. I bet there's a few National Trust areas with some of those but not much more. There, again, a good thing to do when you're here; visit a National Trust property. They have extremely interesting places and you will learn so much about the history of those places and surrounding areas. Definitely worth a shot. But as for the roofs, sorry to say, but most of us don't have any of those.

8) I'm not a big one on cars. Unless I see a yellow one; in which case I punch my sisters (don't worry, just a very old quirky thing - you may have it too... Although it would be painful with all your yellow cabs :o). This is a post for my Germanglish neighbour to respond to. Formula 1 is quite big here though. As for driving around, we just use what you use. But no big RVs here, just your beloved red buses! Most tourists love to have a ride on one of those when visiting London :P

7) I have never used one. I would love to. They are quite fascinating, aren't they? But no, we all have our landlines or mobiles (yes we do have smartphones, such as the iStone - I meant iPhone). We aren't that old a race ;)

6) We love our Bond! Only watched License to Kill only a few hours prior to this post! Fantastic, though my girlfriend is, again, the real know-it-all in this case. Do you like any of our other films or TV shows? I heard a lot of Americans love Dr Who (the most known as far as I'm aware). Which Bond film do you like the best? Or are you simply in love with the idea of it all? ;)

5) In my (totally unbiased) opinion, British humour trumps it all. The subtlety, the hinting sarcasm, the slang, the culture of it; they always get me. I watched a movie at the cinema (our little local village has it's own - we're all so proud of it, haha) recently called "The Guard". It's not set in Britain - it's set in Ireland - but the humour is virtually the same (in fact a fair bit of British and Irish humour formulates around the


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The Bint: hello again! Thanks so much for the scones recipe! Yum! 13th century? That’s ancient! Our history doesn’t have that many relics from those times (if at all!). I love how you can trace history like that. I’m so glad that my imagination hasn’t been totally misleading :) Castles, pubs, cricket, and cider sound heavenly!

Of course, Hawaii has its own share of magic. I drive by a waterfall all the time – yesterday I watched whales jumping out of the ocean… So everyplace has its beauty :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Raphael – wow! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! (You’re probably the only person other than myself who’s read all the comments!) Kent sounds lovely, and I think I would love it there.

Thanks for backing me up :) I respect everyone’s opinions, but I would appreciate it if people understood that I’m not *trying* to step on any toes here.

15) yes, the accent is like magic… yes, I have noticed the differences in British accents – there must be quite a range! The South African accent is very cool too :)

14) What!? He *touched* the Queen? Wasn’t he beheaded or something? Harrod’s – love it. Also love the word posh. I throw it into my vocabulary now and again because it’s so awesome.

13) Of course I watched the wedding … in tears…! (Completely kidding about the tears.) Stayed up into the early morning hours here in Hawaii to watch it live! But yes, Harry has his own charm.

12) I definitely want to visit a castle! We simply don’t have real castles here. I recently watched a documentary on the architecture of cathedrals as well – it is amazing how much intricacy and beauty were built into those old structures!

11) Thanks for pointing out the pronunciation of “scone”. I was wondering about that actually. Good to know there is more than one correct way. A picnic in the English countryside… yes of course.

10) Although fish-and-chips and such sound delicious to me, Marmite is one of those things I feel destined to despise. I’ve never heard of Bovril, but it sounds equally distasteful ;)

9) National Trust… I’ll have to look into that. I imagine thatched roofs are hard to keep up.

8) I used to play a similar game – Punch Buggy. For every time you see a Volkswagen bug :)

7) Well, I figured you probably had cell phones over there, haha.

6) To be honest, I have never seen a James Bond movie. A lot of Americans do love them though, and everyone knows about them. I personally love BBC shows – like Jane Austen ones, Jeeves and Wooster, Downton Abbey - definitely into period pieces…

5) The Guard looks pretty funny – I’m actually in love with Ireland as well… http://hubpages.com/education/Top-10-Reasons-Why-A...

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment – I think part of your comment didn’t come through due to word count limitations, but if you want to write again, I would love to read it.


Raphael Nasif 4 years ago

Sorry Rose, here's the rest of the message. Fortunately I had thought it a good idea to save it onto a notepad JUST in case there was an invisible word limit :P

...hatred between the two, or so I would personally say so). Very subtle, but absolutely brilliant. However I can easily see an American - or any outsider - not understanding the humour at all. They may laugh, but it would be at something somewhat different to what we may laugh at. In fact, funnily enough, in the film an American FBI agent comes to the scene and he is made fun of by the main character and he doesn't understand what's so funny about what the guy is saying. To him, the humour is absurd.

4) Mr Cowell. I don't like him for the entertainment business he's in - I think it's too hyped-up and tacky (do you use that word? I wouldn't have thought you did) for me. But I do respect him as a judge. He can come across as rude sometimes, but he's very truthful and fair. You have to give him a lot of credit for that. But in no way do I want to meet him. He's popular with some here. And some hate his guts. But he's not anything particularly important in most of our daily lives.

3) I asked you earlier if you enjoyed British TV: I found a lot of Americans (when looking online - which is how I got to this article) found that if they saw a show which was originally British and then remade into an American show the general trend was that they preferred the British version and actors. I love some American shows (others I despise) such as The Big Bang Theory. Drama is a huge thing in England and Britain. I love some of it, I hate others (the ones I call 'tacky'). I recently have fallen in love with Sherlock (though it's not drama) - which apparently is being aired in America too, by PBS and BBC America. But the second series isn't coming out until May for you guys? That sucks. Link below.

2) I am very proud of this nation for it's music. It reaches out to all countries. There is so much here to talk about. I therefore will leave this one for another time (I am getting a bit tired at this time of the morning, hehe). This is also a very hard one to give you examples of. However I recommend going to a musical festival - especially one in the countryside! I went to two, in a close time-frame and they were absolutely amazing! One was called In the Woods: I'll place a link for you below.

1) A brilliant choice for the top spot! Agreed, we do have a brilliant collection of literature - yet to be matched by another! Much of our culture is based around our literature and so it's a huge influence to the rest of the world too. If you are looking for literature there are many places to visit to find out more about how it's formed over the past. You should definitely try and visit a theatre and watch a play. The most renowned one is The Globe, where Shakespeare himself had his plays performed. I haven't been, but my neighbours have and they said it's great. Once again, the link is below.

Other places to visit are:

- Madame Tussauds

- Any of the big parks in a city (hyde park, regents park, etc)

- The White Cliffs of Dover

- Snowdon in Wales (second tallest 'mountain' in Britain)

- Lake District (I've never been there, but I've heard it's wonderful)

And much more!

Thank you for this wonderful page and I really do hope you come over to visit one day!

Banksy Artwork:

http://legacy-cdn.smosh.com/smosh-pit/4/banksy-18....

http://www.banksy-wallpaper.com/wallpapers/800x600...

http://www.artofthestate.co.uk/photos/banksy_wallp...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_R0Rc6mb8H6E/TNhhzCwZj_I/...

Harrods:

http://www.atpm.com/7.05/london/images/harrods.jpg

Castles:

Bodiam - http://www.seafordonline.co.uk/gallery/page/12.jpg

Leeds - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c...

Films & TV Shows:

The Guard - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/

Sherlock - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1475582/

Theatres:

The Globe - http://www.religiousintelligence.org/churchnewspap...

Music Festivals:

In the Woods - http://www.inthewoodsfestival.co.uk/

P.S. Oops... Looks like I did write an essay in the end ;)


James Glew 4 years ago

No we don't do all this. Americans have lots of stereotypes. I could say that all Americans are fat, lazy and ignorant, but there not. Americans are too fake and try to be, too much unlike Britain. The only people who have that British accent is the royals, and listen to the Yorkshire accent, when southern counties watched kes ( Americans never heard of it ) film about life in Barnsley, Yorkshire ). They had to use subtitles!


Oz 4 years ago

I havent been to America yet, but I ama huge basketball fan, and I really want to visit Orlando as soon as I can to see the Magic! You should visit England and stay in a cottage in the country. Then you'd get the experience you want. Whereas most of it is pubs & drunks etc... Na, I'm going to far saying that! We have some great culture here, it's well worth visiting us!


Jamie 4 years ago

Sorry about the above post; I was testing to see if I was able to post without signing up.

As an 18 year old Briton (half English, half Welsh) it’s really nice to hear somebody who’s never even visited your country talk about it with such enthusiasm! Your reasons for loving England are not all entirely accurate, though, and just a little bit clichéd. I thought I’d try to broaden your knowledge. If there’s anything here that’s just a repeat of what someone else has already said I’m sorry in advance, you’ve got a lot of comments!

15. If you heard some of our more distinctive accents you would definitely be able to tell the difference between them and other English accents, though you might not understand them!

13. ‘Wills’ is certainly one of the better royals and one of the more likable ones.

12. Yeah, I love history too, and we’ve got bucketloads of it here. I often think myself luck to live in a country where your never very far from an old church or castle. I live near both King John’s Castle and Windsor itself.

11. This is probably what a lot of (older) people do with their weekends, but remember we’re a modern country and actually lead busier lives than most of our European neighbours. Most British people, like Americans, live in towns and cities, largely in the suburbs. You’re right about the tea drinking though (but Italian coffee’s popular too) ;)

10. I’ve no idea what a toddy is either!

9. Thatched roofs are not very common, but I do have a thatched cottage at the bottom of my road! It’s a pub and something of a local icon (being the only thatch in town!).

7. Unfortunately, phone boxes aren’t all that common away from the touristy areas now and some little villages, because we just love our mobiles (cells)!

5. Your knowledge of British humour is, understandably, quite narrow. The things you’ve listed are just a small slice of British comedy. A few shows I’d recommend you watching (all comedy) are:

• Only Fools and Horses: absolutely hilarious, but quite old now; about a working class family in inner city south London.

• Anything satirical (Have I got news for you and Mock the Week are two great shows which make fun of current affairs). Satire is very British.

• Live at the Apollo (stand up comedy, mainly British comedians; varies in quality but you’ll see so many different kinds of humour).

• The Goodies: another oldie, and like Marmite, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

• Gavin and Stacey: My personal second fave after Only Fools, this is more than just a comedy, it’s fab! Essex boy meets Welsh girl they fall in love but have problems with their two families. It sounds rubbish, I know, but it really isn’t.

• Little Britain: I don’t personally like it, but it was very popular when I was younger.

• Outnumbered. About a family, basically. With very ‘difficult’ kids!

• All of these are very British in their own way, but probably are not the sort of thing you’d expect.

4. Yeah, we all hate Simon too! He’s the one Hollywood expat most people would like you to keep! Oh, and Piers Morgan, of course.

2. Glad you like our music, it is great! Although of course you’re from the country that gave the world Elvis, Johnny Cash, Guns n’ Roses and, erm, cough x Lady Gaga x cough!

1. Great choice to put literature at number one. That’s probably the only thing I’m unashamedly patriotic about (that and our beautiful countryside). I’m lucky enough to live in the home county of Austen and Dickens (Hampshire)!

Anyway, I’ve written far too much so I should probably stop now. I hope I haven’t bored you to sleep. As I said, it is interesting to hear a different perspective on your own country and it’s funny to think some people idolise it! But I suppose being a Hawaiian, you get told you live in paradise all the time!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Raphael, thanks for posting the rest of your comment.

4) I agree with you about the entertainment – never watch TV (American, anyway) myself. Most of it is just so ridiculous. Tacky… I can see that working.

3) British drama beats everything. I’ve heard Sherlock was really good, but I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. Must check into that.

2) I would love to go to a countryside music festival! One dream I have: Kate Rusby concert in England!

1) Oh yes, the literature is always my favorite :) I love American Lit too, and once took a vacation centered on visiting authors’ homes in New England. I’d love to do something similar to that in Old England.

Thank you ever so much for all the suggestions and links! I will definitely use them as I research my Dream Trip. :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi James, I know, I know. This is ALL stereotype. That's kind of the point. Perhaps I should write a hub about stereotypes in America... hmmm....


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Oz, don't they have basketball in the UK? A cottage in the country sounds great - I'd love to stay in the city a while too though.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, thanks for all your comments! Yes, I do love England, o land I have never seen, and I know I am giving into cliché with this hub. I wanted to have fun with it, and I know I’m a bit escapist.

