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In these testing times of economic doom and gloom, I’ve noticed an element of metaphorical self-flagellation creeping in amongst several native US EC.Com members, about your fine country. Well then, I thought now might be a good time to throw in a few positive thoughts about you guys from one that had his eyes opened this summer.

You see, Angloberry is kind of a misnomer for me as I was actually born in the US – near Buffalo NY to be precise - of English parents who decided to return home for good when I was but a mite. And I’ve never been back until this summer when I reached the big “5-oh†and decided if I didn’t do it this year it might never happen. So me and the family spent 2 weeks in August with our American cousins who showed us around and took us to see the places my parents lived etc.

I have to say that it was the best holiday I’ve ever had. Why I didn’t visit years ago I don’t know. To say it was a whole new world is an understatement. You have a beautiful country with some of the friendliest, most courteous people I’ve ever met. This extended right down to the folks that served us in gas stations and supermarkets etc. You are also the most patriotic people I’ve ever met. Almost every house had the stars and stripes displayed outside and the people were very proud of their houses and gardens which were all beautifully kept. And so few fences!

The degree of cynicism we have in England about life is absent in the US. If you displayed a Union Jack on your house, most people would wonder what you were up to and accuse you of bringing the area down!

It was only a pity that I couldn’t combine the trip with a Raspberries concert but hopefully I haven’t missed my last chance?!

In the immortal words of Monty Python:

If life seems jolly rotten

There's something you've forgotten

And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.

When you're feeling in the dumps

Don't be silly chumps

Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing.

So, in these times of strife, remember you have an awful lot to be thankful for.

Keep whistling!



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Great post Gary....

Sometimes a well-intended pop on the forehead or swift kick in the bum is what people need.

Also anyone who quotes Monty Python is okay with me. laugh


I'm a lumberjack and I'm Okay

I sleep all night and work all day

I cut down trees, I skip and jump

I love to press wild flow'rs

I put on women's clothing

And hang around in bars eek

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