Claps for Blighty

                                                             (wikipedia commons).

After all the post love for South Africa going around, I feel I owe England some post love too. After all, it has so graciously hosted me for the last 5 years.

I am not going to mention C-R-I-M-E, because that has SO been done. Obviously it is nice, the low crime rate. Duh.

What I enjoy about living in England:

1) Chocolate digestive biscuits. Even if I couldn’t think of any other good things, these little beauties are sufficient reason to live in England. But in a country where a pack of biscuits costs 30p and your average vegetable costs about £1, you can imagine the state of my and the nation’s nutrition.

2) The superb public transport system. Ha, I know any locals reading this must be choking on their tea and scones, but it is all relative. Relative to South Africa, the UK has a great public transport system. As in, it actually exists. I simply choose to treat those anomalies such as “No train for 3 hours because of a leaf on the track” as if they do not exist.

 Interestingly, in the googlefight of leaf vs train, train won. Leaves vs train? Train won. Foliage vs train? Train WON. Just SAYING.

3) The weather. Mwahahahahaha, I got you there, didn’t I? Didn’t I? Huh? Huh? Moving on.

4) Mobility scooters. Everybody here has them. G and I have a bizarre fascination with them. Especially G. He has this dream of turfing  a Granny off her scooter and riding off into the sunset. So far it remains but a dream. I will keep you updated on his quest.

5) The llamas. And alpacas, and other South American beasties. This country has a love affair with these animals. Which is fine by me because I love them too. When I walk north of my house I see alpacas, when I walk south I see guanacos. A person in the next village has 2 llamas in his garden. When I used to take the train to Cambridge every day, a llama used to graze right near the track. I do find myself wondering if I should be learning Spanish and complaining about the gringos that seem to have taken over the place.

6) Accents. It is unbelievable how many distinct accents there are in such a teeny weeny country, and I am just talking England. I love almost all Northern accents, especially Geordie, the Yorkshire variants and Scouse. I also love the South West accent. I have great fun trying t
o “guess the accent” and getting it horribly wrong. “Um, actually I from Poland. I no speak English.” Well, Po-English is the future I will have you know. You read it here first.

There are many more things that are great about this place, but these are the definitive ones. As defined by me.
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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Being Brazen
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 15:34:00

    Llamas?? BWHAHAHHAAHAHA….I love chocolate digestives..yum yum

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  2. Ches
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 16:24:00

    Hey Po, that Llama’s standing at Machu Picchu…not England!

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  3. Ches
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 16:25:00

    Hold on…Llama’s in England?

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  4. Ches
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 16:26:00

    You’re joking?

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  5. Tamara
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 17:42:00

    hehehe… this post rocked. But the tag was the best thing ever!

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  6. Kitty Cat
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 17:50:00

    Ha ha, loved the bit about the weather…seriously fun post! Love the sound of the biscuits…

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  7. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 18:09:00

    Tamara: I know! I can take on a train any day. Raaah!Kitty: the biscuits are great but way too cheap.

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  8. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 18:11:00

    Ches: there are llamas everywhere in England. I will give you the llama tour if you come over. I hope to go to Machu Picchu some day and see some llamas in a more llamary environment.

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  9. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 18:12:00

    being bazen: I know, its weird but true about the llamas.

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  10. sweets
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 19:08:00

    hold onto your chair darling~ we have choc dig biscuits in SA now… they are divine :)llamas?? they spit right? hehescooters… i get that… i wish everybody would torch their cars and buy scooters~!i secretly watch bbc JUST to hear the english accents… i love it :)just remember… first world… third world… so all in all we are pretty cool… come back home!!!:)~

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  11. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 19:13:00

    Sweets, are you serious? Chocolate digestives back home? That’s it I am coming home. Maybe I can start a llama farm? They are the pets of the future!

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  12. 6000
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 19:40:00

    Well done you – although sweets is correct, choccy digestives are now readily available in SA.I have a weird accent. Part Yorkshire, a hint of geordie from my Uni days and a touch (or more) of Saffa. My parents live just down the road from an award winning llama farmer. I have no more for you right now.

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  13. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 19:45:00

    6000 your accent sounds like my ideal accent! A bit of everything good. So it is not just me who has noticed the abundance of llamas then? Was wondering if I was projecting my love for the creatures on my surroundings.

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  14. Rox
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 20:45:00

    Great post, yay for Llama’s and anything chocolate! Also, I am now totally fixated on googlefight… awesome.

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  15. 6000
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 20:48:00

    No – they’re big business these days – more profitable than other animals or crops due to EU rules and regulations. Ostrich is the next big thing for UK farmers. Possibly.

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  16. 6000
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 20:53:00

    P.S. You have made it onto my rather exclusive blogroll. Congrats.

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  17. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 20:58:00

    Rox: I know googlefight is cool.6000: I cracked the blog list! yay! Thanks. My bloglist is longer than “The Lord of the rings” but I really do read all those blogs and more!At a farmers market the other day they were selling ostrich burgers so I see it has already started.

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  18. KaB
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 21:08:00

    I loooooooooooove those biscuits too…you get them here in the odd Spar but the small packet & they are of course extremely expensive…dammit…we always have a gimp bring us some of them to sunny SA!I dig a llama too…too cute!

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  19. po
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 21:13:00

    Hi KaB: Maybe I should start importing them over.Yeah, llamas are so cute. But apparently they spit. Haven’t experienced this myself.

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  20. Moe Wanchuk
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 08:27:00

    What about the Teeth?

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  21. 6000
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 16:04:00

    Do you think that there’s a market for a swallowing llama?

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  22. po
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 18:23:00

    Swallowing llamas? Whatever for? (Po’s super innocent voice here). Hahaha, that’s a good one!Moe: I haven’t encountered the teeth yet. Are they bad?

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  23. mylifescape
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 13:01:00

    Llama’s wow, i never knew that… i once saw 3 Llama’s in Germany! Funny looking creatures.great post!

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  24. po
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 16:47:00

    mylifescape: Thanks! Have you ever watched the emperors new groove? It was all about llamas and it was my favourite disney ever.

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  25. mylifescape
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 21:06:00

    no i haven’t seen it yet.. but sounds like i should :) thx .. have an awesome day!

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