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Re: Americans
« Reply #150 on: 14/10/2005 02:17:48 »
YES!!! finaly junior member o yea.

only a few thousand more to catch up to neil.
 

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Re: Americans
« Reply #151 on: 14/10/2005 02:57:41 »
To you_have_no_idea

Give me 100 quid and i will make you an advanced member by the time you reach 70 post.

Just dont tell anyone ;):)

PS If a guy called neil offers to do it for 50, dont believe him.

Between me and you don't trust him, he will take your money and run;)


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Re: Americans
« Reply #152 on: 14/10/2005 04:18:29 »
Yep steer well clear of him :D

(note to self: Must remember who I am. !!:D)

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Re: Americans
« Reply #153 on: 14/10/2005 13:58:21 »
You only need 70 posts to become an Advanced member?

So when I press Enter now, I'll become an Advanced member?
 

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Re: Americans
« Reply #154 on: 14/10/2005 13:58:58 »
Wow. Cool.

But I don't feel any different. :(


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« Reply #155 on: 14/10/2005 18:34:42 »
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Originally posted by Dan B

A large proportion of the people here really don't have a clue, and they think that this place is the best thing since sliced bread and that they are always right, and that they are free... which is laughable because some of the laws/policing/govn. etc are just insane here. They like to have opinions on everything without knowing/experience what they are talking about.




Freedom is being able to do what you want to do.  If someone forbids you from doing something you never wanted to do, then it does not impinge upon your freedom.

When you are brought up in an environment, most people learn not to want the things they know they will never have.  The problem arises when someone who is brought up with certain expectations of freedom moves to an environment where those expectations are no longer met.
 

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Re: Americans
« Reply #156 on: 20/10/2005 01:59:12 »
Just found this old "quiz" that did the rounds at work some time ago, and thought it was appropriate for this topic.

Many apologies in advance to our American colleagues, I know that perpetuating these stereotypes isn't very constructive - but I just thought it was quite funny ...


QUIZ: HOW TO TELL IF YOU'RE AN AMERICAN

1. You decide that the relationship with your partner is over. How do you break the news you are leaving?
(a) Leave a tearful note on the table and slip quietly away
(b) Calmly discuss the reasons with your partner for your decision
(c) Attack them with a chair in front of a rabble of cheering pumped-up inbreds on national television.

2. You and your mates decide to have a game of football in the park.  What do you need to take?
(a) A ball
(b) A ball and 2 coats
(c) A ball, 50 crash helmets, 4 tons of body armour, 20 cheerleaders, a marching sousaphone band with a grand piano on a trolley, and a team of orthopaedic surgeons specialising in spinal injuries.

3. You are driving along a country road when you accidentally run over a rabbit. What do you do?
(a) Stop and see how badly injured it is, taking it to a vet if it is still alive
(b) Carry on driving, but hope it is still alive, or if not, that it died quickly
(c) Strap it across the bonnet of your car and drive home a-hollering and a-whooping and throwing empty Budweiser cans out of the window.

4. You wake up in the morning with a stiff neck after sleeping in an awkward position. What do you do?
(a) Ignore it. It will probably loosen up as the day progresses
(b) Take a couple of aspirins and get on with things.
(c) Take yourself to a prostitute-addicted TV evangelist faith healer in an ill-fitting wig, who will lay his hands on your head whilst screaming about the devil in front of an audience of gibbering rednecks.

5. What do you have for breakfast?
(a) A bowl of Cornflakes, slice of toast and a mug of tea
(b) Glass of orange juice, croissant and a cup of coffee
(c) A bag of donuts with ice cream, a 32 ounce steak with six eggs sunny side-up, fifteen pancakes with maple syrup, ten waffles, five corn dogs and a diet root beer

6. You and your partner decide to take the plunge and get married. What sort of ceremony do you have?
(a) A quiet party with a few friends in a registry office
(b) A church service followed by a traditional reception at a hotel
(c) A minute long mockery at a 24 hour drive-through chapel in Las Vegas, presided over by a transvestite vicar dressed as Elvis.

