>If you've never had a Cumberland sausage you are missing out. It's got to be one of my favorite of our many national dishes. Cumberland sausages with mashed potatoes. Even the mere thought of it makes my lips salivate.
That does look really good. Where I live we just have things like bratwurst and other squarehead dishes. One of those is a parallel evolution of fish and chips that started off as a Lent tradition and eventually gained popularity across the general population. Pic related.
>Regarding the Irish, its not just the Americans who get confused but all over the globe people seem to have an erroneous idea - likely fostered by mass media - that the Irish are massively different from the English; in reality there's a lot more in common between an Englishman from Cumberland and an Irishman from Donegal, or an Englishman from Exeter and an Irishman from Cork than you'd otherwise expect. When it comes to music, food, pubs, arts and culture, even laws - the Irish Sea is just a body of water separating like-minded souls.
There are also a lot of genetic links between the people of the British Isles. Ireland had Norman and Viking influences just like Great Britain. Irish DNA is also a pretty big contributor to the British gene pool. Ireland has had the least genetic influence over England (compared to Wales or especially Scotland), but even English people are still around 20% Irish in terms of genes.
For the little it's worth, all the Irish stuff actually turns me off in spite of my ancestry. I guess I'm trans-Know Nothing. I dislike the accents and the Irish language (as superficial as it sounds), but I think a lot of it is my contrarian tendencies acting up due to vocal "Irish-Americans" getting on my nerves with their insufferable combination of self-victimization and ignorance about the culture they claim to value so much. I read an interview fairly recently with Americans of Irish descent where they went on and on about how Irish their upbringing was while clearly having little knowledge about the people whose culture they were supposedly immersed in. One woman even thought Northern Ireland was its own country now. These are really just gripes from overseas that have little to do with Ireland itself.
It makes me wonder about Australia. They have a huge Irish diaspora, but I'm not sure at all whether or not they have the same kind of artificial "Irish pride" that exists in North America.
>Even religion isn't as much as a divider as it used to be.
Yeah, and the growing trend toward irreligiousness seems to be part of that. I've read that the Catholic Church is even losing ground in Ireland.
>Don't let people who've never lived in Ireland or Britain tell you what its like to be in or from the British isles. Come here and see for yourself is the best policy. Just avoid the midlands.
Are the Midlands really that much of a dump? The Southwest is probably the area I'd be most likely to visit.
>Another Yank here. My grandmother spent the effort to track down our family lineage back to the American Revolution to satisfy membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution organization.
I've found two or three different ancestors in my family tree who were at Lexington alone. I also recently found out that the alleged oldest recruit of the Revolution is most likely an ancestor of mine. Supposedly he was born in France, attended Queen Anne's coronation, served under the Duke of Marlborough during the War of the Spanish Succession, fought in the French and Indian War decades later, and then fought for independence in very old age. He's said to have outlived his first wife and died decades after the Revolution at the age of 134. I don't know how much I believe the story though. I'm interested in extreme longevity claims, and it's highly unlikely for someone to make it to 115 with modern medicine, let alone 134 in the days when bloodletting was a commonly prescribed medical practice and humorism was still taken seriously.
>One of our ancestors was a famous Civil War hero with a big bronze statue erected to him in the central park in Savannah GA (no doubt since pulled down and shat on by single White women, niggers, and other kike golems).
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