What is England known for?

@karen1969 (1788)
June 11, 2010 9:30am CST
I am English and have always lived in England. I would like to know what people from other countries think about England and the English? Which famous people do you know of from England? Do you think of famous English artists, composers, writers, sports stars, actors, etc.? I am fascinated to know what your opinion of us is in other countries around the world. Also, if you have been to England, where did you visit?
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@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
12 Jun 10
am from the philippines and i view england as the most expensive place to live . you have the highest currency, right? but seriously i hope a lot of countries would be like england. they cling to tradition but still keeps on moving forward. nowhere do old buildings stand so noble housing the rich and famous. the way you deal with your royal family is to be dreamed of here only in our country. we don't have royal families here but we have politicians and it is them controlling the voice of the masses. it's the other way around there. screw up and your out of work, out of money and possibly has to get out of the country . i do remember the duchess of windsor and your ex king edward (uncle of queen elizabeth). english people is known for being tight lipped and i still view english people as the country itself: old fashioned but a centerpiece of everything that would make every country move forward.
@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Thanks for your response, it is fascinating to hear how people from other countries view England. It is quite expensive here, but I think other countries like Switzerland are worse. We definitely have lots of history here and some wonderful buildings.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
11 Jun 10
Can us Brits have a go!! THE GOOD Beautiful scenery Fantastic pubs Fish and Chips Traditional British seaside holidays with donkeys, Punch and Judy, sticks of rock and buckets and spades Narrow boats on the canals A good pint Olde Worlde tea shops Jam and cream teas The Royal Family Cricket matches Rock pools Crabbing Collecting mussels Picking blackberries from the hedge grows eccentric characters Little villages THE BAD Rain Yobs Traffic jams Prices Rip off culture
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11 Jun 10
Well said,oldchem,especially about the beautiful scenery! This comment is from another Brit. :)
@karen1969 (1788)
11 Jun 10
Yes, oldchem, a very fair assessment of the pros and cons of living in the UK. I love cream teas too, scones with jam and cream and a nice pot of tea, yum yum!
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• Israel
12 Jun 10
Yuck cream tea. LOL Won't drink that stuff. I don't like anything polluting my teas or coffee.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Jul 10
Other than the monarchy? I used to read about them a lot (going way, way back) when I was a teenager. I don't know, Cary Grant, Joan Collins, Elton John, Charles Dickens just to pull out a few names at random. I have quite a few good friends from England and other places in the UK who are really nice people. I've been there three times, 1978, 1979 and 1983. Off the top of my head I was in London, Canterbury, Bath, Salisbury, Stratford upon Avon, Bristol, Carlisle, hm memory failing me here.... Most memorable moment, getting tickets to CATs in 1983 - front row balcony - that somebody had returned because his date was sick.
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@seldon (32)
• Hungary
8 Jul 10
I saw CATs in London in 1986 :-) It was really great! Memorable for me, too.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
I live in Bristol and Cary Grant was born here, so there is a statue of him in the city. I saw Cats too, it's a great musical!
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@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
My husband is English, so my kids are half English, but we settled in India (for now, at least) I've stayed in UK for two years or more and now I visit my in-laws every so often, at least once a year - coming to bring the kids next month. The one thing that I always think of when I think of England is the royalty. Then Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Shakespeare etc. Those are what I've known from the books even before I've met my husband. After being there, I like the quiet countryside. Love the lake district.
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@karen1969 (1788)
13 Jun 10
You have a good view of England, I can tell that! I hope you have a good time when you come over here next month. The weather is supposed to be hot here in July. Which part of the UK do your relatives live in?
@zralte (4186)
• India
14 Jun 10
Being here in India, however hot it might get in England, it will be very pleasant for me. They are in the Midlands, a little outside Birmingham, on the M6 towards the North. They have got a huge garden, so it's great for the kids.
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@karen1969 (1788)
14 Jun 10
We were in Birmingham last month for a weekend to see the European Gymnastics Championships!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Jun 10
I travelled to England some years ago on a working holiday and it is a beautiful country especially the natural settings, there is so much greenery! Before I arrived there, aside from London, the Queen and all that the first thing that came to mind was the gray skies and I was right because as soon as we landed at Heathrow all I could see was a gray sky and it wasn’t winter time! I felt very cold over there although it was spring time because in Australia it does get very hot and I was not used to such chilly weather! I loved London and the pubs over there. I did enjoy living in the U.K. for a while although the temperature is way too low for me but the fish and chips are great!
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@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Yes, the UK is well known for its rain, but we do have a lot of sun too. It was 29C last weekend and we are due to go up to 32C this summer. I prefer lower temperatures!!
