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 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

1) "In seedy restaurants [in England] blowsy waitresses serve chemically indoctrinated baked beans force-landed on soggy toast - and the unholy customers love it..."

(Cassandra, Daily Mirror, 12/2/55)
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That Cassandra was a miserable old sod, gives us soft southerners a bad name. And you don't have beans on toast in any kind of restaurant, you have it in a café (pronounced caf), with baked jam roll & custard for pud. I went to enough of them when I used to accompany my lorry driver dad in the sixties.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"I hardly know any annoyance so deeply repugnant to English feeling, as the incessant, remorseless spitting of Americans."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

Ziss true?

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Not really - not any more...we are far too exposed to certain sections of the population gobbing all over the pavement (or football field) now to be that bothered by it. Though it is still friggin' disguting....

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"One source of deep interest to us [as British visiting America], was the frequent recurrence of thunder-storms. Those who have only listed to thunder in England have but a faint idea of the language which the gods speak when they are angry."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

So the thunderstorms in England are infrequent, and,.... uh.... flaccid? smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

2) "... to be born south of the Tay [is] to be effeminate, weak, fickle and wrong."





It's a thing in the UK in general.

For instance, anyone in Scotland born north of you is a 'Teuchter' whilst anyone born south is a 'Sassenach'.

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

"One source of deep interest to us [as British visiting America], was the frequent recurrence of thunder-storms. Those who have only listed to thunder in England have but a faint idea of the language which the gods speak when they are angry."

(Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832)

So the thunderstorms in England are infrequent, and,.... uh.... flaccid? smile


Having experienced many "bad" thunderstorms in Blighty, and one in the USA that was, I gather, a pretty average one, I would have to say an unequivocal YES.

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

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Having experienced many "bad" thunderstorms in Blighty, and one in the USA that was, I gather, a pretty average one, I would have to say an unequivocal YES.

Something (worthless) I can lord over you, then? big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2014 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Interesting list, most of which I would agree with. But the mention of petrol reminded me of the month I spent in London in 1969 and the city simply reeked of it. From what I've heard, that's no longer the case.

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Something (worthless) I can lord over you, then? big grin

Yes, I'll give you that one....

....I've seen a fair few "fierce" lightening storms in the UK, but the beauty of the one I saw in Florida was breathtaking (though, as I said, apparently very average for the area)...sat out in the porch of our rented villa and watched...it was quite something....for a Brit....

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In visiting a foreign city, a traveller - especially an English one - usually expects to find, in the aspect of the place and its inhabitants, some tincture of the barbaric. (Thomas Hamilton, 1832)

My, my, if this is true, then it's a wonder the English travel at all.

Izzit true? big grin

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I'm going to have to say yes on that one, I think...haha

 
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