Regional Identities in the UK - A short guide for Americans

by besty 56 Replies latest jw friends

  • slimboyfat
  • slimboyfat

    Scotland isn't a region, it's a nation.

    It's only a matter of time until we take responsibility for oorsels again.

  • freddo

    A short background to Wales (the bit to the left of England!)

    South/South East Wales - along the M4 Motorway live about more than half the population and they are mainly "English" only speakers.

    Cities and large towns here are Cardiff (capital pop 300K plus) Newport, Port Talbot and Swansea. Up until the mid/late 20th century the economy was based on coal and steel. There is some (but declining rapidly) left and a large petrol/gas terminal on the junction of the Bristol Channel/Atlantic Ocean at Milford Haven. Lovely beaches on the Gower peninsula and west of that.

    For the last thirty years the District convention (which is for mid and south Wales and some of the west of England has been at Cardiff with a short gap while the Millenium Stadium was built and it was moved just over the English border to Bristol. (an English city rather larger than Cardiff)

    Mid Wales

    Market towns and mountains in the Brecon Beacons at the southern end, the Plynlimon range and lower Snowdonia in the North. University town on the West coast Aberystwyth - a large port at Fishguard for Southern Ireland. A lot of Welsh speakers and a bit of an anti-English attitude increasing the further North and West you go. Lovely beaches on the West coast.

    North Wales

    Towns and a few run down seaside resorts with Llandudno on the North coast being the most genteel and Victorian. Fantastic and stark Snowdonia mountains in the North West. More Welsh speakers here and in the 70's a lot of anti English feeling with "the sons of Glyndwr" painting anti English slogans and extremists committing arson on vacation cottages (often English owned). The problem they have here is they need the tourist's money - which is mainly English as the slate mines are all but defunct.

    Most folk are pretty welcoming tho'.

    JW's here go to Manchester for their DC's.

  • snowbird

    Hi, folks.

    The info you've presented is fascinating.

    Now, what about the Cotswolds?


  • MissingLink

    Which region makes the best ale?

  • digderidoo

    Which region makes the best ale?

    Wolverhampton...... Banks's

    Beautiful pint, but i don't drink anymore lol


  • MidwichCuckoo

    Good evening digeridoo - I was going to say 'Bathams' (Black Country)

  • digderidoo

    oo r...the Brierley Hill beer :-)

  • besty

    gotta be Yorkshire (or maybe Kent) - Landlord mmmmmmm

  • MidwichCuckoo

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