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Message 1401378 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 7:18:42 UTC

This booklet produced by the USA war Dept in 1942 is hilariously good read, and just shows what the USA actually thought of the British back then.

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Message 1401393 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 7:58:46 UTC - in response to Message 1401378.

This booklet produced by the USA war Dept in 1942 is hilariously good read, and just shows what the USA actually thought of the British back then.

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Chris, That booklet was done for the ignorant American. And not just for WW2 either. Most of that booklet would hold true for today also.

I say that because we have a big assed ocean on both sides of this country that prevents us from interacting with Europe or Asia.

Most Europians have traveled to many a country, Most Americans have not. Ive been to Candada a lot, The Bahammas,England,France, Thats it.

I loved my trip to England I found the people and country amazing.

I even loved Paris, It was only the Taxi drivers that were nasty. But that can be said for a lot of taxi drivers world wide:)
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Message 1401419 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 9:04:04 UTC
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Most of that booklet would hold true for today also.

I know, but I thought I'd let someone else say it :-))

I even loved Paris,

OK, you're forgiven :-) Despite my views on the French, I've been to Paris and done the usual tourist bit, I really liked the place, it has an ambience all its own, and the view from L2 of the Eiffel is staggering. A bit disappointed in the Lisa though, it's so small, was expecting something a lot bigger. One of my men's clubs is now twinned with a Paris Club so I may go there again next year. If you ever get back to England you'll get a warm welcome.

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Message 1401420 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 9:27:15 UTC - in response to Message 1401378.

This booklet produced by the USA war Dept in 1942 is hilariously good read, and just shows what the USA actually thought of the British back then.

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[tongue in cheek]Well, Chris, reading through that, I'd suggest that very little has changed in the past 71 years.[/tongue in cheek]
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Message 1401422 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 9:40:36 UTC

"British Reserved, Not Unfriendly. You defeat enemy propaganda not by denying that these differences exist, but by admitting them openly and then trying to understand them. For instance : The British are often more reserved in conduct than we. On a small crowded island where forty-five million people live, each man learns to guard his privacy carefully-and is equally careful not to invade another man's privacy."

Think someone ought to tell the NSA.
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Message 1401424 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 9:47:45 UTC

Well, Chris, reading through that, I'd suggest that very little has changed in the past 71 years.

Yup! ;-))

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Message 1401429 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 10:30:43 UTC - in response to Message 1401424.

Well, Chris, reading through that, I'd suggest that very little has changed in the past 71 years.

Yup! ;-))

Not quite....

"The important thing to remember is that within this apparently old-fashioned framework the British enjoy a practical, working twentieth century democracy which is in some ways even more flexible and sensitive to the will of the people than our own."

It worked well back then but now........
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Message 1401536 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 18:22:04 UTC

Its that most Europe is small sized and its very easy to take a day trip and visit another country. For insatnce if the internet milage comparater I used is accurate its 579 air miles and 679 route miles from London to Berlin, From Berlin to Rome its 735 air miles and 936 route miles. and from Rome to Paris its 686 air miles and 886 route miles.

For comparison Bangor Maine to Miami Florida its 1,460 miles straight line and 1,773 miles by road. From Miami to St. Louis Missouri its 1,216 miles driving. And from my daughters house in Missouri to my driveway its 1,075 miles. It takes 21 hours to drive.

And thats just 1/3 of the U.S. Most folks barely leave their own state let alone travel to another country.

You folks across the pond are lucky in that you are exposed to other cultures and ideas, You can get worldly as I like to call it. Here in the states We are lucky to get to see how peolpe in another state live.



@ Chris. yes the Mona lisa was small. Ive seen the view from the Eiffle, But I think the view from the Arc De Triumph was even better.

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Message 1401743 - Posted: 11 Aug 2013, 9:30:51 UTC

In The Most Recent GI Joe Movie, England is Totally Destroyed. The First and Only Country, since The Joes Saved The Day for The Others.

Why was England Destroyed and not NK?

