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Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:24 PM
I'll start

Likes:

your women

the fact that you speak English (mainly)

the English accent

the Scottish accent (women)

your newspapers and the fact that they are allowed to show tits (I wish ours could do that)

your roads which twist and turn and make driving interesting.

your banknotes which are different sizes and colors (very handy if you're sitting at a bar and half drunk, with American bills, when you're drunk, a $100 bill looks like all the other denominations)

your taxation system (some of it)

your rock/pop bands like Oasis, Blur, Bush, Travis, U2 (I know U2 are Irish and not British) and a bunch of others

your soccer crowds and the way you're allowed to hurl abuse and bottles at each other

Big Ben, Tower of London, Stonehenge and all that. This might sound corny, but a sense of history overcame me when I visited your momuments, it's like THIS IS FUCKING OLD. We don't really have that kind of history in the States.

your taxi drivers (they actually know where you want to go, and how to get there, and they actually speak English as opposed to Retard)


Dislikes:

The weather (it sucks)

Scottish accent (men only, can't understand a word of what they're saying, but I love the Scottish female accent, very sexy)

Gas priced at a butt reaming 7 bucks a gal

London Tube (dirty, overcrowded and inefficent)

The weather (it sucks)

the freeways which are constantly congested and make driving a pain in the butt

Cigarettes priced at a butt reaming 7 bucks a pack

your taxation system (some of it)

the overall standard of service in stores, restaurants, banks etc. it's not bad or rude or anything, just not the standard that we are used to over here

London Heathrow (it sucks, see London Tube)

Oh I almost forgot, the weather (it sucks big time)

Car Key Boi :cool:

raquel
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:27 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Car Key Boi
[B]I'll start

Likes:

the Scottish accent (women)


but I love the Scottish female accent, very sexy)

hey car key boi! i gotta scottish accent! :hearts:

BritneySpearsIsHot
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
I'll start

your soccer crowds and the way you're allowed to hurl abuse and bottles at each other



LMAO!

I prefer foreign women to British, but that is generalising, i have met superb British women too

I dislike how we are America's yes boys

I like..............hmmmmmmm. good question, i do like some things, just can't name what, our TV isn't too bad i guess

niratti
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:44 PM
I like free of charge tennis courts in the parks
I like the weather that it's not too hot
I like the beautiful countryside


I don't like the weather that there's not enough sunshine and rain and dull
I don't like the dirty, yeah in the tube(anyway, it's over 100 year old system)
I don't like that the shops close so early in the evening.
I don't like that cost of living is so high


More later........

Martian Stacey
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:45 PM
Likes: the accent!

Dislikes: when they beat the Aussie's!

BritneySpearsIsHot
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:46 PM
Originally posted by *Martina_fan*


Dislikes: when they beat the Aussie's!

You don't dislike us often then ;)

nasty nick#2
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:48 PM
I hate it when ppl stereotype things (Big Grin)

Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by raquel
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Car Key Boi
[B]I'll start

Likes:

the Scottish accent (women)


but I love the Scottish female accent, very sexy)

hey car key boi! i gotta scottish accent! :hearts:

That's cool baby!

when I commence my European Tour next year, perhaps we should meet up and key some cars together. I will bring along my cherrywood velvet-lined box in which I keep my mint solid gold skeleton key. I'll let you hold it and touch it. You can even caress it. That's if you want to :kiss:

Kiwi_Boy
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:52 PM
Likes:im half British
Dislikes:they are getting better at rugby and somehow won against us!

raquel
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi


That's cool baby!

when I commence my European Tour next year, perhaps we should meet up and key some cars together. I will bring along my cherrywood velvet-lined box in which I keep my mint solid gold skeleton key. I'll let you hold it and touch it. You can even caress it. That's if you want to :kiss:

wow car key boi! i am honoured, i would love to caress your key, and in return you can hear my glasgow vowels and twang!:kiss:

niratti
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:55 PM
I dislike Tim and Greg!!!!
I dislike all the british sport commentators (except Sue Barker, I like her)

Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by raquel


wow car key boi! i am honoured, i would love to caress your key, and in return you can hear my glasgow vowels and twang!:kiss:

that's a date baby !:kiss:

Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by niratti

I dislike all the british sport commentators (except Sue Barker, I like her)

hmmm I like the Brit announcers, not only sports but general news announcers as well, especially the chicks.

raquel
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:08 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Car Key Boi
[B]

That's cool baby!

when I commence my European Tour next year, perhaps we should meet up and key some cars together.

ok it is a date! so this European Tour - what are you in Europe for?

Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:31 PM
Keying cars of course. I am the World Champion Master Keyer. I'm like that Billy Graham. I travel all over the world spreading my blessing upon peoples' cars, for when I key your car - and I will - it has truly been blessed.

That car and it's owner now belong to a community of thousands of drivers the world over. It's almost like joining a Church. And with every day, the Church of the Car Key Boi gets bigger and bigger, and reaches out to the 4 corners of the globe.

Car Key Boi :cool:

Princess Fiona
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
I'll start

Likes:

the English accent

the Scottish accent (women)

So not the Welsh accent? *crying* ;-)

raquel
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
Keying cars of course. I am the World Champion Master Keyer. I'm like that Billy Graham. I travel all over the world spreading my blessing upon peoples' cars, for when I key your car - and I will - it has truly been blessed.

That car and it's owner now belong to a community of thousands of drivers the world over. It's almost like joining a Church. And with every day, the Church of the Car Key Boi gets bigger and bigger, and reaches out to the 4 corners of the globe.

Car Key Boi :cool:
i don't have a car, but i will get one for when you come, so i can see your work!

MartianJoeyWinson
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:52 PM
Yes, that famed british "accent"... could be Geordie, could be Brummie, could be Yorkshire, could be cornish... we don't know, but hey, foreigners sure love our generic "accent".

Car Key Boi
Nov 17th, 2002, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by Franziska


So not the Welsh accent? *crying* ;-)

I'm not quite sure what a Welsh accent sounds like so I can't say. When I commence my next European Keying Tour, I will make sure to pay a visit to Wales so as to sample a taste of your culture. In return, I'll let your people sample a taste of my specially sharpened key against their rides.

Car Key Boi :cool:

Martian Stacey
Nov 17th, 2002, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by Britney_SMG_MJH


You don't dislike us often then ;)

hehe, you're right, i don't! :)

just don't mention the rugby.....

BritneySpearsIsHot
Nov 18th, 2002, 11:31 AM
I won't

*32-31* he he

Lord Chips
Nov 18th, 2002, 11:38 AM
Did anyone see the banner at Twickenham saying "Why can't the English play Cricket?"

Well, in the Perth test look out for a banner advertising my Cricket website saying "Why can't the Aussies play Rugby?"

Caoimhe
Nov 18th, 2002, 11:56 AM
Should I start?
Likes- mmm too many to start the list

Dislikes- mmm?
The weather.
Bigots
Thugs etc
Just all the bad things in general.

DutchieGirl
Nov 18th, 2002, 12:00 PM
I dislike the weather, the accents, the fact that my parents and relatives all come from there...

lol no, I actually do really like England. I love the little antiquated towns. They are really cute.

I must say the weather usually does suck, and the beaches can be nasty... how can you call pebbles going down to the water a beach? :p

gentenaire
Nov 18th, 2002, 12:46 PM
love:
countryside
British humour
Jane Austen
accent
London tube (come on, let's be honest, it may be overcrowded but it's very handy and takes you everywhere)
London theatres
funny easygoing people

hate:
weather (though not that different from ours)
sucking up to the US
Island mentality : "Europe= continent"
too expensive
food

caramel
Nov 18th, 2002, 01:35 PM
I don´t like most of the accents. Don´t ask me why.
And I don´t like the weather either.
And I just can´t stand that everything´s so expensive there.
And not to mention that the Brits are actually driving on the wrong side of the street... When I was in London I almost got hit by a car ´cause it took me ages to figure out that you first have to right , then left and then right again before you cross the street.

Some things I like about Britain? Well there´s lots...
London is a cool city... so is Birmingham and the other cities I have been to. =P
The clubs in London
Craig David LOL
The humor

... and so on!

