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.
  • Cheers.

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Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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