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Post Reply How does the world view the UK?
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darkangel09rose wrote:

How dos the world view the UK? What stereotypes are used to describe the UK and its habitants? Are certain countries of the UK viewed differentially or seen as a whole? Are each separate countries that makes up the UK seen or viewed in a different light for its individual actions? dos the country you live in now have special thoughts or views on the UK different from the rest of the world if so what views? How active is the UK in the worlds affairs? Do other countries owe them any thing for there past actions? Did any country of the UK make a strong impact on your countries affairs any time during history?



I can only tell you what I saw of the UK when I went there 1-2 years ago. I went to London. These were my perceptions. YOU decide what they mean.

1. Most of the service menial jobs were held by Indians, blacks and foreigners. (Picking up the trash, sweeping the floors, cleaning rooms, etc.) I saw SOME white British cab drivers.
2. Londonenese in the tube (the railroad/subways) are rude, cold and brusque. Probably don't have time to waste. Nevertheless, I never saw a single person smiling.
3. I loved the English accent. I sounds tingly foreign or aristocratic depending on the point of view.
4. Some people from Wales hate ... HATE being called English. That led me to the understanding that Great Britain is full of different geographical tribal groups, with serious friction between them. Scots in the north, English in the center and south-east, Welsh in the west,
5. Indian food in London is delicious. Mouthwatering.
6. I saw a British woman so beautiful it made me envious. I wish I could be that tall, and move so gracefully, while wearing an executive business suit.
7. The areas along the River Thames (that's the river cutting through London) served as platforms for entertainment, arts, tasty treats, enjoyable happy crowds, and such. A contrast to the attitudes at the tubes.
8. The architecture around London mixed Gothic, Neo-Gothic, Victorian, Baroque and Renaissance traits. Quite marvelous.
9. Everything was extremely expensive, and I found myself enforcing strict discipline on my funds. To the point that, I did not buy a single souvenir. Instead I took pictures and resigned myself to that. I'm not spending $60 (30 pounds) on a shirt that I can get from ebay/Amazon and $10. So, for presents, I fibbed. I looked at the pictures, went online, and bought 'genuine London' curios for my friends. They never knew the difference, and I saved a ton of money.
10. I felt the history of London even as I walked the streets. The 'changing of the guard' approached the level of a spectacle. I truly think everyone should see it once in their lives.


And, that's it. That's my very quick, not complete, experience in London. :)


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AirMarshall wrote:
semi-funding the Confederacy during the American Civil War


I didn't even know we did that not that it really surprises me , still I'm know student of history after about 1000 CE. You learn something new every day.


On the surface Britain said they were neutral but the Rebels used British rifles during the war, that were smuggled in through the Union's blockade of the Confederacy's ports by "smugglers". The British smuggled in munitions to fuel their war machine for cotton, tobacco, etc. The South wasn't as industrialized as the North and couldn't make many of their own weapons so they traded with Britain, because their military strength was very strong during the 19th century and stuff. Man they just hated the Yankees didn't they?
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I don't know about everyone else in the world, but I view it rather nearsightedly without my glasses.
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Fussy as hell. Global domination wannabes (historically)
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Santera


ty for the info, and no need to be envious of her, your fine as you are lol....
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I don't judge people for their country's actions, I know a lot of people from the UK they are all decent people.
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Edit: this is a reply to AirMarshal re the American Civil War

While that's true of the British Gov't (who sent 11,000 soldiers to Canada ready to intervene), the working class thought otherwise.

The Lancashire cotton mills relied on cotton imported from the South. When the war started and Southern exports were blockaded the British government tried to drum up support for the South among the newly unemployed (or on short hours) workers by forming Southern Clubs. The working class of Lancashire had none of it. They instead had the motions supporting the South amended to support the North, and the supporters of the Confederacy chased out of the towns they visited. The founded their own Union Emancipation Society. One of the Society's organisers in London was Karl Marx.

Lincoln wrote to them: "‘I cannot but regard your decisive utterances upon the question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country". There's a statue of Lincoln in Manchester commemorating what happened.
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darkangel09rose

ty for the info, and no need to be envious of her, your fine as you are lol....



Thank you.
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Some of the most notably evil villains, and aristocrats have british accents, and even when they're not supposed to even be british in character.

In the Borgias, a drama like The Tudors, the people in Italy, esp the aristocracy, all spoke British accents, not italian or spanish (as the Borgias family was spanish) . Lucrezia Borgia for example, well , Cesere, as well. You wouldn't think Mario from Mario Bros. be talking in a British accent, or Antonio Bandaras. Its kinda weird but also funny. The Brit accents make them sound refined, haha.:)

I don't know why but I suppose almost everyone these days equates fantasy medieval accents with British more than any other European accent. I'm not complaining heck they do sound awesome. Is it to say we're brainwashed into liking British accents in our period pieces, lol.

Well, however, actually it comes as no surprise when you recall Great Britain, or England in the very least, has its roots in Empire and world domination a hundred years back. India, Hong Kong, Canada, the American Colonies before that , the island of Austrailia was originally a British penal colony, and more,, Britain has left a cultural impact in the world for hundreds of years, so they have a right to be proud and a bit conceited, lol.

If anything , Americans typically have the least respect for other cultures. They are stereotyped as loud, crude, they don't even try to fit in, and they talk **** about illegal immigrants being unwilling to speak spanish, then they go to another country and don't make an effort to learn the native culture /language. It is those types of tourists that puts the US in a bad light.
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Our cousins across the pond. I have met quite a few British traveling, culturally there really isn't much of a difference to be honest.
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The UK is awesome n it's different countries are definitely seen differently!
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Bah, we're a small, overcrowded, fractured island out on a limb from Europe that no longer has any influence or clout on the world stage though we like to think we do. Why should people care about the difference between our countries?
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