An American visited the UK- His description of British Life- “absolutely perfect”


06 Oct 2015
If you’re from Britain it’s quite easy to often forget how great this
place is. If you’re not from Britain, however, we probably seem like
quite an odd bunch at times.

The following Facebook post, written by 66-year-old American Scott
  Waters, pretty much fits both of the above. Penned following a visit
to the UK this summer (most of which appears to have been in
Cornwall), Waters wrote up the various cultural differences and posted
them to the world of social media. The post promptly went viral and
has been shared almost 50,000 times – the reason being: because it’s

 Here’s what the man had to say about the Brits: 

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  • De castro  On 01/09/2016 at 12:03 pm

    Its not 100% accurate but not far off….
    Read my response with my comments I sent you.


  • Albert  On 01/09/2016 at 1:44 pm

    Seen most of Europe. Britain is my favorite place but has some small difference with writer as a tourist.
    Curry and Roti apart, think Britain has the worst and most expensive food after Russia.
    Seen school children boarding buses in England behaving just like those in US ghettos.
    Relative to US prices in Britain are very high. Dont know how the average man make it.
    . Hard to find a place with more polite people than US traditional South.

    Think he mention Cornwall as a separate country. Never read that before.

  • Leslie Chin  On 01/09/2016 at 11:10 pm

    Observations are generally correct. Some notable omissions:
    • Measurements used to be in imperial units (there are still some stragglers e.g. pint of beer, miles, ft., inches). Largely replaced by metric measurements.
    • The US gallon is 7 imperial pints. Someone did a Steve Harvey years ago.
    • UK uses 240V, 50 hz, like the rest of Europe. US is 120V, 60 hz. 240V can give you quite a jolt.
    • Coppers (Police) don’t normally carry guns.
    • You pay by distance traveled on the Underground (Subway) and buses. One fare on the NY Subway takes you across town.
    • You pay for phone calls for the time on the phone. Local calls in the US have unlimited time.
    • The English play cricket. A test match can last 5 days,
    • The British are very reserved. They do not make small talk on buses, trains and planes. When they talk it’s usually about the weather.


    • Albert  On 01/10/2016 at 2:43 pm

      “The British are very reserved. They do not make small talk on buses, trains and planes. When they talk it’s usually about the weather”.
      Europeans generally. Recall a cruise and sitting at dinner with some British folks. It was extremely boring and uncomfortable. Unlike typical Americans they did not open up or say much. Made me realise how spoilt I had become.

      • De castro  On 01/10/2016 at 3:24 pm

        Brits who remain silent can be boring company. Sometimes in
        company of ‘loud’ laughter they may feel intimidated or embarrassed so remain silent.
        In true English culture ‘loud laughter’ is considered common/vulgar….a bit like
        Germans but with less dry sense of humour.
        House of Windsor were of German ancestry….
        House of Hanover was replaced
        by present HOW by arranged marriages. HRH QE2 has two
        Imbercile cousins who were a result of not wishing to mix Royal with common blood
        by arranged marriages….first cousins inter breeding in marriage.
        Now GOL may be sued for libel
        but facts are facts.
        Will write a book on English history in the eyes of outsiders.
        in the eyes of

  • Gigi  On 01/13/2016 at 1:44 pm

    Mostly true. Their hotel rooms are small compared to hotel rooms in the US. Their clothing and shoe sizes are larger than the US – a UK size 14 is a US size 12 ( I shop on Jules so I always pay attention to this). Though I do think that they are smaller in size than Americans, at least the ones I saw. They also have more population density, given the size of their country, as compared to the US, which may be a factor. I also noticed that they do dress rather conservative and prefer elegant and classic styles, unlike Americans.

    Their tv shows are a big hit in the US and in my household – Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Sherlock and a few others. Except for Luther, typical stereotypical portrayal of the black guy as violent, angry, loud and scruffy. I watched it once and it was definitely not my cup of tea, although I did empathize with his character “Stringer Bell” in television series The Wire – where he played a well-dressed,polished, ambitious,soft spoken, but ruthless and calculating drug dealer. Killed by his own people in the end. The show was a big hit in the UK but not in the US. Figures.

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