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Old 06-23-2015, 11:38 AM
 
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I don't understand how you can justify racism in the UK. It exists and it is acceptable. What kind of remark is this?

I have been in the UK for a month now. I have not felt so odd in any other country in Europe. Given my American background, there is something weird about the English people that rubs me in the wrong way. Probably, it is the class based social structure. Or, perhaps their sense that we were the greatest nation in the world (which is true but there were other great nations in the world), so call us great now too (which they are not). The "chip on the shoulder" attitude is quite obvious. Even one of the cab drivers told me: There are several great cities in the world but London is the best! If it is the best city, let me say that, not you. Otherwise, it just sounds hollow!

US is the current/future leader of the world and UK is not even close. The British people have to get over it. The US universities are FAR superior to those in the UK and there is just no match in R&D between the two countries. US has produced companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Ebay, and so on... What has UK given to the world lately? US is the center of innovation right now and this is the driver of the US economy. UK has nothing like this going. It is just basking in its past glory! Move on!!

In the UK, I have seen all major US symbols... Starbucks, US brands, cars, etc. There is no British presence in the US, except perhaps their Jaguar and Land Rover cars. US can live without the UK but UK can't.

Overall, I just don't think UK even comes close to the US! Of course, this is a biased opinion but I am eager to hear the counter-arguments. So far, after spending a month in the UK, I am eager to return to the US. I just cannot imagine living in this old, cold, and claustrophobic environment!
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Cannot be having an American talking about English racism. You have by far the biggest problems with race in the entire universe.

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Old 06-27-2015, 11:51 PM
 
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Cannot be having an American talking about English racism. You have by far the biggest problems with race in the entire universe.
I have to agree with you on the above point. Americans tend to be the worst racists in the world.

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Old 07-01-2015, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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USA's climate is much better.
 
Old 07-02-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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USA's climate is much better.
Agreed. If you want a 2" diameter carcinoma on your arm don't even think about the UK
 
Old 07-02-2015, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Born in the UK

I agree about the supermarkets. When I go back, I am always blown away by the quality and affordability of good food, lots of fresh produce and vast array of fresh cheeses and real bacon. Where I live, you'd literally have to shop at Whole Foods to find the same quality of food you'd find in Tesco or Sainsbury's.

US supermarkets do have more in the way of processed food & more varieties of salad dressing. I'm not sure if that's a good thing.

Not just the UK, but in general European supermarkets are better, less dingy and they treat their employees better. Only down side is that you have to bag your own groceries and there's less emphasis on customer service. Just don't expect the cashier to necessarily even smile at you.
My wife is British. Her mother visits every year. She brings goodies from Marks and Spencer and Tesco which, like you say, you would have to shop at Whole Wallet or on the East Coast in a D'Agostino, Fine Fare or Gristedes to get. Tesco is like Pathmark or A&P. Dutch bacon, French cheese, ginger cake, shortbread, Mini Rolls and Time Outs. For Christmas and my birthday she sends me a Cadbury's Fruit and Nut all for myself.

I've never been but I am amused to read this thread. Poster after poster says" The UK has better this, better that, more affordable this and higher quality the other... I prefer to live in the U.S. My SO is here because as a disabled person getting work in the UK was a non-starter. It isn't that easy here and most people in both places with significant disability live on benefits in the UK and SSI in the U.S. In the UK living on benefits is doable. In the US you live like an animal. $800/mo only goes so far and you have to pay for everything with it. In the UK you get about the same cash allowance but you do not have to pay for your healthcare out of it. That's HUGE.

My SO did not want to live on benefits. She is hugely smart and has post-graduate degrees. She came here and worked six figure jobs which all get big subsidies from the government to hire disabled people who they then fire as soon as the government check clears. She would go back but she met me.
 
Old 07-04-2015, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
My wife is British. Her mother visits every year. She brings goodies from Marks and Spencer and Tesco which, like you say, you would have to shop at Whole Wallet or on the East Coast in a D'Agostino, Fine Fare or Gristedes to get. Tesco is like Pathmark or A&P. Dutch bacon, French cheese, ginger cake, shortbread, Mini Rolls and Time Outs. For Christmas and my birthday she sends me a Cadbury's Fruit and Nut all for myself.
Your MIL brings you stuff from Marks and Sparks? I'll make you a deal: ask her to bring some of their chocolate buttercream rolls the next time she comes, and I'll pay you 25% more for them than what she paid. They are truly one of the most delicious things I've ever had, but I can't get them online, so what am I supposed to do??
 
Old 07-07-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I have to agree with you on the above point. Americans tend to be the worst racists in the world.
Watch a rerun of the Oprah Winfrey show. A lot of people in her audience were Causation. If Americans really were racists, her audience would have been 100% black.

Also, look how many Kobe Bryant fans are white.

Many Americans are enjoy black artists. My favorite band is the Flamingos. A black vocal group.

Just three examples out of many.
 
Old 07-07-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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Originally Posted by Fleet View Post
Watch a rerun of the Oprah Winfrey show. A lot of people in her audience were Causation. If Americans really were racists, her audience would have been 100% black.

Also, look how many Kobe Bryant fans are white.

Many Americans are enjoy black artists. My favorite band is the Flamingos. A black vocal group.

Just three examples out of many.
You are right. The US is not a racist country. Yes, there are a few people that are racist but that is true in many countries.
 
Old 07-11-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Outside of Chicago
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****ty weather, bad food, and no dentists...who are we trying to kid? The USA is better than the UK.
 
Old 07-12-2015, 10:00 AM
 
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Better not come to Seattle, other than the racism it's pretty much the same, on average there are fewer than 60 sunny days / year. Of course in the US if you don't like it you can move to another state, there are 49 other very different states to choose from. If you don't like the UK you're pretty much stuck.
Here on the gulf coast we get more rain in inches than anywhere in united states but its alway sunny and clear
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