15) There must be so many accents! (Just like here, actually)

13) Yeah well, he’s married now… jk.

12) Um, you live near a castle? Pretty cool.

11) I suppose you’re right. But the tea! I’m pretty sure England would collapse if there was a tea shortage. Just a theory.

10) Ha!

9) Okay, so you live near a castle AND a thatched roof. Apparently my stereotypes aren’t completely off.

7) I’m curious if you say MO-ble or mo-BILE?

5) I’m sure it is. I haven’t heard of any of those shows! But I will look them up :)

4) Piers is a Simon wannabe.

2) Give me Keane and Kate Rusby anyday over Lady Gaga or Johnny Cash! Though I do enjoy some American music: Jon Foreman, Anberlin, Jack Johnson…

1) I’m actually really in love with literature! Austen and Dickens are two of my best friends. But maybe that sounds pretty sad.

Haven’t bored me at all – I love hearing from readers! And yes, people *always* call Hawaii paradise, but in reality, life here is not really like a vacation. Thanks so much for your visit!


Jamie 4 years ago

I suppose I exaggerated a bit with the closeness of the castles, but they are still very close. The closest two are Odiham Castle, about 5 miles away. It's a ruin now but it was one of King John's homes and it actually suffered a real siege by the French in the 13th Century. Although France did manage to capture it, the battle story has quite an interesting end. Even though it seemed like the castle was defended by a large home force, due to the fierce fight they put up, there were actually only about 15 guards (and they held out for a fortnight!) The French victors were so impressed by the men's bravery, they let them all go alive!

I've also got Farnham Castle (5 miles) and Basing House (about 10 miles away), and of course Windsor Castle (probably 15 miles, possibly 20) which really does look like Camelot. It's quite pricey to get into actually but the surrounding Great Park (which includes a massive deer park, landscaped gardens, lakes, valleys and a Canadian totem pole. Don't buy sandwiches in the café though, get the soup!) is very large and free to access.

The Thatched Cottage (that's its actual name!) genuinely is at the bottom of the road though. Last summer they had their roof re-thatched, which was really interesting to see for the first time. For a few months after that it was a lovely golden colour but now it's faded into the normal grey. To smash the stereotype a bit though, it's more of a typical town pub (i.e. a cheap and sleazy Monday lunchtime drunk's paradise!) than a quaint country inn.

As far as I know, nobody in the UK says Mo-ble, it's always mo-bile. We also just say phone.

Yeah, Piers is a wannabe everything. He is particularly hated over here. According to Wikipedia, he was born close to where I live too! Although my town is pretty average, the surrounding area is very posh

suburbia for City (of London) workers.

If you're interested in Dickens, there were several BBC programmes on at Christmas about him. One adaptation was really good (Great Expectations). I guess they'll be rattling round the internet somewhere.

Oh, and don't diss the Cash!


Jamie 4 years ago

BTW, I noticed you're interested in visiting authors' homes. Jane Austen's House is in a village called Chawton near Alton in Hampshire. There, she wrote Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. You'd need a hire car or a taxi from Alton station to get to it.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Jamie, those castles are close enough! The closest castle to my house is probably about 10,000 miles away. But anyway, it's really cool that you live so close to such history.

I assume we probably say "phone" the same way.

Posh... still love that word.

Dickens and BBC is a very excellent mix. Though of course, nothing beats the books.

Jane Austen's house - you've hit on one of my favorite dreams there. Someday...


Russ 4 years ago

I see my comments were removed. So for everyone's convenience I'll post them again - England is NOT the same as Britain/UK. The sooner America realises this the better. You are offending just about all of us by saying 'England/English' when you mean 'Britain/British'. In the UK there are 4 countries, Wales, Scotland, England and N Ireland. Referring to the whole country as 'England' is like calling America 'Texas'. We don't expect Americans to know everything about other countries but failing to get even the basics right is laziness at best and ignorance at worst. I'm sure you were not even aware that the flag at the top of this page is not England's flag. Go broaden your knowledge by finding out online what it is.


Jamie 4 years ago

Russ- give it a rest!

We all know know the UK is made up of 4 different countries, as does the author because she's been lambasted about a million times already in the earlier comments.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Russ, occasionally I remove comments if they have a negative tone that I feel disturbs my goals for this page. If you read earlier comments, you will find other readers have voiced their opinions about the English/British difference. But for your sake, I will repeat: yes, I do know that England is not synonymous with the UK. Yes, I do know that is not the English flag at the top. I don't profess to be an expert at geography, but I'm not an idiot. This page is focused on England specifically, but some things may apply to the UK as a whole. I am completely generalizing in my list, just for the fun of it. I repeat, Just For the Fun of It. I ask my readers to please respect this, and not to create a negative atmosphere.


Heids28 4 years ago

I came across your article as I love being British! Very interesting. As most have pointed out, a lot of what you write does exist in some parts. Some of us do eat scones, crumpets and drink tea. I live in a small village with a river running through it, church, pubs and a red phonebox or two! Very picturesque! The only thing I would like to point out and it's very important - is when you say America has no history like ours!! If I was a native American I would be very offended!! The white Australians have the same view about Australia. So, the aboriginal history doesn't matter then? Why do you choose to disregard it - when it is the true American history? Just a thought


Jamie 4 years ago

Heids28

Maybe it's because a lot of the 'natives' didn't record their history, which is a great shame because I'm sure lots was going on in America/ Australia thousands of years before Columbus/ Cook (I think it was Cook?) arrived.


Andrew 4 years ago

The real England - the land of the 'sceptred isle' still exists you just have to look a bit harder for it. Here in Suffolk, there is still a traditional way of life, the village we live in has a 14th century thatched pub, many thatched cottages, a medieval church and village school. Here, we do care about the Queen, are passionately proud of our country and fly the Union Jack in our gardens. We had a fantastic party when Kate and Wills got married and are planning another for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

I appreciate that if you are a first generation immigrant living in London it must seem very different. The truth is there are many Englands. The one I live in is very much the England of the popular imagination and it still exists and I count myself unbelievably lucky to live here. Our media are mainly London based so our television tends to portray the country through an urban lense. Don't give up on your English dream, many of us haven't either.


Heids28 4 years ago

Yeah, I know what you mean Jamie, but when I read the posts it just struck me as slightly wrong to say that America hasn't got history - just because it isn't 'white' history doesn't mean it's any less valid. Native Americans lived for thousands of years before Europeans invaded. (I used Aus as an example before because I've been there and actually made a point of learning a bit about their history - which is amazing btw). They told their stories in paintings - cave art. Just makes me a bit sad when I read certain things which just disregard their historical past like they weren't even there.


amy 4 years ago

i liked this but some of what you said about the english is wrong. We don't eat scones all the time and we have just as busy lifestyles


Gregory Coulter 4 years ago

I've never been to hubpages before, but was brought here by a Google search of the USA's interest in the UK. I was watching the recent royal wedding coverage, and it struck me how interested Americans seemed to be in our royalty.

I have to say, however, that, while I've enjoyed this post and its comments immensely, I just can't get over the fact that your name, OP, is "Rose West". I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned this already, but that name, for the vast majority of Britons, conjurs up images of the absolute worst the UK has to offer...


Gagaa 4 years ago

You keep getting confused between England and Britain. In britain/uk there is 4 countries not just England , you seem to forget Scotland, N.Ireland and Wales are part of great britain also.The royals aren't just British royals , there any common wealth countries royals i.e Canada , austarlia.Please at least do a little research before posting anything.


Gaga 4 years ago

You should come visit britain if you hadn't already.Crumpets are amazing ha ha and if you venture up to Scotland try Irn Bru and tattie(potatoe) scones there brilliant.Surprised you missed out football(soccer) in your list , a lot of British people love their football , very passionate to say the least.


Biffy 4 years ago

Being of an English persuasion, this is absolutely hilarious! But I feel I should warn you: saying "cough-aay" over here might lead to inquiries about your mental health.

It really is not that complicated.

And I believe you have missed out the key aspect of British culture- the grumbling, subtle sarcasm and complete pessimism which makes life that little bit more hilarious.

In addition, it must be emphasised that queueing is crucial, and eye contact must be never be made on public transport. Never. We find it DEEPLY UNSETTLING.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Heids28, your hometown sounds lovely :) I hope I didn't come across as not regarding the Native American history. Of course, it matters. We really don't have much of a record of it though. We know certain things about the way of life back then, but no written ancient history - no centuries-old buildings.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Andrew, I like how you say that there are many Englands. I can appreciate that, and when I get there I want to be open to seeing England in all its various forms, not just my romantic preconceptions.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Amy, but wouldn't you like to eat scones all the time? :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Gregory, it's ironic, isn't it. I'll be honest: Rose West is only a pseudonym I use online. When I chose it, I had never heard of the Other One. But to be clear, we are not even close to being the same person.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Gaga, I'd love to try Irn-Bru and tattie scones! They sound delicious :) Yes, I did miss "football." But to tell the truth, it often doesn't come to mind when Americans think of England.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Biffy, you said no, so... when I get to England, I'm going to make it a point to look people on the bus in the eye to see how many I can Unsettle ;)


BC 4 years ago

http://www.bristolcars.co.uk/fighter.html

^^^ Some of the best British cars yet so unheard of, pleased that you included a Bristol in there! They are currently struggling to survive in this economy, one would set you back £250,000


Paul Barrett 4 years ago

Hi. Just maybe of interest. If you want to see the origins of the American flag, (stars and Stripes). Go on the webb to "Selby Abbey, American Window" 12th century stain glass window of the English Washington Family. And "Sulgrave Manor, American Flag" Home of English Washingtons, 3 Stars over 2 stripes, the origins of the Stars and Stripes. See also the American Purple Heart medal, with George Washington`s inherited English crest thereon. Near here in Corfe Castle where I live there is a 14th Cen Church with the Washington crest in Stone on the wall dated 1605, put there by one of the Washington Family who lived here at that time. George Washington was a descendant of English emigrants. Best Wishes. Paul Barrett


Oliver 4 years ago

hey im from england with the accent and that.

I have to say that us british people get along with most of you guys very well and we will be there all the way for you american like you would do the same for us :). but just a hint most british people are move to canada because of the imigration. half of pure british have left and set off to canda.which mean we will be even closer to you guys than ever. dont worry like you said where ever we go our history follows and our accents.


Teresa 4 years ago

Hi. I'm British/English. Really liked your article. Tbh, most of the reasons that you've listed are the reasons that I like my country too. Of course I really like America too. I've been to the US, but only the really touristy places, and I really like American accents, although I know there are loads of different types too :-)


Teresa 4 years ago

Hi again. Just a bit extra to what I wrote before. Just been reading back through the past comments. Got to '3 months ago' before I started getting bored. I realise that you live in Hawaii. I've been very fortunate to visit Hawaii. Of course I only visited the touristy places, but it's such an amazingly beautiful place. I can understand if you live in Hawaii, especially cos it's pretty far away from mainland US, as to why you might like somewhere with such history and culture as the UK. Although, as a zillion people have said before, there's 2 versions of England, the towns and cities, and the coutryside, some of the things you say ring true.

I've lived in a big town near a city for most of my life, and I was brought up on crumpets. Just looking at that picture made my mouth water. Bangers and mash looks nothing like that picture you put up. Well, the sausages, sure, but what the hell is that under the sausages? It should be mashed potato. On that tangent, toad in the hole is also a great British food- sausages and Yorkshire pudding (which isn't actually a pudding).

Where was I? Oh yeah, the other thing I meant to say was with the red telephone boxes. We still have phone boxes, and maybe I can remember a red one what I was little, but I haven't seen one like that round where I live since then. Funnily enough, I had the oppurtunity to visit some of the Caribbean islands (we pronounce Caribbean differently to you guys) a few years ago, and one of the Britsh-owned islands had a red phone box. I actually took a pic of it because it was so random!

Hope you eventually get to visit the UK :)


oli 4 years ago

Hi, I have had a book published called 'Hastings Beautiful Town', which has already sold over 2,000 hardback editions, and it is now available on the Kindle.

