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Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 7:16pm

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Simple topic, Where is everyone from? And where is everyone going? (city/country)


And.... Go.



(I'm in Chicago, I.L, Grew up in Bozeman, Montana)
Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 8:08pm

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From downtown Dallas, TX. Currently living in Austin, TX and studying film at The University of Texas.

Headed to Los Angeles for the summer for UT's campus out there, then graduating the following spring. After that, either headed to LA with my brother to do film stuff or headed to grad school at AFI.
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I'm from The UK. I grew up in various places in the North of England. But I think of myself as 'British', because I have English, Welsh and Iraqi/Persian heritage.

"And where is everyone going?"
This month, I'll be off to Madrid & Ibiza (Spain), Los Angeles (USA) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Who knows what March and April hold!

Cheers,
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Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 8:21pm

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Born in Germany. Lived in Canada for a long time. Back in Germany now to study.

I'm planning to go on a long road trip through the USA this summer, it will be my first time there.
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Born and raised in Haiti. Currently living in Miami. I am going wherever making movies take me!
Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 9:30pm

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I'm from the UK, Scotland to be more specific. Born in Edinburgh, grew up in a little town called Peebles, went to art school and lived in Glasgow for 4 years, and now back in Peebles for a bit.
Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 9:36pm

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Dallas, TX born and raised. Now in Austin. Probably in LA in a year or two.
Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2011, 9:40pm

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I'm about an hour outside of Boston Massachusetts.

My location for the next four years or so will probably depend on what college I get into. I applied to five colleges, in cities ranging from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles. After that, I can't really say.
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Born in Baton Ruge, Louisiana. Living currently in Blioxi, Mississippi. Thanks God the coast is one of the least redneck places in this state.
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Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, grew up in various places in the US, and am currently living in Woodland, Pennsylvania. Probably staying here for a while.
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I'm from the UK In the Hertfordshire area, going.... Nowhere
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Grew up in Quebec City, Canada, and then moved to Belgium when I was 6, and then the Netherlands 2 years after that, for 4 years. Have been in Montreal for about 9 years now.

Thinking of heading out to either the UK, Switzerland, France, Australia, Singapore, California or NY once I graduate. Maybe some other place, too, as I'll be applying to a bunch of places all over if I can.
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I live in northwest Tennessee. Planning to live somewhere around 30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee.
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 6:59am

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Born in Zuerich Switzerland, raised in Zuerich and working in Zuerich.

Currently living in Rapperswil, right below that castle:



Not going anywhere in the near future. Except maybe Thailand, where my parents live.
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Early years in Kansas, then around Germany, then Virginia Beach through high school, then a year of college in Orlando/Florida, then back to Virginia for a year, and now out to Santa Monica/CA in a month or so. After that, I have no idea, but I'd love to live abroad in Europe/Australia/Asia, but it's up in the air and down the line.

I like moving, as an Army child, 'grass is always greener' was forced on me. Envy anyone in Europe, I love it over there.
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Born in Canterbury, Kent, UK. Grew up there and in Hong Kong and Rome. Studied at UEA in Norwich, Norfolk, and accidentally ended up working at CSB-Digital...when over the years became FXhome. smile
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Born in Swansea, Wales.

Lived in various places around the UK, most recently Canterbury in Kent, before moving to Norwich.

I'm going to Spain, when FXhome's Barcelona office is set up.
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In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin out, maxin, relaxing all cool,
And all shooting some b-ball outside of school

Nah, I'm from Oslo, Norway. This autumn I'm going wherever The Norwegian Army sends me for my compulsory year of service.

(Please don't let it be above The Arctic Circle, I have buttocks I don't want to freeze off.)


EDIT: Lyrics fixed. Thanks NuttyBanana. I just copied them in from an unreliable lyrics website this morning. Forgot to check if they were correct.

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Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 12:26pm

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Staff Only wrote:

In west Philadelphia
born and raised
on the playground is where I spent
most of my days
chilling out, maxing
and relaxing all cool
and all shooting some b-ball
outside of school
Fixed?
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From the UK, near Norwich.

Going? anywhere the industry will take me, and pay me reasonably, if possible
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Nah, I'm from Oslo, Norway. This autumn I'm going wherever The Norwegian Army sends me for my compulsory year of service.
Wow, I'm really glad I'm not Norwegian now!

