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Post by witchfinder on Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:15 pm

For my own personal choice I have decided to go for THE GREAT BRITISH PUB

At the centre of virtualy every community in the UK is the pub, short for "public" from the phrase "public house" which means a place where the public gather, buy a drink and socialise together.

The pub is an important part of British culture, from the highlands of Scotland to the fishing villages of Cornwall, the humble "Inn" ot "Tavern" has played a key role in the life of the nation for hundreds of years, records of public houses or pubs go back to the time of the Crussades.

The pub breaks down barriers, its where people of all classes, all backgrounds and circumstances meet and gather, rich and poor, the farm labourer or the city banker, people drink beer, have a meal, play darts or dominoes, take part in a quiz game, have a sing-song, meet your friends, have a party or its the place where your group, club or society has its meetings.

The Pub - The Inn - The Tavern is the heart and soul of many communities

Over the centuries the pub is where plans have been made, great decisions taken, where wars and battles have been won and lost, where trade has been done and where business deals have been secured, it is where millions of relationships have begun ( and ended ); the local pub is where you find out everything, who is having an affair, who has got a new job, who s bought a new car, a new lawn mower or who is moving home.

I am reminded of a Yorkshire village on the day the Second World War began, the 3rd of September 1939, at 11.30 am the Primeminister addressed the nation, he told the British people that we were now at war with Germany, two hours later a shopkeeper runs out into the street after seeing one of his friends "have you heard the news" he shouts, the man replies "no, what news", he then broke the news to him "Mary Smith, the barmaid at the pub is leaving".



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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:34 pm

Oh, Dear. Just before lunchtime today as I was walking the dog past our defunct village Pub, a couple of cyclists asked me what alternative hostelry was available, and I had to explain that they had a further journey of at least three miles, and all of the alternatives would be fairly expensive.
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Post by ROB on Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:14 pm

Fish and chips with malt vinegar, the only English food worth "exporting", and the reason that I'm half-English.
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Post by whitbyforklift on Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:48 pm

The only problem with fish and chips is you need a second mortgage to afford them.When you live on the coast as I do,the fish shops just rip us off.
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Post by Shirina on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:14 pm

Yorkshire Terriers!

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Post by astra on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:58 pm

Is that ANOTHER ginger snap Shirina? Smile
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Post by oftenwrong on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:07 pm

The trouble with Yorkies is that they think they're PEOPLE. They don't believe that they're only dogs.
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Post by ROB on Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:19 am

whitbyforklift wrote:
The only problem with fish and chips is you need a second mortgage to  afford them.When you live on the coast as I do,the fish shops just rip us off.
Every now and again Long John Silver’s offers a $1.99 special, one piece of fish, hush puppies, and fries (chips), and a $3.99 special, two pieces of fish, fries (chips), hush puppies, and a 32 ounce drink.

Kind of odd: A liter is about 33.3 ounces, and it’s strange that fountain, canned and bottled sodas are sold in both ounce and liter containers in America USV. For instance, at my local “Hit It and Quit It” convenience store, which ain’t bad but certainly ain’t Wawa’s, a Super Big Gulp fountain soda is 44 ounces, the cooler has 12 ounce cans and twenty ounce bottles, and the shelves have two liter bottles.

It’s also kind of strange that I can get fish and fries (fish and chips) for a bit more than a pound, and I get hush puppies too! Next thing you know, “Bee-Oh-Aye-Cee’s” cross channel flights will be filled with hungry Anglish-men hankerin’ for a fix o’ fish and chips.
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Post by witchfinder on Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:13 pm

American > Southern States > Local Cuisine > HUSHPUPPY

Hushpuppies (Cornbread Balls) are a savory, starch-based food made from cornmeal batter that is deep fried or baked in small ball or sphere shapes, or occasionally oblong or ring shapes. Hushpuppies are frequently served as a side dish, usually at seafood restaurants in the United States.
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Post by Shirina on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:53 pm

Hushpuppies are delicious!
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Post by gator on Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:47 am

Great British icons you say? How about the Jag E-type? [preferably painted in BRG]
 
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Post by ROB on Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:38 am

Sean Connery and Richard Burton, two cool "brothers."
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Post by witchfinder on Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:35 pm

The three things that come to mind as GREAT AMERICAN ICONS

1 Hollywood 2 Statue of Liberty 3 J F Kennedy

The three things that come to mind as GREAT CANADIAN ICONS

1 A Mountie 2 Ice Hockey 3 John McCrae

Strange I know, but I always think of that famous poem by John McCrae, and I suppose been late October and close to rememberance day / armostice, he just came to mind.
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Post by gator on Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:58 pm

Sean Connery is definitely one of my favorite British icons. I liked Richard Burton in everything I saw him in but just don't know that much about him.
 
OK Add to the human icons in Britain - Peter Sellers, one of comedy's absolute best.
 
