Okay so I’ve been a bit infrequent posting recently, but in fairness I have assignments and exams to get through. As busy as I am, I will be back soon with my more regular postings.
I notice that the majority of my followers are not from England so today I’m posting a few facts about England that you may not know, in the interest of dispelling a lot of the stereotypes I see about England and the English. Please note that as I have not met every person in England I cannot assert that these are true in all cases, only in what I have observed and learned:
- A lot of the English are not necessarily polite. This varies from person to person as I imagine it probably does in other countries too.
- The English favourite dish is not English but is Indian and is Vindaloo or Curry. See the Vindaloo by Fat Les. It’s not something I like personally but overall it is very popular. Most popular foods in the U.K for eating out are Indian, Chinese and Italian.
- Many English people do not know the full words to their own national anthem.
- Many English do not know much of the history of England, including details such as political figures, monarchs, the history of British colonialism, empire culture and famous English writers.
- A lot of the English seem to be migrating to Spain in their retirement, most likely for the more favourable weather.
- There is currently a debate about Scotland becoming independent from Britain. However many of the English like Scotland and feel they would be financially better off living up there because in Scotland they get free University education and free medical prescriptions when England does not get these things for free.
- Recently the class system of England was reconsidered and now includes seven classes however there has been some suspicion that this is conveniently timed with the governments current welfare `reforms’ and some criticisms over the system in general.
- One issue currently being debated at the moment in England is the so-called `bedroom tax‘ whereby people in social houses, which is houses with some financial support from the government will be taxed for having an extra room. This includes people with two children or more who are not getting two children of the same gender to share one bedroom instead. Confused? Many English people are!
- The English are not always traditional, particularly the current young generation that have grown up with an internet and mobile technology based culture. Don’t be surprised if you meet a young person who doesn’t remember video tapes like VHS or when telephones had cords.
- The English hate queuing. Is there anyone who really wants to queue? I don’t know where this stereotype comes from at all. If there’s one thing I could definitely live without it’s queuing.
Feel free to share any interesting facts about your country below or to ask any questions about England. Is there anything that you’ve ever wanted to know about the country? Ask away.
- The illusion of the “similar culture” (iwasanexpatwife.com)
- Patriotism or Bigotry? Where is your line? (artisticmemories.co.uk)
- Some Inaccurate Negative Stereotypes About Stereotypes (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
- Opening (ourweeblog.wordpress.com)
- Top News: Bedroom tax will be costly disaster, says housing chief (guardian.co.uk)