Princess Fiona
Nov 18th, 2002, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
I'm not quite sure what a Welsh accent sounds like so I can't say. When I commence my next European Keying Tour, I will make sure to pay a visit to Wales so as to sample a taste of your culture. In return, I'll let your people sample a taste of my specially sharpened key against their rides.

Tsss!! You won't care to vandalise our motors once you have heard our accents... :drool: ;)

Monica_Rules
Nov 18th, 2002, 06:41 PM
likes

generally a nice place to live
i don't have to travel for a whole day to go to the beach.
music here is great


dislike
the weather
inner city gangs/possey/massive Scallies!
major cities are are quite dirty!
the trains:rolleyes:

AmErIcAn
Nov 18th, 2002, 06:45 PM
Likes:
David Beckham

Dislikes:
Tony Blair

Colin B
Nov 18th, 2002, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Tine
Island mentality : "Europe= continent"


Yeah, LOL. This headline once appeared in (I think) The Telegraph:

Dense Fog in The Channel - Europe Isolated!

Likes:
You're extremely unlikely to get shot at.
You (and/or the Media) can critisize the government as much as you (they) like.
If you're rushed to hospital, they don't ask to see your credit card before they put you back together.
The insect population (in fact all the wildlife) is mostly harmless.
We can laugh at ourselves.

Dislikes:
Arseholes at football matches.
Brainless arseholes who become bigger arseholes when they're abroad.
Yeah, yeah, the weather!
The insane opening (mainly closing) hours of shops and pubs.

Fieke
Nov 18th, 2002, 07:36 PM
Okay, I'll have a go...

I like:

supermarkets open 24h a day
The cinema tickets are cheaper here
Muffins
The ferry to Belgium ;) (wink)
humor: Blackadder, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, ...
Harry Potter (the books, not the merchandising)


I dislike

The NHS ("Sorry, the doctor is busy, can you come again tomorrow?" --> unheard of in Belgium)
The food (If you can call it food :p (stick out tongue))
Island mentality (I'm trying to promote the euro here ;) (wink))
Pubs have silly closing time and beer is way too expensive

Edit: I noticed the smileys are still not working properly, so I added an explanation between brackets before I offend anyone :) (smile))

Halardfan
Nov 18th, 2002, 09:48 PM
At least all the rain keeps things green! :)

Its alos more complex about there beong an island mentality, hostile to the continent...

I would wager that the county most Scots or Welsh have a problem with is not on the continent but is....England! Yet we share an island.

Lets get rid of the bad stuff first...

Some of the behaviour from young Brits in resorts in Spain etc is out and out dreadful, shameful.

We don't define ourselves as European readily.

A small but vocal minority of our football fans behave like animals (Often, but not exclusively, the English).


The good stuff...

Religion is seldom a big deal here...

The far right, though noisy, is tiny compared to many other European countries.

A decent sense of humour.

The BBC, we moan about it, do it down, yet it is respected in many corners of the world.

At the end of the day, Britain is not as bad as some like to think. Not brilliant, not wonderful, but not bad. :)

Double Fault
Nov 18th, 2002, 10:04 PM
Likes.

Well paid jobs for doing basically sod all. (I have one)
Wimbledon
The shops (can buy everything under the sun within a square mile of my house)
Freedom of speech
Cosmopolitan



Dislikes

Antiquated tube, buses, trains... Read TRAVEL SYSTEM
Very expensive
Nanny State
Inward mentality
Everything is so old here
Smokers (smoke wherever and whenever they like in public places)
Queueing (Why do we do it so orderly?)
Call Centers
The Royal hangers-on.
Petrol prices. : -(

Double Fault
Nov 18th, 2002, 10:09 PM
Oh, I forgot another dislike. Computers that always crash. That's a big dislike.

DutchieGirl
Nov 19th, 2002, 01:32 AM
hey double fault... smokers are a big problem in most of Europe! ;) Don't go to Amsterdam man! That place smells like a big joint in the evenings! hehe

gentenaire
Nov 19th, 2002, 08:43 AM
I've often wished we'd take a more American approach towards smoking. I hate it when people smoke in restaurants.

Religion is seldom a big deal here...