Made me HOwl With Joy.

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Message 1401752 - Posted: 11 Aug 2013, 9:44:28 UTC
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Made me HOwl With Joy.

Probably would do.

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Message 1401981 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 0:39:45 UTC - in response to Message 1401752.

I suspect I've collected more foreign countries on my visit list than most.

I've enjoyed nearly every one of them (a one day excursion to Brussels would be an exception).

Aside from Canada, England was our first 'out of country' experience. Since then we've vacationed in Wales, Scotland, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, the Bahamas, Bermuda and New Zealand. We've also visited off of cruise ships Malta, Mexico, and a few of the Caribbean countries.

We have really liked our vacations in the UK and have found folks quite friendly. We avoid talking politics though -- folks in the UK might think me too conservative <smile>.

One thing that helps us in the US -- I love hard cider and my wife loves ales.

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Message 1402092 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 8:53:23 UTC

Blimey, I'm impressed with your travel itinerary Barry, very nice too. Yeah we Brits are OK, there are a few around these boards that have met some the UK posting contingent that frequent here. We have an abundance of hard ciders and real ales in England, which I'm sure that you and your good Lady would enjoy. I'll say openly to you, and to anyone else on these boards, if you are ever in London or near to it, do let me know, It will be a delight and a pleasure to meet you and buy you a beer.

That even goes for Mr. Bound FO "IT" IT, and other sometimes adversaries. The Seti boards are one thing, an appreciation of a different country, culture, and people, and decent beer is quite another. The important thing is, that we are all Setizens first, despite sometimes having alternative political views.

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Message 1402141 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 11:23:58 UTC

From 1943 to 1945 in Trieste we were visited by German, Yugoslav, New Zealander, American and British troops. The one we liked more are the New Zealanders. First because they freed us from the Yugoslavs, second because they were more like us.
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Message 1402153 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 12:09:29 UTC

ANZAC day is important to the Australians and New Zealanders, and quire rightly too.

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Message 1402232 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 17:05:25 UTC - in response to Message 1402092.

Chris, it likely will be sometime in 2016 before we re-visit to London. The UK landing fees encourage alternative routes to Europe (like Dublin) these days, but we've been considering a major vacation to Greece and Turkey and one of the better alternatives is a nice outbound route with several days in London and a return route via Paris. But that is out year planning -- currently both Turkey and Greece are, shall we say, a bit *nervous*.

We are planning to vacation in Australia next year -- and London would be a bit out of the way.


Blimey, I'm impressed with your travel itinerary Barry, very nice too. Yeah we Brits are OK, there are a few around these boards that have met some the UK posting contingent that frequent here. We have an abundance of hard ciders and real ales in England, which I'm sure that you and your good Lady would enjoy. I'll say openly to you, and to anyone else on these boards, if you are ever in London or near to it, do let me know, It will be a delight and a pleasure to meet you and buy you a beer.

That even goes for Mr. Bound FO "IT" IT, and other sometimes adversaries. The Seti boards are one thing, an appreciation of a different country, culture, and people, and decent beer is quite another. The important thing is, that we are all Setizens first, despite sometimes having alternative political views.


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Message 1402234 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 17:08:02 UTC - in response to Message 1402153.

In 2011 we were in New Zealand, when we were in Auckland we visited one of the major museums -- which included a series of walls listing the NZ war dead from WW I and WW II, there was an empty wall for future memorials -- with the note that it was the sincere hope that it would never be used.


ANZAC day is important to the Australians and New Zealanders, and quire rightly too.


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Message 1402251 - Posted: 12 Aug 2013, 17:33:13 UTC

Offer always open Barry, let me know when.

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Message 1402451 - Posted: 13 Aug 2013, 3:32:15 UTC
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New Zealand has great mountains, the Alps. A Trieste climber was skiing from the top of one on them which he had climbed alone. He fell and broke one leg. Then he crawled on his belly to an unmanned hut he knew was there and called for help on a telephone line. He had not a cell phone. He was rescued from a helicopter.
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