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Old 03-18-2005, 03:57 PM   #16
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Would you mind if I PMd you or e-mailed you?
Nope, go ahead. My e-mail address is agirlinthisvicinity(at)msn.com, but PMs are fine too.
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What do you miss least about the US?
The US media, the government, adverts every five minutes on TV, the serious lack of decent public transport in most areas, and longer work hours/less holiday time.
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will you ever live in the US again?
Possibly, but most likely not until I've gotten citizenship here (if it weren't for the fact that I have to have indefinite leave to remain first, I would qualify in June 2006, but since I don't qualify for ILR until September 2006, I can't apply for citizenship until after then). My husband and I both want to live abroad for at least a year at some point, but I don't know where we'll end up ulitimately.
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Is there any truth to this Big Ben thing?


I've seen Big Ben, so I'll say yes...? Or maybe no.... It's a mystery. Who knows, really?
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brown sugar and cinnamom PopTarts
Ha!!! I lived in London way back in 73-74 (I was in 4th grade). The one thing I really missed were PopTarts!



What is your reaction to British television? I remember only 3 or 4 channels way back then.
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So what do you think of PSV's chances against Olympique Lyonnais??
I know next to nothing about football (though I do understand the offside rule and don't get why it's supposedly so hard for most non-football fans to grasp)...I just saw the name DeMarcus Beasley when my husband was looking at football scores last week.
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Ha!!! I lived in London way back in 73-74 (I was in 4th grade). The one thing I really missed were PopTarts!



What is your reaction to British television? I remember only 3 or 4 channels way back then.
We have PopTarts here, but just the strawberry and some other kind....though I've just looked at Tesco's website and they have strawberry, chocolate, cookies and cream, "chocomallow", and "burstin' berry" now, apparently (they didn't last time I was there or last time I ordered groceries online )!

We only have terrestrial TV, so we just get five channels. My husband's parents in London have Sky (digital satellite), so I've seen that when we lived there the past two summers. We have a Freeview (digital terrestrial) box which is supposed to allow us to watch about 20 additional channels, but we don't have the right type of aerial on our building. Anyway, I think the quality of TV is a tiny bit better than in the US (there are still WAY too many antiques, gardening, and home buying shows for my taste, but I like the commedies and documentaries better here), and we eventually get most US shows here (though several months late), so I don't miss much about US TV.
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Where else do you and your husband want to live?
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There seem to be more and more American foods every time I go grocery shopping, though, so I'm hoping a couple of those will eventually turn up here.
But wouldn't that be yet another sad example of American culinary imperialism?
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I do get annoyed when people make sweeping generalizations about all Americans, though.

What are most common sweeping generalizations about Americans do you hear these days?

What does a movie cost in US$?

What the hell is mash?
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Anywhere, really, but I imagine that if we do go abroad it'll be somewhere in the EU or the Commonwealth.
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But wouldn't that be yet another sad example of American culinary imperialism?
I don't care as long as I can have my cinnamon gum. Really, though, I don't think it's much of an issue since the American food I've found in grocery stores here is usually only available in very small quantities (TINY jars of peanut butter!), not in a lot of stores, and not at all advertised. There seem to be a lot of Americans in East Anglia (I read somewhere that it used to be called "Little America" during WWII, and there's still an Air Force base nearby), so I have an easier time finding American foods than I did when I lived in Nottingham, which is probably why I notice more every time I go shopping.
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What are most common sweeping generalizations about Americans do you hear these days?
Mostly things like all Americans are obese, stupid, loud, religious fundamentalists, American girls are all easy, etc. Usually people say things to me like "I thought all Americans were supposed to be loud, outgoing, confident, and very opinionated!" because I'm so quiet and shy (a lot of people -- including Canadians -- think I'm Canadian because I'm not stereotypically American [and because I've developed some kind of freak accent that most people can't identify!]).

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I usually cheat and pretend to be a student which is £4 (around $7.70 USD), but a normal ticket is £5.50 ($10.50).

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Mashed potatoes. The sausage here is so much better than the American kind, though, so it goes really nicely with mashed potatoes and onion gravy.
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What other aspects of British cooking are we completely missing here in the US (i.e., things we overlook due to common perceptions of British cooking)?
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Mostly things like all Americans are obese, stupid, loud, religious fundamentalists, American girls are all easy, etc. Usually people say things to me like "I thought all Americans were supposed to be loud, outgoing, confident, and very opinionated!" because I'm so quiet and shy (a lot of people -- including Canadians -- think I'm Canadian because I'm not stereotypically American [and because I've developed some kind of freak accent that most people can't identify!]).


What sources do they cite as evidence of this generalization? I used to have an Italian boyfriend and when I went to Italy to meet his friends and family one of his friends told me he expected a loud, blond, tough, chain-smoker like the women on "Dallas," and that was many, many years after "Dallas" but the impression was imprinted. I was horrified because I, like you, don't fit any American personality stereotype. I'm kinda quiet and reserved. In France the French always assume I'm French.

I usually cheat and pretend to be a student which is £4 (around $7.70 USD), but a normal ticket is £5.50 ($10.50).

That's cheaper than I thought. Someone who'd been to London in the last year told me movies were like $15.
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