Same here, most people aren't very religious :)

The far right, though noisy, is tiny compared to many other European countries

If only it was like that over here! Most asylum seekers seem to want to go to Britain, it's amazing there's no big far right party in Britain. I can only hope (not pray as I'm not religious;) ) that far right never gets to power here.

The BBC, we moan about it, do it down, yet it is respected in many corners of the world.

The BBC has given me P&P, I could never complain about the BBC.

Halardfan
Nov 19th, 2002, 09:48 AM
I was trying to think what P + P was...Postage and Packing? ;)Then I remembered...Pride and Prejudice! :)

Britain is often seen as a rather conservative country, but you have to remember that of our three main national parties, two are left of centre, and they had a clear majority of the voters even in Thatcher's day...if we had Proportional representation, we'd have near permanent left of centre government.

Plus both Scots and Welsh nationalist parties lean left...

On social issues we are actually far more liberal than some of our more popular neighbours...Ireland for example...

veryborednow
Nov 19th, 2002, 01:33 PM
I'm sorry but I love the queueing. It means everyone gets to whatever their queueing for in a first-come-first-served basis.

The French are terrible at it have to push in all the time, I've had Belgians just walking right to the front of frigging longs queues loads of times (ever heard of waiting) , and the Americans just push in and shout a lot. Bleugh. The Scandinavians are the best behaved :) *big smile*

Colin B
Nov 19th, 2002, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by veryborednow
I'm sorry but I love the queueing. It means everyone gets to whatever their queueing for in a first-come-first-served basis.

The French are terrible at it have to push in all the time, I've had Belgians just walking right to the front of frigging longs queues loads of times (ever heard of waiting) , and the Americans just push in and shout a lot. Bleugh. The Scandinavians are the best behaved :) *big smile*

I agree with you about queueing but Germans are definitely the worst; I once saw an old lady get left behind at a bus stop when everyone just barged past her!

baleineau
Nov 19th, 2002, 02:08 PM
Like:
countryside - very diverse, never far from something dramatic, be it coast, mountains, moorland, woodland..........
history a sense that almost every place you go to reveals a story dating centuries.
summers not unbearably hot, not intensely sunny. liveable.
winters not infuriatingly cold, but cold enough for a sprinkle of glitter
soaps quality acting and intense drama in some of our soaps, especially Eastenders.
foreign appeal lots of foreign people (especially French, Spanish and Italians) come with their dishy looks and affection for Brits.
ethnic mix/urban cosmopolitanism possible to consume cultures from all over the world within a single aquare mile of your home if you live in a reasonably sized city.

Dislike:
snobbery people judge a lot by social class characteristics (accent, clothes, posture, hairstyle, region, occupation)
cost of living especially the fucking insane price of houses to rent/buy anywhere south of Manchester
rip-off culture always feel ripped off when buying something, as if the after-sales service will be poor, the product will break, could have found cheaper etc.
people too starchy this stiff upper lip thing is true. people don't touch one another with affection. smiling at somebody is a sign of being dumb.
transport be it trains, buses and cars: too slow, too expensive. time-wasting
increasing litigation/insurance/health & safety the amount of rules regulations and red-tape in this country now. geez.
job insecurity really tough to get a permanent job these days. so much of it is short-term contract-based. seems like a life of drifting between employment and unemployment will be common
obsession with celebrity posh, becks, the royals, the pop stars, gareth gates etc.
henmania instead of getting to see more tennis on telly, tim's wimbledon runs dominate the coverage
pace of technological change seems like nothing is compatible with anything else, things keep being updated, always feel as though i'm playing catch-up.....

Double Fault
Nov 19th, 2002, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by inkyfan
hey double fault... smokers are a big problem in most of Europe! ;) Don't go to Amsterdam man! That place smells like a big joint in the evenings! hehe

You are right Inkyfan. I went to AMS years ago and it was a cool place. But, after reading your post it will be quite a while before I go back. I'm such a pain in the ass where passive smoking is concerned. :-) I moan so much about it sometimes I get on my own nerves. :-) That reminds me. Another dislike about ENG .... We moan too much!. Unless it is something important, then we keep quiet.