10 December 2016

Written by Marc Lamberts
for Daily Focal

As a Dutch blogger I interact a lot with bloggers from the UK. I love people from the UK, sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong country to be honest. I’m what they call an Anglophile. But what amazes me, is the fact that people who live in the UK have so many negative things to say about it and feel ashamed to ‘outsiders’. Guys we ‘outsiders’ love the UK and here are 10 reasons why:

"I love people from the UK, sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong country to be honest."
1. The Accents
I love the variety of accents in the UK. Every time I’m in the UK, it doesn’t matter where, I hear so many different accents and it makes me feel all good inside. The regions all have their own set of values and customs, which make the people and regions unique. But the thing that gives the region its distinction, is the accent. People identify themselves by their region and accents, I think that is great and is a very positive thing.

2. The Food
Yes, typical English food is unequalled. I’m lucky to be ¼ Welsh and my mother introduced me to all the goodness that the British kitchen has to offer. My mum used to make a full English every Sunday and it’s still one of my favourite things in the whole world. Beans and Cheese on toast make me squeal from excitement. You can wake me up in the middle of the night (or day) for Yorkshire pudding or anything which involves custard. When visiting a football club in the UK I have to eat curry chips or a Shepherd’s Pie. Okay, I’m hungry now.

3. Tea

I don’t think there is anything that is perceived more British than a cup of tea. Brewing the perfect tea is an art, which the British do understand the best. The most brilliant moment I had with my British friends was witnessing a discussion about how tea should be made. The ultimate ‘To milk or not to milk’ battle. Coffee is okay, but tea is just heaven in a cup or a mug. Your tea is the sole reason I want to move to the UK.

4. Football, Rugby & Cricket
Sport is awesome, but there are three sports that makes the UK ‘The Special One’. The UK is heaven for everyone obsessed with football, rugby and cricket. It’s from another world. The experiences, the atmosphere, the people, the excitement, the thrill, the euphoria of winning, the deception of losing. It’s what makes it great and the passion a whole nation has when the national teams play, it’s absolutely fantastic!

5. BBC series
British series are the best. I really love them and I think the BBC series I have made the most impact on me. What I like about them and how they are different from American series for example, is that the power of dialogue is very important in British series. I’ve been loving Sherlock, Peaky Blinders and Luther in particular. Just class. 

6. Comedy
My introduction to British comedy was Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, followed my Mock the Week. At first it was harder for me to understand because the humour that is used, is very different to ‘ours’. But once you get it, the world of laughter and giggles will open for you. 

7. Sir David Attenborough
We too think Sir David is a legend. His documentaries are like hearing and seeing the gospel, it’s astonishing how he portrays his works in a way we all love. It’s calms me down every time and I’m always in the mood to watch a documentary made by Sir David. I might do that in a second actually.

8. Christmas obsessed
I love you all so much for letting me taste of your Christmas 
Related madness. Where I live, we don’t celebrate Christmas in a way people in the UK do. But I’m so glad my UK friends are so passionate about Christmas and it’s a wonderful thing to witness as well. It makes me want to celebrate it just like you do and I think this year might be the most British Christmas I’m going to celebrate.

9. England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland
It’s great to have different nations within the UK. Every nation has something to tell, something to share and it’s that union that makes the UK, the UK. I honestly feel the cultural differences between the four make it so great and so lovely. 

10. People are so welcoming
A lot of people have said to me: The UK is not friendly to foreigners or outsiders anymore. We think otherwise, the UK has got one the most welcoming atmosphere and that’s all got to do with the people in it. I can honestly say that I’ve always felt very welcome and appreciated, it’s great! 

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