Controversy in Yorkshire
Posted on March 6, 2009 by yankeebean
Well, it seems us Not-From-Yorkshire girls are starting to cause a bit of a stir! I must admit, when we were plotting this blog over dinner and drinks, I thought it would probably happen eventually. I’m only slightly surprised it took as long as it did…
I know first-hand that it only takes a few slightly off-center words about America to get my hackles up. Whether or not I like America and all of it’s choices and ways, it’s my home country and I’ll stand up for it (within reason).
Me and my awesome not-from-yorkshire ladies (if I may be so bold to speak for us all) love many many things about Britain, otherwise we’d hit the road! But we’re also exasperated or annoyed by a lot of things, too. It would be the same in any other country (or planet for that matter) – you take the good with the bad. But we need a place to commiserate with each other. A place where we can be brutally honest and not give a gale-force-rip what other people think or say – otherwise known as Shenotfromyorkshire.com – WOOHOO!!
Two of our recent blog posts have resulted in some mild heat. Yankeebean’s American-ness vs. English Chick’s English-ness made Mertonmum compare our blog with Iraq and Vietnam (!?!) and Builders in Britain, The Facts made Pattycake wary of Yankee bloggers.
This made me wonder… Are we giving Americans a bad name?
After thinking about this for approximately 3 seconds, I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is ‘no’.
This blog is our chance to vent in a ‘casualty-free-zone’. We have a safe place where we can bitch about everything that we find hard and/or frustrating about leaving our home country behind and trying to shimmy into a new one.
You know the phrase ‘When is Rome, do as the Romans do’? Well, I don’t flippin want to! It makes me feel like I’m forgetting who I am and I just won’t do it.
Now I’m not a sucker, I adjust in the ways that are absolutely necessary. I know how to queue like a champ, I’ve adjusted the volume of my voice to better match the locals, and MAN-O-MAN, can I ever talk about the weather in awkward social situations. But there are some things that I won’t (or can’t?) just turn off.
So, while I’m sorry for offending anyone that reads this blog, I am most certainly not sorry for writing it. If you’re not a fan, just click that little red ‘x’ in the top right-hand of your screen and it will all disappear… but thanks for reading!