B0ycey wrote:Worcester is very much like York given it is a city without the skyscrapers with a rich history especially in regards to the English civil war. Do you know where the last battle took place?
As for Birmingham, it isn't in my county, it isn't the closest city to me and it has to be at least and hour and a half drive away. But given I once said we shared a train line with it we are now regarded as Brummies because both cities are in the Midlands. Not that I have an issue with that given Birmingham is a very friendly city actually and the Black Country is a very family oriented district. But yes, urban and rural areas are different but that can be said for every country around the world, not just the UK. And I would recommend Birmingham to anyone who is interested in the Industrial revolution, the Staffordshire hoard, canals, chocolate, multiculture, curry etc as the city has much to offer the world, has great shopping and has had some great investment spend on it. The are also running the next Commonwealth games. Also, Stratford is near Worcester, half an hour away, something I want to say given you quoted Shakespeare.
I don't know much of anything at all about the history of British cities, towns, and districts. I would say almost zero. I think Anglophiles in the USA know a lot more about England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland than I do.
If Stratford is the hometown of Shakespeare I would not have known it B0ycey?
If I had to choose what kinds of histories I know a lot about it would be Latin America, USA history, and African Continent history. I also learned a lot about China. Europe I studied more Russia and France and Spain and Italy. Germany some. The far north like Finland, Norway and Sweden and the UK I never really got an education on the deep history of that part of the world at all. Or Australia either. Just a very superficial thing. I need to cover those gaps in the future.
I am hoping you might help me do that someday eh?
Potemkin knows a lot but he loves listening to my stories and jokes and music and friendship and having fun and he won't be filling me in on things like that eh?
I told him long ago that I can't really render a verdict on a culture unless I live there and get to know it for a very very long time. That is unlikely to happen now since I live in the Southern part of Mexico. I still have to take my little almost 10-year-old son to Puerto Rico so he can meet some of his extended family members. My mother was one of four children, and her mother (my maternal granny) was one of 21 siblings and the amount of cousins he has is massive.
The history of a nation can be known just studying intensely and extensively the family tree and if it goes back a long time? It can be interesting.
Potemkin has very deep Scottish roots. I have never met a more intelligent man...and a good one.
I am Puerto Rican on all sides for centuries and centuries. But the culture is a typical Caribbean mixture of African slaves, Taino Indians and Southern Spaniards from the Canary Islands, Andalucia and the Port cities of Spain like Cadiz, Malaga and Sevilla, etc. There was hardly any Bourgeoisie at all in that island. Mostly very poor rural people. We later got Spanish republicans fleeing Spain and a lot of Venezuelans later on and so on.
B0ycey, I got very little Anglophile input in my life. Almost zero. And out of the four areas of the UK? I like the most rebellious and Indepedent Irish people of Southern Ireland the most. I truly love the Irish dearly. Their culture, language that is needing to be implemented more, and their history, their ways and art forms. I love Ireland in every possible way.
But, I need to know more about that region. Because I spent most of my adult like dealing with Latin America's complex cultures and Africa's colonial political history and beautiful musical and artistic traditions. My time is there. Not with the Anglos? So I know almost nothing about them. This board has more Anglos from England that I have ever met in my life before. That is the truth.
You are the first person I have ever met from that part of England B0ycey I kid you not.
Heisenberg is not the first Welshman I have met. I met a very famous one in PR. The one who co wrote the present Puerto Rican commonwealth constitution. Gordon K. Lewis. From Wales. Lol.
I need to learn more about all these people. I doubt I will ever understand the culture fully.
Unless one lives physically there and hang out all the time with the people from there? Most information about the culture is filtered.