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Old 05-22-2012, 01:57 PM
Location: France
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Re seasons, I know exactly what you mean.

That said I loved months like February and March near the Gulf Coast when you could just about go outside in shorts.

I did not miss a typical dull damp day in England, but today has been a superb spring day, as witnessed by this shot taken around 8-30 this morning;

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:13 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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New to this thread, but not new to the US. I've been here a really long time but there are STILL things I miss about old Blighty!

BBC of course
the variety of crisps
similar for chocolate and biccies esp. proper Jaffa cakes!
Marks & Spencer
People that actually understand the education system I went through
Driving on the left
Five weeks of holiday/vacation
London on a nice warm sunny day
Sunday roast dinners
Four day weekend over Easter
Decent public transport
Being able to travel to Europe at the drop of a hat
A really good curry with a pint of Kingfisher
Rhododendrons in their many colours in May
Bournemouth beach
The sense of humour

Don't miss
The weather (most of it, anyway!)
My low salary
Snobby people
The seasons (I really hated autumn and winter in England, the southern US states really are perfect for me)
Living in a 100 ft square flat
How expensive everything is
English Mexican food - it really is so much better in the US which stands to reason!
Serving custard with dessert
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:37 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Now I've read everyone else's lists, I have a few more!

Roast potatoes (why do Americans insist on serving mash potato with a perfectly good roast turkey dinner? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken my own roasted potatoes to a Thanksgiving dinner that I wasn’t hosting!)
Atheism and Liberalism

Range of good modern music

Granary bread

Stoves with grills

Decent frozen dinners. Tesco's used to have a frozen chicken balti
that I still crave sometimes!
Freedom of religion. Why do all the US politicians have to be Christian??

Yes, the toilets! LOLOL

Not getting served a dill pickle with every sandwich
Anything blackcurrant

Don't miss

The Royals
VAT (it’s so steep!)
My credit history
UK dentists

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:59 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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I'm going to have to add


Good Indian Food
Proximity to Europe
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:57 AM
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Brilliant thread. We only moved out two weeks ago and already miss lots from the UK including family and friends! I think until we came out here I think I had taken for granted the variety of good quality food, cleaning products etc. we have in the UK. Although our local supermarket does sell some UK chocolate including maltesers and real Galaxy and also decent tea- at a premium! Not too bothered about tv although the amount of adverts is incredibly annoying. What we don't miss is the expensive petrol in the UK!
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:12 AM
Location: Paris, France
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I can add a French take on things, though I've never lived in the US. Apart from the language, I think there are less differences between living in France and living in the UK than between the US/UK.

Cheap pints of beer
Being able to order at the bar and not having to wait for the surly waiter to notice you
London Parks
*slightly* better customer service
Having a flat that isn't just one room
Pub food
English sausages
Cheap toileteries, and general household stuff
Brunch and a decent flat white
English TV
Regional dialects
Not getting corrected every time I get my French a bit wrong
Cheap airfares from London
The sense of humour (the French take things way too seriously!)

Do not miss
Aggressive public drunkenness
Horrible Tesco Expresses that stock only ready meals and junk food
Slow jerky London buses
Rip-off tube & train fares
Lack of bank holidays
Horrible foamy English bread
Canned baked beans and peanut butter
Workaholic culture
Daily Mail/Daily Express/The Sun
The class system/lack of social mobility
Right-wing morons who vote UKIP
I would say depressing weather but Paris is pretty similar!
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:47 AM
Location: Colorado
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I miss Cumberland sausages!
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:31 AM
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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I miss the fact that the UK actually honours public holidays!! I'm actually missing some rain too!

I don't miss - the monarchy. The support of which, especially during the jubilee, is something I don't want to be around.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:46 AM
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Member threadjack discussions can be found here:

Official UK Chat Thread
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:54 AM
Location: Australasia
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And a New Zealand take on things. I used to live in the UK and am now back in NZ.

Good conversation
My local pub
Fresh decent food in supermarkets (not the export reject fruits and vegetables we have here)
Great press (not the dumbed down version here) - especially the BBC, Telegraph, Times
Warm housing
M & S
Proximity to Europe and cheap travel
Beautiful spring and summer
Being slimmer due to all the walking !
Hyde park /Kensington gardens/ Kew / Richmond
Salty beef sandwiches from Selfridges
Harrods and Harvey Nichols sale
New Years Eve
Christmas in London

Don't miss:
High VAT
Small houses
Grocery shopping without a car
Pervasive negativity of many Brits
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