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10 Modern Myths about England And the real Truth behind them

Modern English Myths Oh how wrong they can be!

Every country in the world has a social or psychological worldwide image of it. Whatever the country you live in, it always has it's stereotypes. Or is stereotypical. Sometimes these stereotypes are true, but mostly they are completely false.

For some reason, modern myths and legends seem to grow up around them and become stereotypical. For example, when someone mentions Scotland, we automatically think of Tartan, Castles and a broad accent, that can't always be understood however lovely it sounds!

The last one is oh so true! I worked in an office where I had to talk to people on the phone. The main office was in Glasgow, Scotland. I could never understand a word they said! We used to have such a laugh, in the end my friend, we had become friends by then, decided in his wisdom to don a English accent, much to the hilarity of his colleagues! It was funny, and we continued doing this for all the time I worked there. We still keep in touch. But my point is, why do we always believe in the modern myth or legend?

Not all Scottish people wear kilts and carry the bagpipes, not every Greek island is always hot and sunny. Get my point? Good. So I am going to dispel once and for all the modern myths and legends that is talked about around the world about good old England. I think you are going to be surprised!

Wrong!

Wrong!

Right!

Right!

The Weather!

1. The good old English Weather!I thought I would start with the obvious! Many people, mainly tourists I might add, always presume that England is a rainy, wet soggy country. Whenever you see TV programmes from America, for example, they always portray poor little England as this sopping wet, miserable little Island where everybody runs around with big umbrella's, looking like drowned rats. And that is just the summer! This is so not true. In fact it couldn't be farther off the mark. England is divided into two halves. In more ways than one, I might add, but I am coming to that!

But seriously, the North of England does get it's fair share of bad weather. Evidently according to wildlife programmes that I watched recently, the North of England comes into spring six weeks later than the south, and starts getting winter a few weeks earlier than down south. Certain parts farther up the country, like Manchester for example, do have more than their fair share of rain because of the Lake District. This part of the country has a lot of woodlands and hills which draw the rain to them. Down south where I live, we are much luckier. Being at least four hundred miles from there, we get a lot more sun.

Over the last few years we have had very hot summers, and even on a typical summers day we have more sun than rain. Apart from three years ago when we had a bad summer, the usual summer season can be so hot, we don't experience rain for weeks. Over the last thirty years we have had to have a hosepipe ban because of the lack of rainfall. So if you are visiting England, especially down South, which includes London and the coast, and of course Cornwall and Devon in the West, make sure you pack a lot of summer clothing!

Old Fashioned Stiff Upper Lip

Old Fashioned Stiff Upper Lip

Modern Men

Modern Men

Stiff Upper Lip!


Now I am sure you know exactly what I mean about the English 'Stiff upper lip' syndrome! For those who have no idea what I am talking about, I will explain. Foreigners always believe that the English always take everything thrown at them with the good old 'fighting spirit'. This entails the fact that we never show emotion, even in the tightest corner, or the hardest situation. To some degree it is true, we are great at 'keeping going' through thick and thin. But we do show a lot of emotion. We get frightened, we get scared and we do cry! And of course we have bravery.

Usually the great armed forces that I believe are the best in the world. We also have a wicked sense of humour! Some would say it was a very dry sense of humour, but believe me when I say, it is fantastic! We are open and friendly, and mix with every culture that comes to live here. Of course we have the 'Upper Class' who tend to look down on the rest of us unworthy minions, but then again I am sure that every country in the world has those!

Old Fashioned