Ten Things I Like About England

I’m American but I’ve lived in England a long time now. I complain about it too often (just ask my hubby!). But the truth is that the only thing about England that REALLY gets me down is the weather (too bad I didn’t know before moving here that I suffer massively from SAD)! So as the sun was occasionally shining through the clouds today and the sky was mostly blue and it’s a new month and I’m trying to be a more positive person and yada yada yada, I’ve decided to list “Ten Things I Like About England”. So here you go! πŸ™‚

1. The Music

Probably almost 90% of my favorites are from the UK. The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, David Bowie, John Lydon/Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, The Chemical Brothers, Peter Gabriel, The Clash, The Cure, The Smiths, Ian Brown/The Stone Roses, UNKLE, Massive Attack… I’ll stop there or I’ll be listing these all day…

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2. London. It’s just really cool.

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3. Stonehenge. It’s just really cool. Spinal Tap agree.

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4. WAY more days off work than in America. Hooray for bank holiday Mondays! (Like today).

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5. Guns. Not many.

Won’t discuss this. Just listing it is the closest I’ll EVER get to being political about ANYTHING. I only discuss movies and light fluffy things. πŸ˜‰

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6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

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7. Monty Python

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8. Pubs & pub quizzes

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9. Michael Caine. I’ve decided he’s cool.

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10. The word “Wanker”

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My England Haiku:

Not much sunshine but
Look on the bright side of life
And bring umbrella

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33 thoughts on “Ten Things I Like About England

  1. The word ‘wanker’ is truly marvelous. Great post. I recently came back to the UK after living in California for a couple of years. I’ve found it hard to settle back in…the weather doesn’t help. Hopefully it’ll improve, Is there much about the US you miss?

    • Yikes – I’d find it really hard to adjust if I’d lived in sunny California! It really is sunshine I miss the most. Or even actual seasons instead of a year-round damp greyness. And I miss certain foods but know it’s probably a blessing to not have those here! And, of course, I’d be a total wanker if I didn’t mention missing my family. πŸ˜‰ Ha! Yes, wanker is a great word… πŸ™‚

  2. A foreign student asked me if the weather was like this all the time. I immediately laughed like a mad man because it rains 60% of the time and 39% of the time its cloudy. You’d think I was joking but I live in the North West and that is literal πŸ˜€

  3. I love that basically all of my favorite things are mentioned in this post: the Beatles, Monty Python, and days off. I guess I’m really a Brit at heart. πŸ™‚

  4. Here in NFLD we endure “RDF”: rain drizzle fog. This past winter (2013-14) was AWEFUL. But the summers have been spectacular; blue skies, breezy & temps generally in the 19-26C range. Soooo unlike the oppressive humidity in NYC. Only one problem, it’s not “cool” here. Guess you can’t have it all. πŸ˜‰
    I won’t even get into the language, b’y.

    • Oh I could tolerate the horrible winters if we’d at least have nice summers to make up for it. ; ) It’s just gray & rainy all year round. Does get depressing so I try to remember the positive things too. : )

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