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    BRITS in BMW MOA

    How many other Brits are there in this group?

    How many of you are anglophiles?

    Can we use this forum to exchange cultural experiences, for example extol the virtues of the humble pork pie and why you don't eat it hot. Branston pickle, warm beer, comedy beyond Monty Python, etc...
    Differences and similarities.

    Why folks should ride around the UK and what they should see.
    Where have US riders been in the UK?
    How to be able to afford it, tips on budget travel.

    Perhaps we can help dispell some commonly held beliefs too, so US riders, what are your questions?

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    Mmmm...Branston pickle!

    I'm not a Brit but I've always been sort of an Anglophile. My very good friend Ross from Manchester prefers the term "Brit Hag"
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    Paging MaddBrit to the courtesy phone.
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    this thread is un-american


    i lived in scotland for a spell bout' 7 years ago. didn't know how to drive a motorbike at the time but had some fun in a mini (the old kind), wrong ways into roundabouts, pushing the brake and clutch with one foot, that sorta thing. i think i went to the only exchange program where we actually had to study and do a lot of work, wasn't the goof off fest that most of my friends had.

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    un american

    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaZanetti View Post
    this thread is un-american
    Indubitably.

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    Bonnie Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaZanetti View Post
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    i lived in scotland for a spell bout' 7 years ago. didn't know how to drive a motorbike at the time but had some fun in a mini (the old kind), wrong ways into roundabouts, pushing the brake and clutch with one foot, that sorta thing. i think i went to the only exchange program where we actually had to study and do a lot of work, wasn't the goof off fest that most of my friends had.

    Which Uni?

    Where in Scotland?
    Did you cross the border?
    Did you partake in the annual haggis hunts?

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    I'm an anglophile.

    Love the comedy, from Python to WAY beyond. My local PBS-affiliate runs more Limey laffs than any other station in the country, and was the first to do so when they got Monty Python for dirt-cheep in 1975. It is thought that the series would have been lost entirely had KERA not saved it from the dustbin. I watch several hours of Britcom most weekends, ranging from around 1980 to the early 2000's. And I really dig Doctor Who as well (if I ever get an RT-P I'm gonna paint it dark blue and get a license plate that says TARDIS ).

    Love the beer!

    Had a Mini in Germany- loved that rustbucket too, as well as the gaggle of Sunbeam Alpines my dad had when I was a kid.

    And the music- gonna turn on some Madness right now! Then maybe some Iron Maiden, ELO, Richard Thompson, or...!

    People joke about the food, but I have liked what I've tried so far.

    I have yet to visit Britain, but I flew over on the way to Germany. I only know this because the pilot told we could see London outlined in lights out the left-windows. We were at 44K' and it was about an hour before sunrise. I recognised the shape of the city and the dark snake of the Thames from many maps I've seen.
    I will not hesitate to visit if the USD ever gets back to a reasonable exchange-rate.

    And that's just my random musings on the subject for the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lamble View Post
    Which Uni?

    Where in Scotland?
    Did you cross the border?
    Did you partake in the annual haggis hunts?
    Stirling
    Several times, maybe more like 20, lots of busses, hitching and trains, london, manchester, sheffield, brighton, all over the place. old gent: "where ya heading son", me: "oh yeah, going down to london", old gent at the bus station: "wow, that's a long ways away, never been there myself" me: "(thinking; yeah, it's like driving to DC from Boston) oh yeah, should be quite the adventure" hahahaha
    I love haggis, well, not love, but liked enough to eat multiple times. I actually wrote a little comic strip involving a hagis monster that a friend printed in a local punk rock zine in Stirling.

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    what do you see?

    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post
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    So what is it about Britain that you find so compelling?

    They say when you live somewhere, you are too close to see it yourself, probably because you are tied up with the day-to-day stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamble View Post
    So what is it about Britain that you find so compelling?

    They say when you live somewhere, you are too close to see it yourself, probably because you are tied up with the day-to-day stuff.
    We visited there a year ago and stayed in London for a few days. I felt at home almost instantly.

    After spending some time there, it was apparent to me that there's a maturity to the English society that we haven't achieved yet. Here in the US, we're very much like a teenager. We're learning how and how not to influence the world around us, but aren't really in the company of the adults yet.

    I enjoyed our time there quite a bit.
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    ahh branston

    Quote Originally Posted by rangepig View Post
    Mmmm...Branston pickle!

    I'm not a Brit but I've always been sort of an Anglophile. My very good friend Ross from Manchester prefers the term "Brit Hag"
    Just had a crusty roll with stilton and branston...and slices of apple. Simple, yet so complex.

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    Shouldn't this thread go to the "Don't go there" forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzin View Post
    Shouldn't this thread go to the "Don't go there" forum?
    I'd agree if this were the 'Romford on a wet Sunday morning' thread! Dreadful place from an architectural point of view. I'm sure there are worse places, but I also associate Romford with back surgery, so it starts with a disadvantage.

    Why is it wet Sunday mornings are usually so dull? Is it the contrast with all the Saturday evening entertainment, so a wet Sunday is some sort of universal atonement for excess (obviously not those parts of the universe where Saturday isn't pis* up night).
    Romford Saturday's are notorious, unless you are in a hospital with a 'Naught by mouth' sign on the bottom of your bed and with straight-jacket tucked in sheets.

    Just the thought of Romfod makes me want to run around wantonly, windmilling my arms...because I can.

    Don't go there! Except on Saturday nights.

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    Mushy Peas and Newcastles

    Hello Lamble, We are looking for a mushy peas recipe. Is this one of those "everyone's mother has one and they are all different"? Please PM me if you have one. Also does the kind of peas used make a difference?

    I made it to England twice when I was in the Air Force. 37 days at RAF Fairford and it rained all 37 days!!! Also a spent time at RAF Mildenhall. At Fairford I was lucky to have friends stationed there and they had a car. On the weekends we went out and toured the countryside. I was suprised to see pubs letting dogs in and the one we were at had a water dish for each of the dogs of the regular customers. Also made it for a day at RAF Lakenheath. I enjoyed many pub lunches and developed an affection for Newcastles. I spent a Christmas at Fairford and enjoyed being with my friends. I always found the Brits I met very friendly.

    I would stand on the aircraft parking spots and could almost hear the engines of the B-17's, B24's and Lancasters. It is hard to believe they would put hundereds of these aircraft in the air day after day.

    The history of the place is what I loved the most. To see buildings with cornerstones from the 1400's when all we have around here is the late 1800's.

    My grandmother was British so there is a special place in my heart for the place. Hope to go back for Cass and my 25th anniversary.

    The first day I got to Fairford I was getting onto a bus driven by a British gent and he greeted us by saying "My name is Barney and I am the first bloke you have met. You will always remember me" Dang he was right!!!

    Cheers!!
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    One more thing....

    I remember the smell of the coal fires in the grates. I had to ask someone what the funny smell was ( I live in Wisconsin so I am used to a lot of funny smells). They thought it was funny I didn't know what it was.

    I was young and innocent at the time......


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