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--AuRIaN---


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Posted:After havin seen the responses to the topic - 'stereotypes of americans', i'm interested to know what u all think of us british folk???!

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phunky


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Posted:hmmm

-snobby
-bad teeth
-ugly women


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Durbs
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Posted:I dunno - we've got some nice women.

Oh, and you forgot about the Mad Cow thing....


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TheBovrilMonkey
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Posted:Yeah, we've definately got some nice women in Britain.

According to some people I've spoken with, we've also got a strange sense of humour, we're always sarcastic and we're all expected to have afternoon tea.


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Posted:And you're supposed to be ever so polite and patient with people that you can't stand to be around, the quiet suffering and all that.

And you English do have a much diffirent sense of humour (than Americans, at least). Your humour is dry and subtle, consisting mainly of witty remarks, and pointed comments, while American humour is ususally really crass and obvious, and most of the time is really dumbed down for the slower folk.


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Posted:Oh, and I have spent months at a time traveling the UK, and I'm still not conviced of the good looking women, sorry guys..........

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SmokyDavy
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Posted:There are some butt ugly people in this country. Thousands of years of inbreeding has only led to some very very ugly people..

Of course, many of them have good bodies with not so great faces, while there's an overwhelming amount of fat people in north america. Obescity is supposedly the number one health risk in america today.

Anyways, none of the girls I met through poi could fit into any of those categories.. It has always seemed to me to be another community of beautiful people.


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Posted:Ahh Smoky you're just so nice.



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SmokyDavy
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Posted:and I'm a blatant flirt too.


[ 15 April 2002, 21:26: Message edited by: SmokyBowl ]


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Jangla


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Posted:There is a horrible trend emerging in British women which is dragging the nation down. There seems to be an enormous amount of "drink-20-alco-pops-and-dance-to-rubbish-all-night" girls who are dragging the male population down with them; in order to appeal, the male population has to frequent these horrible, over commercialised, pretentous bars and ply said women with said alco-pops to forward their genetic code. Please, please, please ladies - STOP! Get some quality music taste, get some clothes that don't make you look like the town bike and while you're there, get a life.

I know there are women who will not fit into the above, and for my generalisation I apologise, but I would just love to find one town in this country that shows a 100% success rate in breeding cool people (tall order I know). The kind of people who don't power drink all night and then finish the night off with a kebab and a fight, before returning home and beating their wife/girlfriend before bed. The Kind of people who don't leech and lear at your girlfriend - even though is blatanetly obvious she's not interested. The kind of people who don't judge you by the tacky label on your over-priced low level designer shirt. The kind of people who don't go around in a gang of 10 and beat someone to within an inch of their life, steal their girlfriends phone and cash and leave them bleeding in the street - just becasue he comes from another country...and the kind of people who won't stop to help a bleeding man on the street.

I could go on forever. I just hope the biggotry and prejudice doesn't.

It all stems from the alco-pop girls - please stop it ladies - the country needs you!


---------------------With a bit of luck, his life was ruined; always thinking that just behind some narrow door, in his favourite bars, men in red woolen suits are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know.

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falloutboy
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Posted:My impression of British folk is that they love to say "fancy" and "snog"... often in the same sentence.
hehe... mind you, i have been watching 'The Villa' a bit lately....

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taztastic
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Posted:I must admit that travelling around the world has forced me to accept that a lot of stereotypes are true. For example the English, whereever they are in the world do talk about the weather!!! From Annapurna Base Camp to Angkor Wat, from the Khaosan Road to Kuta Beach there will be some English chap/chapess talking about the weather!! As an English person myself, I find it hilarious.

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evenstar


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Posted:My bf's parents are British born, and came over here about thirty years ago. I must say (through exposure to them and my bf) that you Poms are terribly interesting people, with your traditions and such

The humour thing is oh so true. I'm a Monty Python convert, and I adore Wallace & Gromit ("Not even Wendslydale? )!

Which brings me to the cheese thing. Before I knew Poms, I thought *I* had a cheese fetish... and was I ever wrong. I don't know what it is with you Brits and cheese, but I find it cute And double Gloucester is sooo yummy...

Seriously though, I'm not sure about in general, but my view is that you British have a fascination with other places, love exploration and tasting other cultures. I'm an Aussie Chinese, but I reckon I've become a lot more broadminded since getting together with someone of British descent.


