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Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

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Originally Posted by SarahInTX
Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

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BBCAmerica has been showing Rick Steins cooking show.He drives all around rural England showing local produce the markets, and local farmers .How beautiful England still is the small villages the local foods and cafes I have to watch it its an addiction now just one half hour of heaven.
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Originally Posted by SarahInTX
Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

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I love BB's books...they are so funny.
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Originally Posted by SarahInTX
Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

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Good read. Cheers for posting that.
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I love BB's books...they are so funny.
Oh me too. I read Notes From A Small Island on a train going round Chicago, God the trains are slow there. I was loughing out loud so much that the guy sitting next to me got up and moved to another seat. At least I think that's why he moved!
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Excellent article.

Enough to make a city girl like me weep...

Should be posted in all the 'immigration'/emigration forums...

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Originally Posted by Hove
BBCAmerica has been showing Rick Steins cooking show.He drives all around rural England showing local produce the markets, and local farmers .How beautiful England still is the small villages the local foods and cafes I have to watch it its an addiction now just one half hour of heaven.
I got a bit homesick for the English landscape while watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France going through Kent yesterday morning......
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I got a bit homesick for the English landscape while watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France going through Kent yesterday morning......
Yeah. My brother and his wife were actually there in Canterbury cheering them on! (sniff)

Thanks for posting the Bill Bryson info, Sarah. I actually started reading Notes from a Small Island last night (we move back in 2 months).
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Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

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Thanks for that link - a good read - it is so east to take what you have on your doorstep for granted isnt it
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I got a bit homesick for the English landscape while watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France going through Kent yesterday morning......
Me too!! My sis smsed me to let me know it was on, going past Leeds Castle, just up the road from my mum's. Bloody gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by Hove
BBCAmerica has been showing Rick Steins cooking show.He drives all around rural England showing local produce the markets, and local farmers .How beautiful England still is the small villages the local foods and cafes I have to watch it its an addiction now just one half hour of heaven.
That show makes me so hungry for real food...
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I love BB's books...they are so funny.
I've read several of his books, most recently A Walk in the Woods about his attempt to walk the Appalachian trail.

I thought I'm a Stranger Here Myself was really good. He's got one about Oz, In a Sunburned Country, for all of you that are there. I haven't read that one yet.

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Interesting read. Thank you for posting.

I recently saw Bill Bryson interviewed on an Australian TV show, and he made quite a few thought-provoking comments, as usual.

One that struck me was about taking citizenship of another country. He said it's like dyeing your hair. He can take British citizenship, but he'd never really be British.

He also made some comments about Brits in general being more ready to laugh at themselves than Americans and Australians, who seem to take themselves more seriously.



Originally Posted by SarahInTX
Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

To those who are so negative about Britain (and the rest of us!), see http://environment.guardian.co.uk/co...121832,00.html for reasons Britain is so special.

Sometimes, perhaps, it takes an outsider to point it out. Familiarity breeds contempt . . . . ?

Sarah in TX

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Bill Bryson is a national treasure.

What a privilege it is to have someone like him choose the UK to live in.
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