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Jun 10
I am the opposite, I can't handle feeling cold! Our summers can get as high as 35C to 40C or more and I don't mind the heat at all! 32C is just nice I think, ideal weather...
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@karen1969 (1788)
13 Jun 10
Oh no, I would melt at those temperatures!!!
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@Memnon (2173)
5 Jul 10
A great nation fallen to rot- as an Englishman myself. I could go into why, but I don't want to spoil the discussion. Things that are in my mind are Nelson, Wellington, Brunel, Spitfire, Lancaster, Hurricane, too many overpaid celebrities, and that it is still law that we should still be practising archery of a Sunday morning. Odder still, it still legal in Chester to kill a Welshman with a bow between roughly nightfall and morning, due to an unrepealed law!
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
Oh I love those old unrepealed laws!!
• Portugal
4 Jul 10
well i heard that english people love tea and dont like when people are late to meet them ahah also i heard that they dont talk much. anyway i like some english actors like kate winslet i think she is a great actress and i think that england is a good country to find jobs and give many opportunities to people even to people from other countries. i think england is a good country^^
@seldon (32)
• Hungary
5 Jul 10
I also think England is a good country! To the point of actresses: I like Emma Thomson, Keira Knightly and Rachel Weisz. Actors: Am I right that Pierce Brosnan is English? I guess a 007 is.... Are there any women who do NOT like him?
@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
Well, liking tea is definitely right! We do have some good acting talent too and yes, Brosnan is a Brit.
@mokkka (883)
• Bulgaria
11 Jun 10
I don't want to talk about people but about places as the first things which come to my mind are the bad weather and Big Ben.I don't find it most attracktive place in the whole Britain but I don't know why since I watched it in a film it stuck into my mind and comes out first when somebody mentions the word England.
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@karen1969 (1788)
11 Jun 10
Big Ben, London - Big Ben, London - May 2009. In the centre of London.
Well, the British weather is actually very varied. We have snow and cold weather then up to 32 degrees Celcius in summer. We went to London recently and a few times last year. I took this photo of Big Ben in May 2009.
@Memnon (2173)
5 Jul 10
That's a shame for me: although I see it in films. I always see Big Ben as a symbol of corruption, following the MPs expenses scandal, and the Speaker's attempt to quash leaks by using the police.
@dpk262006 (56573)
• Delhi, India
8 Jul 10
Hi! I happen to be from India. Our country is closely connected with England, as we got our Independence from Britishers in 1947. It (yours) is a progressive country now and recently a coalition Government for the first time, has been formed in England. BBC and England are synonym and I love listening to Radio BBC and love to know more about UK. Our former Prime Ministers and wife of a late Prime Minister have studied in England. I understand many Asians have settled over there and now the Government has tightened the laws so that population of unwanted immigrant could reduce. How much do you know about India?
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
Well, I know India is a fascinating country with very busy cities, a hot climate, many religions and languages, a very good sporting tradition (especially in cricket), great food and an interesting culture.
@seldon (32)
• Hungary
30 Jun 10
Hi Karen, I join this conversation because I love England and London. Yesterday we spoke about London at home and now I find this discussion! I have been there 3 times, all of these journeys were excellent. England is something special for me. Learning English we learned the famous sites and I was so curious to see them. And it was no disappointment! I would go back any time. I also think people know quite a lot about England, there are many famous people, pop stars, actors, football players, writers. I read the classics from Dickens, Bronte sisters, also almost all books of Agatha Christie and P.G. Woodehouse. (The latter is extremely recommended by me for all MyLot users. Seriously!)
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
I go to London quite often and like it there. I like the Bronte books too. I went to see the Bronte Parsonage in Howarth a few years ago, where they used to live. It had some very tiny rooms.
17 Jun 10
Tea, silly accents, silly hats, Marry Poppins, fashion, nightlife, Stonehenge, the Queen, Harry Potter... Being American, I've always held a great respect for England for not being American. I've visited London, Bath, Stonehenge, and a little town where they shot part of the first Harry Potter movie. It was beautiful and I hope to come there again.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
LOL @ silly accents!! I don't think we have silly hats anymore either, that was more city gents in the 1960s.
• Nigeria
13 Jun 10
A high percentage of people from my country will tell you that they will give anything to get to England. For many, it's where they can realize their dreams. Personally, I think the English people are warm, a little bit conservative though. Some of the famous locations for me are the Big Ben, London Bridge over the River Thames,Westminster Abbey and many others (oh the Emirates and Old trafford stadia too). Popular figures are The Queen, Churchill, Distreali, David Beckham and a host of other starts to much too mention. But then I think, in my own opinion, what England is best known for is not the sites, people or the weather. It is the English Premiership.
