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ucme's avatar

What do you like about England?

Asked by ucme (48989points) 2 months ago

Not Britain, or the United Kingdom!
Just all things English.
Anyone answers “nothing” will be immediately tagged as a loon!

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Rowan Atkinson. Mr. Bean and The Black Adder.

rebbel's avatar

I used to be crazy about Quality Street.
When I was in my teens.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The bust of Richard lll’s head for starters (before the blonde wig)
Also alba semi-plena roses I have 2 in my yard and they smell heavenly.

seawulf575's avatar

I’ve never been to England. But I will say I like some of the traditional dishes such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and beef wellington. Can’t say anything I’ve heard about the weather appeals to me. I lived in Cleveland Ohio and it seems to have much the same weather…plus snow.
Also English history is entertaining. LOTS of stuff went on that impacted the entire world.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The language!

ucme's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Good shout, I have all 4 series of Blackadder on box set, season 2 being the best!
Mr. Bean just annoys me though lol

ucme's avatar

@rebbel Those tins keep getting smaller every year!

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Richard the third is used as rhyming slang for turd lol
@seawulf575 I enjoy all those dishes although not had fish & chips in years, they used to be traditionally served wrapped in newspaper!
@stanleybmanly Helps if you spell it correctly though!
Nice edit :D

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -I am saddened by this.

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Yeah well, blame them Londoners, us northern folk don’t use that slang.

KNOWITALL's avatar

The accent and language, history, antiques. The old villages, the novels, the science, the culture and focus on being cultured.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme You sound like this don’t you?

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille That sounds like a drunk viking & I am currently neither of those things!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -I am crestfallen.
Did you understand him though?

stanleybmanly's avatar

@ucme I don’t know what possessed me to attempt to fool YOU into believing that I might actually be aware of the proper rendition of “language”. Fortunately for me, your remonstrance arrived after your correction.

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille A little I guess, sounded to me like some long forgotten ye olde style village slur.
Funny though, my voice is here on an old question where we were asked to record our voices.
I did two, maybe it could be found if anyone had the inclination.
@stanleybmanly My word old bean, one can taste the bitterness in every syllable :D

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme What do YOU like best about England? Born there and stayed all your life right? Wife too?

stanleybmanly's avatar

@ucme bitterness? You must excuse my impertinence in suggesting you select a more suitable attribute from the toolbox of YOUR language. How about contempt?

ucme's avatar

@KNOWITALL Hey, that’s a good way to flip it round :-)
Yeah, both born & raised here, lived here all our lives, although moved around a bit, always been in the North however.
What do I like best?
Hmmm, I guess our sense of humour & patriotism, yeah, that works for me!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme If you represent, I’d agree. :)

ucme's avatar

@KNOWITALL Whenever I see or hear the word represent I always think of that munchkin song from the wizard of oz…how does it go again?

“We represent the lollipop guild…”

Sorry, just amusing myself…do carry on :D

Sagacious's avatar

The small villages. I’ve no use for big cities anywhere. I have enjoyed the small towns in England and enjoyed every minutes and everyone we ever encountered.

ucme's avatar

@Sagacious I am surrounded by them & they still retain that “quaint” quality.

gondwanalon's avatar

I like that England is a long ways away.

cookieman's avatar

The fact that I was lucky enough to go to London twice and that my wife’s dear cousin, her adorable baby, and very English (handsome school teacher) husband live there.

Of course, having taken way too many art history classes, I love the history and architecture, and museums. We went in late November last time and enjoyed all the holiday decorations and winter market in Hyde Park.

Also, we had great food the whole week last time. Our apartment was just above an amazing steak restaurant in the meat packing area. Empanadas near the London Eye were top notch (and my wife’s Argentine!). Speaking of which, great Argentine restaurant down an alley in Picadilly Square.

My daughter loved it and wants to move there.

JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t been to England since I was a teenager.

I remember liking the London Subway (tube). It was easy to figure out, train my clean, and worked well. I assume it’s the same today. I’ve always been interested in transportation systems, so this might seem like a weird thing to mention, but it’s something I take note of in cities.

I remember liking it up in the north part of the country, nearing Scotland. We drove through some pretty countryside, and people were friendly.

I like Top Gear. Lol. The original from England was really great. As far as I know the original program was English, including the 3 hosts and the Stig, unless I’m incorrect.

I’d like to return to England and see what I think of it now that I’m older.

tedibear's avatar

I spent some time in Cambridge (city, not the University) in 1986 and I had the best raspberry jam filled doughnut ever. My host family was great. They introduced me to curry with chutney, Eastenders and Crossroads Motel. Loved Windsor Castle, the ease of using mass transit (Tube in London and buses in Cambridge), and the amazing hot toddy my host mom made when I caught a cold.

There are some TV series that we have enjoyed recently, Happy Valley, Wallendar, Broadchurch, and The IT Crowd come to mind immediately.