How can you have Canadian icons without mentioning snow and related products? - snow boots, snow shovels, snow blowers, snow tires, antifreeze... the list seems endless. I complain about it all the time but I suspect that, if it somehow went missing [i.e. I moved to Los Angeles], I would be lonesome without it.  Wink
 
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Post by jackthelad on Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:04 pm

British icons, Charlie Chaplin, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, people who could always bring a smile to your face.
American icons, George Burns, Bob Hope, and Stan Laurel, (of Laurel and Hardy), sadly, the latter two were British.
Canadian icons, it is with much regret, i can't think of any.
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Post by ROB on Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:13 pm

gator wrote:
OK Add to the human icons in Britain - Peter Sellers, one of comedy's absolute best.

You mean Dr. Strangelove?

gator wrote:
How can you have Canadian icons without mentioning snow and related products? - snow boots, snow shovels, snow blowers, snow tires, antifreeze...

Human Canadian icon: Alex Trebeck, a proud Ontarian.
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Lest we forget, Hyacinth! “Hello, Boo-kay residence,”
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Post by witchfinder on Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:05 pm

Think of Canada and think of - Celine Dion, William Shatner, Anne Murray

Incidentaly, I have a friend who has dual nationality who used to fly with The Snowbirds, also, as a matter of interest there was a Canadian Facebook campaign to have William Shatner appointed as Governor General.

Other things that come to mind are: Nanook of the north - Maple Syrup - Anne of Green Gables - and I suppose been British, our Canadian perspective is different to that of an American, for example many of us would think of General Wolfe and the Plains of Abraham.

The Maple leaf - Calgary stampede - wheat & flour - Canadian ham or bacon - Canadian Pacific - the Empire Loyalists - and finaly from my own home town on the Yorkshire coast - Captain James Cook, the man who mapped the St Lawrence seaway for Wolfe.









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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:38 pm

The ARTS are well represented:
Neil Young, Karsch of Ottawa, Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette,
Bryan Adams, Jim Carrey, Leonard Cohen..............
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Post by astra on Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:10 pm

and finaly from my own home town on the Yorkshire coast - Captain James Cook,



From my stamping ground (Perth) it is John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir) Governor-General of Canada in 1935.
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Post by witchfinder on Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:40 pm

Many of the great Hollywood legends were from this side of the pond, poor old Charlie Chaplin came back to Europe after been accused of been a Communist during the McCarthy era.

As for Stan Laurel, I have been to his home town (Ulverston) in Cumbria, there is a pub named after him "The Stan Laurel Inn", Eltham in London was the home of Bob Hope, apparently he had Gypsy blood or ancestry.
Other greats include Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart Granger, Dirk Bogarde, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, Peter Cushon, Christopher Lee.

Dont forget the ladies - Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Angela Lansbury, Judy Dench, Kate Winslet, you cannot realy count Elizabeth Taylor as she was born in Britain but to American parents.

It goes to show how international the world is, today there are famous Britons living in America, and there are famous Americans living in Britain.

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Neil Percival Young, OC, OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles.

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Buffalo Springfield (1966–1968)

Once they reached Los Angeles, Young and Palmer met up with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin to form Buffalo Springfield. A mixture of folk, country, psychedelia, and rock lent a hard edge by the twin lead guitars of Stills and Young made Buffalo Springfield a critical success, and their first record Buffalo Springfield (1966) sold well after Stills' topical song "For What It's Worth" became a hit, aided by Young's melodic harmonics played on electric guitar.

Distrust of their management, as well as the arrest and deportation of Palmer, exacerbated the already strained relations among the group members and led to Buffalo Springfield's demise. A second album, Buffalo Springfield Again, was released in late 1967, but two of Young’s three contributions were solo tracks recorded apart from the rest of the group.

In many ways, these three songs – "Mr. Soul," "Expecting To Fly," and "Broken Arrow" – on Buffalo Springfield Again are harbingers of much of Young's later work in that, although they all share deeply personal, almost idiosyncratic lyrics, they also present three very different musical approaches to the arrangement of what is essentially an original folk song. "Mr Soul" is the only Young song of the three that all five members of the group performed together. In contrast, "Broken Arrow" was confessional folk-rock of a kind that would characterize much of the music that emerged from the singer-songwriter movement. Young’s experimental production intersperses each verse with snippets of sound from other sources, including opening the song with a sound bite of Dewey Martin singing "Mr. Soul" and closing it with the thumping of a heartbeat. "Expecting to Fly" was a lushly produced ballad similar to the baroque pop of the mid-1960s, featured a string arrangement that Young's co-producer for the track, Jack Nitzsche, would dub "symphonic pop."

In May 1968, the band split up for good, but in order to fulfill a contractual obligation, a final album Last Time Around was released, primarily from recordings made earlier that year. Young contributed the songs "On the Way Home" and "I Am a Child", singing lead on the latter. In 1997, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Young did not appear at the ceremony. The three surviving members; Furay, Stills and Young appeared together as Buffalo Springfield at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit on 23–24 October 2010 and are planning a reunion tour for late 2011.