7. Your 14-year-old son is going through a difficult phase, becoming disruptive at school and reclusive at home. What do you do?
(a) Don't worry. It's just a phase and will pass.
(b) Encourage him to get out more, get involved in team sports or join a youth club.
(c) Take him to an armoury and buy him an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and enough ammunition to slaughter a small town.

8. You fancy a night in watching something funny on TV. What kind of comedy do you choose?
(a) A sitcom like Fawlty Towers or Father Ted
(b) A sketch show like the Two Ronnie's or the Fast show
(c) A thinly disguised morality play set in a massive lounge where the audience whoop for ten minutes every time an overpaid actor with a superglued grin on his face makes an entrance to deliver a lightweight wisecrack.

9. While getting ready for bed, you stub your toe on your wife's dressing table. What do you do?
(a) Shout and swear a bit, after all, it did hurt
(b) Make a mental note to move the table so it doesn't happen again
(c) Immediately call a hotshot lawyer with an uptown reputation, and sue your wife.

10. There are global concerns about the emissions from cars. Do you:
(a) Introduce incentives to switch to cleaner cars
(b) Invent a new cleaner fuel
(c) Continue to use and invent dirtier cars, ignoring the global concerns about the emissions.

If you answered mostly (a)s and (b)s then you are a normal well balanced individual.
If you answered mostly (c)s - Congratulations!! you are an American.


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Re: Americans
« Reply #157 on: 24/07/2006 02:19:57 »
I know this is an old topic. I did take some offense to it, but also understood some well taken points.:) Keep in mind that I mean no offense in my reply, just expressing my feelings![^]

 I am an american who knows Squat about Geography, not because I was not taught it, But Because I have never been interested in it.:D I live in a small Community called Blue Lake, actually there are three and I am in the middle of the three. The other two are Arcata, and McKinleyville. We are located in Northern California. I could no more tell you where the Uk is located, then the man in the moon, without looking on the globe or a map.[V]  

    I love my home, I am not Stupid, although I feel I learn more every day! Further more I am 45 years old and Just now getting my College under my belt as I chose to have a Family first!:D  I am working on my Bacholors degree, slow but sure. I find people from everywhere and every walk of life fascinating and I hate politics, so I try to avoid them.;)  I love diversity and culture of all kinds. I have never traveled hardly at all from my place of birth, and the few trips I have taken, I would say were no farther then about 300 miles from home with two possible exceptions.:)I have never been out of the states and probably never will given financial restraints. Would love to see the UK some day as well as many other places.:D I cannot leave my town without getting lost, Which does not look good for me.[B)] I have a real bad sense of direction. I get lost in the forums, let alone out in the country!:D It has not been of interest to me to travel untill the last few years as I had no desire really. Now I yearn to travel and I think it is just that I love people and the counties are beautiful from what I have seen in pictures and books and on television. I love ALL PEOPLE, SHORT, TALL, FAT, THIN, GREEN, BLUE, PINK,and PURPLE! I DON"T CARE!

  I DO NOT MAKE IT A HABIT TO CRITISIZE PEOPLE FOR NOT BEING UP ON THIER GEOGRAPHY OR EDUCATIONAL SKILLS OR LACK THERE OF,AS I WAS TOLD THAT THIS IMPOLITE!  WHEN I SAW THIS THREAD I DO Say, I HAD TO BITE MY TONGUE AS I DO NOT THINK THIS IS JUST AND AMERICAN PROBLEM![:0]

 There have been alot of nice comments here and relative points made, many of which are quite real and valid. But I do take offense that we might all be lumped into this catogory. I am  A teacher of small children and I hope that the skills I bring to them might some day help change something in this world that might could use a little tweaking! WE ARE NONE OF US PERFECT SPECIMENS OF HUMANS,BUT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE? WHAT IS PERFECT ANYWAY? Stereo typing hurts everyone and I am sad to see it:(.....Karen
 

