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Have you got more patriotic since living in the US?

Old Jun 22nd 2010, 5:18 pm
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Hi

I have been living in the US now for just over 5 years having come over on a K1 visa.

Maybe its just the world cup but I find that being away from "home" even though I am very happy living where I am, that I have become much more patriotic about being English that I think I used to be. I have a GB sticker on the car and British Flag number plate surrounds. Just lots of little things.

Is this the same for others too?

Just curious!
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Old Jun 22nd 2010, 5:38 pm
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I would say I am more patriotic.

Side note, I bought a shirt with the union jack covering the front... wonder how that will go down when I were it for work on July 4th
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Hi

I have been living in the US now for just over 5 years having come over on a K1 visa.

Maybe its just the world cup but I find that being away from "home" even though I am very happy living where I am, that I have become much more patriotic about being English that I think I used to be. I have a GB sticker on the car and British Flag number plate surrounds. Just lots of little things.

Is this the same for others too?

Just curious!
i only got here a few months ago and watching the world cup games makes me really miss being back home in a pub full of england fans getting very drunk and screaming at the tv, i am more proud to be English now that i have left.
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Old Jun 22nd 2010, 10:34 pm
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Yes, would say I'm more openly patriotic in terms of flying the flag (on my car just like you!) as I think it has different connotations when you do it in the UK. My take is that the US is such a patriotic country and not ashamed to show it with flag flying etc, that it just brings that out in you for your homeland. Not in a bad way -just makes it acceptable to fly the flag to show you're proud of where you came from.
We went to a supposed British Pub (here in Houston) for the match last week. Got there at 11am, thinking it would get pretty packed and it was empty of supporters! Shame on them. I wore a "Come on England" shirt for the match and then wished for the rest of the day (after we'd played so pathetically) that I had had the foresight to take another shirt with me to change. As it was I kept getting ribbed all day
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Is this the same for others too?
Not for me, no.
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Yes I have, and it's hard to explain to those still in the UK.
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Side note, I bought a shirt with the union jack covering the front... wonder how that will go down when I were it for work on July 4th
I have a couple of shirts with a Union Jack on them, too. I also drive a british car. But I don't miss the UK at all. Maybe it's because I am from Norway? Come to think of it, I have never been to the UK, but I would like to visit one day...
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I am more aware of my British identity now but for me it is not the same as wanting to display a flag. I am proud of our history of social care/trade unionism even if the people abusing them drive you nuts Also the British humour and attitudes I appreciate now I don't see them so much.
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Default Re: Have you got more patriotic since living in the US?

I'm the same as you i have a GB sticker on the back of the car, i also display an RAF roundal (which most people think is a target!) because my grandad worked on Spitfires and Hurricains during WW2!
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Yes but not towards England! My move over to the dark side is almost complete, it was my destiny.

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Yea, but are you as patriotic as this guy?

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Old Jun 25th 2010, 7:37 pm
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Default Re: Have you got more patriotic since living in the US?

Being Welsh, I couldn't give a toss about being English.

But then again, we don't have a soccer team to talk about.


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