|Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 59):|
Anyone who feels that the UK is very similar to the US, has never visited the UK. We may shae some city names, but thats about all. Culture, architecture, cuisine, education etc are all different.
I wouldn't say it is the same, but I would say it's the "most similar'. More similar to the USA than say Italy, or France, or Spain, or Eastern Europe.
There, people actually listen to rock music more than other places in Europe where I find electronic and house music to be most popular. As somebody pointed out, in the U.K. a lot of people, even the young, drive cars. The language is the same. A lot of people are out of shape and getting fat, as was also pointed out. Lots of common last names, names of towns and cities. Pubs close early (I thinks it's between 12-2 in England, right) Heck, at least concerning London, it seems London is the most violent out of the big European cities. I hear about more shootings and gun crime, gangs, and inner city violence in London than other big European cities. To me, that's kind of similar to urban American cities, too.
Also, in my experience in bars in Europe, it seems the British are the most likely to want to brawl, which is common to American drinking culture. When I go out here drinking in the USA, it seems like no matter where I go, dive bar or more upscale, around closing time a fight always breaks out, or you run into people looking for one. Yet, in my experiences in most of Europe, fights in drinking establishments aren't anywhere near as common. When I bar tended in Berlin, the entire two years I was there, the only fights or rowdy young drinkers we ever had were British guests. Literally! Especially during football games.
So, of course it's not a carbon copy of the USA, but more similar than most other countries in Europe? I'd say yes.
|Quoting 757MDE (Reply 61):|
At least in the UK this is not true, dual citizenship is perfectly accepted (I am a dual British - Colombian citizen myself) and they don't ask you to forfeit your other citizenship. Problems with this would arise more from the other country, rather than the UK.
Yeah, the problem lies within the USA. In every U.S. Passport, there's section that clearly states that if you become a legal citizen (not legal resident) of another country, you are required to relinquish your American citizenship under the the threat of commiting treason.
Mine states...."Under certain circumstances, you may lose your U.S. citizenship by performing, voluntarily and with intention to relinquish U.S> citizenship, any of the following acts. 1. Being Naturalized in a foreign state 2. Taking an oath or making a declaration to a foreign state 3. Serving in the armed forces of a foreign state. Accepting employment with a foreign government. 5. Formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. consular officer overseas. Warning: A person who holds dual citizenship of more than one country at the same time is considered a dual citizen. A dual citizen may be subject to the laws of the other country that considers that person a citizen while in that country's jurisdiction, including conscription for military service. Dual citizenship may hamper efforts to provide U.S. consular protection to dual citizens in the foreign country of their other nationality.
[Edited 2010-10-29 08:34:32]