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Re: Americans
« Reply #158 on: 24/07/2006 02:32:38 »
Hi karen. You Sound very much like my wife, she teaches small children and she also lives in Blue lake, Blue lake shopping centre that is.:D

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« Reply #159 on: 24/07/2006 03:13:26 »
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You will find that most of our towns, cities and place names in the uk were used to name places in the US. even the smallest of towns and districts like Norwood, Dulwich, Crystal palace etc have a US equivalent.
Think of a big city in the us and we probably have a place called the same.



I know this is an old topic (but since Karen resurrected it), I think you will have difficulty finding a Chicago in the UK, as it is based on a Native American etymology, and places like St. Loios are French rather than British origin.  There are many others of similar non-English extraction, particularly as you move away from the New England area of the USA.



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« Reply #160 on: 24/07/2006 03:22:19 »
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  I DO NOT MAKE IT A HABIT TO CRITISIZE PEOPLE FOR NOT BEING UP ON THIER GEOGRAPHY OR EDUCATIONAL SKILLS OR LACK THERE OF,AS I WAS TOLD THAT THIS IMPOLITE!  WHEN I SAW THIS THREAD I DO Say, I HAD TO BITE MY TONGUE AS I DO NOT THINK THIS IS JUST AND AMERICAN PROBLEM![:0]



I think it is a problem that is more prevalent in smaller countries.  You say you have travelled 300 miles, but have never left the USA – I would have great difficulty travelling 300 miles without leaving England, and most likely would even have left the UK.  Ofcourse, there are many people who live in Russia, or China, or India, who might be in exactly the same situation as you.

Ofcourse, putting that in some context, I may have often travelled outside of the UK (in fact, almost every year of my life since my teens, and a few occasions before that), I have actually only left Europe a handful of times.  If terms of physical size, Europe is comparable to the USA.

Nonetheless, the fact that I can travel to places that have a different language and culture to my own is such a small space and time does make me more aware of the variety of cultures and political perspectives that are out there; but there is nonetheless no doubt that I am less aware of an African, or Chinese, perspective on a matter than I might be on a French, German, or Italian perspective.



George
 

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Re: Americans
« Reply #161 on: 24/07/2006 03:39:16 »
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quote:
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You will find that most of our towns, cities and place names in the uk were used to name places in the US. even the smallest of towns and districts like Norwood, Dulwich, Crystal palace etc have a US equivalent.
Think of a big city in the us and we probably have a place called the same.



I know this is an old topic (but since Karen resurrected it), I think you will have difficulty finding a Chicago in the UK, as it is based on a Native American etymology, and places like St. Loios are French rather than British origin.  There are many others of similar non-English extraction, particularly as you move away from the New England area of the USA.



George


You just had too:)

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« Reply #162 on: 24/07/2006 04:03:57 »
Wow George, See what I mean by my Geographical abilities, Just amazing that I did not know that the United states and europe are about the same size, or comparable. We have a great deal of culture here, but I must say it seems so different then the places they originate from. I guess when one moves out of ones own surrounding thing and ways of life might change, not always for the better. I am definitely less aware of alot of other perspectives, and welcome them also. By the way I enjoyed your photo,s last week, they were quite beautiful. Most of My concern in the last post was the sterotyping I guess, it tends to bring my emotions out a bit.  I agree with you, that there is a problem, but not isolated to the Americans alone, I see it in many different places.  Like  I said there were many valid points also noted in this thread, and I felt drawn to speak up I guess. Thanks George.

Michael, What age children does your wife teach?  She sounds Like  my kind of lady! I love children and have been working with them since I was a kid myself. I am facsinated by their utter charm and their resilience. They are Truely remarkable! So she likes to shop ehh! Is Blue lake a rural area there or is it a bigger city or subdivision? .....Karen
 

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