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#1 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

I've always been curious about it. Outside of knowing that gaming is abit more expensive, and that people refer to losing weight as stones. I don't know much at all about the UK. It would be interesting what you guys have to say about it.

#2 Posted by GunstarRed (5540 posts) -

Mostly a lot of cannibalism and drinking cups of tea.

#3 Posted by JammyMan (22 posts) -

I've been to the USA for conferences a couple of times (Miami) and live in the north of England, in contrasting the two I would say that things here are a lot smaller (roads, cars, buildings... etc), the service is less happy, but the whole service with a smile and digging for tips thing really gets on my nerves (I guess its just what you are used to).

Is there anything specific you want to know? I'd say our cultures are pretty similar apart from some (probably over) generalised views on rights, religion and the like. i.e. Your american fanatic right wing scares the crap out of me whereas the UK right wing, is mostly just obsessed with trying to get the foreigners out, but they are generally a bit of a joke. (this is probably just my sheltered view)

There's a fantastic video of Steven Fry talking about the difference between UK and US comedians, which hints at some of the more core cultural differences.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k2AbqTBxao

Oh and obviously we all live in castles and wave like the queen.

:D

#4 Edited by LoveSpuds (114 posts) -

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

#5 Posted by jimmyfenix (3753 posts) -

The Scottish are better then the English!

#6 Edited by EthanML (464 posts) -

You realise this is kind of an impossibly large and vague question, right?

#7 Edited by Jams (2967 posts) -

Have a nice cuppa with some digestives.

Here's a picture of one of their Giant Bomb meetups.

#8 Posted by OmegaPirate (5522 posts) -

Right now?

Too fucking hot

#9 Posted by Abendlaender (2904 posts) -

Do you know Monty Python? Basically like that

But you can't watch porn there anymore

#10 Edited by LoveSpuds (114 posts) -
#11 Posted by StingerMK2 (386 posts) -

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

pretty well summed up there.

there is also a massive amounts of country wide alcohol abuse on a weekly basis

#12 Posted by rebgav (1429 posts) -

@lovespuds: Short version: It's like the U.S. but with frowning.

I emigrated from the UK to the US ten years ago. I figured that I might as well be ahead of the curve on government idiocy and social apathy and benefit from the lower cost of living. The difference between the two countries is, as far as I can tell, the accents, the weather and the flags.

#13 Posted by Jimbo (10056 posts) -

We just had a royal baby prince!

#14 Posted by leinad44 (544 posts) -

I have a degree and have been searching for work for well over a year. I hate the media, the government and the monarchy. And we get shafted on games. Yeah it's not great

#15 Posted by Drebin_893 (2943 posts) -

@jammyman said:

Is there anything specific you want to know? I'd say our cultures are pretty similar apart from some (probably over) generalised views on rights, religion and the like. i.e. Your american fanatic right wing scares the crap out of me whereas the UK right wing, is mostly just obsessed with trying to get the foreigners out, but they are generally a bit of a joke. (this is probably just my sheltered view)

Yeah, that does sound like an insanely sheltered view. I can hardly even comprehend that.

#16 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

The trains are shit.

There you go.

#17 Edited by Jaytow (711 posts) -

@lovespuds said:

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

The economy is turning around and labour can't stand that ;) Yay :) Makes me so happy. They aren't turning anyone against the disabled you absolute idiot. Please, go away with your incredibly simplistic views on right with politics.

#18 Edited by Pvtporter (27 posts) -

I've assumed it was rainy, with kids running about making sonic screwdriver noises.

#19 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -
@jaytow said:

@lovespuds said:

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

The economy is turning around and labour can't stand that ;) Yay :) Makes me so happy. They aren't turning anyone against the disabled you absolute idiot. Please, go away with your incredibly simplistic views on right with politics.

The economy isn't turning around. Perhaps numbers may be looking up in terms of overall money made/spent but that money is not reaching those who need it, the poor are getting fucked from every angle at the moment, the current government is slowly dismantling the NHS and using misdirection to politically get away with some despicable shit.

It's really sad to watch.

