British Culture: 9 things I still don't get about Britain. It’s nice to see such intelligent comments. I’ve lived here since i was 7 but was born and raised in Bristol until then. Most of my relatives still live there. I have never been outside of Britain, furthest from the mainland was the Isle of Man, basically because i’ve never been able to afford it, (closest i get to a holiday these day’s is staying with my mum and/or aunt in Bristol).
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I’ve been reading Anglotopia for about a year now, as i find it very interesting how other nationalities seem so enamoured with our strange little island. Because, let’s face it, it does have it’s quirks . Which, unlike some it seems, i am taking in the spirit with which it was written. As i hope you will receive mine. So here goes: Barley Water: An aquired taste even when consumed in the correct manner (small amount in the bottom of a glass then filled, almost, to the brim). I, personally, don’t like it. But then i’m not too keen on cloudy squash either.
Give me the clear stuff any day. And if, as a lady somewhere above said, american ! Pre- dilluted would never work over here as everyone has a different preference as to how weak/strong it is. If it’s Ribena, i usually use about a sixth of the bottle before adding water, other ones, a centimetre will do.
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The Drinking: Usually, you’ll find that it’s teenagers and 2. The rest of us are quite happy to just have a few jar’s with friends and/or family in a pub, having a good natter and a good time. You don’t have to worry about not drinking in the pub, i too don’t particularly like the taste of alcohol.
I’m not a teetotaler, but i just can’t see the point of drinking alcohol if i have absolutley no intention of getting bladdered, i’d rather have a non- alcoholic drink that i really like and stick to it, i always drink coke when we go to the pub or out for a meal. You could always have a shandy or a larger and lime. Toast as a treat: I wouldn’t say it was a treat, as others have mentioned, it’s more like a comfort food to most people, or an . And sometimes, you just fancy a bit of toast smothered in butter or the topping of your choice. Especially if you use freshly baked unsliced bread mmmmm! Cynicism: It seems to stem from the fact that, if you’re used to getting your hopes up that, whatever it is, is going to be great, only to have those hopes dashed time and again (England Football Team, i’m talking to you here), then cynicism tends to become a part of life. Take the Millenium fireworks display in London, it was built up to be this amazing visual display, and what happend?
The whole lot went off in one go and it was a complete disaster. Every year since, they have been trying to make the new year display as good as possible so we’ll forget all about 2. It’s for this very reason that most of us followed comic creation, Al Murray the pub landlord’s line of ” London 2. First time for everything i suppose & well we can’t screw it up ALL the time”. Bottom line, if you’re used to things going wrong, you expect them to go wrong.
Cynicism. Poor Service: As someone who has worked in the service industry for 5 out of 6 jobs, i can tell you that most, and i stress most, not all, of the people who work in it, would really much rather be doing something, ANYTHING, else with their life than serving customers. Now, i fully understand how annoying, frustrating and down right infuriating it can sometimes be as a customer (i’ve had those day’s myself), but i can assure you that BEING a customer is far, far better than SERVING them. At least as a customer you have the options of putting up with it for as long as it takes to do what you need to, complaining to someone in authority or just turning around and walking out.
When you work there you don’t HAVE a choice. Well, you do, but it means either staying put and dealing with *Them*, day in, day out, or losing your job. And when you NEED the money, the latter really isn’t an option. I would much prefer to be a customer and complain about poor service, than serve the little s***ts.
You could be the nicest person in the world, but the moment you cross the threshold you become one of *Them*, the dreaded customer!!!!! Can you tell i’m glad i don’t work in the service industry anymore! Unfortunatley, there are a lot of people in this country who ARE xenophobic and spout some pretty prejudice, racist and xenophobic rhetoric, most of it complete crap. But, there are also those who have justifiable reasons for . Take some of my relatives, what they are concerned about is what others here have previously mentioned, that there are a lot of people from other countries coming over and expecting to get a free ride (health care, housing, benefits) without contributing anything. We can barely take care of ourselves at the moment let alone opening the doors to international spongers (we have enough of our own thanks). And, again as others have said, this is a very small island with a limited amount of space, and at the rate things are going, this .
This is what annoys those relatives of mine, and they get so passionate about it that, sometimes, they can . Bottom line: if you’re coming here with the intention of working, integrating (to an extent) and contributing to the economy and the services this country supplies then .
Unfortunatley, in the act of trying to stem the tide of spongers and illegal immigrants, the laws end up making it extremely difficult for the honest, hard working foreign nationals, who have every intention of contributing, from living here. And that really is a great shame. Monty Python: Personally, i love Life of Brian, The Holy Grail and some of the Tv sketches (dead parrot is hilarious), but i do have to be in the mood to watch The Meaning of Life and the Tv series. As popular as it was, and to a fair extent still is, no matter what some of the other commenters might think (i have seen Flying Circus on both Comedy Central and G. O. L. D. That other countries see London as England, Britain or the UK.