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Offline ssfree

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #330 on: July 24, 2015, 03:14:32 PM »
I like the idea of these lists, a very positive way to think. Some things I miss/love about the UK (am back in the US now, but may be returning):

-NHS- cannot emphasize enough how important this institution is, and it depresses me that it seems the current gov is doing all it can to demolish it!
-The BBC (see above!) Whether it's TV, or radio or online, it's great content, and so soothing to have on in the background.
-Conkers in the autumn
-Lovely parks (spent most of my time in the UK in London, and the parks there are incredible)
-Better cycle paths in cities
-Curry!
-Turkish food!
-Taking a double-decker bus over one of London's bridges, or down narrow, windy streets.
-The smell of chips in the air
-99 with flake
-Being able to find tarmosalata in most any grocery store. Ditto high-quality chorizo.
-Scottish strawberries
-Bacon butties
-Chip butties
-Long walks through town, seeing places from Dickens novels or Sherlock Holmes stories.
-Borough Market
-Neal's Yard Cheese
-Highgate cemetery
-Women's Ponds at Hampstead Heath
-Allotments
-Taking the Overground through London and peeking into people's back yards.
-Sitting in the garden at a pub.
-Welshcakes

Many more, I am sure. But this is a start!


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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #331 on: July 24, 2015, 04:31:00 PM »
-The BBC (see above!) Whether it's TV, or radio or online, it's great content, and so soothing to have on in the background.

LOL... I'm all in favour of a list of positive points about the UK, but...

Bill Turnbull, Naga Munchetty, that awful Steph woman... the entire shower of them on BBC Breakfast are the complete OPPOSITE of 'soothing' to me!  :-X >:( :-X

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #332 on: August 04, 2015, 02:18:07 PM »
Ha, fair point about BBC Breakfast! Guess I was thinking more of the radio shows and shipping forecast!

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #333 on: October 22, 2015, 08:23:13 PM »
I'll desperately miss:

English TV.
Little old men in tweed coats riding their bikes along the street.
Narrow boats on the canal.
London.
Lush cosmetics shop.
Watching little kids in cute English school uniforms file along the sidewalk to school.
The cathedrals.
The museums.
Market Day.
The slower pace of life.
Being so unique in my neighborhood.
Proper english breakfasts.
Political flexibility.
The Guardian!!!
Being surrounded by gorgeous, varied accents.
Sunday roasts.
Pubs.
Strong, local beers.
Women in hats at weddings.
Non old-lady Bingo.
The countryside.
Sunsets over the Fens.
Little pheasants running all around the fields.
Ancient houses all over the place.
Preserved historical buildings.
Pub quizzes.
Christmas carol services in a church older than my country.
Gargoyles.
Flowers blooming in winter.
I actually planted a bunch of winter Pansies and Cyclamen just for the novelty of it
Charity shops.
English Maternity care.
Documentaries galor on TV.
BBC Radio 4.
Good public transportation.
Closeness to Europe.
The cool antique shops.
Having a different perspective on US goings-on.
Greener greens than I've ever seen before.
Green in the winter, too.
Ghost walks & stories in local pubs, houses, etc.
The friendly relationship between mainstream medicine and non-traditional medicine.
The dressier type of clothing available.

There's millions more, but that's just off the top of my head..
.You reminded me of so many nice things Thank you!! I just took all those wonderful thingsfor granted. Especially the Little old men in tweed coats riding their bikes along the street.
Thank you

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #334 on: September 14, 2016, 08:52:39 AM »
I know some of these have been said but as I'm feeling a little homesick I feel like posting some things that I really enjoy about the UK.

Pubs! There's nothing like a cozy pub in the USA and I'm not even a big drinker, they are just so relaxing. The one I go to often has a really nice ploughman's.

Castles, I'm a sucker for anything medieval. Not so much as when I was a child but I still love going to castles.

The city centers where you don't have to drive to get to each shop, lots of shops where you can just walk around all day if you like.

The old waddle & daub buildings in my area are just amazingly pretty. 

Over all it's a gorgeous country and I'm happy to be here.
Origin Near Cleveland, Ohio
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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #335 on: September 14, 2016, 03:58:18 PM »
I'm heading back to the UK for a 2 week vacation after moving back to Texas. I'm not homesick, just appreciative of everything that I love about the UK, and grateful that's where I'm going to retire.

Being able to walk places, buy pasties and cakes in our village, go to the pub, the lovely restaurants with good food, country walks, being near the cliffs and sea, the abundance of history in our small area - I can't wait to see and experience it again.

I dislike having to drive everywhere, high prices for sub standard and tasteless produce (can't find a decent grocers anywhere here), chain restaurants and the seemingly mindless acceptance of badly managed health insurance!

Rant over, off to pack for my hols!

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #336 on: November 17, 2016, 05:51:27 AM »
What are the good things about the UK that you can't live without or would miss terribly.  Or what are some kindnesses people have shown you when you needed help, or what was the one point at where your attitude went from "oh my God what did I do" to one of "I actually like this" or "it's not so bad here".

Never went through an "oh my God what did I do" phase, though I sympathise with anyone who has had to painfully tear out roots. My wife and I weren't deeply embedded in the US, in part because she wasn't from there in the first place, and I was very open to a change in scenery, lovely as the scenery can be in the States. My list of missables:

- Open rambling
- Driving on the left, if only because I've realised I've now been doing this longer than I drove on the right
- The NHS
- The British Museum, world-class plunderers though they may be



- Scotland, which I don't get to often enough, but it's nice knowing it's only a (bloody expensive) train ride away.
- Lots of little things which aren't necessarily special in and of themselves, but which together constitute a reasonably satisfying experience. Which is my way of getting out of writing a longer list.

I would also miss having to decide whether to spell some words with an s or a zed, but not terribly. I wouldn't miss calling z zed, which a quick search informs me most of the English speaking world does.

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #337 on: November 17, 2016, 08:51:29 AM »
Did the beard have it's own reign??? For eight years after the man died??? What???


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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #338 on: November 17, 2016, 09:15:34 AM »
Did the beard have it's own reign??? For eight years after the man died??? What???

"museum employee knocked the beard off during work on the relic’s lighting in August 2014, after which it was hastily reattached with epoxy."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/21/fixing-tutankhamuns-beard-unfortunately-they-used-epoxy

I imagine there is but one universal utterance for occasions like this, when you knock a lamp over and break off Tut's beard....and it isn't 'Oh darn'...

Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across - Sun Tzu

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Re: I need to hear good things about the UK
« Reply #339 on: November 17, 2016, 09:27:13 AM »
Did the beard have it's own reign??? For eight years after the man died??? What???

I'll leave that question to students of history more learned than I.

"museum employee knocked the beard off during work on the relic’s lighting in August 2014, after which it was hastily reattached with epoxy."

Talk about a poxy repair...