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    Default How the World Sees England

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...s-2043190.html

    the US section seems pretty spot-on to me...

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    I liked the similarities the one guy found between Britain and Japan.

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    England? That country whose latest two national football team coaches came from Sweden and Italy?

    My favorite things about england : 2000 AD, Alan Moore, A Guy Called Gerald, Autechre, Coil, Donald Cammell, Seefeel, Pram, Nurse With Wound, Trevor Wishart, Judge Dredd, Kipling, Ballard, Nic Roeg, Hitchcock, Peter Milligan, Joe Ahearne, Cantona, Wire, Simon Pegg...

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    Roxy Music, Jonathon Meades, Peep Show, Gilbert and George, Brian Blessed, Viv and Malcolm (R.I.P.), Charles Darwin, Grace Jones, self-deprecation, sarcasm, atheism, rainy barbeques, University Challenge, real ale, pubs, Worcestershire sauce, proper bacon, proper tea, cheddar cheese, curry, wild blackberries, vintage Jags, megalithic monuments, David Attenborough, Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Chris Morris, Aphex Twin.
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    Your boys took one hell of a beating!!!

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    Inventive solutions for keeping out of the rain. Like railway carriages and umbrellas. That's what the English are best at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Roxy Music, Jonathon Meades, Peep Show, Gilbert and George, Charles Darwin, Grace Jones, self-deprecation, sarcasm, atheism, rainy barbeques, University Challenge, real ale, pubs, Worcestershire sauce, proper bacon, proper tea, cheddar cheese, vintage Jags, megalithic monuments, David Attenborough, Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Chris Morris, Aphex Twin.
    Glad to see Tea giving a bit of Meades love. His documentaries are such a step away from the formulaic and mundane effluent that is presented to us in 99% of such TV. You read any of his novels? I've got one sitting here waiting to go when I've finished some others. Sounds pretty good from reviews/blurb but we'll need to see.

    Oh, add Adam Curtis to that list too.

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    Also on foreign perception of english people : inbreading

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    As an english ex-pat, when I think of England I think of: builder's tea, pies, breakfast, dark beer and K Cider, London, squats, Indian take-away, baked beans, racist nans, wet bricks, round-abouts, little cars that all look the same, trains, Fruit Pastilles, JD Sports, juice concentrate, back gardens with ponds in them, door knockers and post flaps, crisps in pubs (esp. walker's cheese and onion), pirate radio, documentaries on prime time television, the news being eternally about missing children, "lemonade", sparkling or still, walk left stand right, please put your hood down sir, and people enjoying rocky beaches on cloudy, cold days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuntrock View Post
    Also on foreign perception of english people : inbreading
    D'ough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Boy View Post
    juice concentrate
    i owe my life to it

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    War, empire, imperialism and occupation, the arms trade, near-genocide... pretty much the same as most major European powers.

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    for countries such as mine, chile, with little british involvement beyond historical commercial ties and the odd pirate attack, we are so removed from britain that it does not exist at all in daily life. mr. tea's list would draw a blank stare. david attenborough's voice would be replaced by that of an american actor. what is known? the english drink tea, and are miserable. england and britain are interchangeable, most would not know the difference. scotland and ireland? bagpipes and hobbits. you have a royal family, susan boyle, harry potter, the beatles and are engaged in pointless wars alongside america. we rooted for you against argentina. readers would recognise agatha christie and jane austen. some similarities: we excel at gazing at our navels, are not entirely comfortable with our neighbours, but we trade with them and welcome them with open arms. we long for a golden past of simple chilean values, but this little haven has long come under the spell of the outside world, including america. i suspect this situation is repeated elsewhere on this tiny globe.

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    You make a pretty drinkable shiraz. I think that's worth mentioning.

    Susan Boyle but no Attenborough. Oh dear.
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    the wine can be quite wonderful, de martino and casa lapostolle come to mind but there are several young wineries. the de martino carménère is very good and economical.

    yes, it's a shame about attenborough, i cringe when i see bbc docs on sale here narrated by oprah and so on, but there is always amazon.
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