@karen1969 (1788)
14 Jun 10
Oh yes, many people all over the world know our football stars and the top teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
@megrawab (167)
• Philippines
12 Jun 10
I think Shakespeare is one of the most famous English. Well, English has the highest royalty among all languages because it's the global language. Known actors here I think were the casts of Harry Potter and Twilight.When I think of England, I think of one of the best country to live in. A home of historical civilization like other western countries. I haven't been to England but I would go to London if I'll visit the country, Especially the Big Ben...
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@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Yes, almost all of the cast of the Harry Potter films are British. As for Twilight, Robert Pattinson is British, but I think most of the others are American. I like both movie series though.
• Philippines
12 Jun 10
I love England...the home of Harry Potter, fish and chips, Princess Diana(bless her soul), West End. I think English people have a really smart sense of humor and you're all straight to the point which can be misinterpreted as snootiness but overall, I find English people charming and you have the weirdest terms for things!
@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Ilove going to the theatre in the West End! It has amazing actors there. In 2009, I saw Oliver! in London plus three other plays.
@Alan70pct (173)
• China
12 Jun 10
Beckham,Gerrad,Rooney...I like England Premier League...So they are the football stars I admire.Shakespeare is an gr8 English writer right?..etc. I've never been to England,but i will one day.It's a facsinating country.
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@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Oh yes, our footballers are very famous. Hopefully they will beat the USA in the World Cup tonight! Yes, Shakespeare is great, I studied his plays at school. Which country are you from?
• Malaysia
12 Jun 10
I used to like things that are from England. As a Malaysian, we always look to London as our Fatherland or motherland as we achieved independence from England way back in 1957. The best thing England ever left us was the civil service and education. Today, this is all gone thanks to corruption by political leaders. Nationalism has destroyed the capability of the people in using English and along goes our competitiveness globally. Sometimes I wish England will allow people like us to be citizens there. I guess that will only remain a pipe dream for many of us!
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@karen1969 (1788)
12 Jun 10
Thanks for your interesting and intelligent response. I went to University with two Malaysians, who were lovely!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
11 Jun 10
I am from the united States. I have long wanted to travel to England. i would love to see london..i think England is famous for this city. Royalty have governed England for centuries. Princess Diana was a truly great Symbol of England. Another great symbol of England has to be the Beatles. I am sure there are many other reasons to see Englsnd. it is a country rich in history.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
11 Jun 10
Queen Elisabeth(who received a duck gift for bath with the gold wreath for her birthday 70 years and is her favorite Princess Diana was loved by the whole world Beatles not need presentation Wimbledon the oldest tennis court in the world Madame Tussaud Museum and...my favorite Mister Been
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@karen1969 (1788)
11 Jun 10
Yes, I like the Royal Family too and The Beatles. It will soon be time for Wimbledon again. (Hai Romania!!) We met Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) last year, he is very shy. He is a very good singer and actor on stage too. He was Fagin in Oliver! in London.
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
11 Jun 10
I'm from central NY, USA... When I think of England mostly what comes to mind is London.. the things I've seen of it on TV and such. I think Big Ben and Buckingham palace and the Queen, double decker busses. That's about it, honestly. I've never been to Europe at all.. actually I've never been more than a 5 hours drive away from my home in any direction. I've been as far south as central Pennsylvania.. as far north as Maine, Ottawa, and Toronto (so I can't say I've never left the country) and as far east as NY city (unless Maine is further east, I'm not sure). I would love to travel and see other countries, especially the countries in Europe, but I can't afford to. Perhaps someday.
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@karen1969 (1788)
11 Jun 10
London - One of the famous stone lions in Trafalgar Square, London. Note the red bus in the background.
Yes, it is expensive to travel. I went overseas quite a lot with my parents in the 1970s and 1980s (just within Europe) but haven't been abroad since I had my children. London is a very interesting city. We go a few times a year. I love going to live theatre there. I'll put another London pic on here. I would love to go to the US and Canada someday.
• Philippines
11 Jun 10
hi Karen, first thing,from history learned that England is a small country but it conquered lots of places & countries.Big Ben is one of the famous landmark,the Buckingham palace...I know David Beckham..spice girls...Elton John..Ewan Mcgregor,princess diana,the monarchy etc...
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@karen1969 (1788)
11 Jun 10
Nelson's Column, London - This is the famous Nelson's Column in London which is very tall and well-known.
Yes, all those things are right, though Ewan McGregor is Scottish, not English. Here's another photo I took in London last year.