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Hello everyone i am new to this forum and i have questions
I was born in the UK and lived there for 48 years. Since living in the USA i have adapted to the way of life and enjoy it with my wife who is an American
I only visit the UK for my Mother i will never live there again but i still find it hard to give my heritage especially when people knock it and i find it hard to put on a T shirt with the USA on it. So what do you do? I am a citizen. with the winter olympics this year i supported the UK more than the USA is this normal

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Hello everyone i am new to this forum and i have questions
I was born in the UK and lived there for 48 years. Since living in the USA i have adapted to the way of life and enjoy it with my wife who is an American
I only visit the UK for my Mother i will never live there again but i still find it hard to give my heritage especially when people knock it and i find it hard to put on a T shirt with the USA on it. So what do you do? I am a citizen. with the winter olympics this year i supported the UK more than the USA is this normal

Thanks for listening
Of course it's normal! The US is my home now, but in forty years I've never found it necessary to wear a US T-shirt, and I still support the UK's teams. However, if there isn't a Brit in the field, I will cheer on the American these days!
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i find it hard to put on a T shirt with the USA on it.
Why? It's great look

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Like many people here I'm an American citizen. But Scottish first!
And even though I've been here 15 years I feel I'm passing though. It's not home, it's just where I live.
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Hi Sally --- won't let me karma you, but I'm mopping up the keyboard right now.
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So what do you do?
You are a mix of both cultures now. Just embrace it and be yourself.

is this normal
Completely.

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Is that normal? Of course. Doesn't matter how long I stay here (and all being well, it'll be a considerable a out of time), or if I get my citizenship in a couple of years, I will always be English first and foremost. As much as I love it here, if anyone see's me with any sort of USA attire on, they have my permission to shoot me!
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Yeah, it's normal. I've got dual UK/US nationality and I (eventually) have started to adapt more to life here but I still wear my England football shirt out and about and have a bunch of British mementos about the house.

I don't think of it so much as holding on to my Britishness, for want of a better (and not made up) word, rather as enjoying the best of both worlds.

Since Northern Ireland will likely never be in another World Cup Finals again, these days I suppose England and the USA teams in equal measures, even if I secretly want England to win just a little bit more
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I need something like that for when I visit my son in Yorkshire. Piss him off a right treat if I walked around wearing it. Wonder where I can buy one.
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Like many people here I'm an American citizen. But Scottish first!
And even though I've been here 15 years I feel I'm passing though. It's not home, it's just where I live.
Ok, now something, perhaps, strange...I left UK in 2005 and never thought I will miss it. Mainly, because I am naturalized UK (born in mainland Europe) with 2 kids graduated from Westminster School in London. But I find myself really offended when people knock British, when they talk about "teeth", education, football, generally everything. I miss British people, all of them, from North to South. People in the USA don't understand the humour, don't really understand what freedom of speech is...I miss it.
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Ok Sultan of Swing has dual nationality I have not renewed my British Passport now i have a USA one should i keep it or not bother> Thankyou for your comments i think i understand
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Ok Sultan of Swing has dual nationality I have not renewed my British Passport now i have a USA one should i keep it or not bother> Thankyou for your comments i think i understand
My British passport is due to expire in September. I am awaiting the arrival of my US one and I may not renew my UK one for the time being, just because I can't really afford it.

I'll still always have dual nationality though, I'm British with or without my passport, same as I've been American since 2010 even though I didn't apply for my passport until last month.

Ultimately, there's nothing wrong with adapting to or enjoying life in America whilst still maintaining your British identity. Nothing wrong with that at all.
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People in the USA don't understand the humour, don't really understand what freedom of speech is...I miss it.
That's funny. That's one of the reasons why I and my husband want to return back to the US. The massive amount of PCness here in the UK, not to mention things that can be turned into racist hate speech which you can be arrested for, scares the crap out of me. At least I know in the US, I can say what I want, where I want (as long as I'm not inciting a panic or riot) and not worry about being thrown in jail. Even if my opinion doesn't agree with the mainstream.
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People in the USA don't understand the humour, don't really understand what freedom of speech is...I miss it.
Agree that's often the case with your 1st assertion - but the 2nd leaves me

How so?
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