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Author Topic: Lesser Know things about the UK.  (Read 932 times)

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Lesser Know things about the UK.
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:04:33 PM »




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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 07:25:21 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 08:58:29 AM »
Well!!! I knew all the things in the UK but not in the US!
Example: I knew about the American 'penchant' for individuality and that you have to earn things, but each state having their own military?  Awesome!

Oso, I wonder what you thought about Belgian habits?
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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 11:36:07 AM »
Well!!! I knew all the things in the UK but not in the US!
Example: I knew about the American 'penchant' for individuality and that you have to earn things, but each state having their own military?  Awesome!

Oso, I wonder what you thought about Belgian habits?

Well, don't over think this.  Each state has what we call "The Guards".

They go for a six-week (or more) training course at enlistment. From then on they will spend one weekend a month at a guard station to hone their skills. Once a year they will spend 2 weeks (somewhere) on something more extensive.  Basically, they are part-time and can usually hold down a full 40 hour a week job, home and family. Any employer will exempt them from work and still pay them on those weekends and full weeks away from their jobs.

These soldiers can be called to duty at any time, whether they help after a hurricane or called into full service and sent to hot spots overseas, for which they will get further extended training. They are pretty much "on call" all of their life until they retire.

I should think in a real war, they would be the last to be called after our full-time Armed Forces. More likely they would stay and be our home guards, which thankfully, I don't think we've had to use as there have been no wars on our soil.

These Guards are at the discretion of the Governor of each state. If you ever hear that the Governor has called a state of emergency for his state, all the guards will be called to duty - along with all the other rescue services etc.




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The National Guard of the United States, part of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces, is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and the territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, for a total of 54 separate organizations. All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the militia of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C. § 246. National Guard units are under the dual control of the state and the federal government.

The majority of National Guard soldiers and airmen hold a civilian job full-time while serving part-time as a National Guard member.[2][3] These part-time guardsmen are augmented by a full-time cadre of Active Guard & Reserve (AGR) personnel in both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, plus Army Reserve Technicians in the Army National Guard and Air Reserve Technicians (ART) in the Air National Guard.

The National Guard is a joint activity of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard[2] and the Air National Guard respectively.[2]

Local militias were formed from the earliest English colonization of the Americas in 1607. The first colony-wide militia was formed by Massachusetts in 1636 by merging small older local units, and several National Guard units can be traced back to this militia. The various colonial militias became state militias when the United States became independent. The title "National Guard" was used in 1824 by some New York State militia units, named after the French National Guard in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. "National Guard" became a standard nationwide militia title in 1903, and specifically indicated reserve forces under mixed state and federal control since 1933.

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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 11:38:53 AM »
I was surprised about no outlets in the bathrooms.


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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 01:53:15 AM »
I was surprised about no outlets in the bathrooms.

There's a European rule ordering outlets to be a certain distance from tabs. I think it's two metres. The Brits have tiny bathrooms, so no outlets.

The word 'outlet' has different meanings, hasn't it?

outlet as in power point, socket, plug
outlet as in drain pipe
outlet as in a way to let go of your excess energy

Here in the EU, outlet means also sales, reduced prices.

Language is a weird thing!
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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 03:55:21 AM »
Well!!! I knew all the things in the UK but not in the US!
Example: I knew about the American 'penchant' for individuality and that you have to earn things, but each state having their own military?  Awesome!

Oso, I wonder what you thought about Belgian habits?

Luce, you have outlets in your bathrooms!  I remember you had a blow dryer in the bathroom which makes life much easier!  All toilets in Europe confuse me. Do you press the smaller part of the flush if you do a #1 and the big part of you do a deuce?  Also your shower reminded me of something out of Star Trek. When I entered the shower I would say “Beam me up Scotty”!

You use your utensils differently. In the US we use our dominant hand to cut the meat and then put down the knife and put the fork in our dominant hand. Except for my hubby, whose Hungarian father taught him the European method of meat cutting. No exchange of cutlery! 

You all dress much more formal than we do in the US. We dress for comfort, you dress for fashion. We look sloppy, you look stylish.

You have a gas pump in your garage. We have to drive to a gas station to fill up! 

You have a wall and gate surrounding your house. In San Diego only houses worth over 10 million dollars have a gate, which means anyone I know does not have a wall and gate!

You actually use your dining room.

I’ll have to think more on this....  :fav213:

Thought of one more thing!  Bicycles!  There are bicycles everywhere 

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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 09:25:30 AM »
Well!!! I knew all the things in the UK but not in the US!
Example: I knew about the American 'penchant' for individuality and that you have to earn things, but each state having their own military?  Awesome!

Oso, I wonder what you thought about Belgian habits?

