Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Posted (15 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 1188 times:
Recently at my school in England we were asked:
''Who considers themself to be European?''
Out of a year group of about 250 15-16 year-olds NOT ONE person considered themeselves European.
A national news paper asked a similar question and the outcome was just as 'non-European'.
Personally I concider myself English and British.
I've nothing against Europe, but I'm NOT European.
If you're a young person from Europe how do you feel?
Cheers, merci, gracias, danker,obrigada (sorry if I missed you out!)
Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
My friend is staying is East Sussex now... I suppose it is also in England. Well, his school proposed this too. He considered himself as non-european too. He said he was English and British... not european...
Lima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 988 times:
I am not surprised at all by the response on your class. I spend one year in England (or Britain, or UK...as you like). I was really impressed how people living in London even considered those living in near towns like Canterbury or Birmingham as "foreigners" or "outsiders". And not to mention if you came from Scotland or Wales...However, the Scottish or Welsh did considered being European as well as the Irish when I spoke with them.
Come on English people, relax and be friends with the rest of the world! we dont bite!
A student From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 983 times:
Am I European?
Hmmm, I am German born, lived there (Siegen and Munich) for most of my life with a brief period in Luxemburg, then I came here (to England) one year ago and now I feel British enough to jokingly call my German friends "Krauts".... and still I consider myself an American more than anything else...
I hate the idea of belonging to any country (Germany) or agricultural Union of interest (Europe) or Darwinian island where evolution has stopped long enough to let people drive on the WRONG side of the road (England), and not even the home country of Boeing (USA) is something I deeply believe in.
I am a human, and that is all I ever want to be. I hate the idea that I should belong to any group based on the single, stupid commonality that we were born in the same billion square metres of land.... and the commonality of language is no reason either: I prefer English to German, even though German is my mother tongue.
Britain should join the Euro, though, because I get my money in DM and it is getting less and less every month...
Joge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 957 times:
This is what can I say about myself: I've borned in Greece, living in Finland and speaking Finnish as well as Greece (fluently, of course) plus English and Swedish. I've been in Sweden, Estonia, UK, Germany, Italy etc.; I'm European! ()-)
Gyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 941 times:
I belong, as my passport says, to the European Comunity!!! And I love it.... If you'd ask me however, what my nationality is I'd be more than glad to say German. Born there of german parents and lived in Denmark, Spain and of course Germany. Haven't lived in the European continent for a while though, and the more away from it I am, the more European I feel....
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 919 times:
I don't think I ever considered myself European. I definitely don't now, but even when I lived in the UK, I was English, and NOT European. The United Kingdom isn't Europe. The UK has a much more conservative outlook!
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
SAS_A330-300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 896 times:
I am borned in Sweden and still live here. I speak swedish, english and a bit spanish. I have been in:
Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic. Well, that a lot of countries. So I feel both swedish and european.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 888 times:
I consider myself firstly as being British, secondly as European, recognising that Europe is a family of nations with similar (not identical) ways of life, beliefs, culture, social classes and political agendas etc.
To the person who said we drive on the wrong side of the road: What's wrong with driving on the left side of the road; what's right about driving on the opposite side?? The answer is that it's not right or wrong, it's only better than driving in the middle of the road!
Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 886 times:
When I lived in England for a number of years I did notice that the English never really refered to them selves as European. I am not at all suprised that all teh people in your school didn't consider them selves European.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11960 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 843 times:
To Englandair and A student:
First of all, does this discussion have anything to do with aviation at all?
Secondly, I seem to recall that name calling wasn't alloed.
And thirdly, I think the british have the right to drive on wich ever side they want to, as long as they keep to that one side. Besides, one can only imagine the problems that would appear if Britain were to change sides.
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
A student From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 821 times:
Okay - just joking about changing sides - even I can see it is too late to improve British road-navigation at this stage. That does not mean the British would be driving on the correct side of the road, though. But just imagine what happens if they ever build the Eurotunnel for cars - a crossing in the middle?
It is a danger factor if all tourists coming to England - and all English tourists abroad - drive in completely alien circumstances. Seen from a democratical point of view: England is in the minority - so they should have adjusted before cars got too popular. Too late now....
A student From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 812 times:
Your reply shows all the thought, intelligence and calm expected of a teenager - how should teenagers ever be treated equal to other members on this forum if people like you interfere - getting us all a bad reputation. If you cannot take a joke you might not belong on a forum like this.
Maybe if you were less nationalist (your island is closer to France and EUROPE than to Ireland - and still you refuse to consider yourself European) you would be able to reply in a wiser way...
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 813 times:
You have to wonder how the people of Sweden coped on the morning of September 3rd 1967. That's when their traffic system moved from driving on the left to driving on the right. Swedes were against the proposal, 82.9% of the driving population were said to be against the move at one point. It happened anyway. How do you think the same change would be received in the UK?
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 806 times:
Which side of the road does India drive on? That's a lot of people. What about China (even more people)? Also, I know Japan drives on the left side of the road like in the U.K. I imagine a lot of the former British colonies drive on the left.
The only places I've been that drove on the left are LHR and Freeport, Bahammas. It sure is different!
: Places that drive on the left include (but are not limited to, this is only my personal knowledge): UK Ireland South Africa Australia New Zealand Japa
: You could say that drivers from the continent, US and so forth are slower and more careful as a result of being unfamiliar with driving on the other s
: I think all that would be necessary an an ordinary 2 or 4 lane road would be two traffic lights for the two different directions. Kinda like when a 2
: Mls515, now that is an inspired use of Paintbrush The second idea looks better, simply because of better traffic flow. Never thought of that design be