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(BBC)   The British and their bizarre view of Americans   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 234
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2013-01-06 03:28:57 AM
Written for a British audience.
 
2013-01-06 03:42:46 AM
That author was trying way, way, way too hard.
 
2013-01-06 03:45:59 AM
I'm mostly of English descent, and enjoyed my visits to London, but also always mindful that my ancestors fought like dogs to get away from those people.

/Does the House of Lords still make the House of Commons come in and grovel before the Queen every year?
 
2013-01-06 07:06:18 AM
I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!
 
2013-01-06 07:10:04 AM
I think we just found the British Dennis Miller.
 
2013-01-06 07:28:31 AM
just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered
 
2013-01-06 07:30:12 AM
I imagine we Americans probably aren't as wry and witty as those Brits because we've burned out our brain cells shooting novocaine into our gums and stuffing aluminum salts under our arm pits.
 
2013-01-06 07:30:50 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer . . . .


That's interesting. My own experience has been that Londoners are right up there with Philadelphia residents when it comes to rudeness.
 
2013-01-06 07:33:21 AM

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


Couldn't read it with that freaky picture of the author staring at me from the middle of the page.
 
2013-01-06 07:34:10 AM
Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?
 
2013-01-06 07:34:39 AM
Once I learned of The Royal Bun Toss I lost what little respect I still had left for my British cousins, it also provided me with a vivid modern day reminder of why we took up arms to fight for human dignity and freedom. Link
 
2013-01-06 07:34:49 AM

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


Good choice. Article goes nowhere.
 
2013-01-06 07:37:18 AM
"The spectacle of US democracy in action is at once ridiculed and revered over here. Looked at one way it is an unholy combination of demagoguery and plutocracy, what with its pork-barrelling politicians soliciting corporate donations for prime time television advertising."

Never has a truer sentence ever been spoken.
 
2013-01-06 07:41:38 AM
TL:DR version of TFA: I got a dictionary for Christmas.
 
2013-01-06 07:45:55 AM
Faded empires a prone to introspection. The current top dog prone to extroversion. The first half of the 21st century will be a period of American introspection and Chinese extroversion, just as the latter half of the 20th was American extroversion and British introspection.
 
2013-01-06 07:46:25 AM

simplicimus: letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered

Good choice. Article goes nowhere.


"We British are foppish and self-conscious to the point of neurosis because of our intrinsic character not Empire Envy," in what felt like 10,000 words describing the masturbaition habbits of an old man.
 
2013-01-06 07:46:36 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!


I'm sure they were more than happy to pee in a cup for you...
/jk
 
2013-01-06 07:56:23 AM
www.global-air.com

It took the genius of America to recognize that with a little extra hammering and spannering the motor car could be converted into the motor home. But, the Brits think we're a bit odd for doing it. (new window)
 
2013-01-06 07:57:08 AM

narkor: Faded empires a prone to introspection. The current top dog prone to extroversion. The first half of the 21st century will be a period of American introspection and Chinese extroversion, just as the latter half of the 20th was American extroversion and British introspection.


Asian, maybe, but I'm not sure about the Chinese. They're on a fast pace to get old before they get rich.
 
2013-01-06 08:05:12 AM

tshauk: I think we just found the British Dennis Miller.


I couldn't put my finger on what was bugging me about the article, but I think you nailed it.

It's the same annoying style that Tycho from penny-arcade developed. I used to enjoy the articles, but it now reads like a writer who fell in love with his own writing style and forgot how to communicate.
 
2013-01-06 08:06:26 AM
Will Self is a pretentious arsehole.
 
2013-01-06 08:07:03 AM
You know what the Americans think of the British?

"Keep pouring out your Potter and Who, we love that shiat."

/Of course, they also produced Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, so they're not all bad.
 
2013-01-06 08:09:05 AM

BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?


It took someone from England to explained to me what Obama Care was all about. "They are regulating your medical insurance industry." Great. We couldn't our own media explain it so clearly.
 
2013-01-06 08:10:04 AM
I do love a nice cup of Earl Grey, and love Fish and Chips. I do thank the British for these two delightful things in my life. Oh, and I almost forgot, "Top Gear".
 
2013-01-06 08:11:45 AM
Let me know if somebody translates that into English.
 
2013-01-06 08:13:46 AM
What a horribly written article. Seems like he was actively trying to be as heavy handed as humanly possible for what should've been a fluff piece. I'd have happily read this as a light hearted piece. Ths just shows up the British as stuffy, anally retentive morons who see no fun in anything.

/British
//Bring on the overplayed dental jokes
 
2013-01-06 08:15:35 AM

reillan: You know what the Americans think of the British?

