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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2017, 08:43:28 AM »
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2017, 11:17:11 AM »
The post above on ladies wearing hats made me smile.  When we look at our wedding photos from 1976 it is certainly easy to see what side of the family the ladies in the photos belonged to. All the ladies who were friends and family on my wife's side wore hats but none worn from my side of the family.  Don't know if this was a Durham v Manchester thing or just a peculiarity between our 2 families.

Probably a northern England thing but I like seeing men in flat caps. (even better if they also happen to be walking a whippet)
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2017, 12:59:02 PM »
The post above on ladies wearing hats made me smile.  When we look at our wedding photos from 1976 it is certainly easy to see what side of the family the ladies in the photos belonged to. All the ladies who were friends and family on my wife's side wore hats but none worn from my side of the family.  Don't know if this was a Durham v Manchester thing or just a peculiarity between our 2 families.

Probably a northern England thing but I like seeing men in flat caps. (even better if they also happen to be walking a whippet)
We've got a whippet! Husband wears his flat cap sometimes. Haha.
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2017, 01:27:23 PM »
We've got a whippet! Husband wears his flat cap sometimes. Haha.

Brilliant!!

I grew up in whippet country, and Sunday mornings at a local park a short walk from home were always a group of men with their whippets, training them to chase a "hare" with a hand operated device they set up to pull the hare along at great speed.
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2017, 01:57:18 PM »
Brilliant!!

I grew up in whippet country, and Sunday mornings at a local park a short walk from home were always a group of men with their whippets, training them to chase a "hare" with a hand operated device they set up to pull the hare along at great speed.
We see that a lot. There was racing done in an old hall field near us every Sunday. We're in South Derbyshire.

We don't do any of the racing with him, though he's from racing lines. He just gets to chase his saluki cross rescue sister around the fields or after balls. He's such a good lad.
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2017, 08:52:29 PM »
The "Blood Swept Lands" art installation of poppies at the Tower of London was the best art exhibit I've ever seen by a mile.  Truly honouring, so symbolic, so moving.  And that they held firm that the display would be so short.  Awesome!

We bought three poppies.   :D

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2017, 01:02:03 AM »
The "Blood Swept Lands" art installation of poppies at the Tower of London was the best art exhibit I've ever seen by a mile.  Truly honouring, so symbolic, so moving.  And that they held firm that the display would be so short.  Awesome!

We bought three poppies.   :D

I was at the Tower of London yesterday and we were just talking about that art installation. I got to see it with my husband on my first trip to the UK. It was gorgeous.
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #37 on: April 16, 2017, 01:37:34 PM »
Volunteer lifeboats are pretty cool.  Not sure why the government won't just pay for it like the Coast Guard in the states, but respect for the volunteers.

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #38 on: April 16, 2017, 01:51:16 PM »
The "Blood Swept Lands" art installation of poppies at the Tower of London was the best art exhibit I've ever seen by a mile.  Truly honouring, so symbolic, so moving.  And that they held firm that the display would be so short.  Awesome!

We bought three poppies.   :D
we saw them when they came to Liverpool. Though the photos of London were much more impressive, it was lovely to see in person

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #39 on: April 18, 2017, 11:26:40 PM »
The "Blood Swept Lands" art installation of poppies at the Tower of London was the best art exhibit I've ever seen by a mile.  Truly honouring, so symbolic, so moving.  And that they held firm that the display would be so short.  Awesome!

We bought three poppies.   :D

We bought one, too!  Unfortunately I didn't make it to the UK in time to see the installation at the Tower but the pictures were gorgeous.  The Poppy Wave is in Shoeburyness (the only time it with be in Southern Essex, apparently) so I would love to go see it.

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2017, 10:57:31 AM »
Just thought of the neatest thing about living here: The Shipping Forecast!  How cool is that?  At first it's like some crazy beat poetry, then you learn what all the regions are, and before you know it you can tell the weather. 

The nearest thing we had to it in the states was the short wave time station that would announce the current time with a beep every 30 seconds or so.  My dad used to listen to that in the background.

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #41 on: April 24, 2017, 11:55:29 AM »
One of the very first things that made me fall in love with Britain was the football culture.

I was really bored one day, chatting with a friend who is a huge soccer fan, and told me to turn on the match at the time. What struck me is that the fans were singing off and on. I found it fascinating! I found myself watching week after week and that is what brought me to Liverpool originally so I could study media and football. :-)

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2017, 10:15:22 AM »
My wife is from Liverpool, so I asked her about the Sun. She said absolutely. Neat to learn something new. :)

I admire home delivery service. Fresh, cheap, amazing! Really good value.

As someone who can't/won't/doesn't drink coffee, I love that tea is offered to everyone, everywhere. Tea drinkers have a hard time in the US. We pay far more for far less tea, while coffee drinkers get bottomless cups for a tiny price (well, unless you get the fancy drinks).

I think the contraflow is a great road system, although I'm a bit nervous about driving on it.

I also love that car and grocery prices are far more reasonable in the UK than in the US.
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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2017, 11:36:17 AM »
God, you certainly will get enough tea here.  Sometimes it seems like people think of nothing else. 

Contraflow?  Is that supposed to be British?  I've seen it a few times in the states but I can't think of a time I've seen it here.  I'm thinking about near a coliseum where a 6 lane road might have 5 lanes going towards it before an event and 5 going away after the event. 

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Re: Things the British do that I admire
« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2017, 02:10:21 PM »
Had to look up contraflow system, because I've never seen or heard of it?
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