I have read through all the posts in this thread with interest, because unfortunately like many other countries, you never know how your are genuinely
perceived by other countries, only from what you read in the tabloids. It's normally difficult to know for certain how others view you, especially
following the BP oil spill. It's never nice to see a tragedy like that, to which I can account for pretty much everyone I have spoken to hold a
great deal of empathy for those affected. Then, to see Obama chastise the British for the spill, really grated against me (especially hearing him
call BP "British Petroleum, given that BP has not been a British company since the 90's).
Anyway, as a Brit (from England), I can fully understand the reason why the Irish / Scots and to a lesser extent the Welsh have a sore spot against
us. I can't personally blame them, either.
On the subject of US/UK relations, there hasn't been a single person who I have spoken to who have had a bad word to say about the states, with the
exception of the stereotypical overeating comments (unfortunately shows such as Man V Food don't help this stigma at all, if you know what I mean
I have only visited the states once, on my 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas last year (and going again in February) and I must say that I never met a
single person who wasn't courteous, friendly, and generally fun to be around. I also dig the accent, too!. You guys contributed a lot of awesome
stuff to the world, such as the Corvette (the new one, I mean - the old ones drive as if the steering wheel is lodged in a bag of cement), Family Guy,
Apple, Chris Tucker, including some awesome films such as the Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas etc.
On a side-note to this, I still find it hilarious that it was a Scot who invented the US Navy
I think, that if I had one exception, it would be that I found a lot of Americans had no understanding of their surroundings; I lost count how many
people would be walking in front of me, and then suddenly swing their arm around to point to go in the opposite direction, nearly punching me in the
Historically, we are related in one way or another, and we have had troubles in the past, however I cant think of anyone better to have as an Ally
when the sh!t hits the fan. You guys have a friend in me!