Born in SoCal, raised in Colorado, back to SoCal for school, back to Colorado for "make money" period. The last few years I spent in Oregon being a broke, unemployed musician, and now, since December, I'm back in Colorado for "Make Money Pt. 2". This will last for a couple of years or so, before I either go back to Oregon, or to New York, Chicago, Paris, or London. Haven't decided yet. In the meantime, it's movie making time.
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Aculag wrote:

or London
Give us a shout if you come this way. smile
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Tarn wrote:

Aculag wrote:

or London
Give us a shout if you come this way. smile
Give me a shout if you want to give me a job so I can actually come that way. Or if you know any pretty single girls who want to marry a stranger so he can get a visa... wink
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Forget London, Peebles is the place to be.
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Niagara Falls, Canada born and raised. I stay with my dad in Borehamwood, England from time to time, right up the street from Elstree Studios. Some neat stuff in there wink
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Dayton, Ohio. Lived in this area most of my life, although I spent a few years living in Indiana and a few in Arkansas (during college).
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I'm from Hertfordshire in the UK and I am currently working towards becoming a network engineer. I'm hoping to eventually move over to Brisbane in Australia.
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Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA - USA
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I grew up in Bocholt (NRW) Germany, studied in Furtwangen (BW) and am now living and working in Wendelstein (BY) right below Nuremberg. If everything goes as planned I'll stay here for a while.
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Grew up in northern Norway. Moved to Sandefjord when I was 7.
I'm now living in Europe's "rainiest" city, Bergen.

Aculag wrote:

Staff Only wrote:


Nah, I'm from Oslo, Norway. This autumn I'm going wherever The Norwegian Army sends me for my compulsory year of service.
Wow, I'm really glad I'm not Norwegian now!
Well, I said I didn't want to, so I didn't have to. =)
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Well, I said I didn't want to, so I didn't have to. =)
You're a wise man, Klut.
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Born and lived in San Antonio TX till I was 12, I'm glad we moved after my dad left,San Antonio is a beautiful city but there's too many drugs and even more gangs. I can't stand Thugs, thug wannabes, drug dealers or people that do drugs. I'm not knocking anyone that does drugs... I just can't stand you and you should hurry up and die.

I've lived in Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and finally settled in Kissimmee FL just south of Orlando and 45 minutes from the beach. I love it here, it's nice and quite except for all the gawd damned meth and coke heads. I can't seem to get away from these @ssholes.

I'm going anywhere that music art and filmmaking take me. biggrin
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Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.
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Born in Guerneville, California, but mostly raised in Santa Rosa, California. It's a nice spot about an hour away from San Fransisco, and is a somewhat larger city. I'll probably be heading out to North Carolina this upcoming year for school (mostly because I can't afford the "good" California film schools) which is too bad because California is "the place to be" for filming. But I'll probably attend graduate school down in LA, but that's thinking a bit too far into the future wink

Also, for all of those in Europe, I'll be chilling in Europe for a few weeks this May, so I'll be sure to stalk some of you wink
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spydurhank wrote:

I'm not knocking anyone that does drugs... I just can't stand you and you should hurry up and die.



Don't want to start something here, but if you ever have a friend that falls into a serious drug problem, be it alcohol or heroin, that's not a very sympathetic point of view, nor a very positive one. But I don't have to live with that, so carry on if you must. I'm sure that's just a reaction to a hardened drug locale, but you should really think about what you said regardless.

Though San Antonio is great otherwise, have a couple friends there.
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spydurhank wrote:

Born and lived in San Antonio TX till I was 12, I'm glad we moved after my dad left,San Antonio is a beautiful city but there's too many drugs and even more gangs.
Just wanted to chime in that I love San Antonio and all of Texas, but would agree that compared to farther north main cities like Austin or Dallas, it's a decidedly more 'thug' place mostly by virtue of its closer proximity to Mexico, which means you have more drug-industry-affiliated people, and there's just a more lax attitude about drug use. San Antonio is only on the northern fringe of this, not like Brownsville and McAllen, but near the border the reason for crime is drug trafficking. Plain and simple. And there are gangs and criminals and killings surrounding the drug trade. So I think that's more what he means, not just recreational drug use as a status quo.