Book description:

Located in East Sussex, directly on the channel, Hastings is one of the most historically significant towns in Great Britain. It was first established as a settlement in prehistoric times and is famous the world over for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It has been a major fishing town for over 400 years, and today is home to the country's largest beach-launched fishing fleet.

Hastings is a town of contrasts: 15th century cottages line timber framed streets of the old town, tucked beneath the wild hilltops and caves of Fairlight, unchanged for centuries; while in St. Leonards grand Regency terraces and formal gardens sweep down to the sea.

This picturesque town has a unique charm and character all of its own, combining the traditional British seaside resort with a surprisingly cosmopolitan cultural life. Hastings has nurtured talents as diverse as John Logie-Baird the inventor of television, and Grey Owl, pioneer of the conservation movement.

Hastings Beautiful Town showcases an exclusive collection of over 150 superb colour photographs and accompanying text detailing the history of Hastings.

Whether you are a resident or visitor, this book will help you explore the unique beauty, character, and charm of this great historical town.

Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hastings-Beautiful-Town-eb...


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi BC, British cars are so cool, and the Bristol is pretty schnazzy :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Paul, that is so fascinating! I didn't realize Washington had such an English history - thank you so much for sharing!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Oliver, I'm so glad our countries can be friends and allies :) I wonder why so many are moving to Canada though?


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Teresa, thanks for your comments! You're right about living in Hawaii and craving English history and culture. I'm originally from the East Coast, and I grew up in a different culture than the one here in Hawaii. I've always loved England since my childhood hero was Elizabeth I. So yeah, it's nice to dream about it :) BTW, I'm assuming that Toad in the Hole tastes better than it sounds ;) Funny that there was a red phone booth in the middle of Caribbean! Thanks so much for reading!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Oli, thanks so much for reading! Hastings sounds amazing and full of interesting history. Now you've got me dreaming about going there :)


Caitlin 4 years ago

Not sure if someone has already said this, but when you were talking about the music, you mentioned that "Since then, the U.K. has shared with us the music of Sting, U2 (ok, so they’re Irish, same difference, but not really)," erm...the U.K's full name is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, which obviously includes Ireland...


william 4 years ago

I am English and live near stratford upon avon uk. I love all americans, would love to go to visit the US and hope our countries will always remain friends. Your comments about what makes Britain great made me tearful as they are all true. Thankyou and God bless America!


Jamie 4 years ago

No, Caitlin, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland (southern Ireland) is an independent country and does not form part of the UK. U2 are (according to Wikipedia) from Dublin, the capital of the Republic, so Rose was right!


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Hi Caitlin, yes, I was thinking U2 was from Dublin, which is technically not the UK...


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi William, Stratford-upon-Avon! So cool! Want to switch places? I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this :)


James 4 years ago

I'm English and I'd just like to say that yes, we love you back. I've never been to America but if I could pick one place to visit, I'd pick the USA without hesitation. We love your music, TV shows and movies. The Wire and The Sopranos are my favourite TV shows. I also enjoy learning about your history. I'm fascinated by American people like Dr Martin Luther King, John Gotti and Tupac Shakur. I also enjoy the idea that your government keeps everything secret from you, like the discovery of crashed UFO's. I think of Americans as my distant relatives - cousins that I don't see as often as I'd like. I'm proud that we stand by each other when we need each other. So yeah, from this Brit to his US cousins.. You freakin' rule, dude!! Did I say that right? Lol.

P.S Can we keep Landon Donovon? I'll trade you Simon Cowell for him.


Alan Ward 4 years ago

I lived in Oxford for a couple of years it's a lovely city you just feel more cleverer when you are there . The museums are fantastic and free the buildings are well beautiful .the people are just well gentle and friendly I found .i am from a village in south Oxfordshire so I am very fond of villages and the pub . You must come to england in the spring may time it is the most beautiful place .i have always had a good view of Americans and can not wait to get there some time .you must add the bbc to your list English tv has so much on it each night .


Rick 4 years ago

Great stuff Rose, glad you love the British thing.

Im coming the the US this September, Im doing Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans for 4 days each and can't wait. Always loved USA from being a kid and Elvis was a hero, love country and blues music so I should be in the right areas !

Hope you make it over here one day , you won't be disappointed as long as you plan well.


Karl Leighton 4 years ago

Just come back from the UK, spent Christmas is a town (city) called Worcester. It had a church (Cathedral) as big as any happy clappy mid west kneel-all I've ever seen, and parts of it were over 1000 years old. Statue of Elgar the composer outside. It was just how I imagined England. It was cold as well. People were very pleasant and one Friday there was a load of them just lining up to chat to be in a bar listening to my accent (so they do like our accent, though I was surprised that they knew I was from New York state or thereabouts cause they said I didn't have a "Texas drawl". Beer was a lot better over there as well - i mean a LOT better. stronger, tastier and more choice. Food was much the same as here despite what you hear. No-one I saw eat a "kidney pie", I asked and apparently it's a real old type of dish that only the over 70's really eat. MCDonalds tasted exactly the same. No-one tips except in the fanciest or restaurants, but that doesn't upset anyone because it's just the way it is. No-one is Worcester was interested in soccer, they all supported the local Rugby (look it up - a bit like football) and cricket (a long game but great fun to watch on a friday evening at the local ground).

What else? Erm, music is the same, TV is much the same. News programs are better (BBC is the best news on the planet..period) weather is the same as NY or Boston though I'm told the summers are great (it gets dark around 10:30 at night and light again by 4:00 am and they have temperatures in the mid to high 20's, sometimes around 30)

Lods of cultures though I got confused with the term asians, they call Indian and Bangladeshi people Asians and people from the far east China, Japan, Korea, etc they call orientals...that's not racist, that's just what the English call them. but then they are a total mix. Had a long chat with a guy called Scritty in a bar who went into some detail about Saxons from germany, Celts, Picts, Normans, Romans, Brittons, Vikings...the list goes on. They are like a mix of so many different races over the millenia, that's probably why they "punch above their weight" in just about every aspect of life, from military to sport. I mean the whole country is not much bigger than a couple of large US states.

I can't afford to go back for years, but when I can I will.


Helen 4 years ago

Hmm nice to hear something instead of nasty things about us English though I think the the accent works both ways I'm not to keen when Americans try english accents as truly we do not speak like we are portrayed :) also I wish we could spend all afternoon drinking tea but alas we cannot but any way a big wave from the uk.


Paul Barrett 4 years ago

Hi again Rose. You probably already know the your Founding Fathers, the English Colonists, framed your Constitution on;

(a) The Magna Carta, 1215, (the first moves in democracy). And;

(b) The English Revolution, called the English Civil War, 1642 - 1649, when King Charles 1st was beheaded. England became the first Republic, under the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, (the Commonwealth). Freedom for Parliament was won from the King. Democracy to the English speaking world obtained. At the Restoration of King Charles 2nd 1660., the Monarchy was restored but with the power now in the hand of the people. .............a direct entry for your constitution. Then another of our revolts, The Glorious Revolution of 1688, caused the abdication of James 2nd who got too bossy, and William and Mary were invited to be sovereigns

Then our Bill of Rights 1689, again taken for your


Paul Barrett 4 years ago

Hi Rose, - I was cut off. Most of your constitution comes from these events. Language, place names etc, etc, come from the old country. I will visit the New World someday. Even the English Common Laws of felony, misdemeanour, larceny,robbery, burglary, homicide, arson, infanticide, suicide, jury system, coroners, civil law, counties, and sherifs, etc, etc, etc, ....I could go on and on, originate from here. You even have our Mr Speaker over there. I am so pleased that such a great US nation has been created to take forward its inherited values from this small old country which started it. All this can be found on the web.


-:wings:- 4 years ago

Hi I'm sixteen and live in the north of England and I've got to say that I agree with pretty much everything on your list. Accents vary a lit across the country and not all of us have a proper english accent (Personally I'm canny Geordie) I'm sure many people would disagree with number 11 if they live in the cities but for people in the country it is generally very relaxed and yes we do walk a lot! Our nearest shop is 1 mile away from the house but if the weathers actually being decent then we just walk. And afternoon tea does live on! We pretty much live on tea in my house but unfortunately no thatched roof lol It's amusing how close some people are to the stereotype and I love this whole list but there should definitely be some comment on the perpetual rain!


uk 4 years ago

rock on uk & usa


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Matthew Kirk 4 years ago from Liverpool

If anyone else does visit, including your next visit Karl Leighton try visiting the Lake District (Cumbria). I live in the city (liverpool) but places like Ambleside, Windemere or Cockermouth (that is a real place name) are where JRR Tolkien and wordsworth were inspired to write. Life is pretty much like you described it in the hub as well! Thatched cottages with log fires, local cricket clubs, pubs with local beers and windy little roads with dry stone walls :)

House prices there are unbelievable so will be a few years yet before I can afford to live there full time!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi James, sounds like you have your own list of Reasons to Love America :) I like the idea, but I'm not so sure John Gotti and Tupac Shakur belong on the list. Also, I think your view of our government is hilarious... UFOs kept secret and all ;) Most of us have our reasons for disliking the government, but UFO secrets aren't usually part of them.

PS - you Brits and your football...


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alan, Oxford sounds like my kind of place! Would love to go there, and in the spring too, as I've heard it's the best time of year. I like the BBC too - we get some shows on Masterpiece Theater, which I love.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Rick, I haven't been to New Orleans myself, but I've heard those cities are full of character. You should love it - it's a very "American" destination. Have a great time here!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Karl, thanks for your comments. I enjoyed reading about your trip. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I'll try not to be jealous ;) Interesting about the Asians vs. Orientals. I had never heard that. Thanks again!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Helen, here's a big wave back :) It's true - we both have accents, and I wonder what American sounds like to you Brits... Sorry about our poor imitations, but it's just so much fun!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Paul, thanks for the history lesson! Yes, I remember learning a bit about our English legacy in school. It's so fascinating how the world changes over the centuries, how our New World was influenced by the Old. I'm so thankful for our roots of democracy. Thanks!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi wings, thanks for reading and commenting! And thanks for encouraging my daydreams :) I knew those things had to exist somewhere. And yes, I shouldn't have left out the rain - because I love that too!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Matthew, the Lake District sounds simply amazing and beautiful! Isn't that where Beatrix Potter lived for a while as well? Definitely want to go there!


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Matthew Kirk 4 years ago from Liverpool

Yeah she bought a farm there I think and a load of land in order to preserve it. Lived there for a lot of her life I think. JRR Tolkien based the landscape,customs and many of the people on the lake district too. Not to mention Wordsworth and many other poets.

If you want a true experience of the UK or England don't go to London, but go pretty much anywhere else.


Richard 4 years ago

Did you know that Tolkien, like me, was born in South Africa? Some South African accents (non-Afrikaans) sound quite posh to English ears. Funny thing is, afternoon tea (especially with scones) is very common there, Guy Fawkes, etc. Anyway, do come to England (Scotland is fab, too): West Sussex is what you imagine: Petworth, Midhurst, Lurgashall, Tillington, Wisborough Green. Alec Guiness lived in the area, Maggie Smith does, as does Penelope Keith. Tennyson was nearby, Conan Doyle, Kipling a bit further East... There's a mead winery, red telephone boxes, posh people (!), the works. Oh, and Chichester, which is lovely. Sorry about some of the aggressive posts on this site, you don't deserve them.


Frightfully_English! 4 years ago

I'm English and I've traveled the UK more than anyone else I know and I can tell you Rose you will find everything you imagine in this country still alive and kicking! I always have a 'cream tea' when I'm in places where that is traditional such as in picturesque seaside towns and touristy villages. You will find stunningly beautiful and quaint villages just about everywhere in this amazing country and village life can certainly still revolve around tea with the vicar in cottages with the red phone box outside, particularly in the north of the country (not Scotland though!) In fact I live 20 minutes away from London and right next to me is a village where they have vegetable growing competitions, a red phone box, may pole dancing, thatched cottages, a womens institute, a friendly vicar, a beautiful pub, wonderful views etc. http://www.tewinvillage.co.uk/photos/album?album_i...

I could easily waffle on all day with examples but the key point of my message is you will absolutely see the bits of England you love but it just won't be absolutely everywhere you look. Even Punch and Judy is still big in Brighton! Hey how about adding fish 'n' chips and English pubs to your next list because they are HUGE parts of English culture and you're never more than a stone's throw away from either! :) Hope you get to visit one day and if you do, tour tour tour to get the best of the place!