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A light from the shadows shall spring.
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--AuRIaN---


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Posted:Monty Python is definitly something us brits can be proud of!!! classic british comedians like the M.P kru!!
I agree that a lot of british folk want to travel - probably to get away from the fantastic weather we get over here!!!


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--AuRIaN---


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Posted:...and yes - we probably do talk about the weather too much, but mostly to moan about how bad it always is!!!!

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Dom
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Posted:OK, I don't really like the British and England that much. So what am I doing living here? The best thing about London is the fact that there's loads of foreigners here

Durbs - "we've got some nice women." I'm afraid I have to disagree. Most British people are pretty plain and uninteresting. I'm afraid I'll go with the "inbreeding" comment from Smoky. I'll also jump on his disclaimer. I know some incredibly resplendent ladies these days

As Jangla points out, the Beer-Boy culture is rife and makes me avoid pubs and town centres at night. The place is full of men wearing Ben Shermans trying to look like David Beckham or Gareth Gates. The majority of girls shop at Bay Trading and are still trying to look like the Spice Girls.

The British tend to be very insular. From how they dress to how they live their lives, ignoring everyone else. You could strip Jordan naked in front of a British businessman on a train, and he wouldn't even register it happening!

The British are really, really jealous and envious. The minute somebody is successful or famous there will be people putting them down and trying to break them. People seem to love to see other people fail.

However the best thing about the UK is that it is multi-cultural, at least it is down south. You get a great mix of cultures and social groups, so there really is something for everyone. I think the British do accept diversity quite well, even if they just choose to ignore it but not interfere with it.


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toneman


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Posted:since you asked!!!

It seems that the Brits as viewed from the US are:

Gay, all men! If it weren't for the US troops/proximity to Europe, your population would be non existent.
Self centered (like we can talk)
boring
dry sense of humor
sissy-ish/too moderate fashion-wise

I'd also like to point out that in the American/Australian threads, more people responded from OUTSIDE of the country for the view of stereotypes, rather than WITHIN!!!


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TheBovrilMonkey
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Posted:While I still disagree with the ugly women comments (it's down to personal taste I suppose), I'm sad to agree with the other comments made about the state of most of this country's youth.

It's very disappointing that the majority of people seem to enjoy living up to our beer boy image. They seem to enjoy drinking far too much and all dressing and acting the same way.

[ 17 April 2002, 21:11: Message edited by: TheBovrilMonkey ]


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Posted:Bovril,
I hate to break it to you, but that thing about the theme pubs, that's everywhere. And the dress codes thats everywhere too. Personally I blame sports


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Cantus
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Posted:Every time I see the Corrs I think there's an Irish theme pub someplace with no staff......

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TheBovrilMonkey
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Posted:I thought it probably was happening everywhere, it's just something I noticed after coming back from Uni.
The majority of pubs in the centre of wycombe turned into chain pubs that suddenly had a dress code, it really annoyed me.
Anyway, since it's not really a stereotype of the british, I may well delete my last post since I've read it again and it's way, way off topic


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Jangla


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Posted:One thing that really annoys me about Britain is the young mother thing. In the eigthies, we were bombarded with the safe sex message and although schools still didn't take the bull by the horns, there was a general drop in the number of young mothers, single parent families and STD's. I haven't seen anything at all in about 10 years on the subject and schools are still not providing sex ed. until kids are about 16 and it's too late. The number of times I wlk through town and see girls of 15 and 16 with a kid makes me want to cry - they may be happy with what they have but they have lost the opportunuity to explore their own personalities and experiece life for what it really is becasue they have to pour everything into the child. And becasue of this lack of experience and enlightlenment, they will have nothing to pass onto this child; in all likelihood they will grow up to do the same and the whole viscious circle starts again. A never-ending-self-destructive spiral of unenlightened, emotionally stunted, intellectually sub normal losers - what a nightmare picture I paint but the Brits have the highest teenage pregnancy rate than any other European country - the countries that promote safe sex and tell kids about sex and relationships just after they can walk have a much better outlook on life and yet our government still refuse to make sex ed in schools compulsory - how much evidence do they need!?

Glad I got that lot off my chest - feel much better so I'm off to lunch now - bye!


---------------------With a bit of luck, his life was ruined; always thinking that just behind some narrow door, in his favourite bars, men in red woolen suits are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know.