But the culture in San Antonio is so much more evident and such a cool thing to be a part of. Was just there last week, and really enjoyed it. Granted, I'm a Dallas guy myself, but a large part of my love of Texas has to do with how different (and sometimes disparate) the land and culture is in different places.
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I live in Portsmouth UK which is down on the south coast. I currently do IT suport for a law firm and have been there for about 5 years now. Have been spending the past year working on my digital art on Vue Pro Studio but want to concentrate more on VisioLab and more stopmotion this year.

Really missed looking in on this great community over the past year so would like to rectify that as well!

Cheers

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Thrawn wrote:

Born in Guerneville, California, but mostly raised in Santa Rosa, California.
Do you still live there? My older brother lives there. He just started film-school in San Francisco. You could shoot something together! ;-P
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Born in Liverpool UK,moved to Wales about 20 years ago to enjoy the beautiful country and its heritage.
My next move is out of my hands smile

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I live in Dayton, Ohio (in the U.S.A.) and i might be going to England in probaly 2 years with a freind
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Wow, that's 2 from Dayton, Ohio now. Home of the Wright brothers. Birthplace of the pop tab (soda can pop tab...)

I'm about 25 miles west, in Preble County.

Born in Lima, Ohio, back in the 1900's. (Okay, 1960.) College in Columbus, Ohio (OSU) for four years. Some postgraduate work in Dayton (Wright State Univ.), then here to Preble County, land of corn fields and narrow backroads.
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Born in London then moved to Hereford, on the border with Wales, aged 4. Moved to the north of England for university where I studied Anthropology, then to London where I am currently based. Just finished nine months work at a feature film co where I was PA to a producer and development assistant (and did a stint running on BBC's Accused). Due to these harsh financial climes I've been laid off for the time being, so currently looking for a new job and exploring the cafes of London while trying to finish off some film and TV scripts.
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Ben is correct, although it's not a positive way for me to express myself from Serpents POV, my attitude towards the whole drug demographic is based on personal and very negative experiences. I've seen a lot of violence, much of it fatal that was drug related, and this was in elementary school. It's only gotten worse the older I became and I sometimes have nightmares about it. I've known folks that became my friends which I later learned did and, or sold drugs, it's been over 15 years and most of them are still doing the same crap. I've had drug dealers in Florida attempt to shoot me from point blank range... so forgive me if I don't shed a tear for them.

There shouldn't be an "acceptable level" for something that is clearly very wrong. It's like the meat packing industry, the FDA has acceptable levels of rat turds that are allowed to remain in beef... think about that the next time you sink your teeth into a juicy burger.
Wow! I think I want to make a documentary now. biggrin
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Then you should probably have said "If you're a violent drug dealer, please die" not "if you do drugs, please die". I had a cousin die from an OD, and then two months later, one of my best friends died the same way. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

There's a very big difference between people that use drugs recreationally, and those who would murder someone over drugs. You're lumping these together, the same way someone who is anti-alcohol lumps severe, violent alcoholics in with the kinds of people who post a picture of themselves drinking a beer as their avatar. wink

It's understandable to have an issue with violent drug dealers, but you have to realize that most drug users are non-violent, and they don't deserve to have people wishing death upon them.

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Seriously, let's get back to locations, we get the point: spydurhank probably doesn't truly wish death upon people that are good people, regardless of anything.
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Serpent wrote:

Davlin, if you really did have any relevant knowledge in that area, you would know to so not go there. Seriously, let's get back to locations, we get the point: spydurhank probably doesn't truly wish death upon people that are good people, regardless of anything.
You're right, I just took that a bit far maybe? In my defense, I honestly believe that any death that was drug or alcohol related could have been avoided by simply not doing those things. I've also lost friends over drugs and it makes me angry because it shouldn't have happened. That's just how I feel and yes I drink but I'm not gonna kill someone over a beer or because I drank too much simply because... I know better and I don't over do it when I drink. biggrin

Anyway... Back on topic, I do really like living in Florida and I think it's awesome that there are so many of you on the forums that come from so many different places in the world, yet we're all connected in our need to tell a story through film. You've got to love it. biggrin
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I was born in Boston, Massachusetts... and I've lived in Harwich, Massachusetts my entire life. It's a pretty beautiful place... I really need to motivate and film a short here that takes advantage of the awesome Cape Cod scenery. Although maybe not this winter... as we're getting pounded by snowstorm after snowstorm....
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Born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico. Moved to Albuquerque, NM in '05. I am now living in Rio Rancho, NM, which is basically a suburb of Albuquerque, and I'm looking for a way out.

