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History of the UK - Karen's Musings
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History of the UK
So things are a tiny bit slow at work right now (I'm in a holding pattern waiting for return calls), so I'm looking for online resources that talk about life in the UK. One site which has various facts and figures includes an extremely brief "History of the UK" section. It begins: "The history of the United Kingdom is very ancient"...

Um, yeah. I think I'll be skipping that site. Very ancient, indeed.
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From: geekosaur Date: June 20th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Americans it is! :)

(Joke from 1976: "The British think 200 miles is a long distance; Americans think 200 years is a long time.")
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 20th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not that it isn't true. It's just ... what exactly does "very ancient" mean???
arosoff From: arosoff Date: June 21st, 2006 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, you can always ask me ;-) I can be a little negative at times but I don't hate everything here, honest!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
okay. Well, what I'm really looking for is something that talks about the cultural differences. The things we take for granted here that are different there for better or for worse. Or the questions I wouldn't think to ask about day to day living in the UK. I don't know. I'm not really sure what I'm looking for exactly. I know there are things I just don't even know to ask about that I ought to know, but I just can't figure any of them out.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean, I think, but it's hard to give pointers... hmm. The BBC, of course (the amount of stuff on the BBC site is amazing). www.uk-yankee.com is an expat site that has some useful things.

There are lots of little things to get used to--like most of the supermarkets in this area (and if you moved to London it would probably be round here as this is the Jewish part) close at 8pm except for Tesco Brent Cross, and big stores can only open for 6hrs on Sunday. You shop more often, because fridges are smaller. Oh, and you spend a lot more time doing laundry because European machines take twice as long to do a load half the size!
beaniekins From: beaniekins Date: June 21st, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Very ancient? That's like something being extremely historic or very unique. Ancient doesn't need a qualifier. And if they had any education, and/or watched the West Wing, they would know that.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
you just made me snarf my coke. But yes, very ancient, indeed.
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