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Hey guys!  It's  been really quiet round here recently, too quiet, I thought it might be nice to reconnect and so I just wanted to check in with anyone who's passing this way and see how you're doing?  Hope you and your family and friends are all keeping safe and well.  The world is such a tumultuous place just now, I truly hope everyone is hanging on to their sanity!  x

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By Jove, Gail, how happy I am to find you here. Yes it’s way too quiet. I don’t like the forum like this. Corona is a bitch, forcing us to not only socially distance but also electronically distance !

I had to reinstall my phone in January and since then I was unable to post pictures anymore 😒

Now I have a completely new phone since yesterday so I’ll give it a try.

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Cool. It worked. I’m back.

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Although I never really left.

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 Well hello there my dear Ariane!  Glad to have your company!

I wholeheartedly agree - Corona is a total bitch of the highest order and I just wish it would sod off already - we've all suffered enough, one way and another, and sadly some far more than others.  But anyway, we're here and that counts for something.  I think we need to get back to chatting utter nonsense and generally making this a pleasant place to hang out - whaddya say? 😁

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I’m trying my best ! UK rocks 🤟

Do you know the comic books “The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer”… it’s a large part of my culture 😬

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I have to admit I’m not familiar with them but just that image looks very ‘tally ho old chap!’  (Hope that’s not lost in translation!!)

I am actually interested to know what appeals to you about British culture? 

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How right you are! “Old chap” is also part of my Blake and Mortimer culture 🤭

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On 9/1/2021 at 1:15 PM, Gail said:

I am actually interested to know what appeals to you about British culture? 

Hey Gail,

 I had time to think about that question 🤭 my conclusion is that it all comes down to Mark Knopfler and his guitar! In 91, Calling Elvis was aired for the first time and I was in awe. I was 13 years old and it corresponded to my first English lessons at school. Translating all the lyrics and reading his biography was my motivation. I needed to learn fast. Also, my cousin (8 years older than me) was spending 6 months as an Erasmus in London and I got to visit him. That weekend of freedom and pub visits opened a door I never wanted to close again. So within the next 4 years I’ve spent weeks of summer holidays in Cambridge, Bristol, Chesterfield (my hostess family was a teen mom with a now 5 years old child and she and her friends spent several evenings per week smoking pot… I was listening and learning but didn’t smoke. It was … interesting) and then Bristol again.

All in all as I grew to get to know UK and the English people I noticed that what I love is this feeling of being soooo far away despite our countries being neighbours. The mixture of tradition and complete sartorial innovation.

And I am an introvert that suffers from heat. So despite my other very soft spot for Italy and Italian culture, my choice is made.

Plus you have Triumph bikes. And scones 😬

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Well Dire Straits  is as good a reason as any!  I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us and we’ve given you some good memories.  We are a pretty mixed bunch aren’t we? 😁 I agree with what you say about being a totally different culture despite being neighbours but I think that’s a good thing, makes travel interesting.

And yes, scones are good but did you get into the pronunciation dilemma??

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2 hours ago, Gail said:And yes, scones are good but did you get into the pronunciation dilemma??

Interesting! I do not know what you mean but would be happy to “hear” about it, if it’s possible to explain in writing.

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Ah yes - the Great British Scone debate! 😂

Well, the long and short of it is that some people pronounce it to rhyme with ‘gone’ and some to rhyme with ‘loan’ - each side is adamant that they’re right but it’s always a good argument starter!  Don’t even get me started on the whole teacake/bread cake/bap debate!!! That could start a civil war! 🤣🤣

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Excellent! Didn’t know that!

I just noticed I belong to the “loan” fraction 😉

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Oh dear - we’ll have to agree to differ on that one…….😔

I won’t hold it against you though! 😉

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For what it’s worth : please keep in mind that I do have a strong French accent… so my guess is, it’ll sound more like « scownz » than anything else !

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