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#1
Well, just as the title asked.

It seems like a cool place even if it is slightly (or in some places, completely) socialist.
What is the culture like? Food? Films? Music? Clothes? Architecture? School? Religion? ETC...


WTF there are different types of British accents???! Elaborate please...


Kind of as an after thought...what do you all think of the "Anglosphere" idea?
I.E., all English speaking countries make a more formal alliance. I mean we have similar cultures, religions, political views, we've always helped each other out in the past (well, mostly, and especially in more recent times).

Oh, one more thing: What is the general perception of the U.S> in Europe. Is it justified? What do you all learn about us in Europe?

EDIT: NON EUROPEANS ARE ALSO WELCOME EXPRESS THERE THOUGHTS/ EXPERICANES ABOUT THE SAME QUESTIONS.
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#2
Most other countries dislike us, obviously because they're scared and don't want to become the next Iraq.
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#3
Originally posted by Beware!Criminal
Most other countries dislike us, obviously because they're scared and don't want to become the next Iraq.

Colonies cant answer this question, Carolina!
#4
I'm kinda looking for serious answers...on that note however, you don't have to worry b/c you live in a democratic country, see, we're out to get the bad guys, not our friends.
#5
most countries dislike America, becuz your guys are crazy ****ers and start **** for no reason to try and run the world, with your weakk separatist views on the perfect world, when you are run by someone most 9 year olds are smarter than
#7
dont worry guilty, i dont intend on voting for someone who will blow up the world AKA McCain
#8
Ron Paul!!! vote ron paul, the only decent candidate that will save U.S and make it a "free" country and actually go back and use the constitution.. im Canadian but thats what i;d do :P
#9
Ron Paul isn't going to win. may as well face it.
I'm happy with Obama.
enough of that tangent.
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thats as british as I get. sad for someone who was born there.
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#10
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I'm kinda looking for serious answers...on that note however, you don't have to worry b/c you live in a democratic country, see, we're out to get the bad guys, not our friends.


What's VA?
#11
What's so confusing about different British accents? Four countries make up Britain and would you say there is one American accent?
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#12
Um, lets stay away from politics here...I didn't really ask about that. Most Europeans don't really understand the pro-war ideology that many conservatives have in this country so it is ridiculous to say that we are crazy. In fact most Americans don’t understand it, so all the more reason to stay away from the subject at least in this thread.
#14
VA is for the Commonwealth of Virginia (that's right, we're a commonwealth, not some obsolete state)

The thing about the accents is jsut that I've never noticed a difference and thta I figured that after the country existing for so much longer than the U.S. it would have deindividuised more. The U.S. is so much larger and less crowded that it seems liek regional accent and dialect seems more reasonable.
#15
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Colonies cant answer this question, Carolina!


I'm not actually from N.C., I just happen to live there
I was being sarcastic, anyways.
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#16
I lived in Europe for a couple years, and have traveled throughout most of it. This is my understanding of some of your questions:

There are different British accents as there are different American accents, and the same sort of regional pride, except it's based more on country (i.e. Scotland, England, Wales) than north, south, west, etc.

European culture is great, and seems much more focused on family/friends/living life than careers. Their diet is much better as well, imo.
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#19
Americans have different accents just like we do..

People from Alabama don't speak anything like New Yorkers do they!
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#20
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WTF there are different types of British accents???! Elaborate please...


Here's a map of British counties (as of 10 years ago):



Each one has its own unique accent. Some are similar (Wiltshire & Berkshire, for example) Some (such as London, Yorkshire and the area surrounding Newcastle) have many many different accents.

It's just what makes Britain great

The rest of Europe is awesome too. I hate the way you Americans lump it all together. Germany =/= France the same way that Canada=/=USA.

Oh, and the Anglosphere can sod off. I've always disliked our "special relationship" with the politically and socially morally ambiguous US, and it shouldn't be taken any further.
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#21
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Most other countries dislike us, obviously because they're scared and don't want to become the next Iraq.



That's the most ridiculous thing I've read all week

Thanks for the laughs!
#23
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Good video on the range of British accents;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH_kOjsXakM


I just feel the need to point this out; the Orkney one is definitely dodgy. He's over-pronouncing and pronouncing it wrong.
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#24
Being English is one of the best things ever (IMO)
We have a lot of patriotism in our country (as with every country i believe) and being in the EU makes things a lot better because you get the EU community coming in and giving their contribution to our everyday culture. A lot of people see America as this giant Asshole pumping out crap into the world, trying to govern the world and be the big man in charge as it were.
Music in Europe, is interesting from what I've seen. The British scene, i have no idea about really, (or any country's scene for that matter). All i do know is, our pop scene is full of absolute crap, and anything that can remotely cause a fad is marketed to death (X-factor winners etc).
I've heard a bit of folk metal and stuff like that from finland and things like that, and that's amazing.
Sorry that i wasn't much help for music, i kinda fail with that, i just listen to whatever i think sounds good

Culture in the UK is changing quite a lot. We're now experiencing the bringing in of arab culture, and the political correctness that is being force fed to us like cod liver oil to a reluctant baby is beginning (in my opinion) to drown out the traditional British culture. Nursery rhymes like "ba ba black sheep" has now been changed to "ba ba rainbow sheep" to avoid any possible instances of insult or racism. (which i feel is absolutley retarded, because the 3-5 year olds singing the rhymes have no idea why it would be so offensive)
Also now, we're beginning to have Arab/Muslim "citizens" being allowed to wear the full Burkha (i think that's how it's spelt) outfit which covers the entire body, whereas other people aren't allowed to wear hoods in public places. It is also allowed in schools because it is classed as a religious item, which, i agree, is fair, but when the person isn't wearing any piece of school uniform, then why allow them into school?
/end rant.

sorry about that little rant at the end , just something that gets on my nerves a tad. Hope i helped TS
#26
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Yes, there are different accents for Britain just as there are for America. I'd try to find a voice sample but I can't be bothered right now.

