Scott Waters is an American from Florida who has been spending time in small towns in the England. He’s a professional portrait and landscape painter, commercial artist, designer and tech geek. He posted a long list of his observations of British life on his Facebook page and has had an exponential response, 153,000 Likes and counting. Here’s a selection, see the full list here.
- Almost everyone is very polite.
- The food is generally outstanding.
- There are no guns.
- Pubs are not bars, they are community living rooms.
- You’d better like peas, potatoes and sausage.
- Everything is generally older, smaller and shorter.
- People don’t seem to be afraid of their neighbors or the government.
- All the signs are well designed with beautiful typography and written in full sentences with proper grammar.
- There’s no dress code.
- They eat with their forks upside down.
- English are as crazy about their gardens as Americans are about cars.
- There are hardly any cops or police cars.
- There are 5,000 year old rocks still standing around. No one is sure why.
- After fish and chips, curry is the most popular food.
- If someone buys you a drink you must do the same.
- Many of the roads are the size of our sidewalks.
- There’s no AC.
- Instead of turning the heat up, you put on a jumper.
- You don’t have to tip, really!
- Everyone here has a passport, only 14% of Americans do.
- Walking is the national pastime.
- Their TV looks and sounds much better than ours.
- Everyone enjoys a good joke.
- Dogs are very well behaved and welcome everywhere.
- You can get on a bus and end up in Paris.
- Everyone knows more about our history then we do.
- Radio is still a big deal. The BBC is quite good.
- The universal greeting is “Cheers.”
- Soccer is a religion, religion is a sport.
- The trains work: a three minute delay is regrettable.
- Their healthcare works, but they still bitch about it.
- Cake is one of the major food groups.
- Their coffee is mediocre but their tea is wonderful.
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