Steve 4 years ago

You generalised your lumping in of British under and English theme..I can't say under an English flag as you have used the British flag at the top of the page.

I appreciate you say you are aware of this but I think posting this you should be aware that you have insulted a large number of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish people.

Shame on you.


Yuki Smith 4 years ago

OMG I couldn't stop laughing is this seriously what Americans thing English people are like XD

But its probably the same the other way around to. You cant all be inbred hill billys with shot guns or obnoxious people with huge egos who sit around eating hamburgers all day like "yeah were so totally awesome dude U S A!! U S A!!" seriously where do these stereo types come from XD


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Yuki Smith 4 years ago from England

And in case anyone is offended by my last comment I didn't mean to offend anyone personally if I had a chance to go to America I would It would be fun.I would probably go find my cousins.


Phlapjaw 4 years ago

I have to add that the English people created my favorite genre of music: UK Hardcore! I imagine that's an acquired taste as well; you either love it or hate it. :)


Confused British teenager 4 years ago

For heavans sake- we are not all 'English'- England is only one part of BRITAIN and, just for the record, we drive on the proper side of the road because we were around first- right hand drive was invented by Napoleon so he could shoot at the British easier. The view some Americans have of British people is just stereotypical- it's like saying the French wear berets and striped jumpers all the time. Also, if you Americans like the Royal family so much- who are, by the way, ambassadors for Britain now- why did you have the war of independance? I'm not trying to be rude but it seems a bit silly to have a revolution for independance and then decide you love us so much.

Please can some American answer my questions,

a very confused British teenager


confused British teenager 4 years ago

Sorry if i offended any Americans- i understand many of you do not aggree with this stereotypical image of the English. But I'm afriad that the article completly overlooked huge portions of British culture - like the fact we don't all have cream teas every day at four o'clock and that many british people have never met the Queen or the royal family. Also- why do Americans mangle loads of British words like 'Monty Python' and why do some of you represent us steriotypically on shows like 'The Simpsons' while representing Brazil realistically- that episode depicted British people as all living in London and being either Mary Poppins, Cockneys, Homosexuals or butlers.

Again, sorry if I offended any Americans because i know a lot of you dont see us that way,

A confused British teenager


confused British teenager 4 years ago

Remind me why you think we all use telephone boxes to phone people- we stoped using most of those several decades ago!

Trying not to laugh about the articles statement that all English people are either country folk or James Bond types- it's a really stupid statement

Don't get me wrong- America did a lot of good around the world- but i still don't understand why some of you keep saying you won ww2 on your own- us Brits, the French and Russia also fought a huge amount- Britain was almost bankrupt by 1945. PLEASE can some of you stop overlooking the rest of us's efforts- last time i checked we didnt get beaten by a bunch of South-east asian farmers- no insult indended!

Also why do you think so many british people are gay- like in that simpsons episode with Ricky Gervais when he says some British humour and Homer says 'I bet the twist is he's gay' - we never make huge jokes about the larger American homosexual, Lesbionic and transexual populations.

Again- i'm sorry if i've offended the many Americans who do not believe this steriotypical view of England ( which apparently means the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish are sepurate countries),

confused British teenager


confused British teenager 4 years ago

Why are there so many Americans on this blog? come-on fellow brits- write in!

Why do some Americans say'like' and 'totaly' so much?- British girls ahve started copying them and it's gettig difficult to understand them.

Why can't older Americanstalk about their defeat in Vietnam? we british have lost loads of wars and we've always bounced back- the only way americnas can get over it is by talking about it.

Why do some american males put such an emphasis on winning? this is a terrible attitude to give to children and young- how can they go through life worrying what people will think of them if they fail- everyone fails at least once in their life, even the american state itself.

Why do Americans say that they are the worlds greatest democracy when they still have a huge amount of Rascism and poverty?

Why does so many americans deny the existance of global warming- recycling is thew way forward people!

Again, sorry if i've angered the Americans who share my concerns,

confused British teenager


Simon 4 years ago

Thank you to whoever wrote this - that's one of the kindest, warmest, funniest blogs I've ever read & very good to read from someone who actually LIKES us for once rather than what I see from MOST countries whose people affect to HATE us for some reason.

As to me? I think the shared (and it IS shared - We? Just HIDE it better is all) fascination between the US & UK is down to the fact that we basically founded what became the US & in the manner of older/middle aged parents? We are still interested in how our onetime little child is doing now it's grown up & doing well for itself in the world as an adult. The two countries will ALWAYS be linked as they share a common language, base in law, heritage, bloodline, everything - Most US citizens have English ancestors somewhere in their bloodlines & indeed since the World Wars & the era of MASS transit between the two? MANY, many UK Citizens & young adults now? Have a NUMBER of relatives & even parents from the US without even KNOWING it sometimes & now? There's MORE marriages between the UK & US people than ever & rightly so as we're probably closer (the UK) to you in the US? Than ANY Other nation with the possible exception of the OTHER great modern nation we founded in Australia (the US's brother as it were LOL & both on opposite sides of the world - we USED to be great at that - Not so now.).

Just two things on the music front? Don't know if you're aware but Natasha Bedingfield? Has an EQUALLY successful brother called Daniel?

Further & MORE Importantly? Think you can probably soon add the name of the Young woman I THINK might just WIN American Idol this season to your list of music artists from the UK As she? Has voice touched by angels & more than ANY young woman I've seen SINCE Christina Aguilera & maybe Madonna? Is almost DESTINED for superstardom as a singer.

That woman's name? Hollie Cavanagh & I mention her? Because having been born to 2 English Parents IN England & lived here for NINE years before emigrating to the US & living in Texas (I think)for the last decade? She is English (Scouse from Liverpool) to her fingertips & we're all? Very proud of her here & hope she wins as she has a great little voice & manner of singing. Go Holliepops!!.

Anyway as I said? Thank you for this warm, kind, funny & decent little article - was very uplifting & nice to read.

Take Care.

Simon (one of your distant cousins from across the pond on the Cold side!!)

Bye for now :)


Simon 4 years ago

One other thing Rose is it? The pace of life in the UK now is JUST as fast as in the US & Red telephone boxes? Have unfortunately LONG since disappeared but yes other than that? Most of what you wrote is frighteningly accurate & no the cars aren't all small either - FAR from it actually. Finally re' the humour? Some of it's funny but as in other countries? It has it's wrong, downright inappropriate or UNfunny moments to - The ONE thing in our humour I think we have that the US & it's people NEVER understand? Is sarcasm/poking fun at ourselves - don't know WHY? But your people always SEEM to have trouble with that one & rarely recognise or 'get' it immediately or for a while after hearing it - Not complaining or anything - just pointing out WHAT I notice is all.


confused British teenager 4 years ago

Hi again,

Simon, were you talking about my comments?- got a bit confused. My parents like Natasha Bedingfield but i don't listen to her- i might ask them if i can borrow the CD. Also, why has america got 'american idol'- we had 'pop idol' before you made your version. I thought america had a huge population- can't you invent some new shows instead of re-using something we used? Also- i checked on Rolling stone magazines website and the number one act of all time is- the Beatles, with Elvis coming in a number two. Don't know who the number two act is. I've heard talk about some americans saying the Beatles were born in America- all four were born in Liverpool but Ringo Star did almost got to the states before he met the other three. Hope you americans arent too jealous. Also- why do us brits call you 'yanks'? Can someone help me out?

confused British teenager


confused british teenager 4 years ago

oops, i meant to say that Elvis ame in at number three and that i didnt know who the number two act was. Sorry if i offended anyone.

confused British teenager


confused british teenager 4 years ago

To simon,

i think you got a bit confused- I AM BRITISH, hence my alias 'confused British teenager'. I am also a teenager - wh9ich brings up another question- why do American guys always seem to get the girl while us british boys are represented as awkward, geeky nerds- i thought america was all about equality. I'm doing media at thew moment at school so i know about the 'action hero' type and the 'geek' type of man. It's not fair how we brits are represented in the american media. Also what are 'english muffins' because we don't have the under that name over here- do you mean crumpets ?

Arr- american culture is very confusing- you're constantly changing the meanings of words around.

Sorry if i offended anyone,

confused British Teenager


confused British teenager 4 years ago

Simon,

i'm polite because i had a good upbringing- and no i'm not upper-class (which is a class almost dead in British society, for you americans) . I just don't use slang. But then again it's kind of hard to write in this box- you cant't use backspace properely- IT guy get it sorted. ..... If you're not, youknow, too busy of couse- hard to display tone on this thing.I'm trying to be polite.

confused British teenager


confused British teenager 4 years ago

I can't use my real name for reasons of professional ethics. My alias 'confused British teenager' is actually a description of me. It's also quicker than using my other alias 'Engelbert Humperdink Voldemort don't tell him Pike' (joke about new starrbucks policy of asking for your name over here in Britain)

Going back to the aricle at the top of this L-O-N-G page, most British people don't even drive classic cars around or live in thatched houses- most of us tend to live in houses in housing estates (what you americans would call a suberb) and often they are smaller than suberban houses in America.

cBt out (F-A-B)


cBt 4 years ago

like my new nickname- the old one took too long to type- here are alist of British comedies and sitconms that the americans may find funny (i know i do)

-Red Dwarf

-Dads army (except the episode with the american troops)

-Blackadder (a bit rude at times)

-The Two Ronnies (a classic)

-Some Mothers do 'ave um (a bit too british but very funny)

-Miranda ( a modern classic )

-The fall and rise of Reginald Perrin(don't watch the modern version with Martin Clunes)

-Men behaving badly ( a bit of lad humour but still very funny)

-Mr Bean ( a bit like a modern charlie chaplin - extremly funny)

-It's a knockout (not a comedy but a gameshow- my mum says it's hilarious)


Sue 4 years ago

Audrey Hepburn?? Do your research!


cBt 4 years ago

Sue,

I mean comedies that aren't from the sixties and are on television not in movies like Miss Hepburn. Also I personally do not find her very funny whereas I find Rowan Atkinson hilarious.

Sorry if I got you confused,

cBt


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Matthew, Lake District must be beautiful. I do want to go to London though - just everywhere else too!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Richard, yes, I did know that about Tolkien - he had quite an interesting life, didn't he? I can't say I've ever heard a South African accent though. Thanks for all the suggestions! Love Maggie Smith, by the way :) And a mead winery? I didn't realize that still existed! So cool!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Frightfully_English! - So glad to hear it! I'm up for a bunch of exploring around the country - just have to get there first :) Sounds like that village is great - I didn't maypoles were still kept up - must be fun! Fish n chips? Definitely! Thanks for your comments!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Steve, I sincerely don't want to insult anyone. Please understand that I am focusing on England in this article, but that the flag is more recognizable for the purposes of this article.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha Yuki, thanks for getting my humor in this. I really was making use of broad stereotypes, but I realize that they don't always apply. Your picture of Americans is hilarious, by the way :)


Myles 4 years ago

Hello? Led Zeppelin


cBt 4 years ago

Hi all,

Myles has a good point. British music isn't just restricted to the Beatles (although they are very cool). We've also got the rolling stones, led Zeppelin, a couple of people in Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Steele, Lonny Donegan, Mr Big, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Electric Light Orchestra, John Miles, Lulu, The Hollies, The Sex Pistols (although Johnny Rotten can't sing), Pink Floyd, Amy Whinehouse, Jessie J and Take That,

(phew!- i'm almost out of breath)

Those were the first I could think. Wikipedia the ones you don't understand.

cBt


Dinah Lou 4 years ago

Oh goodness sake, I adored this site Rose. I laughed and cried about so many things that folks have shared on both sides of the pond. I adore the people from the UK! Their accent makes me melt and since a little girl I had dreams of falling in love with an English boy. I use Google Earth to "visit" the UK. HA! I'm from NC USA and the English people who have heard me talk have grinned...they say I roll out my words so long. There is a great fascination with English folks, I'm not sure why, to me it has to be because of their accents, castles, and proper ways. I'm a big Adele fan and I love, love, love the way she talks, except for the cussing part, it doesn't compliment the beautiful person that she is. It's funny, almost every actress/actor or singer that I've ever been truly crazy about came from the UK.

