This is a real Face book Conversation. My status read:
Stranger: Got asked if I was from
or England ! How stupid can Americans be? France
Stranger: Equally got asked for ID for alcohol. Like I look under 35. How sweet can Americans be!
Liam: They always think I am from Oz
Chris: One time I was in
lined up in McDonalds an American woman asked the girl behind the counter if they accept Canadian money. The girl replied of course we do this is Canada to which the women replied I thought you would prefer US dollars as its worth more. Bit random but true! Canada
Chris: Nothing wrong with being from OZ either :-)
Carrie: I was in
and the guy behind the counter in a shop asked me where I was from. I said, ' New York ', to which he replied ‘Do you Know Sheena Easton?’ Liverpool
Deb: I love all this. What a laugh :)
Stranger: And No I don’t know Bob from
!!! When I explained where I was from yesterday ( Leicester ), the woman said 'Oh so you're from the suburbs of Birmingham ' London
Geoff: two nations divided by a common language!!!
I went to the hospital for a blood test. The woman filling in the form assumed my place of birth was
. I said it was London . She was surprised ‘Really? Spell it. You know what – I’m just gonna put Birmingham . Is that ok?’ London
In answer to that - relatively
is a small place but I don’t think the scales are understood. Sure, England would fit into the state of England , yet there are 51.5 million people compared to only 4.4 mil in Louisiana . The Louisiana is smaller in square footage than UK with 60 million more people. What I am trying to illustrate is that the significance of other places in the Michigan just isn’t recognised here unless it is full of brown tourist signs or Bonny Prince Charlie left a lock of hair there whilst passing through on his way to Skye. They have heard of Skye – population 6 and 1 million seals. UK is the Birmingham ’s second city with 9684 people per square mile. Compare that to the UK ’s densest city – US with 1174 people per square mile. It comes very close to DC, the New Jersey ’s most densely populated place with 9830 people per sq mile. It isn’t so much divided by a common language in this case as a lack of geographical knowledge. I don’t assume everyone is from US . They shouldn’t assume I am from New York so ‘No – it isn’t ok to put London ’. Although, on the plus side, as no one at home ever said I had a beautiful accent maybe never having heard of London Birmingham in the is a good thing after all! United States
*facts and figures are from the internet - not sure how reliable that makes them - maybe I should have made them up!