#20 Edited by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

I think in a lot of ways I'm very fortunate to live in the UK, but that's something that's easily taken for granted when you're born there. Despite being a relatively small and geographically isolated place, we're constantly amongst the forefront of culture and politics. Obviously the tea is solid, and some decent films were shot here.

That said, there's a weird sense of arrogance and perhaps even conceit that comes with it all. We're hardly the largest, most prosperous, or most educated part of Europe, yet politically seem to think one of our votes is worth two of everyone else's. There's a constant sentiment that we're too good for the EU to the point that we're not "all in" like other countries are, yet we're still utterly dependent on trade while enjoying freedom of movement within. Trust me, British tourists are some of the worst in the world.

Also, our TV shows run considerably shorter here and our bacon is different. The cover art for Flashback sucked and we didn't get the free comic. It's not for everyone.

#21 Posted by mercutio123 (473 posts) -

All the countries hate each other, until it becomes a benefit to call ourselves a union.

Example: Andy Murray loses Wimbledon; English quick to point out he's Scottish.

Andy Murray winds Wimbledon; Now he's the representative for Britain.

#22 Posted by mercutio123 (473 posts) -

@jaytow said:

@lovespuds said:

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

The economy is turning around and labour can't stand that ;) Yay :) Makes me so happy. They aren't turning anyone against the disabled you absolute idiot. Please, go away with your incredibly simplistic views on right with politics.

Don't even try to defend the Tories. They don't care about anything apart from power and money. Not going to say the other parties are any better though. Lib Dems sold their souls for a shot at being in charge and consequently have abandoned all their previous stances and have lost face completely. Labour has the problem of a leader who has less than no charisma but for my money I'd rather be screwed as a nation with them than the prats in charge.

#23 Posted by jimmyfenix (3753 posts) -

@jaytow said:

@lovespuds said:

I think its fair to say that things have been better here in the UK. The current government have managed to turn everyone against each other to allow for their swinging cuts to get through while everyone is distracted.

They have turned working people against those people on state benefits by labeling anyone who doesn't work as a scrounger, even though they have made over a million public sectors redundant in the last 3 years. They have turned the private sector workers against almost all public sector workers, it has gotten to the point that I wont tell people I am a civil servant now as we have been branded as lazy bums who get paid vast amounts and have a gold plated pension to look forward too. The truth is most civil servants are on quite low wages and do work very hard but the Tory (re Republican) government want public perception of civil servants (and people on benifits) to be very negative so they can sack us in droves (and lower benefits) without negative press and minimal public sympathy.

They have turned North against South as the majority of government investment is placed in the South East area (London) while the rest of us watch our public services dwindle and our factories and retail areas close down.

They have even managed to turn people against the disabled as they are making huge cuts to the disability benefit system with people questioning whether even the most disabled should be able to find a job, there have been several sad stories of chronically ill people killing themselves when their benefits were stopped or cut back.

Generally speaking the wealthy are getting much wealthier and the poor are taking real hammering lately, I think there are huge social divisions and its all very sad, but our governments are largely made up of very wealthy or connected families and they are all lining their own pockets at the expense of the tax payer.

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but you did ask :)

The economy is turning around and labour can't stand that ;) Yay :) Makes me so happy. They aren't turning anyone against the disabled you absolute idiot. Please, go away with your incredibly simplistic views on right with politics.

Don't even try to defend the Tories. They don't care about anything apart from power and money. Not going to say the other parties are any better though. Lib Dems sold their souls for a shot at being in charge and consequently have abandoned all their previous stances and have lost face completely. Labour has the problem of a leader who has less than no charisma but for my money I'd rather be screwed as a nation with them than the prats in charge.

As a Scot i think both politics right across the UK is mundane. In Scotland you have Alex salmond talking about independence but when he is asked for facts and figures on what a independent Scotland will achieve he backs off!

Prime ministers questions is a perfect round up about British politics. Grown men hollering and having a shouting match with each other. Cameron is out of touch. Clegg is a sell out. Miliband thinks shouting will get his way and Farage is just to controversial.

The media isn't any better with The daily mail and The Sun sprouting rubbish as usual.