Anyway, I'm a Christian, and I don't like the way America is becoming more liberal, everything goes, few morals are left it seems, what is right is wrong, and what is wrong is right, it's almost as if sin has blinded so much of the world to what God wants us to be like. Sin blinds...anyway, in the UK, I have wondered if there were any Christian revivals going on over there? The kind of revivals that are waking people up out of their sin and alive to Christ. I don't even know if America is having any real revivals, sin keeps getting worse all over the world and Christians for the most part seem to be playing church...I'm guilty too, I need to do more for the Lord. Well, signing off, it's late and I know my email was not well organized, I'm an old woman...God Bless you Rose and thanks for your web page. I love the UK too...I didn't get to marry the English boy, but I did get to marry a cute Italian boy many, many years ago. He was a wonderful husband and father and was greatly loved by all.


Terry, Proud UK Expat, Washington State 4 years ago

The best thing about England is I was born and raised there and I love to go home... in so much as when I'm there, I call the USA home. I find it a blessing to have two places in the world that sadly over the years differ much less all the time aside architecture and accent. Yet, it will always have relentless charm as modern and Americanized as it has become in my many years living stateside. I have to agree, seeing all the things you point out in your great pictures are things you tend to take for granted there and although I've seen many of the places.. and not unlike Americans we see very little of the place we call home as in the wonderful sights, historical & natural. We see them on television, but to be honest.. get out, see the world, it's so much better in person. I find it sad that Britons have a passport percentage of ~70% and Americans only have ~30%. Many whom I've met that have never left their state borders. See the world!! It's magnificent.


goldietalker 4 years ago

Oh my god I loved this hub! I'm British and I loved the stereotypes. Sorry to burst your bubble but we don't all live in thatched cottages and drink tea, but I do know a few people who do so the dreams not completely dead. :)

I loved your point about your love for British humour, its so true, I personally think we're all laughing at different things.

By the way though, the accents all over Britain are very different. For instance, in my town alone there are loads of different accents, people say that each school has its own accent! There are people who talk a bit chavvy (not that there's anything wrong with that!) and then my friends are all quite posh, look up a surrey accent and you'll get the idea.

thanks anyway, it was a great read. :)


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Confused British Teenager, my, you've had a lot to say. I apologize that I haven't been on this page in a while, and I won't be able to address all of your comments. This is in fact, an article, not a blog. Perhaps you misunderstand that my stereotypes were put here on purpose, to be humorous. I realize that they aren't exactly true representations of everyone in England, but I was in part making fun of Americans' view of British society. It seems you believe in some of your own stereotypes about Americans and bringing up irrelevant topics such as the war in Vietnam strikes me as inappropriate. Thanks for your interest in my page though.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Simon, so glad you found this enjoyable. Our countries do have a lot in common, though we are very different. And I'm glad that we have been friends now for so long. I didn't realize Natasha Bedingfield had a brother - that's cool! Also, I have seen Hollie Cavanagh on TV a couple times. I don't watch AI regularly, but she seemed very talented from what I could tell.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Sue, I have done my research. Audrey Hepburn may have been born in Belgium, but her father was British, and I am pretty sure that she was a British citizen. She lived in different countries over the years though.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Dinah Lou, so happy you liked this! England is just too easy to love :) Maybe you'd like to check out my blog: inlovewithengland.wordpress.com I try to update regularly with my latest thoughts on English culture.

Adele is great, I agree. Her voice is simply stunning. Good idea about Google Earth! Why have I never thought of that?

I'm a Christian too, and I agree that our country seems headed in the wrong direction. On the other hand, God knows what He is doing. We can only do our part, what He's called us to do. He is in control.

Thanks for your visit!


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Terry, thanks for your comments! It is true, we need to see things for ourselves. I really intend to get to the UK someday - it's just making those plans isn't always easy.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi goldietalker, thanks for your visit! Yeah, I realize not everyone lives in a thatched cottage :( But that means the rest of you just live in castles, right? Just kidding... Accents are the same here - they change wherever you travel.


goldietalker 4 years ago

Ah thats so cool. :)

thanks :D

oh and hey confused british teenager, im also a british teenager but seriously, calm down. This is a fun, lighthearted blog, try not to take everything so seriously, it comes across a little rude and is a bit depressing really. :)


cBt 4 years ago

goldietalker,

I was not trying to be depressing but i was just addressing some issues. Also, to Rose West, i'm sorry if my comments about Vietnam were inappropriate. I guess I'm just a confused British teenager at heart who doesn't understand the social complexities of the modern world. Sorry if I offended any Americans by my comments - I thought this blog was a serious discussion. Also to Rose, i can't really help it if I accept certain stereotypes about America- it's such a big country with so many different people compared to the UK.

Again, sorry if i offended anyone- my views (which i have a right to under the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights) are getting a bit out of hand.

cBt


sparky2076 4 years ago

dont be too hard on the americans for confusing england with britain,how many "brits" know the differance between the uk,great britain and the british isles etc.

also to any visitors coming over who want to be beside the sea,in britain you are never more than 75 miles from the coast so no problem having a day trip.


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Rose West 4 years ago from Michigan Author

sparky2076 - never more than 75 miles! That's so cool! The English seaside sounds incredible.


Suzy 4 years ago

Rose West - Great read! Amazing to see your perception of "England".If you ever get to the UK you must visit the North East of England especially Newcastle Upon Tyne. We are basically the last stop before Scotland (which being half Scottish myself is also an enchanting, beautiful part of Britain). The coast-line right up the Northumbrian Coast is breathtaking with lots of amazing "stop off's" along the way. Alwick Castle is a must see (

Harry Potter fame). Please, please look up "Little Bobby Thompson" for a comedy flavour of the "old time - Newcastle" accent. Doubt you will understand a word BUT if you do you will laugh out loud - for a more modern day taste of our accent google Cheryl Cole. Nice one Rose! I love everything American but unfortunately have never been myself - one day eh?


suzy 4 years ago

Ooop's sorry - missed the n out of Alnwick.....


Yorkshire Gent 4 years ago

Hi Rose West,

Thanks for this article - it really made me smile.

I am British and for a long time have held a fascination with the USA. I have spent many months travelling around - from East to West Coast. I am delighted to say that in a few months I will be moving to Nevada, as I have been lucky enough to be offered a job and visa sponsorship - which has been approved.

You article gives me the strength to believe that I will be welcomed in the USA and that British people are viewed in a positive way - which I knew already I guess!

Anyway, save up and get yourself a ticket over here - it's all ready and waiting to be explored!!

Thanks

Lee


Roger 4 years ago

Audrey Hepburn was actually more Dutch, rather than English (she only had an English father who soon scarpered) she grew up in Belgium, then Arnhem and Amsterdam. Pop over to you tube and you can find her first screen appearance in a 1940s KLM-sponsored film: Dutch in Seven Lessons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQaq8Y9qzv4


Kyra 4 years ago

Hi Rose, really enjoyed reading the comments and replies on your page (apart from the grumpy ones) i guess not everyone gets the fact that it was meant to be a 'tongue in cheek' article, anywho-suffice to say that i think a lot of brits are just as curious about americans as you are about us, i could swap you some Pie, Mash 'n' liqour (traditional londoner grub) for a chilli cheese dog! lol, oh and btw Marmite is ok but Bovril is better, and there are some untrue myths held about british 'southerners', i happen to love gravy on me chips, i also drink newcastle brown ale haha but we all know that these things aren't important in defining who we are, it doesn't matter if you are north, south, east or west, uk or usa, what matters is we should all be able to laugh at our little quirks and smile because we all have so much in common, ooh before i go i just had another thought about marmite, its a bit gross im afraid but 'marmite undies' is a term some of us use for........ah well give it a google hehehe x


ClaireE 4 years ago

Hello, for starters, I loved your hub. It was interesting and entertaining to say the least. However as much as enjoyed this post, I couldn't help but get a little concerned. I was born in England but raised in Scotland (my mother being Scottish and my father being English). I just wanted to point out that if you are going to use the Union Jack flag and use the term 'Brirish' then you should include the other countries that are included within Britain - Scotland and Wales and not just England. It just annoys me a tad how Americans and other countries seem to think that Britain is just another word for England and it is NOT.

The United Kingdom as a whole includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and together we have done the world a lot. Numerous inventions have come from Scotland such as the telephone and the TV. As for literature, Robert Burns was a very inspirational Scottish poet/writer and even the author of Sherlock Holmes was Scottish (sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Fish and Chips is just as much Scottish as It Is English. In fact the first ever fish and chip shop opened In Scotland. The Queen and her royal family has a significan amount of Scottish and Welsh blood in them. Furthermore lots of music artists are Scottish and Welsh such as Feeder, Calvin Harris, The Proclaimers and Amy MacDonald. Ewan Mcgreggor, David Tennant, James Mcavoy are all Scottish actors but are also British.

Scots have shaped the world just as much as the English have, we did alot for America and Canada aswell as India, Australia and New Zealand. Sorry, I may seem I am rambling on and being a bit fussy but this is something I see all the time and It kind of irritates me. I just wish people would see us as one instead of just praising England. Few people on here seemed to realise this so I'm just putting this out there. By all means If you are just talking about England alone (which Is obvious you were) then fine, but please don't use the term 'British' or the Union flag.

However, all that aside, I visit England a lot and I agree that England Is a great and beautiful country. You did a fantastic job on your article and I hope I didn't offend anyone.


EssexLad 4 years ago

Take a guess where I'm from (unfortunately I've had a very long day and really did not have the energy to think of anything more imaginative to use)

I have to say that, despite what opinion everyone may have formed of us Essex-folk, thanks to that wonderful televised "entertainment" of which I feel fairly certain that you are aware of, we have some excellent heritage in Essex. For example: Colchester Castle (a former Roman settlement) and Stanstead Mount Fitchet (the last surviving wooden Motte and Bailey fort from the Saxon invasion of England).

Having taken a little drive down to Rochester in Kent recently, I recommend visiting Historic Rochester if you get the chance. Very picturesque place!

It is, however, a shame that many of the aspects of life that you describe as being English have gone the way of the Dodo. Those old cars, you only see once in a blue moon with some old fellow attempting to drive it when he can't even see over the steering wheel any more; which consequently causes him to veer on to what you would define as the "right" side of the road lol.

Moving on to the accents, it's like anything - I can pick out a southern American accent, a New York accent - but that's about it. Although I reckon you could pick mine out of a line-up since it sounds disastrous. Considering I grew up, and live only 26 miles from Central London, my accent sounds nothing alike the usual British accent displayed, which in reality is more alike a London accent in the 1940's.

Our tv hasn't really changed a great deal though, I'd recommend Russell Howard's Good News though. Sounds geeky, but it is extremely funny. Kind of like stand up comedy, with a bit of technological assistance.

I have to say, though, that I have never visited any part of America or the U.S but I would like to. Do you have any recommendations for me, RoseWest?


English Girl 4 years ago

Just want to say that I saw the Queen when she came to Hertfordshire last week and I'm so proud of her as she is truely an inspiration. God save our queen.


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ElizaDoole 4 years ago from London

Fantastic! Rose you just reminded me of everything I love about my country. (Apart from Simon Cowell! But an English person WOULD say that!). Why don't Americans hate the English? Well I guess you are just like the Irish, Scottish and Welsh now. You hate us - but you love us really. And we you. Like brothers and sisters!!! This hub is voted up and awesome.


cBt 4 years ago

Hi everyone.

Sorry i havent been on here for a while- had exams.

Just like to say that i'm sorry about some of my previous comments- i didnt mean to seem rude or innapropriate. I do like a lot of things about America, like Rock N Roll, the Rick Riodan books and Marvel comics.

By the way, do Americans have arivalry with Canadians? I saw an American show last night where some Americans badmouthed Canadians.

I assume that not many Americans dislike Candians.

