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#1
After watching numerous American programs, it seems that Britain is portayed as a very old-fashioned place, with thatched roofs, big ben dominating the skyline wherever you are), thick 'toodle pip' accents and tudor/stuart culture throughout.

So, pit, my question is split into 2 groups.

People not from the UK, if you had not been here, and not seen real pictures of it, what would you portray the UK to look like? Like it's portrayed on tv?

And to us UK'ers, do you mind about the cultural stereotyping and what is your opinion on old vs new, regarding buildings, food/drink etc.

I don't want this to turn into a UK vs America debate, and no racism.

Thanks
#2
this is what I imagine when I think of the uk:

a man around his 30s living in a terribly small and nasty house, he has a fat girlfriend with the ugliest teeth ever, he works at a local grocery store and his hobbies are screwing around with women and going to see manchester united, after which he hits the pubs and triest to find supporters from the opposing team and starts smacking them on sight


so no, not everyone imagines the big ben


edit:

this might have distorted my vision tho



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#3
I always pictured it as a place full of thugs who listen to underground rap.
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What? It's totally like Mrs. Marple.
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#8
I'm from the UK, and while I do find it a bit annoying that we are always portrayed as either tea drinking, crumpet eating monocle wearing fops or 'lovable' cockney ragamuffins, I tend to ignore it as I would hope people realise the UK is far more diverse than that.
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What? It's totally like Mrs. Marple.


I love Mrs Marple.

That and Midsumer Murders are just tradition here.
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No, I never thought of the UK like that. Then again, we're more observant of other cultures than Americans
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lol, i always enjoy the good ol' American stereotype.

When I think of people from the UK I think of the accent obviously but think that we are much more similar than we are different. For instance, we both enjoy football, our version is just more hip.
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#11
Britain?

Well, we've got crisps, ques, plenty of pubs...there's Jeremy Kyle, if you like that kind of thing, as well as Nando's chicken, but I think we're mostly known for a sense of pervasive despair punctuated by moments of national pride (generally during the manhunt for a peadophile).
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I imagine intellectuals with pipes using excellent deduction skills to solve crimes, then subsequentially explaining the entire plot of their actions to a sidekick, as the events leading up to thus have been rather confusing for most observers.

Did I mention they smoke pipes?
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lol, i always enjoy the good ol' American stereotype.

When I think of people from the UK I think of the accent obviously but think that we are much more similar than we are different. For instance, we both enjoy football, our version is just more hip.


Why, because you play football with your hands?
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#15
I don't particularly mind OP's stereotype because it's a damn sight nicer than the UK actually is.
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Why, because you play football with your hands?

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edit:
football always brings up controversy.
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Why, because you play football with your hands?



We called it football only to spite the rest of the world. You know how us stereotypical American's are... overweight, greedy, and otherwise, arrogant.
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lWhen I think of people from the UK I think of the accent obviously but think that we are much more similar than we are different. For instance, we both enjoy football, our version is just more hip.


Could someone explain why a game where you use your HANDS to catch the ball and pretty much use your UPPER BODY to tackle other players is called "football"? x)

My vision of Britain is: olde buildings, Ozzy Osbourne, heaths, lots of Hindu people, lately - lots of Polish people Drinking guinness, fat girls who want to think they're "indie" by not being slim (sorry), teenage pregnancies...that's probably all

EDIT: Ah, late with the question about football.
#21
My vision of Britian is full of lame indie teenagers in skinny jeans, radiohead t-shirts, and scarves, all with macbooks gathered at a coffee shop, scratching their chin and being pretentious and what-have-you.
#22
I don't understand why we're stereotyped with bad teeth.
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#23
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I don't understand is why we're stereotyped with bad teeth.

Because heaps of famous Brits have bad teeth.
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My vision of Britian is full of lame indie teenagers in skinny jeans, radiohead t-shirts, and scarves, all with macbooks gathered at a coffee shop, scratching their chin and being pretentious and what-have-you.


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Because heaps of famous Brits have bad teeth.


Tis true, i've seen a heap of shows with them having bad teeth.
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Because heaps of famous Brits have bad teeth.

Can I see some evidence of this?
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I don't understand why we're stereotyped with bad teeth.


Well I've asked some American's I know about this, and they say it's because we're only just coming round to the idea of putting braces on teeth to straighten them out. In America, they put braces on pretty much everyone seemingly, which is why there is the American school stereotype of the nerdy kid with the braces (and a lot of the time full on head brace type thing). So the american's end up with straighter teeth than us. Apparently
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I don't particularly mind OP's stereotype because it's a damn sight nicer than the UK actually is.

I'd imagine it's something like people living in LA wanting everyone to believe that it really is as glamorous as Hollywood portrays it, and not wanting everyone to think about the hundreds of gang murders and thousands of homeless drug addicts.

I wouldn't have said I had a stereotype about the UK, but now that I think about my mental image is of all the touristy historic "stuff."
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That and Midsumer Murders are just tradition here.


They're pretty sweet. I prefer Mrs. Marple. She's kind of foxy too.

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#33
Living here all my life, it definately has 2 sides to it.

The nice, touristy historical side. If you go to places like Winchester, Bath, Lichfield, York.

Then the horrible chavvy sides, big cities, Tamworth

I've never had braces, my teeth grew in perfectly straight. The human race has it's problems with teeth, not just us hardy brits
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My bad, its actually 600 years old. I guess I'm lucky to live in a postcard version of England.

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Where in Cornwall are you to?

On the one hand I want to be seen as modern and intelligent when I apply for international jobs, and not some bumpkin who drinks tea and thatches roofs.

On the other hand, I think new housing estates are very ugly, and if I ever buy a house for myself in the UK it'll be a nice old fashioned cottage in the west country


Oh and also, just to troll a bit, in the UK we get braces for free on the NHS so if anything, our teeth are better because all of us are allowed dental care for free
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#39
Cornwall is awesome, except for all the loyalists. Your county belongs to the Queen, you pasty-loving hobbledeehoys!
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The city I live in is a tudor city, full of awesome buildings, but Birmingham is a shitter


i love those types of buildings, heck towns/villages full of them just make me smile.
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