Edit: Slinov describes the state of the UK perfectly -> Pop is unneccesarily hyped up too much, although I'm guessing that's how it's always been. Also, political correctness. Just ffs, it's the most annoying thing ever now. Gah I'm too tired to rant properly right now lol.
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#27
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I just feel the need to point this out; the Orkney one is definitely dodgy. He's over-pronouncing and pronouncing it wrong.


He is by no means perfect, his scouse has too much throat 'ckkkk', but he is a guideline
#28
i know, I'm just (overly) sensitive towards Scottish stereotypes

I got called a "jock" by this English dude last week -_-
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#29
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#30
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Here's a map of British counties (as of 10 years ago):

Each one has its own unique accent. Some are similar (Wiltshire & Berkshire, for example) Some (such as London, Yorkshire and the area surrounding Newcastle) have many many different accents.

It's just what makes Britain great

The rest of Europe is awesome too. I hate the way you Americans lump it all together. Germany =/= France the same way that Canada=/=USA.

Oh, and the Anglosphere can sod off. I've always disliked our "special relationship" with the politically and socially morally ambiguous US, and it shouldn't be taken any further.


i dont like our relationship with the US. blair has allowed it to drag us to war and to basicly be their lapdog (i gained a lot of respect for george micheal with THAT video). accents make britian great...im from that little island on the map right at the bottom. see it? cute, aint it
#31
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Culture in the UK is changing quite a lot. We're now experiencing the bringing in of arab culture, and the political correctness that is being force fed to us like cod liver oil to a reluctant baby is beginning (in my opinion) to drown out the traditional British culture. Nursery rhymes like "ba ba black sheep" has now been changed to "ba ba rainbow sheep" to avoid any possible instances of insult or racism. (which i feel is absolutley retarded, because the 3-5 year olds singing the rhymes have no idea why it would be so offensive)
Also now, we're beginning to have Arab/Muslim "citizens" being allowed to wear the full Burkha (i think that's how it's spelt) outfit which covers the entire body, whereas other people aren't allowed to wear hoods in public places. It is also allowed in schools because it is classed as a religious item, which, i agree, is fair, but when the person isn't wearing any piece of school uniform, then why allow them into school?
/end rant.



that annoys me so badly! god, this is english, so if they come ehre they should embrace the english culture. the force feeding of political correctness has meant that none of us can speak out against everything while immigrants and dossers (english word, not a internet way of saying tossers) can claim benefits which cost the tax payers money. and its driving the society to dementia. i hope we rebel.
#32
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even if it is slightly (or in some places, completely) socialist.

You say that like it's a band thing

WTF there are different types of British accents???! Elaborate please...

K, so, it's kinda like a scale, starting from the south and moving up through the cities as you get more northern. You have cockney geezaz in London, farmers from places like Somerset, people who sound like me from "The North", and then the odd Liverpool/Newcastle/Birmingham freaks a little further up.
Oh, one more thing: What is the general perception of the U.S> in Europe. Is it justified? What do you all learn about us in Europe?

Most people generally dislike you. I'm not sure if it's justified or not, but the general feeling is you are a nation of fat retards, under the rule of warmongering monkeys.
#33
Im pretty sure no one in the UK like's our relationship with the US and the rest of Europe wants nothing to do with the US. Meaning - we dont like americans. .... so stay the hell away.
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#35
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British culture is a f*cking mess

cheers man.

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#38
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Being English is one of the best things ever (IMO)
We have a lot of patriotism in our country (as with every country i believe) and being in the EU makes things a lot better because you get the EU community coming in and giving their contribution to our everyday culture. A lot of people see America as this giant Asshole pumping out crap into the world, trying to govern the world and be the big man in charge as it were.
Music in Europe, is interesting from what I've seen. The British scene, i have no idea about really, (or any country's scene for that matter). All i do know is, our pop scene is full of absolute crap, and anything that can remotely cause a fad is marketed to death (X-factor winners etc).
I've heard a bit of folk metal and stuff like that from finland and things like that, and that's amazing.
Sorry that i wasn't much help for music, i kinda fail with that, i just listen to whatever i think sounds good

Culture in the UK is changing quite a lot. We're now experiencing the bringing in of arab culture, and the political correctness that is being force fed to us like cod liver oil to a reluctant baby is beginning (in my opinion) to drown out the traditional British culture. Nursery rhymes like "ba ba black sheep" has now been changed to "ba ba rainbow sheep" to avoid any possible instances of insult or racism. (which i feel is absolutley retarded, because the 3-5 year olds singing the rhymes have no idea why it would be so offensive)
Also now, we're beginning to have Arab/Muslim "citizens" being allowed to wear the full Burkha (i think that's how it's spelt) outfit which covers the entire body, whereas other people aren't allowed to wear hoods in public places. It is also allowed in schools because it is classed as a religious item, which, i agree, is fair, but when the person isn't wearing any piece of school uniform, then why allow them into school?
/end rant.

sorry about that little rant at the end , just something that gets on my nerves a tad. Hope i helped TS


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#39
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Good video on the range of British accents;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH_kOjsXakM


that video was bad. there is no such thing as a northern accent. theres no such things as a yorkshire accent. i mean, hell, the accents in sheffield, rotherham and barnsley are all distinct from each other.
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#40
Our British regional banter that quickly changes into a unified cussing down of germany or france is what makes us the best place ever
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