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Londonmastermason
We call it a biscuit barrel. There are people that don't like being called British (I'm not one of them) I don't know if you know but next year there is a referendum on independence for Scotland and some people feel very strongly about it. The worst insult to Scots and Welsh is when they are called English by Americans. haha

On this small island we are all mixed, I am English but have ancestors from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as Germans, French and from Indians if you go back far enough.
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postrophe
Indians.....red or Asian?
 
 
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We call it a biscuit barrel. There are people that don't like being called British (I'm not one of them) I don't know if you know but next year there is a referendum on independence for Scotland and some people feel very strongly about it. The worst insult to Scots and Welsh is when they are called English by Americans. haha

On this small island we are all mixed, I am English but have ancestors from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as Germans, French and from Indians if you go back far enough.


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Londonmastermason
Aren't they called native Americans?
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postrophe
Only the North American ones.
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Mark
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What concerns me the most is the "referendum on independence for Scotland". I don't know what this is. Is Scotland trying to gain it's independence? What will happen if the referendum passes? If it fails? Please, catch me up.
 
I am an American, but I am also mixed. Much like yours, my ancestors are English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, Chipawa, and Iroquois.
 
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We call it a biscuit barrel. There are people that don't like being called British (I'm not one of them) I don't know if you know but next year there is a referendum on independence for Scotland and some people feel very strongly about it. The worst insult to Scots and Welsh is when they are called English by Americans. haha

On this small island we are all mixed, I am English but have ancestors from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as Germans, French and from Indians if you go back far enough.

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Mark
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We have an expression: he was "caught with his hand in the cookie jar". It means that he was caught in the act of doing something that he wasn't supposed to be doing -- usually a minor offence. Do you have a similar expression?
 
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Indians.....red or Asian?
 
 
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We call it a biscuit barrel. There are people that don't like being called British (I'm not one of them) I don't know if you know but next year there is a referendum on independence for Scotland and some people feel very strongly about it. The worst insult to Scots and Welsh is when they are called English by Americans. haha

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postrophe
'E 'ad 'is fingers in the till!
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Londonmastermason
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Yes some Scots want independence, I don't personally think it's a good thing I think it is some politicians trying to make jobs for themselves but who knows.  At present it seem the people for staying together are winning the argument but I think it's close and there's a long way to go yet.

As for the Indian connection my G G Granddad was from Wiltshire and served in the East India Company regiment Madras fusiliers later to become 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers, he married an Anglo Indian in Ceylon.
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Mark
Thanks for telling me about Scotland. I did a little bit of checking on line -- just to try to grasp what we're talking about, and I agree that it's going to be close. Personally, I have mixed feelings about it, but I can't imagine that it would be good for Great Britain.
 
As for our heritage, isn't it funny that we both have essentially the same ancestry from Britain, but some of your ancestors were Asian Indians and some of mine were American Indians. I can't trace my family back that specifically, but I had a great-grandmother who was an American Indian and her last name was Brandt, which means that it's very possible (though there is no hard evidence) that her great grandfather was Joseph Brant, a famous chief of the Mohawk tribe.
 
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Yes some Scots want independence, I don't personally think it's a good thing I think it is some politicians trying to make jobs for themselves but who knows.  At present it seem the people for staying together are winning the argument but I think it's close and there's a long way to go yet.

As for the Indian connection my G G Granddad was from Wiltshire and served in the East India Company regiment Madras fusiliers later to become 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers, he married an Anglo Indian in Ceylon.

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Lisa
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A biscuit barrell
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Holloway
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Some people will, but it's a literal term-if you're Welsh, Scottish or English, then you're a Brit. Some people identify more as English or Welsh or what have you, but they are officially British. Does Anglophile mean English or British anyway? I know the English are British but British is a broader description.
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Mark-58
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Hi, Gaz. I'm an American man over 50. I'm completely in a fog about cricket -- maybe you can help me out. I just need to know the basics. I know that the batsman is supposed to hit a ball (thrown by the bowler) with a bat, but what does he do if he hits the ball? Does he run the bases? What happens if he misses the ball? How many chances does he get?

How may players on a cricket team?

If you could explain the fundamentals of the game, I'd be very grateful.

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Victoria
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When you talk about the education system just be wary that it differs depending on where in the UK you are. If you mean the English education system, then GCSE exams are exams we sit at the age of 15-16 over two years of High School before picking our A Level subjects. Most people receive about 10-12 GCSE's in all different subjects. Everyone sits English Language, Literature, Maths and Science. But the type of science varies, for those who are more talented at scientific subjects there is 'Triple science' available, in which you sit more exams than everyone else and end up with a GCSE in each science individually (Bio, Chem, Physics). However many people just sit core science, or double science, for which they receive one or two GCSE's respectively.

In terms of other subjects, many schools require kids to sit another language, usually German French or Spanish, but not all. It varies from school to school. If you attend a school which receives special funding for being a specialist 'Sports' or 'Design' institution then usually you have to sit either some form of P.E. qualification or Design Technology qualification respectively. The rest varies, at my school I picked three GCSE's, I know some people who were able to pick 4. It really varies.

They are graded from A* (Like A+ I suppose) downwards.. Not sure what the lowest grade is but usually a fail is represented by a U. I'm not sure though - I've never failed anything thankfully. From memory it is A*, A, B, C, D, E, U... But I'm not 100%.

Most of the exams are modular, and completed in different exams over 2 years. For subjects like English and History I know we had to do coursework as well, which is usually written pieces of work/essays we hand in to teachers and they count towards our final mark.

A Levels are subjects we pick before we sit our GCSE's that we study for the next two years. In Britain we attend Sixth form College before University for two years. In the first year (Year 12/Lower Sixth) we study 4 subjects in a lot of detail, at the end of this year we achieve 4 AS Levels, and usually people drop one subject and continue 3 on to A Level in Year 13/Upper Sixth, so we leave College with 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level. Our AS Level grades count for about 10% (I think!!) of our grade in Upper Sixth. Some people do more than 4 subjects, you are allowed to. But A Levels are really, really challenging and the step up between GCSE and A Level is enormous so unless someone is really academically gifted it's unlikely they'd do more than 4. The grading system is the same as I mentioned before, and it is still a mixture of coursework and Exams over two years.

We used to have January exams for both GCSE's and A Levels, as well as exams in May/June, but the goverment has now changed that to exams in the May/June of year 12 and year 13, and soon it will change to just exams at the end of 2 years, in the May/June of Upper Sixth..

Hope that helps!! Our education system can be confusing at times. It's quite unique, but it allows you to study what you are good at and do well at it. Problems arise when people choose the wrong A Levels!
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londinium
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hey mark, i'm a brit from london - are you on facebook?
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Nigel Harrison
Love to chat. I tend to shy away from Facebook.  Thank you for the invite.

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hey mark, i'm a brit from london - are you on facebook?


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Nigel Harrison
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I went to Facebook and found out that it is possible to chat without being subjected to ahost of voyeurs.
Is it too late totake you up on your offer?

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Nigel Harrison
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https://www.facebook.com/home.php

If you've changed your mind and would like to chat, I've sent you a link.

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