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Sorry to hear about that OP. Hope that doesn't affect you too much
This is why im kind of an self proclaimed elitist when it comes to driving. If you cant drive properly during a normal day, what are you going to do when you are in situations that require a level head like driving through a severe storm? Staying on the right part of the road is even more important during heavy snow storms, severe downpours, etc.
I don't mean to seem like an asshole, but don't refer to the whole of the uk as England. England is just a single country within the uk, and over here it is deemed offensive to refer to the whole thing singularly as any one of the member states. Either call it Britain (which you can use on a technicality although it does not include northern ireland), or the UK. You also forgot to mention Australia, which also drives on the left.
#38, exactly, which is why it is insulting to people from the UK. It's essentially the same thing as referring to the whole of the US as Texas, because that is your largest state in terms of population (unless Alaska is? I could be mistaken). Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England are culturally and linguistically separate (differing regional languages/and the one main language they share has strong dialectal differences). The only thing we really share closely is history tbh... So you can't really be generic about the UK in that way, it's actually really insulting. And, i'm not just saying that because i personally am Scottish, it's insulting to the other member states as well when they are on the receiving end of it. You need to watch with the UK, as both patriotism and nationalism hold very strongly here...
#41(and #35) As if nationalism isn't strong elsewhere? I'm American, I have some nationalist pride (although it is limited) I don't get offended if someone calls me fat, lazy, or an overly-eccentric gun enthusiast (mainly because I kind of am) and all of those are very common generalizations. In all honesty, being a student in America, I can say that they don't teach us that here, although I am only a sophomore in high school. Also, he said London, not England.
Actually 47, i was referring to 30. And yes i know it is strong everywhere, but believe me when i say it is really strong here... We actually have an impending independence referendum in Scotland because of it. Scottish not British they say... And tbh judging by the attitudes over here (which are poorly reflected in the media at best) i'd give it around a 60% chance of passing, depending on how Glasgow votes. Glaswegians seem to be typically on the no side, however the majority elsewhere seem to be yes voters. So i honestly don't know xD.
I agree with #50, it gets very annoying when Americans refer to Britain as 'England'. It makes people over here think that America doesnt have a good education system when people generally dont realise that the UK isnt just England by itself. But on the topic of the independence thing, I am from Scotland and can tell you that its really only the idiots who follow the SNP strongly. The rest of us know it is not a good idea and thats for the whole of Scotland. However, it is actually probably the Glaswegians who are the worst believe it or not, especially the teenagers who unfortunately are being allowed to vote despite generally having no clue what they are talking about. But then, nor do the older people who agree with independence. Its currently a case of the blind leading the blind up here, since the SNP really have no idea how badly this will affect Scotland if we go independent. I can see why you would think that about Glaswegians though. Typically when Scottish people are shown on tv down south, it is only Glaswegians who appear on your channels because apparently they represent all of us. Its a bit strange really that they dont go to Edinburgh more, at least that is our capital and makes sense, going to Glasgow does not.
Wow. Talk about not being able to take a joke. We drive on the "right" so the other side is "wrong" get it? As for the whole UK/Britian/England thing, while American schools do suck, we just don't care enough when we're referring to stuff "over the pond." Maybe I should take offense because you generalized me as an American and not a Californian? No I shouldn't just relax and stop getting offended so easily.
What makes you think people are referring to "Britain" when they say something about "England"? "Great Britain" is the island. England, Wales, Scotland are all several countries that are part of that one island. The "United Kingdom" is made up of the island called Britain and also part of Ireland. The poster you're making a big deal about was trying to make a joke, and picked two countries known for driving on the left. Don't get butthurt because you're a Scott and didn't get your country mentioned...
#73: You dont need to make it obvious that your education in particular sucked. Its Britain, not Britian. I dont think #30 was that offended anyway really, it just gets tiring seeing so many people only remember England and forget the rest of the UK. I've actually known people who didnt even know where Scotland was. Thats just sad. You guys get all offended if we ask if you're from Canada and not the USA, why shouldnt we get annoyed by you guys forgetting we have more than just 1 country joining us together?
It really depends where you are from #59. I live in Aberdeen and the yes support is actually pretty darn strong here. I myself support it, although not for blind nationalism (although I did in fact write my university thesis on national identity in Scotland), I generally just spent several years researching it and believe it to be beneficial for a number of reasons (feel free to mail me and ask if you want, I will keep away from politics on here). However, as I said, Glasgow is the most crucial area in both yes/no. I also did not personally get offended by #30. I commented on the issue because I felt he was referring to the United Kingdom, rather than to England itself, and felt it therefore necessary to point out that by calling the whole thing England he was actually inadvertently being really offensive. It was nothing to do with butthurt towards being a Scot, and not being mentioned. Although, Scotland was actually the UK country that came up with the idea of driving on the left, so the former colonies that do it are effectively living off the Scottish system. Japan, obviously, is a different case. However, if you called an Englishman a Scot, he/she would likely be just as offended as a Scot would being called an Englishman.
Hey I don't even know how to drive! You're still better off than some of us
How is it that it's so easy for people to drive on the wrong side of the road?
^Driver's permits are only valid in the country in which you received it. Even if she's from a country that drives an the left side of the road, she would've been driving on the right side for a minimum of 9 months, so she definitely should have been used to it by now.