Hey guys! This is my first MyTake...So be gentle!
Ok, here's what England is really like!
1. Not everyone is obsessed with the Queen/Royal Family.
Not sure why everyone thinks we all bum the Royals, there are literally only few people who absolutely adore the Queen and the Royal Family, we really don't give a shit... So no, we defiantly don't invite her around for tea and crumpets. In regards to the recent wedding, a lot of people were excited, probably because it's an excuse to celebrate, it's a nice day and at Wills & Kate's wedding, we all got the day off school/work, so I think that's what people were hoping for (we didn't).
2. We are not all from London and speak like the Queen.
A lot, and I mean a lot of people (from what I've heard) outside of England think we are all from London and all speak the same, when infact there are over THIRTY regional accents over England, some are; Brummie, Geordie, Teesside, Yorkie, and the list goes on. There's also an on going argument between Northerners and Southerners about where is best. For the record, it's the North.
3. Tea is Dinner but also Tea - and we don't all drink it.
Up North, we call dinner, tea. But we also have the drink, tea. It's pretty easy to tell which one someone's talking about, but even Southerners don't understand the reasoning for calling dinner, tea, and frankly, neither do I! It's just the lingo.
No, we don't all drink it, it's not in our blood, and we do drink it in the summer too. I never really drank it until I started working and I just liked it, it has a nice taste depending on which tea it is, but a lot of people can't stand it and opt for coffee.
4. Why don't we tip.
It's because in England and just about everywhere but the US pays the waiter a living wage and they even include tax into what their buying at the shop. In the US, it's expected because their employers don't have to pay them even minimum wage. That's why waitresses and waiters have to basically live on their tips. Also, we do tip if the service and food is good (there is sometimes a service charge on the bill anyway) Why would I want to tip if the staff are snotty and the food was minging? One time, when I worked in a Football Club shop, a group of Americans came in, probably in their early 20s, bought a shit ton of clothes and when I went to give them their £20 change, they told me to KEEP IT. Excuse me WHAT!?
5. The beloved English weather
So, it doesn't always rain, so that's a bonus! Each year is different, some years we get a lot of rain, others we don't. This year has been extremely generous, even giving us a lot of sun and warm temperatures, heck I even got a tan in the heatwave!
We also don't have air conditioning, because it only gets hot enough to warrant it probably once a year, at best! We have fans though, for when everyone wishes it was warm and It actually gets warm, then we complain.
6. What's with our teeth?
Ok so this one made me giggle a bit, why does everyone seem to think we all have crooked and dirty teeth? Granted druggies, homeless people and people who've been in fights/accidents will have wonky or no teeth, smelly breath and black teeth. But everyone else who brushes them and goes to the dentist like a normal person has pretty standard teeth.
7. Adding U's to words.
This made me laugh;
England: what are you doing
America: getting rid of u lmao
I don't know why, it's just interesting - I think it's literally a case of Americans just dropping the U and the English keeping it.
8. We don't have separate tiny homes for our post outside our house.
We have a letterbox, so yano when we get lots of mail the dog can eat it... I do kinda prefer having a letterbox though, it means no one has access to your post it if it's in your house. Although, I don't know if they have locks on them in the US or anywhere they're used. Plus, I'm lazy, I don't wanna have to go out of the house to get my post!
9. Our plugs are huge, so if you step on one it's a lot more painful!
But, they're a lot safer because they have an on/off switch. Also we don't have sockets in our bathrooms, that's a NO GO and a very safe one at that. There also used to be a lot of string lights instead of switches, a lot of the designs and architecture in England seems to be centred around not being electrocuted!
10. Finally, driving facts
We drive on the 'wrong' side of the road, which is actually brilliant for me because I'm left handed anyway.
It's illegal to be in the fast lane and to be going slow and/or not overtaking vehicles, it's classed as dangerous driving.
Everyone drives over the speed limit, everywhere.
90% of people drive manual cars, I thought this was the same for all countries but apparently Americans opt for the automatics.
Roundabouts, we have so many roundabouts, which is were I get the most road rage, I can't stand when people pull out in front of me then proceed to go slow!!
There is no minimum speed limit, maximum is 70MPH on motorways.
Turning right on a dual carriageway will confuse the shit out of you, trust me.
London has a congestion charge.
More drivers are aggressive, the road rage here is REAL, guilty as charged.
Undertaking is illegal, so yeah pull out into the right lane and overtake.
Anyone wanting to drive in London, DON'T, there's plenty of public transport, don't put yourself through it.
Ok guys, that's it! It's long but informative (I hope), I hope you enjoyed the read!
Lemme know what you think!