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    Opinions of the United Kingdom

    I am currently writing an essay on the position of the UK in current world affairs for school, and although sort of related, this is more out of my own interest. What do you think of the UK?

    Have you ever been there? How were people with you? Rude or helpful? What do you think of the history of the UK (the monarchy, the British Empire, even the current Commonwealth)? What do you think of UK culture (music, movies, art etc.)? I want an honest opinion - may it be positive or negative.

    Also: what three things are conjured in your head when someone says Great Britain?
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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    The Good: The Beatles, Monty Python, Heineken

    The Bad: Tony Blair, Rowan Atkinson

    The Ugly: Camilla Parker Bowles

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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    Heineken is Dutch . Thanks anyway though, I thought Camilla was quite popular in America.
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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    What do you think of the UK?
    By far, the UK is one of my favorite places to visit. In particular, I have a fondness for London and Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    Have you ever been there?
    I have visited there three times. One trip was a long stay of ten days, one for five days and one just two days.
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    How were people with you? Rude or helpful?
    My first trip was October 2001. It was about a month after 9/11 and the people were very supportive. When I had mentioned that I was American, the people I spoke with had nice things to say. Some even had American flags on their lapels with their poppy pins. I felt very comfortable being there. The only really rude person I met was a customer at Harrod's who cut in line and defended his actions by saying he was entitled because he made a lot of money and shopped their often. Oddly, the cashier complied. I left the stuff I wanted to buy and walked away.
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    What do you think of the history of the UK (the monarchy, the British Empire, even the current Commonwealth)?
    For me, it's all about the queens. I have a huge fascination with Queen Elizabeth I, the wives of Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. This started from watching a lot of BBC when I was younger and having a deep apprecition or British History in school. I loved going to the Tower of London and Hampton Court.
    As for the current monarchy, I like Queen Elizabeth II because she likes Pembroke Welsh Corgis as I do. I miss the Queen Mum, she seemed to be quite a character and a lovely lady. No one will ever replace Princess Diana in my book and least of all Camilla. I don't know anyone personally who cares for Camilla too much. 'The other woman' seems to pale in comparison to Diana. Not to mention that horrid chicken hat she wore at her wedding. Bleh. (Speedway - Does she have the title of Princess of Wales now?) I hope Wills and Harry turn out to be fine gentlemen and great leaders. I bought the Wills stamps that came out a couple of years ago.
    My biggest disappointment with the UK is Tony Blair right now. Tony Blush used to be someone I admired, very eloquent and civil. But his unquestioned support for Bush and the war in Iraq depresses me. He's supposed to be the smart one of the duo... What's worse is when I heard about the Jean Charles de Menezes story. The story made me ill. It made me fear riding the Underground with a jacket on. Also, there were a lot of British people in the media speaking out about the US's knee-jerk overreactions post-9/11 about security. Mr. de Menezes being shot seven times in the head by London police seems like an overreaction to me. The police have been rightfully slammed by his family.
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    What do you think of UK culture (music, movies, art etc.)?
    If I ever want to figure out what's going to be popular next, I look and see what is popular in the UK. Because eventually, someone will change it slightly and make it popular here. ie. American Idol, ***** as Folk, Weakest Link, certain 'reality' shows.
    I love Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue (though Australian, I call her UK's Madonna) and all the solo projects the former Spice Girls are putting together. I love British films (all the Merchant Ivory stuff, all the BBC films, Python, etc.), British TV shows (Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served, Ab Fab, Monarch of the Glen, Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted etc.) and above all London Theatre (I've seen wonderful plays starring Britain's finest: Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Ian Holm, Patrick Stewart etc.).
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    what three things are conjured in your head when someone says Great Britain?
    Meeting Sir Ian McKellan and Dame Judi Dench. I will never, ever forget that. Next on my list is Dame Maggie Smith.

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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    The UK has always been the US's best friend. I have tremendous respect for peeps from the UK. Here are some things they gave us that rock.

    -John Courage
    -Ali G
    -Doc Martens
    -Excellent Dentistry

    Well, three out of four is still pretty good.




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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    The only really rude person I met was a customer at Harrod's who cut in line and defended his actions by saying he was entitled because he made a lot of money and shopped their often. Oddly, the cashier complied. I left the stuff I wanted to buy and walked away.
    Are you being serious!? That's disgusting! He made a lot of money...hmph.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    For me, it's all about the queens. I have a huge fascination with Queen Elizabeth I, the wives of Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. This started from watching a lot of BBC when I was younger and having a deep apprecition or British History in school. I loved going to the Tower of London and Hampton Court.
    We have much better queens than kings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    I don't know anyone personally who cares for Camilla too much. 'The other woman' seems to pale in comparison to Diana. Not to mention that horrid chicken hat she wore at her wedding. Bleh. (Speedway - Does she have the title of Princess of Wales now?)
    I think the British are warming to her slowly now, as is the Queen - well, publicly anyway. No, she will never be Princess of Wales - Diana will always have that title until Prince William marries and his wife becomes the Princess of Wales. Camilla is the Duchess of Cornwall - she will never been Queen Camilla either, when/if Charles becomes King, she will be Camilla, Queen Consort.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    My biggest disappointment with the UK is Tony Blair right now. Tony Blush used to be someone I admired, very eloquent and civil. But his unquestioned support for Bush and the war in Iraq depresses me. He's supposed to be the smart one of the duo...
    Blech. Tell me about it. I cannot stand him. He is definitely on his way out, the only medias that portray him in a remotely popular way are the News Corp. (Murdoch=Blair Lover) papers, The Sun and The Times. I never admired him though!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    What's worse is when I heard about the Jean Charles de Menezes story. The story made me ill. It made me fear riding the Underground with a jacket on. Also, there were a lot of British people in the media speaking out about the US's knee-jerk overreactions post-9/11 about security. Mr. de Menezes being shot seven times in the head by London police seems like an overreaction to me. The police have been rightfully slammed by his family.
    Critiscising the measures taken by New York police is wrong, I agree, but I think the London police did what they thought was best at the time. I really don't know the exact dates, but this was, what, weeks after 7/7? You could cut the tension in London with a knife.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    If I ever want to figure out what's going to be popular next, I look and see what is popular in the UK. Because eventually, someone will change it slightly and make it popular here. ie. American Idol, ***** as Folk, Weakest Link, certain 'reality' shows.
    That's weird, cos most TV I watch is American.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    I love Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue (though Australian, I call her UK's Madonna) and all the solo projects the former Spice Girls are putting together.
    I didn't think Robbie was that well known over there. I much prefer the Spice Girls together - and yes, Kylie is much more British than Aussie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    I love British films (all the Merchant Ivory stuff, all the BBC films, Python, etc.), British TV shows (Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served, Ab Fab, Monarch of the Glen, Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted etc.) and above all London Theatre (I've seen wonderful plays starring Britain's finest: Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Ian Holm, Patrick Stewart etc.).
    I LOVE Keeping Up Appearances! That was filmed in a city four miles away from where I live. Vicar of Dibley, Fawlty Towers and Ab Fab are all legends as well.