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Cassandra


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Posted:with all due respect ... the most depressing , tasteless, sick food I ever ate was in Great Britain ...
took me years of therapy to get over it


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Posted:And now thinking of the stereotypes that France has about Brits... NOT ME, the French in general ...
- pretty but easy girls
- drunk hooligans
- fans of scandal magazines, gossips and dirty stories on the royal family

that's all I can think of for now...


"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
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--AuRIaN---


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Posted:the young mothers issue is definitly something we need to wrkk on over here. a newspaper article i read the other day said that 14 girls aged 11 were pregnant last year alone (england & wales)! aged 11!!!! what the f*ck is happening???!!
also, most clubs are filled with kids running around, pissed, going off with old men. thankfully my taste in music doen't appeal to them but its so annoying seeing 13yr olds at the bar in their little skirts! aarrrrggghhh!


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Dom
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Posted:Hey, the French have a pretty correct stereotype. The easy girls thing - if you look in the right places and have an accent, yes.

French girls are far prettier tho.


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Morgane


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Posted:one thing all of u forgot is the amazing ability of the british to form a 5 word sentence where 3 or the words are either f(/&ing and/or bl/&%$. An admirable ability no?
Also the brits i met (spent a 6 month stint in wales studying american studies of all things) only sang when they were dead drunk. they used to invent new notes on the scale every time too *giggle* what a joy.
and last but not least the most well loved sport I saw over there was what i called bed-hopping. u had your boyfriend for longter then a week aww common time to move on...really

Morgy's 3 cents worth (and boy don't get me started on americans....9 months LR arkansas....*grin*)


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catboy


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Posted:obviously been hanging round with the wrong people in the wrong places!... I shouldnt talk being from leicester... I am the oldest person on my street without a kid, and yes there is some serious 'ladism' (both girls and boys) around the town centre...

you can get away from it tho'... choose your friends carefully while youre over here, and everythings pretty cool... I dont think ive seen a fight in leicester since i got here (near 2 years now), but they do happen... just not where I go...

we also have some wicked clubs, with no dress code or associated attitude... come to leicester, look me up, and I will show you (not gonna say "a good time") some cool places with the aforementioned fit women (no comment on the state of the blokes!)...

cat

ps... I have only met lovely women through poi... some butt ugly blokes tho', esp. that bassjunkie!!!... bring it on bogges!

pps... all you wingers in oxford... my mum and dad live there and thats where i was brought up... i love the place but its too small! save your pennies and go to love bar or thirst... i know there expensive, but it is a wicked laugh, and theres no tension, as everything is just a joke in there (inc. the prices!) and the music is a total trip back to child-hood!... ...bongo's an' all!...
...maybe see some of you in there on friday night?... ...naaa didnt think so!


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PK_
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Posted:hey catboy...
ewww leicester... thats all i'm gonna say after living there for my whole life.
PK
http://uk.geocities.com/poi_in_the_park_sheffield


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In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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Jangla


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Posted:catboy - Thirst is very nice indeed and do some great cocktails...plus the tunes are always good. But there's a number of new places opening up on the Cowley Road that show great potential. Bar Baby does great cocktails and has a really top music policy (a little biased as I will be playing there from the end of next month!) as do Cafe Baba, Kazbaa and a few others. Shame about the location but if these kind of places keep opening the vibe may permeate the place to a fuller extent. Club Genesis is also bringing a little chilled out vibe too with a forward looking, experimental music policy so it is possible to avoid the ladism but I would rather it wasn't there than having to avoid it in the first place.

---------------------With a bit of luck, his life was ruined; always thinking that just behind some narrow door, in his favourite bars, men in red woolen suits are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know.

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catboy


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Posted:hee-hee! lessstaaaar (as the locals pronounce it) is not that bad... ok, there are loads of 15yr old mothers of 3 around, but other than that its not too bad... ...just have to avoid places like squares an' simpkins!

oxfords getting good around the cowley rd., but its a bit out of my way (parents live on the other side)... will try and pop in and catch jangla playing when Im down again next month... ...mail me and let me know when and where!

back to the topic... bowler hats, pin-stripe suits, red phone boxes, minis, jag's, bland food, warm beer, unpredictable weather, blaah, blaah, blaah... ...its great!


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