Other than that the UK is a fantastic place to stay.

#24 Posted by Drebin_893 (2943 posts) -

Jesus I've never seen such naive, juvenile left-wing insanity. And once I perused The Guardian's comment section.

Come on people, let's not embarrass ourselves. Anyone with half a brain can look at the proportion of GDP spent on welfare, and the amount of bloated, over-paid public sector jobs pre-2010, and realise that the Tories definitely aren't acting out of some money/power crazed madness. They're doing what is neccesary, and doing it in the most politically sensitive way they can because they know that Labour brought so many people onto the Government's payroll between 2005 - 2010 that they damn almost have an inbuilt majority.

Not to mention that fucking ridiculous boundary review that never happened. Our elected chamber gleefully rejecting a bill that brings the country closer to "One Person, One Vote" should have been considered a travesty.

#25 Posted by 49th (2891 posts) -

It's okay.

#26 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (3142 posts) -

The best quote about England

"Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have the difference between us [the English] and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner; we looked at it and saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff." ~ Boris Johnson

#27 Edited by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

The Scottish are better then the English!

The Cornish are better again.

#28 Posted by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

1. Nobody is scared by the homos anymore. They were funny in the 70s, scary in the 80s and people kind of took to them by the 90s.

2. We can use the word homo without buildings catching fire.

3. Religion is funny stuff that some old people do.

4. Old people will weaponise religion against the homos. They will do this unless they know one personally or like a decorating show they do on the telly. Then they're just 'a pair of nice boys'.

5. Old people do not like other races unless they know one personally and then they'll say they're 'not like the rest'. They will use terms for other races that will at first shock you, possibly making your cup of tea rattle in the saucer, then make you laugh. You'll hardly be able to stay glued to your seat because you'll want to rush to your friends to tell them what you heard today.

6. Television is full of shows that a remakes of stuff that was awful in the 70s like dancing and talent shows. I think it might be to there to keep the old people busy so they're less likely to get angry about the dark people stealing their pensions and hip replacements.

7. You can tell if you're in the north or south by going into a pub and ordering a meal. If it comes with chips and salad you're in the south, vegetables and chips and you're in the north, if it's in Scotland then it'll be covered in the blood dripping from your nose because you're a southern poof and needed to be punched aware of this.

8. Poof is Scottish for homo.

9. There are only 3 accents in Britain. West Country which is kind of like a pirate; English Received Pronounciation which is what the queen does mutter; Scottish, which is the best one, because you can just say unintelligible stuff really loudly and angrily and everyone in the pub will agree with you, especially if you add "southern bastard" to the end. All other accents are just people mucking about.

10. The largest holiday resort in Britain is called Wales. Famous for its mining communities who produce coal as a by-product while trying to crack the country away from underneath so they can sail it to Ireland and get drunk with the Leprechauns.

11. Leprechaunism is a serious genetic disorder and its representation in film, television and children's books does nothing to promote sympathy. If is no laughing matter and I am furious even thinking of how those poor little ginger kleptomaniacs are hunted down and used as child labour in cobblers' shops.

#29 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

@wickedfather: That was interesting, kinda funny how you describe stuff in the UK.

#30 Posted by Petiew (1365 posts) -

We're going to have to opt into a pervert list if we want to watch porn. Says it all really.

#31 Posted by jimmyfenix (3753 posts) -

@falserelic: In scotland we got hit by a hurricane in 2011 which we then called "Hurricane Bawbag" (scrotum)

#32 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

@falserelic: In scotland we got hit by a hurricane in 2011 which we then called "Hurricane Bawbag" (scrotum)

LOL!

#33 Posted by jimmyfenix (3753 posts) -
#34 Edited by falserelic (5407 posts) -
#35 Edited by JammyMan (22 posts) -

@drebin_893 I don't understand your comment? I was just trying to point out the most obvious political difference between the UK and US. The as far as I'm aware US is greatly more right wing politically than the UK. Being a bit of a lefty liberal, it really does scare me a bit when the craziest stories make it across the pond.