I plan on moving to either LA or NY within the next year or so, depending on a few things that happen this year.
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Shadow013 wrote:

Born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico. Moved to Albuquerque, NM in '05. I am now living in Rio Rancho, NM, which is basically a suburb of Albuquerque, and I'm looking for a way out.

I plan on moving to either LA or NY within the next year or so, depending on a few things that happen this year.
There's a lot of work going on in New Mexico industry wise. Huge tax incentive being offered by New Mexico right now for filming. If you can take a look around to see if you can P.A. on anything. Would be a great start to your Resume.
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Born and raised in Maui
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Sunny Chicago.



(Earlier, it was thundering/lightning while snowing, which apparently is not only possible, but has an awesome name: thundersnow. smile)
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rogolo wrote:

(Earlier, it was thundering/lightning while snowing, which apparently is not only possible, but has an awesome name: thundersnow. smile)
That is indeed awesome! Though I imagine quite tough on the infrastructure.. if that happened in England, we'd call it the apocalypse.
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Thundersnow is on the move, Thundersnow is loose.
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Tarn wrote:

Thundersnow is on the move, Thundersnow is loose.
Thundersnow, Thundersnow
He can do anything thunder can...
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Near Milwaukee WI-GO PACK!!!
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Let me recommend that no one look up the urbandictionary definition of thundersnow...
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Born and raised in Provo, Utah area. Was seriously looking into moving to London over the past year or so - until I found it's practically impossible, even with birthright wink.

Now I'm looking into heading down to Cali to study film some more.
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Bryce007 wrote:

Let me recommend that no one look up the urbandictionary definition of thundersnow...
If you close your eyes and watch this video, Jim Cantore could almost be reacting to that kind of thundersnow rather than the meteorological sort.

"Holy SH..moke!"

Oh, and some great photos, from the funny to the crazy to the chilling to the downright depressing.

danielgwood wrote:

if that happened in England, we'd call it the apocalypse.
Apocolyptic indeed.
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Envy anyone in Europe, I love it over there.
You said it. Been to visit my many cousins in Greece. Europe is absolutely stunning.
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Santa Cruz, California born and raised. Moving to Portland, Oregon this summer if things go as planned with school.
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Born and raised in Derby, hopefully will always stay here. I'm very proud of where i'm from, being a Derbein and englishman, i know some may view that as being silly because it's entirely random where we are born, nevertheless my love is unconditional i suppose. We have a very interesting dialect and history and i learn new stuff about it nearly everyday, it's probably not the prettiest city in England or even Britain but it's still a place i will always call home. I probably could bore you with all the facts about my city and the suburb i was born in but i could go on forever.

Anyway, very fun and interesting topic!
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mercianfilm wrote:

Born and raised in Derby, hopefully will always stay here. I'm very proud of where i'm from, being a Derbein and englishman, i know some may view that as being silly because it's entirely random where we are born, nevertheless my love is unconditional i suppose. We have a very interesting dialect and history and i learn new stuff about it nearly everyday, it's probably not the prettiest city in England or even Britain but it's still a place i will always call home. I probably could bore you with all the facts about my city and the suburb i was born in but i could go on forever.

Anyway, very fun and interesting topic!
I don't find it silly. I'm living in Biloxi,M ississippi. Surrounded by rednecks (friendly, but country) but I doubt I could ever leave for to long without comming back.
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You guys should actually try before saying that smile I do love me some British history and culture, though!
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mercianfilm wrote:

Born and raised in Derby, hopefully will always stay here.
Wow someone on here is actually close by biggrin

I live in a town next door to Mansfield, Notts, and share your sentiments. It's not the prettiest patch on the map but it'll do for me!
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I didn't see any posters from Melbourne, AU but if there are any, let me know, okay?

I'm not sure if I'll stay here once I finish at uni. Maybe I'll follow the typical filmmaking dream and end up in America or the UK.... That's a few years off yet, still.