Luce, you have outlets in your bathrooms!  I remember you had a blow dryer in the bathroom which makes life much easier!  All toilets in Europe confuse me. Do you press the smaller part of the flush if you do a #1 and the big part of you do a deuce?  Also your shower reminded me of something out of Star Trek. When I entered the shower I would say “Beam me up Scotty”!

You use your utensils differently. In the US we use our dominant hand to cut the meat and then put down the knife and put the fork in our dominant hand. Except for my hubby, whose Hungarian father taught him the European method of meat cutting. No exchange of cutlery! 

You all dress much more formal than we do in the US. We dress for comfort, you dress for fashion. We look sloppy, you look stylish.

You have a gas pump in your garage. We have to drive to a gas station to fill up! 

You have a wall and gate surrounding your house. In San Diego only houses worth over 10 million dollars have a gate, which means anyone I know does not have a wall and gate!

You actually use your dining room.

I’ll have to think more on this....  :fav213:

Thought of one more thing!  Bicycles!  There are bicycles everywhere

You're right, Oso, I have outlets in my bathroom but that's because Hermy always ignores the rules! LOL

Toilets? That's easy, Oso! Small for pees, big for poos!
I'm using little Mia's words, btw. Pees & poos ... so sweet!

I'm thinking of installing a big shower head. We call it a rain shower and I think it's absolutely cool!

About the gas pump: it's not IN the garage, it's next to the garage. And it's diesel. You're absolutely forbidden to have petrol/gasoline installed outside a station.

Oh, I found something about the US!
When you're eating in a restaurant, the waiter would take away your plate the moment you put down your utensils. That was really annoying, I can tell you.
We, Europeans, are used to eat slowly to enjoy our food more. So when we stop, it's because we want to let it go down a bit before we continue.
Downside: our food grows cold.  :fav276:

I think we all should think more about this! It's fun!
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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 03:55:00 PM »
Do you guys balance green peas on the back of a fork before inserting it into your mouth?


Does everyone have an evening robe (covers pajamas) at the foot of their beds?  I don't know anyone who keeps one there if they have one at all.


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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2018, 03:44:16 AM »
Do you guys balance green peas on the back of a fork before inserting it into your mouth?


Does everyone have an evening robe (covers pajamas) at the foot of their beds?  I don't know anyone who keeps one there if they have one at all.

 LOL. Genie, who does that? Balancing peas? I love peas but they have to be cooked 'al dente' as the Italian say. Not yet done, if you know what I mean.
I loathe the English 'mushy' peas,  :fav210:

An evening robe? yes, I have one, but it's in my wardrobe. I put it on in winter, when I don't want to wash right after waking up. First breakfast in my pajamas and robe.

I have a question: why do Americans have big, luxurious kitchens but choose to get take-away food? That doesn't seem very logical!
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Re: Lesser Know things about the UK.
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 03:41:34 PM »
Does everyone have an evening robe (covers pajamas) at the foot of their beds?  I don't know anyone who keeps one there if they have one at all.



I have a question: why do Americans have big, luxurious kitchens but choose to get take-away food? That doesn't seem very logical!
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Most of the time it's for the "I've got one better than you".  If you can afford one of those kitchens, you can afford to eat out.
Actually, I think those kinds of kitchens are made for people with large families, or someone in the house likes to cook. I think an opulent kitchen is a status symbol.  It's a real selling point to the house.


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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 03:55:26 PM »



 LOL. Genie, who does that? Balancing peas? I love peas but they have to be cooked 'al dente' as the Italian say. Not yet done, if you know what I mean.
I loathe the English 'mushy' peas,  :fav210:

An evening robe? yes, I have one, but it's in my wardrobe. I put it on in winter, when I don't want to wash right after waking up. First breakfast in my pajamas and robe.




Don't Brits push food onto the back of a fork when they eat?


Ok, this is it.  You stab them in this case, holding your knife to keep them from running away.



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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2018, 04:01:11 PM »
Ok. Why are Brits so SORRY.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry.  PAUSE  Sorry, I'm sorry.

It's quite endearing, but sometimes there are SO many sorry's, you start feeling bad you every said anything.



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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2018, 04:33:22 AM »
How would that all be in American English?
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2018, 04:34:50 AM »



 LOL. Genie, who does that? Balancing peas? I love peas but they have to be cooked 'al dente' as the Italian say. Not yet done, if you know what I mean.
I loathe the English 'mushy' peas,  :fav210:

An evening robe? yes, I have one, but it's in my wardrobe. I put it on in winter, when I don't want to wash right after waking up. First breakfast in my pajamas and robe.




Don't Brits push food onto the back of a fork when they eat?


Ok, this is it.  You stab them in this case, holding your knife to keep them from running away.

I scoop them up on my fork using my knife.
Small children are given a teaspoon.
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