On a personal note, I love my friends Elaine and John and their children who live in Huddersfield!

MrGrimm888's avatar

I love the accent. I like most English people who I ever met.
Their food, is mostly terrible.
I respect what they survived, in WWII. I respect the modern English person, a lot, I suppose.

kritiper's avatar

They speak English.

Kardamom's avatar

Oh my goodness. How long have you got? I may have to come back to this Q, because I am a certified, card carrying Anglophile.

I shall start with The Beatles, throw in some clotted cream, conjure up some Charles Dickens, ponder the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, and dream about high tea.

I’ll get back to you on this one, spit spot.

Demosthenes's avatar

English literature. I read more British authors than any others.

ragingloli's avatar

Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell (the comedian), panel shows

Pinguidchance's avatar

England Swings

Oh yeah, and the separation of the powers.

RabidWolf's avatar

The fact I don’t live there, the fact it’s way overseas. If I refer to someone as: “YOUR MAJESTY.” It’s meant as an insult because they’re acting holier than thou. I kneel to no one. The true fact here: An ancestor of mine did kneel to the crown, but only because he was being knighted.

gorillapaws's avatar

The humor and wit in the language is more fun and playful than in the US. The accent is great (though I suppose we’re technically the ones with the accent). I love English beer. I love Indian food in England (best I’ve ever had). Depeche Mode. GUNSHIP. Real English chocolate not the fake English chocolate that we get in the US. Gordon Ramsay, the bloke is entertaining.

SEKA's avatar

The sexy citizens

Patty_Melt's avatar

I never cared especially for England source television, but in movies I find many as being brilliant entertainers. Hugh Laurie, be before becoming a California resident, and playing Dr. House, was Stuart Little’s adoptive father, and one of the dognapping henchmen in the live version of 101 Dalmatians. I enjoy what he brings to characters, but there is also a largely American influence there.
Alan Rickman (alive forever in my heart), the entire cast of all the Harry Potter movies – wonderful all young and old, many of the seasoned actors are in Sense and Sensibility and bring to screen a great flavour of English sense of class and social behaviours, Margaret Smith is a fabulous talent and person. Many types of talent besides movies, David Bowie – fun in concerts and on screen, The Beatles – almost a species apart from the human race. They were, are, a force all their own.
There is so much more which could be said about entertainers English, but there are other things to like.

I get a kick out of learning how English terms and slang differ from what we are familiar with as Americans. I would like to have opportunity to know more. Ha ha, my daughter learned what we call trash can is known there as dust bin. Thereafter she insisted I say dustbin, or I would be ignored.

@KNOWITALL mentioned antiques. I enjoy watching Antiques Roadshow. People will stand in line with native American blankets, clothing, and beadwork. They are dumbfounded to learn this doll belonged to a little girl three hundred years ago, and as an adult was gifted to her close Dutch friend. Then comes on British Antiques Roadshow. “Lovely piece, belonged to nobility, great condition, unfortunately only seven hundred years old, worth about four hundred pounds.” It gives you a new sense of how young our country’s government is.

Although I find the small villages charming as seen in books or on television, I am sure I could not live well in the seclusion of such villages myself. I do miss from my own childhood the fresh eggs and produce of such rural living here. Ahhh, thank goodness for the efforts of Amish to bring their goods to we city dwellers.

I have the dvd Theory Of Everything. When Stephen Hawking is left in the small old lab where great past minds conducted experiments, I could almost smell the ancient sense of remaining scientific thinking he must have in real life experienced.

ucme's avatar

@Patty_Melt Hugh Laurie started out as a comedy double act with Stephen Fry. They made several seasons of A bit of Fry & Laurie which was essentially a sketch show.
The pair then moved on to acting starring in a period comedy Jeeves & Wooster

Maybe you should check them out if you haven’t already :-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Patty_Melt If you ever watch Finding You Roots on PBS (my fave), so many of us have roots in England at some point or another, it’s very interesting. I love watching them trace family roots back to the English nobility-the most common. Not that it holds any monetary gain or anything, but it’s rather neat to see you were related to a Lord or something. What what!

ucme's avatar

@KNOWITALL Hello there sis…what dashed good form what what!

Patty_Melt's avatar

I ran across something about Jeeves & Wooster, never viewed anything. Now that I am better equipped to find things on yt, I will. I was aware he had a comedic background there, and that seemed obvious given most of the Stuart Little work involved speaking at length to an empty tabletop, counter, or open palm.

There are many classically trained actors I would love to see on stage performance also.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I’m a 57. My roots involve some English, though all peasantry I’m sure, given the birth name I inherited. I also have Viking roots and native American. The native is not the highest percentage of my heritage, but the most prominent, especially now that age is showing on me. Indigenous people to North America seem to age in genetically specific ways.

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