A yank Anglophile’s thoughts on British vs. American culture: a link to an interesting article

The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Ten...

The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Tennessee. The first self service grocery store, opened 1916. Français : Le premier supermarché Piggly Wiggly ouvert en 1916 à Memphis, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I ran across this quite  interesting and thought-provoking article (link is above) at www.anglotopia.com tonight and wanted to share it. An American Anglophile shares his list of a dozen ways he feels England does things better than the U.S. I have to say I agree with several of them.

For example, I have always wondered why we make grocery store cashiers stand all day? The exception I have seen here in the U.S. was at military commissaries. If memory serves me correctly, the cashiers were allowed to sit (and the baggers strictly worked for tips and did very well for themselves, I was told).

I would love to hear your thoughts on Jonathan’s post. BTW, Anglotopia, along with its sister sites Londontopia, Kiwitopia and Aussietopia.net are all fun and informative places to visit–and they have links to nifty contests and sweepstakes (sorry, most are restricted to the U.S and its territories).

The Brits certainly do a fantastic job producing talented, gorgeous, disarmingly modest and likeable actors.

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  1. Interesting! Thank you for the link Angie! One of the things I like about the UK is that they have one queue in the post office and public transport ticket offices…so as soon as a cashier is free the next customer in line is called. Very practical. In Hungary, there are several queues in the post offices, so if you happen to choose the wrong line and queue up behind someone who has a 100 letters to post, then you may end up spending a lot longer time waiting in line than someone who arrived 10 minutes after you but had the luck of joining a quicker queue! It’s just common sense and I don’t have a clue why this practice is not more widespread in my country. Also, the English have an inbred culture of queueing. They NEVER try to jump the queue. Never employ tricks to get ahead. I so wish we Hungarians could learn that…maybe in a 100 years’ time. Ahh and don’t get me started on standing on the right side of subway escalators…Londoners have this programmed in their genes. They tried a while ago to put up notices on the subway escalators in Budapest for people to stand on the right so other people can walk past them if they’re in a hurry… Didn’t work..People ignored the notices plain and simple. Argh.Sorry this was a bit long! 🙂

  2. Love how some of things that some British people find abhorrent are things that foreigners love…like the House of Lords & trains. Trains in Britain are ridiculously expensive to the point where I can’t afford to travel the 100 miles to London (1 hr 10 mins) unless I’ve booked it at least 2 months in advance! A ticket on the day can cost well in excess of £100!

    And I didn’t even know I was entitled to 28 days paid leave as a minimum! Lol! In my current job…soon to be coming to an end…I get 28 days plus all the bank holidays 🙂

    It’s interesting to note that the article makes no mention of the free healthcare that’s available to all!

    • I think the author was trying to avoid any hot-button topics in the article, and healthcare reform is such a topic here in the US. I don’t know what the cost is for rail travel is here in the US–I have never ridden a “real” train here (had to go to Europe to do that). 😉

      When I was employed, you had to work two years before you got the full 10 days of vacation. My husband still only gets a week of vacay. And he works six days a week most weeks. Still, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. 😉

      • Ah yes….I forgot about healthcare being a contentious issue in the US!

        We probably take trains and other public transport for granted and we do love to moan about costs 😉

        We live for our holidays over here. I have friends who never have time off work without using it to go away on a holiday either abroad or in the UK. It’s rare to work more than 5 days a week so that enables us to take weekends away especially with so many bank holidays. We are very lucky and we still moan that we don’t have enough bank holidays (some places have more apparently). We had an extra one last year because of the Royal Wedding and we get an extra one this year too for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee!

        I think maybe I would moan less! 😉

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