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  •  From a little town called Milnthorpe in Cumbria.. (5+ / 0-)

    ...I am glad you like like our train services, but they do need modernising.  

    I am also really glad that you have picked up just how much we (non-American's) are really hoping that you elect Barack Obama and not that wannabe Dictator McCain.  The feeling I get is that not only here in the UK but around the world we are looking to the US to take her rightful place again in peoples hearts and minds.

    Most non-Americans have grown up with the western films whereby in the end good overcomes evil, and this from childhood is our education into the body politic that is America and the dream that we most hold so dear in our hearts.  Unfortunately Americans elected Bush and what Hollywood and America's citizens had built up over decades was trashed in only a few short years.  'Brits' still look on Americans and America as our closest (non-commonwealth) friend, we may of course occassionally disagree - as true friends do - but are there to be counted upon when needed.  Bush and company deliberately lied to us and it has cost the lives of some of our brave servicemen and women, and for lying to us we will never forgive Bush or his cronies, and that includes McCain and that idiot Palin.

    Now back to pleasentries, make sure if you get chance to visit some of our market towns like Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Skipton, and of course you should visit Warton near Carnforth which is where some of George Washington's ancestors come from (there is a pub there that has now taken his name).  But most of all I hope you enjoy your stay here and consider us friends.

    •  Thank you Bill Roy, how kind of you. (0+ / 0-)

      I imagine my next trip will be full of getting our new home ready. It looks like we finally are going to close negotations while I'm in the U.S..

      Can't wait.

      Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

      by Morgan Sandlin on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 07:42:33 AM PDT

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    •  Lived in Lancaster (1+ / 0-)
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      Drove through Milnthorpe often.  Or around it on the M6/A590 if in a hurry.

      Absolutely second your visitor recommendations

      I was there this spring and this was the first time I had struck up conversations with strangers on the train -- and they invariably came to the subject of our election.  People desperately want to see the back of the Republicans.  It is an amazing contrast with less than a generation ago; sentiment in 1988 was quite solidly for Bush sr.  What a contrast with Bush jr.  

    •  Cumbria is drop-dead gorgeous (0+ / 0-)

      I lived in Tyne and Wear for my first seven years in the UK and highly recommend the North in general. Just got up to the highlands of Scotland for the first time this summer and, wow.
      Though I did have one of those "dumb Americans" moments, this time featuring my mom, God bless her... She asked the driver why this beautiful area was so sparsely populated. Doh!
      Part of our own family was driven out of the Islands (further to the north) in the Highland Clearances, in which landowners replaced small farmers and fishermen with sheep, forcibly, depopulating vast swathes of the nation. In England proper, the same process went on with the Enclosure Acts. Which is why this lovely country is so "crowded" today--a very few families still own the vast majority of the land, the UK has never had a proper revolution and land reform.

      Political Compass says: -8.88, -8.67
      "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

      by expatyank on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 12:48:53 AM PDT

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