Edit: what I meant by sheltered view was that I'm not exactly a political pundit. :P

#36 Posted by Fattony12000 (7632 posts) -

It's pretty okay.

#37 Edited by Canteu (2821 posts) -

It's just like living in America. Except we have healthcare and a working education system (albeit barely).

We drive on the wrong side of the road because we are the EMPIRE!

All of our political parties are useless and the same, so it doesn't really matter who you vote for (except the BNP, don't vote for those guys).

Also, rain is awesome and southerners are the devil.

Oh, and we have a representative of the church in our parliament, which is the most retarded shit in the world.

@wickedfather So is my Geordie accent just Scottish? It has the exact same effect, except southerners will agree with you too for some reason. Those whacky southerners love our accent.

#38 Edited by CaLe (4072 posts) -

I'm from Northern Ireland, the country that everyone forgets is part of the UK. It's fine by me though, I like straddling lines and have no problems calling myself Irish or British. I readily admit that I know next to nothing about UK politics, and in fact probably have more knowledge about American politics--though it is all from NPR shows and Bill Maher. I do try to watch some Bill O'Reilly and visit Fox News just to get some perspective, but I can't stick it for long stretches. My main complaint about the UK is that the education system heavily favours those who want to study traditional subjects. This makes life more difficult for those who don't have interest in the selection of pre-defined college-level courses available.

I don't know if I can limit this just to the UK, but I often feel that too many peoples' social lives are dependent on alcohol. Yes, I'm an Irishman* that hates alcohol!

*may not be Irish

#39 Edited by gokaired (574 posts) -

The Scottish are better than the English!

Up yours, you jock! ;)

But seriously the chocolate and booze is better here (american chocolate is pitiful!), in London after 11pm (Soho in particular) shit happens, you'll leave with scars, see some weird memories and leave with a ladies scarf.

It's okay, really the major complaint is that a british pound doesn't stretch as far as it should. I'd say there's more casual swearing and we complain a lot but there's a solidarity in it.

#40 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

It's okay, mostly. London is fucking amazing though. For real, I was in a gay club once and a shirtless dude who was off his tits on molly picked me up and tried to carry me away. It was awesome.

#41 Posted by gokaired (574 posts) -

@sploder: the funny thing is that's nothing special :P

#42 Posted by Levius (1255 posts) -

It's not perfect, but its better than a lot of places. We have cricket, scones and Boddingtons, so we must be doing something right.

#43 Posted by RazielCuts (2997 posts) -

@omegapirate said:

Right now?

Too fucking hot

THIS!!!!

Even now its raining and it's still too hot, wtf!

#44 Posted by markini6 (452 posts) -

Little Britain, season one, all questions answered.

#45 Posted by ThePickle (4181 posts) -

Right now?

Too fucking hot

Just how hot? We had a mini-heat wave on the East coast a few weeks ago and it was like 97 F (36 C).

#46 Posted by rawrsair (821 posts) -

We just had a thunder storm, and it's now raining (which is fairly typical for us brits) but it's still boiling outside (which is not typical).

We moan constantly, if we aren't moaning something is wrong. Very wrong.
If it's wet, we moan. If it's raining, we moan. If it's sunny, we moan.
Most of us do actually like mugs / cups of tea.

Eh, but I love it here.

#47 Posted by StrikeALight (1115 posts) -

UK is pretty cool. The current government, is not.

#48 Posted by Happenstance (469 posts) -

The amount you hear people complain over here you would think the UK is one of the worst places in the world but in comparison to a lot of places its great.

One thing I do wish was more like the US though is our school time. Not the education part but I would have liked more of an effort in having sports teams to support/play for or just more extra curriculars. I know my only knowledge of US high schools comes from watching too much TV but it just seemed like so much more of an experience. For me school was just go to lessons, hang out with friends in the same classroom at break/lunch everyday then go home.

#49 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

@thepickle: It's been about that heat up here in the north the past couple weeks. I hate to think what the south is like.

#50 Posted by ThePickle (4181 posts) -

@canteu said:

@thepickle: It's been about that heat up here in the north the past couple weeks. I hate to think what the south is like.

Northern US or Northern UK?