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Going solo, Crazy Horse & CSNY (1968–1970)

Shortly after the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young reunited with Stephen Stills by joining Crosby, Stills, & Nash, who had already released one album as a trio. Young was originally offered a position as a sideman, but agreed to join only if he received full membership, and the group – winners of the 1969 "Best New Artist" Grammy Award – was renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The quartet debuted in Chicago on August 16, 1969, and later performed at the famous Woodstock Festival, during which Young skipped the acoustic set and refused to be filmed during the electric set, even telling the cameramen: "One of you fuckin' guys comes near me and I'm gonna fuckin' hit you with my guitar". During the making of their first album, Déjà Vu, the musicians frequently argued, particularly Young and Stills, who both fought for control. Stills continued throughout their lifelong relationship to criticize Young, saying that he "wanted to play folk music in a rock band". Despite the tension, Young's tenure with CSN&Y coincided with the band's most creative and successful period, and greatly contributed to his subsequent success as a solo artist.

"Ohio" was written following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970, and was a staple of anti-war rallies in the 1970s. The song was quickly recorded by CSNY and immediately released as a single, even though CSNY's "Teach Your Children" was still climbing the singles charts. In the late 1970s and for much of the 1980s, Young refrained from performing "Ohio" live, as he considered the song to be dated. In the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Young revived the song in concert, often dedicating it to the Chinese students who were killed in the massacre. Crosby, Stills & Nash, as a trio, also returned the song to their live repertoire around the same time, even though Young had provided the lead vocals on the original recording.

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Post by gator on Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:55 am

Ah yes Hyacinth. I was wondering how long it would take for her to surface. I was watching an episode a while back while introducing her to some friends. After about twenty minutes, one of them offered the opinion [concerning Richard] "You know there ain't a jury in the world that would convict him."  He was probably right too.
 
Oops. Almost forgot. Yes ROB he was Dr. Strangelove amongst others. His main claim to fame is as Inspector Cluseau [sp?], the fumble fingered supposedly French detective who somehow managed to stumble across a solution to crimes that baffled normal people.
 
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:12 am

Sellers was at one time in so many movies that a Director was heard to wisecrack about a new release, "It's an experimental film - it doesn't have Peter Sellers in it."
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Post by Ivan on Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:43 am

witchfinder wrote:
Think of Canada and think of - Celine Dion, William Shatner, Anne Murray
And don't forget this beautiful lady:-

Source: forbes.com
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Post by astradt1 on Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:39 pm

Come on most people have been trying hard to forget that women.........

Now the nightmare that is tweedy starts all over again.......... :affraid:
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Post by jackthelad on Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:14 pm

astradt1 wrote:Come on most people have been trying hard to forget that women.........

Now the nightmare that is tweedy starts all over again.......... :affraid:

If you think that is a photo of Cheryl Cole, (nee Tweedy) then you require a visit to specsavers urgently. Cheryl is truly a great British icon, far prettier than that photo, and to cap it all, she talks proper, just like us too. Very Happy
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Post by astradt1 on Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:48 pm

Now I see it's Shania Twain....Truely a REAL singer and Beauty too.........

Unlike Miming copy cat tweedy.........
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:17 pm

In his bedroom, my elder son has a calendar of Ms Cole in various poses. I can assure you that I have not taken any notice of it at all. Not January, February, March, April, May...... and December isn't worth a peek either.... Very Happy
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Stop watching this topic. You'll go blind.
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Post by jackthelad on Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:04 pm

Phil Hornby wrote:In his bedroom, my elder son has a calendar of Ms Cole in various poses. I can assure you that I have not taken any notice of it at all. Not January, February, March, April, May...... and December isn't worth a peek either.... Very Happy

Now Phil, i think it is time to uncross your finger, got to admire your eldest son for having good taste though. She is a cracker. Now, go on, take a peek, you know you are worth it, as Cheryl would say. Laughing
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:57 pm

jack - Nothing would possess me to examine the said calendar .

Just off to look for my magnifying glass... Shocked
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Post by ROB on Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:12 pm

Cheryl Cole? Who's she?
 

 

 
Uh, huh! Thank y'all for the four one one.
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Icon?
British?

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(now part of the Indian Tata Company, but that's show-biz!)
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Post by Ivan on Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:55 pm

RockOn Brother wrote:-
Cheryl Cole? Who's she?
Cheryl Cole is a vicious thug who had to do 120 hours of community service and pay compensation to her victim after she beat up a toilet attendant in a nightclub in Guildford in 2003. Although convicted of ABH, the jury found her not guilty of racially aggravated assault, even though she allegedly called the attendant “a Caribbean jigaboo” and “a black bitch”. ‘The Sun’ renamed her group ‘Girls Alout’ after the incident.

If Cheryl Cole is a British icon, then we really are in trouble. This is what she was responsible for:-


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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:18 pm

But she has a better Publicity Agent than anyone else you know.
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Post by astra on Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:26 pm

OK I'll volunteer to go from sublime to , er, to -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGY9mxvZ14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGdI7CXZUXc&feature=related


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