Can anyone help me out with this?

cBt (confused British teenager)


cBt 4 years ago

to Sparky 2076,

Most brits above the age of ,say, 15 know the difference between Britain, England and the UK- Britain is Scotland, England and Wales whearas the British isles are Britain and Ireland. Hope that cleared things up.

cBt


Alex 4 years ago

Lol!!! some of these are true but some are not. I know we love your accent people always try to get an english accent down. Still i dont think all of these thing are true. P.S. i am both american and english


boss1234 4 years ago

scott remember when you go to cash your giro or pension just remember where it comes from if you dont like us simple MOVE france is not far lol


Dal 4 years ago

Scotland,Wales,Cornwall,Northern Ireland, England. All Britain. You can't say Scottish and British as if they are separate entities. You could talk about Scotland and England as they are constituent nations of Great Britain, also known as the United Kingdom. I also noted someone talking about 'bland' food. I fear this is a ridiculous myth. If you go to, say, London and eat there you are going to be eating a lot of non British food as it is one of the most internationally or ethnically diverse cities in the world. Many 'American' foods are in fact traditional British ones, such as apple pie ( hot apple pie with Cornish clotted cream...Yum!) if you want to try real British foods go out into the countryside, you will be amazed at the variety, quality and deliciousness of the traditional foods you will find. Try a real Cornish pasty, not the dross you buy in service stations as made by Ginsters ( a swear word in Cornwall, their 'Cornish' foods are awful and as unlike Cornish cooking as eels are to bison) , a proper steak and kidney pudding ( pie too though I prefer pudding), treacle tart, sticky treacle pudding, Toad in the hole, Beef wellington, Bakewell tarts, Yorkshire puddings, Cornish cream tea, summer pudding, jam roly poly, pumpkin soup, proper stew with dumplings, beef and ale pie, crumpets or muffins dripping jam, Bilberry pie, rhubarb and custard, blackberry crumble, blue cheese and pear tart, Braised lamb, Cornish bread and butter pudding, proper roast beef, game pie, bubble and squeak, lamb tika masala ( originated in Glasgow) , cider and pork casserole, Christmas pudding, clementine and lemon posset ( love it), cottage/shepherds pie, egg custard tart, marble cake, rocky road.... I could literally go on and on and not a bland dish amongst them. To the person from Colorado ( Jane Grey) who stated the food was bland, a rude part of me wants to say get out of MacDonalds and try real British food, but the nice part of me, by far my greatest portion, politely suggests that they haven't tried real British food at all and thus they greatly missed out . Oh and I have adored all the Americans I have met :)


Lee 4 years ago

If you're talking about just exclusively England, then please refrain from using the terms "UK", "Britain" or "British", and NEVER show the Union flag. I don't care how popular it is amongst Americans, IT IS WRONG! Just use the words "England" or "English" and only show the St George's cross and O will have no complaints.


Shân 4 years ago

I loved reading what you had to say about our culture, I like your culture too and have been blessed to have a good American friend.

I am going to have to disagree about London and New York being similar, I agree that we are same in terms of both cities being multi cultural. But I do think we are different, I have never been to New York but have noticed that you have central park right in the middle, we have lots of parks, Hyde Park, Regents Park and St James Park where Buckingham Palace is situated.

NY as a city also has loads of tall sky scrapers, the only ones we have that are large really are Canary Wharf and the Shard.

We have lots of old buldings mixed in with the new and no matter where you walk if you look closely enough you will see little placards on buildings showing you who lived there and in what century.

London is so steeped in history as far back as the Romans when it was originally called Londinium.

We have moved with the times and our youths are very similar to the young people in the states.

They are influenced by fashion and music, some are hipsters, some are Goths some follow others like urban trends.

In the countryside it is different, if you want to really experience British culture, dont just go to London.

We do have places where you can have scones and tea, we have Castles, Parish Churches, Markets, Farms ,The national Trust with it's Stately Homes, beautiful Seaside Towns and Rolling Hills.

I always recommend visiting, Cornwall, Brighton, the Peak district, Snowden North Wales and definitely the Scottish Higlands.

We don't all drive, we cycle or use buses, walking is something that a lot love to do too :-)

Our culture loves pubs so you will find a lot of pubs in our land LOL!

Yes we definitely have different dialects, Northeners sound different to the Southerners, Northeners are a lot more expressive and blunt, Southerners tend to be more reserved.

A lot of friends of mine from abroad often feel that the British can be cold and aloof, dont be put off it does take time for people to warm up.

The reason this is, is that it takes a lot longer to open up, we need to trust before we express what we think and we have to know a person quite well to share personal things, that is not always the case though there are exceptions :-) but a lot of english are the former.

But once you gain an english persons trust you will have a friend for life.

I am welsh by birth but grew up in the north and south of england.

If you want to know more, just ask away :-)


LilmissT 4 years ago

....All i can say...americas got it all wrong, and even if an english person explains everything single bit too them..they still wont get it all right! (and i call it blind mans bluff, i've never heard of blind mans buff, ever?) -by a 12yr old english person! =)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for one of the best hubs I have ever read.

It was amazingly well constructed, charmingly amusing, well researched and just a delight to read.

I am from across the Pond, and although not English, it has been said that I am "more English than the English".

I am , in a nutshell, what is known as intrinsically British.

And speaking of British, you sense of humour (note the spelling) would pass as English anywhere.

I have marked this hub UP and AWESOME which is something I seldom do.

And I know it is frowned on, if you would like to hear a voice which could very well pass as English, I recite (read, actually) a couple of my poems and even sing a little song... but as that is in Urdu, perhaps it doesn't count.

Cheers!

(as they say, over here)


Jarl 4 years ago

Those things you talk about are less common in built up suburban areas of the cities an such. But they can be found in the more rural areas. There is a pub in South Wales that is 800 years old called the Skirrid and also Norman churches built 900 years ago. Not to mention the iron age hillforts, stone age burial chambers and stone circles. Stonehendges development spans as far back as the construction of the great pyramid in Egypt. There are a number of thatched houses around here, including a lovely old pub http://www.whitelionbarthomley.com/

My home town with its many pubs, local produce market and yes tea shops dates back to pre-Roman Celtic times as a site for the collection of salt from the brine springs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5lyKViQH-Q&feature...

and nearby the city of Chester http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX50GBj6UtA&feature...

As for accents there is no British accent just as South Americans (Mexico etc) and Americans do not have an Americas accent. Accent is also not to be confused with dialect. Dialect is a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language. Standardized English is London dialect, up here in the North we have more Saxon and Norse (viking words). Here in Cheshire the word for 'oak' is 'acc' which is from the Saxon 'ac' hence acorn. Most true dialect speakers have died out and for the most part we speak standardized English. Here is an example of the old Yorkshire dialect (which is close enough to my own that i understand him perfectly without the subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScELaXMCVis


Jarl 4 years ago

I have read most of the comments on here. So i fully understand you know the difference between Britain and England. But it is worth bearing in mind that no more than an hours drive from my house in England other British people speak like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFrCCjZRi0E (although they also speak in English)


J. Smith 4 years ago

You left out the Bronte sisters. My favorite English writers.


tyrantzoo 4 years ago

Good blog, a nice idyllic view of Blighty, even if it is slightly outdated for citizens of Britain, as a tourist you could live this way of life for a couple of weeks. I would've included the great English pub in the list, and possibly my kitchen where there is always crumpets and tea on the go!


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

nice articles.. it was very awesome... that was very informative, i like it so much. thanks for sharing!


Amy Hintz 4 years ago

Don't forget Tim roth; we LOVE tim roth.


Kalzarc 4 years ago

You have made a Hetalia fan very happy xD

I don't know if you know Hetalia (to be honest, I expected this comment thread to be about *plastered* with comments referring to it ^^ ), it is a Japanese manga/comic series in which countries are personified as characters.

Anyway, "UsUk" - the (not yet established) romantic involvement between the character America and the character England - is very, very popular within that fandom.

While I'm at it, let me tell you something about their roles in that series; their shared story is actually quite sweet and tragic, it is depicted as England taking care of America when latter was little, and they truly adored each other. However, when America experienced a growth spurt that reduced their approximate "human" age difference from 10 to 4 years (countries age differently from us ^^ ), England didn't know how to deal with it so he unwisely proceeded to cage America in. While it is understandable that America didn't want that, it truly shocked and hurt England when America declared independence.

Nowadays they argue a lot over petty things, though that is mostly because England won't admit how hurt he still is and America doesn't quite know how else to act. Their care for each other still shows through, however, and it seems they'd both secretly like to mend their relationship. Mutual attraction and deeper feelings have been hinted at as well.

Now, the reason I'm telling you is not only because all of what you've written here is true fuel for my UsUk fandom, but because I can really see the character America in this, it matches him and his actions.

Like, he makes fun of England all the time, his tea time, his food, that he is so "old", his fairies, his accent - short, all the things you say Americans love about England. Now I have also seen/heard other Americans make fun of these things about the British, and combined with this your hub and the general concept of Hetalia's America's personality, I begin to believe that he simply likes to mock the things he actually finds *endearing* about England, since he doesn't know how else to express his affection ^^

Either way, thank you very much for writing this :)


The person 4 years ago

We do not live in thatched cottages and drink tea all day!

We aren't at all like the stereotypes anyway


Alex 4 years ago

Audrey Hepburn is Belgian..........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Hepburn


mr uk 4 years ago

uk & usa really kicks it .... !!!!


deo 4 years ago

give it up for rose west


me 4 years ago

You're deranged if this is how you view England. England is so much better than most of the crap on you're list and incidentally American England is the true land of the free. Equal rights for black people and women started here in our green and pleasant land. I love a cuppa but don't drink from fine china but a mug. I don't like crumpets but like a nice pint of bitter down my local boozer. Not go back to chanting U.S.A and eating cheeseburgers you pathetic second rate bastards.


Kirsty 4 years ago

Aww I loved reading this, I'm English and It's great to know that some people actually like us! I'm completely fascinated with America though, I hardly watch English TV or if I do, I don't tend to enjoy it as much as when I watch American shows. I love how enthusiatic Americans seem whereas us English may come accross a little dull at times! I hope at some point in my life I am able to see your beautiful country!


ChristinaHeg 4 years ago

Hello,

I am a student in England, and am from the south east (half an hour from Cambridgeshire in a place called Bedfordshire). I have seen that a lot of people believe that the cockney london accent is disappearing, but I can tell you know, that it is still very much around. Where i'm from, we are seen as bit cockney, as we sometimes miss out t's in our words! The country side villages do still exist, however, I live in a town, which is unfortunately, filled with chavs! (gangsters to you? ) Apart from the chavs, its really nice.

I have to admit, I don't like tea, but I do love crumpets. You must try marmite, I know it looks gross, but if you love it, its amazing! You can even buy marmite cheese now! (YUM!) I have been to Florida once, and tried the hersheys. Its okay, but galaxy is so much better, it literally melts in your mouth, so you must try it! I have recently tried pop-tarts, and loved them, however i'm yet to try lucky charms. (we can buy some american sweets in a shop called 'olde sweet shoppe')

As I have already said, I have been to Florida, and everyone was so friendly over there. This one pair in Universal Studios said our accent was pretty! And when we lined up for the Harry Potter, right before closing, it was the longest queue, but everyone cheered whenever the doors opened, and were shouting 'Harry Potter' in their American accents (i'm afraid to say i joined in, although my american accent was a tad crap). It was such an amazing atmosphere, can't wait until we go again. TGI Friday's was amazing, I got to ring the bell! However, the taxi drivers tried to rip us off because we were English -.- .

I really hope you get the chance to go to England, as it has so many great places, including stonehenge and the angel of the north! Out of curiosity, what states would you advise going to, as i've always wanted to go to New York?


Mat 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this, i had no idea what the Americans liked about us, only that they likes us :D and now I know and FYI we dont drink tea that often... well, yeah we do BUT it must have a bici with it :D


mike 4 years ago

Im not facinated by the English , but i do respect them and feel they are our friends. Our big brother so to speak. Im American, I do not like the Royalty, the king the queen to me without insult I think its all crap.Thats what makes us different. In America we are all Royals no different , no snootiness . In England there are many classes of people , levels ( I think) . I dont like Royalty, I think the Queen should work , and get paid. I would hate to think that if I lived in England a part of my salary would pay for the Queen and her family to sit on their As--s. Thats the difference between Americans and England. Americans dont care for that mindset , the English let it happen.