"Keep pouring out your Potter and Who, we love that shiat."

/Of course, they also produced Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, so they're not all bad.


I started reading it in Snape's voice but about a third of the way through it transformed into a Professor Binns' lecture.
 
2013-01-06 08:15:36 AM
I imagine that the thought process, prior to writing that 'article', went something like 'I need to write something where I can show off my amazing new dictionary, and use words like conniptions and tmesis'
 
2013-01-06 08:16:22 AM

Triumph: /Does the House of Lords still make the House of Commons come in and grovel before the Queen every year?


At the opening of Parliament the representative of the Queen has the door slammand in his face and has to knock before the Commons allow him in.
 
2013-01-06 08:16:55 AM
Cheeseburger
 
2013-01-06 08:20:57 AM

BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?


Normally, they're the same lies that the left bandits about regarding ours: the idea that our hospitals are largely for-profit or that the US isn't one of the top countries in per capita government spending on healthcare.
 
2013-01-06 08:24:11 AM

planes: [www.global-air.com image 150x195]

It took the genius of America to recognize that with a little extra hammering and spannering the motor car could be converted into the motor home. But, the Brits think we're a bit odd for doing it. (new window)


Probably because they live on an overbuilt island. Not a whole swath of a major continent with miles and miles of uninhabited country.
 
2013-01-06 08:27:40 AM

meanmutton: BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?

Normally, they're the same lies that the left bandits about regarding ours: the idea that our hospitals are largely for-profit or that the US isn't one of the top countries in per capita government spending on healthcare.


citation please.

Liberals say we spend too much per capita on healthcare because of price fixing between the for profit insurance agency and the pharmaceutical companies. Nothing to do with hospitals.

But you knew that and if I wasnt bored out of my mind I wouldnt have bothered to respond.
 
2013-01-06 08:28:24 AM

BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?


Basically, yes. Here it is a common belief that if you get run over by a car in the USA the ambulance paramedics check your wallet for a health insurance card and if you don't have one they move you out of the middle of the road and leave you there to die.
 
2013-01-06 08:29:10 AM

furterfan: I imagine that the thought process, prior to writing that 'article', went something like 'I need to write something where I can show off my amazing new dictionary, and use words like conniptions and tmesis'


It comes off like a sophomore journalism major trying to shoehorn in big words and sound self important.
 
2013-01-06 08:29:47 AM
The British view of Americans is probably more accurate than the American view of the British.
 
2013-01-06 08:29:59 AM
Elasticated jeans. That's all you need to know.
 
2013-01-06 08:31:19 AM
"Bronies" - WTF, America? The richest, most powerful and most technologically advanced nation in the world and you have grown men proclaiming their affection for little girls' toys. How many seats over there do you need?
 
2013-01-06 08:31:21 AM
Mr. Self, would you please GET TO THE BLOODY POINT.
 
2013-01-06 08:31:34 AM
Got a few paragraphs in before I realized that I don't much care what the English think about anything.
 
2013-01-06 08:33:51 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!


But they're going to save our asses in World War 3.

/too obscure?
 
2013-01-06 08:34:24 AM

ScudEast: Basically, yes. Here it is a common belief that if you get run over by a car in the USA the ambulance paramedics check your wallet for a health insurance card and if you don't have one they move you out of the middle of the road and leave you there to die.


Damn. I knew they forgot to teach me something in Paramedic school!
 
2013-01-06 08:34:26 AM
I tried really really hard to read this.

I cannot.
 
2013-01-06 08:35:46 AM

kenchie: Will Self is a pretentious arsehole.


Land Ark: Mr. Self, would you please GET TO THE BLOODY POINT.


All of the above.

Also:

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2013-01-06 08:37:21 AM
Will Self is much better to listen to (which you can with this, it's a radio piece). He's started impersonating Clive James, with is like aural honey.
 
2013-01-06 08:37:34 AM

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


I saw this article on the Beeb a few hours ago and was going to submit it, until I started reading it and also lost interest after two or three paragraphs.
 
2013-01-06 08:37:59 AM
 
2013-01-06 08:40:43 AM
Well, that was a really fancy article about nothing. Sounded like the writer just discovered he can find synonyms by right clicking on the word document.
 
2013-01-06 08:41:21 AM

oukewldave: Well, that was a really fancy article about nothing. Sounded like the writer just discovered he can find synonyms by right clicking on the word document.


You can do that?!?!?!?!
 
2013-01-06 08:42:40 AM
British people are largely exposed to American people through what's exported (good TV, bad beer) and trips to Florida.

No wonder their impressions are so farked up.
 
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