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20.       lady in red
6947 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 06:34 pm

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea:

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea:

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting fenerkız:

I can have my opinion, and compared to other countries culture, I think mine is poor.



Have to agree with you there fener!



I suspect you only see 'culture' when it is different to your own, and are blind to what is around you



Possibly you are right - of course there is plenty of 'culture' in Britain in the form of literature, music and art - perhaps it is better to say that in general our country's appreciation of 'culture' is poor compared to that of some other countries? And maybe it's tradition we don't have much of rather than culture. OK you can go ahead and quote Morris Dancing, Dunmow Flitch, Druids, Maypole Dancing, etc. but they are not traditions followed by everyone are they . I've never seen a group of British lads in a bar just get up and start singing and dancing to The Floral Dance!!! (More likely to start kicking each others' heads in) lol



You think culture is about morris dancing?
What about the Beatles, Brit Pop, Shakespeare, The Mini Skirt, blah blah blah



OK - 'I've yet to see a group of British ladsy in a bar just get up and start singing and dancing to The Beatles' - and 'pop' culture' and 'proper' culture are two different things (Shakespeare was included under 'literature')

21.       AEnigmamagnadea
416 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 06:39 pm

Quoting lady in red:

OK - 'I've yet to see a group of British ladsy in a bar just get up and start singing and dancing to The Beatles' - and 'pop' culture' and 'proper' culture are two different things (Shakespeare was included under 'literature')



You are culture-blind Red You see a few women in headscarfs preparing food different to your own and celebrating their holidays killing a few animals and you see it as "proper culture" yet fail to see your own

It is everywhere - from the way you eat and what you eat and when you eat to the milkman delivering milk, to the way we say "thank you" 6 million times when buying something from a shop, to the way we celebrate birthdays...it goes on and on

22.       lady in red
6947 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 07:23 pm

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea:

Quoting lady in red:

OK - 'I've yet to see a group of British ladsy in a bar just get up and start singing and dancing to The Beatles' - and 'pop' culture' and 'proper' culture are two different things (Shakespeare was included under 'literature')



You are culture-blind Red You see a few women in headscarfs preparing food different to your own and celebrating their holidays killing a few animals and you see it as 'proper culture' yet fail to see your own

It is everywhere - from the way you eat and what you eat and when you eat to the milkman delivering milk, to the way we say 'thank you' 6 million times when buying something from a shop, to the way we celebrate birthdays...it goes on and on



Actually, you're wrong. The culture I see here is the sort of thing I mentioned in a previous thread 'what I like about Turkey - haven't got time to list everything now because I'm just off to my Turkish neighbour's for çay and a chat! And more than likely a beer or a vodka as well - and she doesn't wear a headscarf! She does however - as do all my Turkish neighbours - cook wonderful food which she frequently shares with us!

PS...and I think what you described is 'way of life' culture not 'culture' culture

PPS...I could be insulted by your presumption that I am culture-blind but, of course, I'm not! I'm British and we're not easily insulted lol lol

23.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 08:11 pm

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea:

Quoting lady in red:

OK - 'I've yet to see a group of British ladsy in a bar just get up and start singing and dancing to The Beatles' - and 'pop' culture' and 'proper' culture are two different things (Shakespeare was included under 'literature')



You are culture-blind Red You see a few women in headscarfs preparing food different to your own and celebrating their holidays killing a few animals and you see it as 'proper culture' yet fail to see your own

It is everywhere - from the way you eat and what you eat and when you eat to the milkman delivering milk, to the way we say 'thank you' 6 million times when buying something from a shop, to the way we celebrate birthdays...it goes on and on



Actually, you're wrong. The culture I see here is the sort of thing I mentioned in a previous thread 'what I like about Turkey - haven't got time to list everything now because I'm just off to my Turkish neighbour's for çay and a chat! And more than likely a beer or a vodka as well - and she doesn't wear a headscarf! She does however - as do all my Turkish neighbours - cook wonderful food which she frequently shares with us!