Mr Richards 4 years ago

Dear Mike,

Sir, it is most gratifying to hear that you regard us (the English) as your friends. There is so much history we share and so many values we have in common. However, at the risk of sounding rude, I must attempt to adjust your view towards the relationship between the English people and our monarchy.

Most English (and British) people, regard the monarchy as servants to our country. We do not live under their rule or regard them as unnecessarily privileged. Their existence is mostly symbolic and they serve to underpin our values and exist as a head of state, free from financial or political corruption. Generally speaking, senior members of the royal family work extremely hard in their roles and regard themselves as servants to their country. Most of us would think twice about swapping places with them. Their lives are dedicated to their duty and we value them for it.

There is also really very little class distinction in every day society these days. There is still an aristocracy and people are born into positions of wealth and power. This is really not so different from almost any country in the world. The only difference is that the wealth has been held in these families for many generations rather than recently obtained wealth. Normal people are no longer oppressed or subservient to wealthy aristocratic families or to the monarchy.

I hope this helps a little to illustrate a clearer view of our lives and our relationship with our historic, now largely symbolic, ruling classes.

Kind regards,

Mr P. D. Richards.


Dave 4 years ago

Hi Everyone, let me ask you a question. If you could have something from the UK or Europe to adorn your mantle-piece or window sill, your garden or drive-way, a typical British drink to offer your friends, what would it be? A personalised tape / cd with an english accent? a leprechaun, english tea, a toy phone box, as london taxi or something else....happy pondering


anonymous 4 years ago

A few things, I'm not English or American but I do live in England. I'm not sure how you see it but a lot of this is different to how we (the people who live in Britain) would.

Really, most people live in towns, and hardly any have a thatched roof.

Of course people go to church but not everyone.

As for the phone boxes.... I have never used one, not many people do. It's only really in movies that they get used by a lot of people. I'm confused about if you really think we don't have phones, most of us do.

I don't drink tea out of a china cup, most of us just use mugs. And a lot of us drink coffee instead.

Not a lot of us drive in mini cooper etc. We have other cars you know!


Ajdi9 4 years ago

Nice :K


Bonyg 4 years ago

Hi Rose, it's Bonyg. I wrote the previous post. Hope you are well this Sunday morning. I would just like to add that in the previous post, I said I loved old English pubs with their log fires, copper pans and pictures of fox hunting. I like these pictures purely from an aesthetic perspective as they are part of the history and tradition of some pubs. The people do look lovely in their red coats, with the horses and the beautiful landscape, but I do not agree with fox hunting and thankfully it has now been made illegal here. The guys still go out in their gear, but are no longer allowed to hunt real foxes anymore. They just chase a scent put on a rag or something. Please come to England, Great Britain, the UK - it is all splendid! We would love to have you here. I for one would give you a warm welcome. Let me know when you are over. I would be honoured to show you around. You could come for afternoon tea and crumpets darling! Simply wonderful!


William J 3 years ago

Rose, if you want to get a real traditional British experience, I would suggest going to where it all started, a city called Newcastle, which is the North East of Britain, the real British accent is from Newcastle and is still very much used today back from the saxon days, and I would recommend visiting the Lake District for the country side experience, which is probably the best place in Britain for it's villages Etc.


Fran 3 years ago

hello! i am from Britain and to be completely honest, no one in america has ever successfully pulled of a British accent and no one EVER sounds like that in real life. also no one realizes they have an accent at all, in fact yours (american) sounds so strong compared to ours! I guess we are just used to it!


heitor 3 years ago

there is no place like england!I love the culture,history,ideology,people and everything else!


Sam 3 years ago

Why does everyone think English food is tasteless? We have amazing food! Have you ever had all-in stew(or gruel as I call it)? it is absolutely delicious-despite my inside joke. Pies. Yes, it may be stereotypical because I live in Wigan and we are called Pie-eaters but the pies are good and the pasties. Don't get me started on home-made Sunday Dinners!


cBt 3 years ago

Hello,

Sorry i haven't been on here for a while but i had exams again. Can any Americans on here explain why some Americans call the UK 'England' when actually England is only one part of the UK, which also includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (although Scotland will probably become independent in a few years). I'd hate to think that American people grow up with an over-simplified view of the UK. We Brits don't think that all Americans live in either New York or the deep south and are obese-which is an over-simplification of America.

One more thing- why do some US tv comedies use stereotypes of other nationalities. I watched 'The Big Bang Theory' the other night and was horrified by the stereotypical representation of other nationalities such as British people and Indian people. I hope British shows being shown in America don't appear that rude.

Sorry if my comments were too serious,

cBt


cBt 3 years ago

Hello,

To any Americans on here who like British music, I would definetely recommend listening to The Who's 'My Generation' on youtube. It is brilliant! it also shows what the British Mod Subculture used to listen to in the mid sixties. Other great mod musicians include The Jam, Paul Weller, Miles Kane and (to a lesser extend) the super cool 18 year old Jake Bugg!

I hope you guys enjoy it if you listen to it,

cBt


mcrto 3 years ago

I find it hilarious that so many of my fellow Brits are calling you out over the Britain/England thing.

Firstly, they were all so ignorant that they didn't think to check that somebody else might have (most probably did) point it out earlier!

Secondly, every single one then goes on to refer to you as an 'American' and not a 'North American'. So I'm guessing it's completely ok for them to call the USA - America, but how dare you mistakingly confuse English and British! haha ;)


cBt 3 years ago

to mcrto,

Whoops!- I forgot about the whole North-American thing. I suppose its because there's only Canada and the USA in North America and since Canada doesn't have 'America' in its name but the USA does, we tend to call the citizens of the USA 'Americans'.

Sorry for my slip of the keyboard,

cBt


Peter - An English guy. 3 years ago

This is so annoying since only a couple of them are actually true. Crumpets, pasties and scones aren't that common (and what's a freakin' hot toddy?), most people are bland as f*ck, no accent sounds remotely similar and a tiny miniscule of the population live in villages. Old English humour was fun, but now it's pretty damn vulgar for the most part.

Granted, the history and literature are great.


James - Clearly more english 3 years ago

I don't know what you are talking about Peter ^ but I actually have crumpets almost everyday and probably have a pasty once a week. Maybe i'm just more of the idealistic English guy that Americans think we are. I lived in the west country (before moving to London) so lived in a cottage, and ate pasties and scones. I also don't have an accent and just sound regular British.


Mr. Toad of Tadcaster 3 years ago

Doctor Who! You forgot the Doctor, and of course his always toothsome companion (note the English euphemism for a tasty morsel, a crumpet, egad a bird). Lovely article. Once you live there, it stays in your heart and in your mind. One of my children was born there while I was up at Oxford.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Monty Python... their brand of pointless. silly humor never gets old and very much influential.

I also like Audrey Hepburn but I was not sure then of her nationality, if she was Belgian, British, or American (or Americanized). Now you put my guesses to rest. :)

One of the reasons I love the UK is its new wave scene too. :)

Voted up and awesome. :)


charlie 3 years ago

The guy who wrote this is so clueless, i he would never be able to understand a scouser, mank, brummie etc. I never event comment on stuff but this sort of thing is why most of the world laughs at americans maybe he should give 15 reasons for that


Echo 3 years ago

Yes, Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol. :-D


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carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

Voted Up,funny and interesting :) My favorite is the music and accents. I love that british accent....so refined...crisp and no matter what is said even the most idotic words come out like intellegent poetry :) Thank you for writing an interesting hub that puts a smile on my face.


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Phoebe Orsmond 3 years ago

I have to say I can understand some of your points but others make laugh but that is because of difference in culture, experience and knowledge. I loved how you voiced some of your points and it was an interesting read!


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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for the ratings! I know, the accent gets me every time :)


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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for reading, Phoebe! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


Andy 3 years ago

If some of your readers are into British cars, the Goodwood Revival meeting is great, all the old british racing cars from the 1930s. They are absolutely beautiful. They will also occasionally fly Spitfires there too at these meetings. A masterpiece of british engineering. This meeting is usually in September.


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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Andy, thanks for your comment! 1930s cars are so cool! I would love to see that!


Alex J 3 years ago

Audrey Hepburn is Belgian...

While this article is interesting, it seems strange to me that what you're talking about is a vision of England that doesn't exist in reality. I think you would be gravely disappointed if you ever visited my country. For example the red phone boxes haven't been used in almost 15 years, I have never lived anywhere with a thatched roof and those cars are only driven by the super-rich or hipsters.


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Rose West 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alex, thanks for reading! This article was meant to exaggerate, so I know that everybody in England doesn't live like this. Still, I doubt I would be disappointed in a trip there :)


Adam JK 3 years ago

Hey this comment is A couple of years to late haha but i'm from south west England a city called Plymouth :) ( where the pilgrims set off from to find America ;) ) Your hub made me laugh i appreciate you making a hub like this shows that american's do show us Respect :)


reece 2 years ago

the gravy looks weak so does the tea, the Cornish pasty looks like a pie it's supposed to be flaky .


John smith 2 years ago

I can't believe you used the British flag when the article is about England. So rude, uneducated and arogant


Lacey 2 years ago

Sorry to disappoint but England is nothing how Americans see it. I suppose the media has portrayed it completely different to how it is really.

In England, we don't all drink tea, eat scones and crumpets everyday, drive a mini and live in thatched roof cottages.

I live in Cornwall (in the middle of nowhere I may add) and drive a Nissan Micra. For the last 3 days I've had pasta for lunch, which really says it all about my diet.

As for the accents, I consider myself to have a standard English accent, not specific to any area of the country. However, if an American was to meet a proper Cornish person, you wouldn't be able understand a word they say. In comparison to America, it's like trying to understand a strong Southern Texan accent. And don't get me started on Northern accents like Liverpool's or Newcastle's.

I think a lot of tourists just go to London so it shows an unrealistic view of England as a whole. People should visit standard towns in county's like Essex or Devon to give a true view to English life.

Oh and the red phone boxes don't really exist any more, they're more for show and don't actually function. Plus a lot of them are mouldy and all the paint is chipping off making them faded red and white shelters from the rain.

For a true view of a young English lifestyle, you should watch Some Girls, The Inbetweeners or Skins (the English versions, not the awful American remakes). Or even Eastenders, a never ending soap opera, I don't watch it personally as I find it incredibly boring but it could give a bit of an insight to English lifestyle.

Sorry to rant but yeah, I thought it could be educational...


kirk 2 years ago

To all the people who keep saying "England isn't like this anymore" maybe your town isn't but lots of towns are still like this. There are hundreds of picturesque villages with thatched rooves and red phone boxes in the uk. I feel that these people probably havent even left their town, they cant have. And John Smith if your going to call someone arrogant at least try and spell it right.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Adam, Thanks for reading! That's awesome that you're from Plymouth! So glad I could give you a laugh :)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, Lacey, for all the info! Yes, I realize a lot of this is stereotyped, and I would love to experience English life first-hand. Thanks for the recommendations!


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Kirk, thanks for your comments! I appreciate your insight :)


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

As an American who moved to England to marry a Delightful Englishman I can tell you that the perception and the reality are quite different. The Brits have become every bit as modern as any American, what with mobile phones, texts, etc. Two great things about England are the NHS and the BBC. I can listen to radio drama everyday and have no health insurance worries.


leslie 2 years ago

the Anglican church and Premier league too


Alistair 2 years ago

Just as a side note, the royal family still does have very real power. Should our queen wish it, she could abolish our entire government and close down parliament, taking on the country all on her own. However, this will of course never happen as they are very convenient for her.


Tony 2 years ago

Rose,

Like others have said, I don’t know how I came across your Hub – but I’m glad I did. Made me smile a lot.

I didn’t read all the way down, but a good bit of it anyway, and there are a few things I can enlighten you on ......

POSH: This came about during the British “Raj” days when we ran India. When the wealthy traveled out to India (by boat of course) they did so by reserving the best cabins on the boat. Now, think about it… Travelling there from Britain they went south to the Med and then east until turning south through the Suez canal – then it was all eastward to the West coast of India (Bombay/Mumbai?). Where is the Sun in the sky on your journey? – it is mostly on the right-hand side of the boat. SO where is the best place to be comfortable and “less hot” … on the left-hand-side of the boat…. Which is the PORT side. Now coming back you will want to be on the opposite side … the right or starboard side.

