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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby DavidH » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:03 am

Remember, most of these writers had left Cambridge before they wrote their famous stuff. :fsm_rock:

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Griffin » Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:23 pm

Is this the 5 minute arguement or can anyone join in?
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby DavidH » Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Anyone can join in as long as they recognise the total justice of my claims. :lol:

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby daftbeaker » Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:42 pm

Can I just say Oxford and Cambridge are both full of very clever but irritatingly posh undergraduates.

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Monobaz » Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:55 pm

Bur the thread should be renamed: "Why Aussies are better than both".
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Griffin » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:09 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Can I just say Oxford and Cambridge are both full of very clever but irritatingly posh undergraduates.


Full? Let's be accurate. Not full of. Lots yes. <nit-picking>
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby DavidH » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:57 am

Hmm ....

In my Oxford college we once did a rough head-count while discussing this subject, and worked out that well over half of our fellow-undergraduates had noticeable regional accents, mostly Northern. Dammit, I even have a strong Northern accent in German. :fsm_rock:

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Griffin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:08 am

Actually for both universities, if you look at figures for state school intakes, the balance is not bad, although I think it has got worse in the last few years.

But I like the asssumption that to be posh you should not have a Northern Accent.
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Cardinal Fang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:38 pm

My dungeon is in one of the Oxbridge cities. I'm firmly town, not gown - so I will just say that all of the undergraduates at both are equally irritating.

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby bonsaiherb » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:09 pm

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Capt'n Chestbeard wrote:As my Dad once told me:
'The difference between the Americans and the Brits is that Americans think 200 years is a long time, but the Brits think 200 miles is a long way'


Too true

What you Europeans fail to understand is that 'History' is old and irrelevant. Who needs to know what happened over 300 years ago? Americans understand this and have thrown aside that Greek/Roman trash, Persian, Indian, Chinese or rag head Moor stuff.

If it weren't done post post 1700's it ain't worth reading. Thank God we adopted The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to teach history the right way. The Republicans have created this vampire curriculum to suck the history out of the American people, but also to suck out the brains of their children.

Only a few text books will be needed and the Pearson Publishing corporation will take over most education texts and tests. This one size fits all curriculum will end all that nasty confusion about slavery, native genocide for our vulnerable children. Best of all local states will finally have total control over what is taught. Who needs school boards? Local control is best begun with the corporations and publishing companies and then the States and politicians.

Best of all, by eliminating History, you can't even flunk American History. Win, win situation.

Now some holdouts still expect high school students to read at least one complete history book and perhaps write at least one research paper before graduating.

The rest can be learned on Wikipedia and bringing civics and history to the level of knowledge that Amerika deserves and should have.

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby bonsaiherb » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:41 pm

Brit beer IMHO is far superior to most US beers. Most commercially made American beers are a little like making love in a canoe


Cardinal Fang, with due respect have you tried some good Oregon and Washington brews? Never thought about the latter part of your quote but it is more possible than in a kayak.

Throw in good American wines,whiskey, bourbon, and even rum (New Orleans) - just what do the 'Brits' have to offer? One reason you were so desperate to keep in the Scot's.

Admittedly your Caribbean colonies make some of the world’s best rums but I do not think it flows from the Thames.
Back to the suds: Both Oregon and Washington have GREAT India Pale Ale (IPA) and Barley Wine.
Our Winter Ales may just compete with some of the Scottish Ales.

As for your English 'Bitter's' you can keep them. I'll take any Czech beer over those.
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Cardinal Fang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:01 pm

bonsaiherb wrote:
Brit beer IMHO is far superior to most US beers. Most commercially made American beers are a little like making love in a canoe*


Cardinal Fang, with due respect have you tried some good Oregon and Washington brews? Never thought about the latter part of your quote but it is more possible than in a kayak.


* Making love in a canoe = it's f****** close to water

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Cardinal Fang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:20 pm

bonsaiherb wrote:
Brit beer IMHO is far superior to most US beers. Most commercially made American beers are a little like making love in a canoe


Cardinal Fang, with due respect have you tried some good Oregon and Washington brews? Never thought about the latter part of your quote but it is more possible than in a kayak.

Throw in good American wines,whiskey, bourbon, and even rum (New Orleans) - just what do the 'Brits' have to offer? One reason you were so desperate to keep in the Scot's.

Admittedly your Caribbean colonies make some of the world’s best rums but I do not think it flows from the Thames.
Back to the suds: Both Oregon and Washington have GREAT India Pale Ale (IPA) and Barley Wine.
Our Winter Ales may just compete with some of the Scottish Ales.

As for your English 'Bitter's' you can keep them. I'll take any Czech beer over those.
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IPA was invented in the UK

English bitters are only one of the myriad styles of proper ale from the UK. I'll be honest I don't care for bitter - but a good golden ale (Otter Bright, made by Otter Breweries, or Thirst Run, made by Keswick Brewing Co are current favourites), or a good pale ale (very fond of Camden Pale Ale) and you're talking. Even many of the homegrown lager style beers are excellent - Harviestoun Schiehallion, 60 Degree North and Curious Brew for example.

So :moon: to the Czechs

And yes, I'll concede that Scotland staying in the UK means we don't lose some of their fine ales - Innis and Gunn Rum Cask conditioned ale being IMHO one of the most amazing beers ever - and we get to keep BrewDog as well.

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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby Griffin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:40 pm

bonsaiherb wrote:
Admittedly your Caribbean colonies make some of the world’s best rums but I do not think it flows from the Thame.


Admittedly, the Thames is a bit of a sewer. But all that might change when we get the new London Super Sewer.
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Re: Why Brits are better than Yanks

Postby daftbeaker » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:57 pm

bonsaiherb wrote:Throw in good American wines,whiskey, bourbon, and even rum (New Orleans) - just what do the 'Brits' have to offer? One reason you were so desperate to keep in the Scot's.

The 'Brits' are the English, Scottish and Welsh (but commonly includes the Northern Irish as the 'United Kingdomish' is a bit of a mouthful). Maintaining the Union had nothing to do with diversity of booze and everything to do with the stability of a country. Unless you're suggesting the American Civil War was fought so the Yankees would have native rums? :haha:


bonsaiherb wrote:As for your English 'Bitter's' you can keep them. I'll take any Czech beer over those.

That's your opinion. When you've got past the English bitters there's still the porters, stouts, milds, pale ales (regular and India), ciders and perrys before you even get out of the 'drinks served in pints' range. There aren't many things I will argue that the UK does better than anyone else but beer is one of them. The fact you have to ask if we've tasted 'Oregon or Washington' beers is particularly telling, have you tried London stouts or Somerset ciders or Burton-upon-Trent bitters?

Admittedly there are aberrations like Boddingtons but even our cheap nasty lagers like Carling have far more flavour than the American 'premium' mass market beers like Budweiser, the rice-brewed dishwater that it is. Don't get me started on 'light' beer like Coors and Rolling Rock, it tastes like someone left alcohol-free beer out overnight and then actively removed any sort of taste or flavour :idiot:

Cardinal Fang wrote:And yes, I'll concede that Scotland staying in the UK means we don't lose some of their fine ales - Innis and Gunn Rum Cask conditioned ale being IMHO one of the most amazing beers ever - and we get to keep BrewDog as well.
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I like the taste of Brewdog stuff but I'm always put off by the pretentious wank written on the side of the bottles. It's like they've got a semi-literate sixth former that's just discovered 'grown up' music to write an advert as part of a business studies class.
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