PS...and I think what you described is 'way of life' culture not 'culture' culture

PPS...I could be insulted by your presumption that I am culture-blind but, of course, I'm not! I'm British and we're not easily insulted lol lol


You are absolutely right on spot LIR.
We all know what aenigma is referring to. dont we?
The way you brits eat like imitating your Queen.
Rules for everything.
You thank your host every time when you taste a new dish, sometimes you thank several times for each dish in order to show how polite and how upper middle class you are.
And you talk about the weather all the time.
Because it is the safest subject.
You all are too scared to open an important topic, in case they wont invite you again because you may have broken the rules.

What you eat is mainly something tasteless from non existing british cuisine. Bad copy of your across the sea neighbour-French. And, somehow you seem to be always envious of them.
In the end you finish your meal and go home with nothing in your head apart from a nice tasting wine in your mouth.

Yes, you thank zillion times and zillion times everybody knows that you would thank anyway..You make 'Thank you' lose its importance. In the end nobody is sure if you really mean it or not..lol

Birthdays are any other days in people's lives..You brits are just exaggerating.

24.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 10:36 pm

"Thank you" handsom for that lovely disortation of British culture. I can probably skip a British vacation now that you have told me how intolerably polite everyone is.

25.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 10:56 pm

Quoting Elisabeth:

"Thank you" handsom for that lovely disortation of British culture. I can probably skip a British vacation now that you have told me how intolerably polite everyone is.


You are very welcome Lisa!! lol
Actually I have to add something more..
You know what? they mix all the sequence of what they eat.

The great example is the salad. I have seen many brits eating their meal first and then they pass the salad bowl around.
Some of them eat the salad as desert!! can you believe that?

And depending on your host's mercy, you can be served either something called black pudding or cheese with crackers before the meal ends!!...
And guess what? having a huge chunk of cheese from the cheese plate is considered as rude.. You have to have a lil bit and ask for more (and you have to keep repeating 'how delicious it is' for each round )..
Although most of the cheese you very likely to get is rotten and smelly but it is much much better that black pudding, take my word for it.. lol lol

26.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 14 Jul 2008 Mon 11:03 pm

Quoting thehandsom:

Quoting Elisabeth:

"Thank you" handsom for that lovely disortation of British culture. I can probably skip a British vacation now that you have told me how intolerably polite everyone is.


You are very welcome Lisa!! lol
Actually I have to add something more..
You know what? they mix all the sequence of what they eat.

The great example is the salad. I have seen many brits eating their meal first and then they pass the salad bowl around.
Some of them eat the salad as desert!! can you believe that?

And depending on your host's mercy, you can be served either something called black pudding or cheese with crackers before the meal ends!!...
And guess what? having a huge chunk of cheese from the cheese plate is considered as rude.. You have to have a lil bit and ask for more (and you have to keep repeating 'how delicious it is' for each round )..
Although most of the cheese you very likely to get is rotten and smelly but it is much much better that black pudding, take my word for it.. lol lol



Oh, thank you, handsom. What a lovely post! Should I thank you between sentences???

27.       Leelu
1746 posts
 15 Jul 2008 Tue 09:03 am

Quoting thehandsom:


Although most of the cheese you very likely to get is rotten and smelly but it is much much better that black pudding, take my word for it.. lol lol


lol lol lol what kind of cheese are we talking about? I have very fond memories of lancashire, gloucester and other english cheeses. I don't remember them being smelly and rotten .. lol lol lol

28.       bod
5999 posts
 15 Dec 2008 Mon 02:47 pm

 

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea

Quoting fenerkýz:

I can have my opinion, and compared to other countries culture, I think mine is poor.

There are many many things that are wrong with our country, but our culture is rich and steeped in history.

 

But sometimes it is all too easy to simply not notice the beauty, history and culture that is on your own doorstep........you just don´t see it due to familiarity.    Shame really

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