SO you want PORT out and STARBOARD home ……. ie POSH !

Now the left side of the road thing: I understand this …. apocryphal or not.

In the days when people traveled on horse-back (in lawless country) they carried swords. Most people are right handed…. So passing to the left of an oncoming horse/rider, you would have you sword-hand ready for action.

True or not I like it

I live in a small village in Lincolnshire called Tealby, a half-hours drive from the City of Lincoln itself on a small hilly bit called the Lincolnshire Wolds. Now, it has 2 pubs. One of which has a thatched roof and dates from 1367. Says above the door “Oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire”. It has old red post boxes, an old red telephone box (they are preserved by order in many parts of the country), a butchers and village school and community shop run on a shoe-string by locals. The church dates from the 1100's. A famous resident who once lived here is Bernie

Taupin (of Elton John fame). Also a relative of Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet).

I have been to the US once - for a 2 week skiing trip to Colorado (Vail + Breckenridge). Now Vail is a manufactured village made in Alpine style, but Breckenridge is, I believe, an old mining town and the brightly

coloured (sorry, colored) pastel shades of the wooden building I found charming and unique. BTW: the skiing was superb, even compared to the best resorts in the Alps ( I've been to many). I also found the people lovely, with the "have a nice day" greetings that, surprisingly to me, seemed entirely genuine. We Brits can tend to look upon that as being "forced" but no, I thought it was great.

Anyway, hope I've added something to your sum of knowledge. Please come over sometime - and if you go to the right places you will not be disappointed. To say these tiny Islands are so crowded with people you will find vast swathes of quiet, undisturbed countryside and the coasts are stunning, especially the Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Welsh coasts with seals languishing on the rocks below as you walk the coastal paths. Don't expect wall to wall sunshine however, though saying that we had a lovely Summer this last one.

PS: I'm a retired "Weatherman" - so I do know about these things!

The Gem of the Isles though is, IMHO, the English Lake district - I fell in love with it when a spent a week under canvas there is the summer of '76 ( best summer of mine or anyone's living's memory here). Do Google it - the Lakes, not the summer.

Some links you might like to visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincolnshire_Wolds

This includes pics of the country around the village and shows the pub (1 of) and 2 churches the second is 2 nmiles to the north at Walesby. BTW: There's a lot of "by's" in Lincolnshire dating from the time of the Vikings.

http://www.escapetolincolnshire.co.uk/local-area

A Brief history of Tealby:

http://www.wowwebwork.com/tealby_home/history.html

Anyway I've droned on too long here.

Thanks again


Tony 2 years ago

Rose:

Just looked at a few of the later comments and I have to apologise (sorry- apologize) for the comment made by a certain "John Smith" - take no notice. I'm afraid the Scottish nationalist debate has rankled some here, maybe that's some thing to do with his uncalled for nastiness. It's true that amongst the older English population we can tend to look upon the Union flag as the "English" one and this can "rub-up" some of our neighbours (sorry, neighbors).

Oh, an aside on the spelling/pronunciation thing ( and a humourous link to follow )......... oh, sorry again - humorous.

My old grandfather - a Yorkshireman, always pronounced "route", as in the way to somewhere as in "out". Now I have never heard it said that way here before or since (we say it as in "root"). I have heard it said that way many time however in US TV/films. SO you see, we carried things over there that are still in usage yet are now lost here.

If you want a really good laugh at the differences between us, then look at this link - a sketch from one of Eddie Izzard's shows, recorded in the US...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6lJGD3Q9Qs

Also as you can see from my post/links there is indeed many places here that match the "stereotype" just fine.

Thanks again Tony


Tony 2 years ago

Another illustration of accent (??) - you'll get it when you listen to (Sir) Patrick Stewart (Cpt Picard of Star Trek) below.

Now being a Yorkshireman myself, I'm afraid I detect a certain "piss-take" here...

www.pajiba.com/trade_news/sir-patrick-stewart-deftly-demonstrates-how-to-moo-with-a-british-accent.php

click on the "Listen here, and listen immediately. " link at the bottom.


Tony 2 years ago

You will need to copy to browser on my last few links due omission of http://


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GreenPrince 2 years ago from Philippines

I love England!


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Colleen, thanks for reading! It's good to get a perspective from an American actually living in England.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Alistair, thanks for the info! I've been studying government lately, and it's interesting learning about our different governments.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Tony, thank you so much for your comments! I really enjoyed reading about the origin of "posh" and driving on the left side of the road - never heard that before! Lincolnshire sounds lovely - must be a great place to live. I've been to Breckenridge plenty of times - it's such a great town! Thank you again!


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

thanks for the encouragement :)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Me too :)


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

Hi Rose,

I am a Californian but lived in England for 20 years. When I first arrived I lived in a working class mining village. I tell you what, I couldn't understand a word they said! Such things as, "ya alright me duck?"

When I asked for a BLT they used cooked canned tomatoes. Times have changed, I am glad to say.

When everyone I knew tried to do an American accent it was always with a Texan drawl. LOL

Some of the food in the UK is unusual. Pork pies I like but they took some getting use to at first. Also Marmite is great, and chocolate Hobnobs, and digestive biscuits.

When I visited the US after living so many years in the UK, the food in America seemed over-processed and too salty. Instead of real whipped cream I was offered Cool Whip and an artificial flavored Coffee Mate. I wanted real cream.

Oh don't get me started.


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Emily Richey 2 years ago from Florida

This cracked me up. Well done Rose! You hit the nail on the head, especially with the literature.


nj 2 years ago

as a british woman i laughed at this obviously the person who made this either doesn't have a clue about the uk or is living in the past most of the things that were posted are not true etc our houses are very modern, we don't all sit down and drink tea and eat crumpets, the only accent in england is not just a london accent there are other cities in the uk that have many different accents etc manchester, birmingham, liverpool, newcaslte, just to name a few..most people in the uk don't really care about the royals because and most of us in whichever city are normal working class people england is not as posh as it seems most people in whichever city has poverty, crime, murders, no jobs etc just like anywhere else in the world there are rough places and people struggling


Tony 2 years ago

Another glass half-empty type just above I see.


superdave 2 years ago

Audrey Hepburn was dutch (before she moved to America). Otherwise an accurate list of why we Americans feel second class to the Brits.


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ravi1991 2 years ago from Lucknow, India

Perhaps the strength in character that British as well Americans have.

This common trait may be the reason for amity.


Colin Neville 2 years ago

I'm glad someone loves Simon Cowell. Most Brits think he is a smug ****. Kate Winslet, though, that's another matter. She's a credit to us; so is Kate Rusby (who gets a bonus point 'cos she's from Yorkshire). I'd like to visit the US to see New Hampshire in the autumn. I've heard it's beautiful.


Marie 2 years ago

I'm so glad to see this post. A lot of what I see on the internet is anti-American. I don't know if those people represent all of England, but things like fat, ugly, ignorant and stupid were used to identify us as Americans came up often. Good to see that there are real people who actually still see each other the way we always have friends/family nations. God bless both our nations, and pray we will always live in peace and prosperity.


Colin Neville 2 years ago

Marie. These morons don't represent the English.

In any country of 56 million people, we have our share of half-wits, unfortunately, and "empty vessels make the most noise" - particularly with the anonymity of the Internet giving them a platform for their brainless xenophobia. The fact that the British live in peace today owes a considerable debt to the USA for their support in both World Wars. Yes, God bless both our nations.


paulKenya 2 years ago

I would consider marrying a Brit and a Yankee just so i can have both accents around ...they are truly really beautiful.Americans tend to speak too fast and pronounce words as though they were choking on hot potato .And the Brits ....the Queen's English ...everyone's dream


kelly 2 years ago

Strange how alot of our lot saying most of us dont drink tea "/ I can definetley say that most people I know or have known drink tea. At work we have "tea breaks" usually one mid morning and one mid afternoon. And its customary in most homes to offer tea or coffee to your visitors! We all like to go to visit our friends to have a chinwag (gossip) over a cuppa and biscuits :) . I do wake up every morning and put the kettle on first thing. Breakfast without tea would never happen in my home! Lol And a cup of tea is also the first thing we reach for after a long day when we arrive home. Its comforting. :) .. Even our bed and breakfasts and hotels have kettles and teabags and sugar! So yes we really would fall apart as a country without tea! Ha . We are not very traditional with the scones and teapot now though. Tea is made so much its instant with aa teabag and hot water out the kettle. But I can guarantee that if you visited someones home over here you would be offered a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit.


jHQJH 2 years ago

I find this amusing, im british and not everyone lives in a village. I live in a chavy shopping district in the center (aka birmingham) and i have no idea what a hot toodie (?) is... ahaha. I doubt you have ever been to the uk, or atleast visited various places.


Tina Lim 2 years ago

I think most people are disillusioned with the perception of England. Only but a few elite people speak the Queens English. In most places, with the amount of immigration, the salutation is Salaam. There are now increasingly more Mosques, than the great British pubs, and Mohammed is the most popular name. With "innit" and Allah oh Akbhar" more common place than Tally oh or even the word " hello" replaced by "Salaam" and Dobre Den England has lost all its appeal. In a lot of places, there is 55% immigration which has meant that the great English accent is all but lost. In certain areas, Pork and pubs have closed down due to the immigrant populous, or them being threatened and Sharia Law implemented. London the only person with any ensemble of a British accent is the Big Issue Seller, how sad.


Union Jack 2 years ago

1. America didn't fight in world war 1

2. The queen is the head of state- she can intervene in a court of law, dissolve a government and has to consult the prime minister every week to discuss the running of the country: she has power


Joseph Cardoza 2 years ago

Is this actually supposed to be serious because I can't tell... I personally found " the way of life" section to be quite funny. Do people actually believe english people live like that? I'm english and have never drank tea from a china cup, nor do I know anyone who has. And the whole living countrified lives is ridiculous. To be honest, you're lucky to find much country side atall here.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Blond Logic, I love hearing from people who have lived in both places! I've heard about the Texan accent a lot - funny how that is the most stereotyped American accent.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad you liked it, Emily :)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi nj, yes, these are meant to be stereotypes, for comedic effect. I think it is interesting how we all view foreign places, forgetting the real-life ups and downs that life has anywhere you go.


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, New Hampshire is gorgeous in the autumn! (I wonder what Old Hampshire is like :)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Positive thoughts :)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

I start my day with a cup of tea as well (should be in England!)


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

I am confused by your first statement - America did fight in WWI...


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Rose West 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Totally tongue-in-cheek :) This was not meant to be a serious portrayal of English life, just a picture of our stereotypes :)


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Laura335 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

This is very true. I'd love to see an article written by a Brit about how they perceive the U.S., but I don't think they could come up with 15 things. ha ha


just a british girl 2 years ago

I would've found this extremely complimentary and lovely if it weren't for the chopping and changing between using England and Britain. Despite popular opinion there are other countries in Britain.

I'm sorry if this sounds rude - this was really lovely and I actually enjoyed reading it quite a bit! I had no idea that Americans liked us over here... Like at all.


Iona 2 years ago

We don't drive on the wrong side of the road, we just drive on a different side...


Im a Welsh Guy! 2 years ago

Have you noticed that the flag you put up is British? England doesn't consist of the whole isle. there is Welsh, English, Irish (kinda) and Scottish! British is the collaboration of these countries...


Sean362 2 years ago

Hanged not hung in that #1 video and I pretty sure Queenie can change the government system whenever she likes but there'd be a riot


Sean362 2 years ago

And I know it's a light hearted article before anyone condemns me for my previous comment


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nathalia27 2 years ago

Royal family and English literature were the things why England was love.


Harry 2 years ago

Please stop getting mixed up with what Britain, the UK and England is!

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the official term! Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales. Although England is the biggest and superior country/region, obviously.


Matthew 2 years ago

This isn't as outdated as you might think for some areas. The cities are very different but specific areas, villages, and places like West Sussex, where I live, still hold such traditional values. And yes, we love American culture too!


guy from britain 2 years ago

what I don't get is why in american t.v. shows, when a person from Britain comes they always have that really stereotypical, annoying accent and never any over accent like mine (Yorkshire accent).


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