(Yes, a couple of weeks late. But I was just wondering about a thread like this when I found it)
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NuttyBanana wrote:

mercianfilm wrote:

Born and raised in Derby, hopefully will always stay here.
Wow someone on here is actually close by biggrin

I live in a town next door to Mansfield, Notts, and share your sentiments. It's not the prettiest patch on the map but it'll do for me!
Always wanted to go to Mansfield, not just because of the beer either biggrin Me dad were from Nottinghamshire before roaming the rest of the country, it's strange that i live so close to places like masfield and have never been- it's about 20 mile off from me, which compared with places like America, it would probably seem very local! Sorry for the very long time it took to reply- completely forgot about this post even though i was enjoying it biggrin


If i may, can i add a bit to the discussion? I was just wondering the other day what people consider themselves when asked about their heritage- i always think of myself as English- not because of the extreme views people have nowadays about national identity and stuff, i just do- i feel more English than British if that makes sense? And i certainly don't feel European! Just wondering what other people thought about it- especially since we had our census recently and it asked about nationality. I suppose for me it's easier to 'see' England than it is to see Britain, All the British nations are so culturally different it's hard to comprehend us a single nation. For me anyway. Hopefully the Olympics will make it easier to see Britain as a whole. Would be interesting to see how Americans felt about this too- most of your states are larger than our whole country !
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If i may, can i add a bit to the discussion? I was just wondering the other day what people consider themselves when asked about their heritage
Good question - I'm definitely British. That's what it says on my passport, for one thing! But also because my Dad is Welsh, so I see myself more as British than English, even though I was born and raised in England. If I have to write down my country of residence, I'll write down 'UK' rather than England.

Also, my great-grandad on my mum's side of the family was from Iraq (or what was Persia, back then) - so I have some Arabic heritage too. I suppose I'm something like 1/2 Welsh, 3/8ths English and 1/8th Iraqi. I guess just saying 'British' is easier and sums me up more, I think.

I certainly don't think the separate nations are that different at all - certainly not compared to the differences in culture between, say, Texas and Hawaii in the USA!
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I always say I'm half Greek, 40% German, and the rest would take far too long to tell. biggrin
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Wow Arktic you have an incredible mix of heritage there and very rare as well i reckon, do you speak any of the language?. I can see how it would be easier for you to say you were British- i reckon it's because my family history, as far back as the records go (which for me is about 1700-1800) they're all English, on both sides- some of my grandparents come from Derbyshire, some nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and even Newcastle- the furthest my ancestors have got is the Isle of Wight. Like i said, both sides as far as i know have always lived in England, i've never been able to say i'm half scottish or Irish like a lot of people i went to school with. For a long time that embarrassed me and i longed to have more 'interesting' genes i suppose- but now as i get older (and hopefully more wiser) i embrace my Englishness, i've come from a long line of soldiers and farmers which i should appreciate rather than wishing for more exotic genes.

On the whole different culture things in Britain, there are a lot of simaliarities between us but i think what differs between England and the rest is that they've retained their ancient cultures and traditions, Scotland and Ireland still speak Gaelic in some places, the Welsh also have their own language that's making a bit of a comeback,whereas in England we seem to be embarrassed. A lot of people i know celebrate st Patricks day (Albeit with vast quantities of alcohol) and yet don't seem to celebrate St Georges day with the same vigour, which is a huge shame i think.

Like i said earlier i don't in anyway condone English independance and the extreme views of some political groups and football hooligans which i feel tarnish English pride and make it almost a taboo to be English. I just have a very keen interest in the world and it's vast languages and cultures.
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There's a difference between biological heritage and identity. My heritage is English/Welsh/German, as far as I know, but I don't identify myself as any of those.

When it comes to my personal identity, nationality and the coincidences of my birth aren't hugely important. Certainly they've influenced me lots (I'm generally very English in my mannerisms), but I don't feel any ownership of them or allegiance. Especially these days, when every day I wake up and effortlessly communicate with people from all over the world, the concept of a single location 'defining' me I find a little strange.

I don't mind other people doing it, though. smile
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Heritage wise, my Mother's side of the family is Irish, whilst my Dad's is English-Australian.

Add being born in Wales, and it seems sensible to define myself as British.

It's becoming a lot less relevant these days though. I only really consider myself as belonging to one particular country when there is some sports tournament on*.


* actually that isn't quite true. If the Welsh or Irish are suddenly doing well, I seem to suddenly remember how important my tenuous links to those countries are..
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As far as I've been able to determine, my heritage, being from French Canada, is 100% French. Tons of people from here label themselves as Quebecois rather than Canadian due to some sort of provincial pride, but I've always preferred saying I'm Canadian, partly because the moose/mounties/peace images it conjures sound better to me than the farm/priest/craziness that Quebecois conjures up. Also because everybody suddenly likes me once I say I'm Canadian smile