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Exploring the UK

2:35 PM -- The newly published edition of Rough Guide to England illuminates the alien and bizarre British culture for American tourists, Reuters reports:

    England is an irritating and insular country full of overweight, binge-drinking, reality TV addicts, a new guide warns tourists.


So, what you're saying is that, as an American, I'd feel right at home?

    But in the new Rough Guide to England, the English are also hailed as a nation of animal-loving, tea-drinking charity donors who love nothing better than forming an orderly queue.

It’s good that they’re covering all the stereotypes -- very comprehensive. Presumably the guide goes on to describe the country's also prominent populations of gentlemanly butlers and clever chimney sweeps.

— Red Panda, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:40:56 PM
re: Exploring the UK Please remember that we Brits are binge-drinking *tea* as we waste our lives and brains slumped in front of American Idol (yes, we get it here too...) while our butlers do the chores.
metroman 12/5/2012 | 3:40:55 PM
re: Exploring the UK Cor blimey Ray - do you walk to work wearing a bowler hat and carrying a copy of the Daily Telegraph under your arm? Do you know the Queen?

I was once asked by an American tourist as we flew over Windsor Castle on the final approach to London Heathrow, "Why did they build it so close to the airport?"

Metroman
digits 12/5/2012 | 3:40:55 PM
re: Exploring the UK Re -- I was once asked by an American tourist as we flew over Windsor Castle on the final approach to London Heathrow, "Why did they build it so close to the airport?"

Well, obviously, the Queen wanted to be able to get home quickly after the red eye from NYC (shopping trips, you understand...).

Pip pip!!
Michael Poole 12/5/2012 | 3:40:52 PM
re: Exploring the UK Seriously, what no American tourist is likely to understand about Windsor Castle is that "that was built by the Normans afore the railway come" (with apologies to Bernard Miles).

As for the Queen of England being married to a Greek, as the review points out, who cares? She herself is half Scottish, and the other half is mostly German. We haven't had an English monarch since Harold was shot in the eye in 1066, but it doesn't seem to have mattered much.

I love this bit from the Reuters review: "The writers confess to bafflement over the quirky English".

Long may we quirk!

Tarah well

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