    Now that was the sort of reply I was after! Thanks Gemini!
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    being part british my opinion my not be unbiased...LOL...but I love the british. I ahve family living there. They were here for our last election. They do NOT like bush, but when he won all they said was it may be just as well, because blair already had a repore with him. (by the way, I was PISSED when he won....LOL)

    the best thing to come out of britian may very well be the united states. The states did end up as a world power. Also the Queen mary. That ship was/is amazing.

    I ahven't researched or learned enough about their government now or in the past to give an opinion on that.

    the three things I think of:
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    and my grandmother...and now my family that still lives there...

    I will visit one day. My dream is to fly over and take the QM3 home...

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    I've only been across the pond once, but it was a while back on a high school tour. It was, however, enough time for me to fall in love with the U.K. and I'm planning on returning as soon as I can afford it. My dream is to spend at least a month traveling around England and Scotland...taking my time to soak it all in. I spent a weekend in Edinborough and loved it as I have some Scotch in my blood...(and it's still early..hah!) I have several books on England and I'm already planning...even though it may be 20 years away.

    I've tried to read Scottish history several times, but who in the world actually can follow that stuff? They changed kings like toilet paper back then! I lost track of everything after the Romans left! I do, however, love British history, literature, architecture, music, etc etc. I would also like an authentic British accent some time before I die.

    And I share Gemini's affection for British films and TV shows, as you can probably tell from my avatar. I fall on the floor when watching Flying Circus and my friends just stare at me. I'm sure that's like you watching "The Dick Van Dycke Show" or "I Love Lucy" as it's not quite a current show, but it cracks me up nonetheless. As my satellite provider does not cary BBC news, I usually visit the BBC website and watch video clips just to keep up on your current events.

    Again, maybe it's because of my background, heritage, etc, but I can't WAIT to return to England. I even envy your WEATHER! I should be happy it's going to hit 85 next week in Anaheim...but I'm MISERABLE!! I want rain and cold and occasional snow! I want an inn with a fire, a book by C.S. Lewis and a pint! I want to see heather from the train again, cliffs, rolling green hills, castles, cathedrals...in short...I WANT TO MOVE THERE!!

    But...maybe without your taxes. And crazy pakistani al qaeda members...although we may get our own pretty soon.

    I'm totally jealous, Speedway, totally jealous.

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    Re: Opinions of the United Kingdom

    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X
    The Good: The Beatles, Monty Python, Heineken

    The Bad: Tony Blair, Rowan Atkinson

    The Ugly: Camilla Parker Bowles

    Orlando Bloom ( of course ), The Beatles,

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    Quote Originally Posted by localdisnyfan
    I want an inn with a fire, a book by C.S. Lewis and a pint! I want to see heather from the train again, cliffs, rolling green hills, castles, cathedrals...in short...I WANT TO MOVE THERE!!,
    Oh gosh if that was the real England, I wouldn't want to leave. There are still places you can do that, but far, far away from me.

    Quote Originally Posted by localdisnyfan
    And crazy pakistani al qaeda members...although we may get our own pretty soon.
    Well, our Government doesn't really attempt to get rid of them, so you can't really blame them.

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    I'm totally jealous, Speedway, totally jealous.
    Excuse me? Coming from someone who lives near Disneyland?
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    The UK is a land far far far away with high taxes, good manners and terrible food. It's a place even more expensive than the Continent, with gloomy weather and standoffish people so head to Barcelona or the South of France if you want to make friends.

    Oh and I'm English-Canadian on my father's side not that that influences me at all.

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    My ancestors all pretty much came from England. My Mothers side of the family came from Leeds and my Fathers side came from Birmingham. I have bad teeth, bad hair and pale skin so I would fit right in in the UK . I really hope someday to move back there since I have always thought of myself as being from England even though I have never even visited.

    I love the music, New Order / Joy Division, Happy Mondays, the Smiths (anything from Manchester and the old Factory Records days really!) Depeche Mode, the Cure, Jesus and Marry Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen, Gang of Four...Okay maybe I only mostly like the stuff from the 80's but I only like 80's music from American bands as well. I love the dry humor of the Brits and still always try to catch an episode of Python when it comes on BBC America. I even like the food and the weather!
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    What is it with bad teeth and bad hair? We don't all look like Austin Powers!
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