The Madness of American Culture

catalog

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Massive waves, knock you out if you're not careful. Surfing. The water calling you. Those waves, it's not like Cornwall or anything. It's proper.
 

Corpsey

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Ballard said something in an interview I don't have to hand about how for a British person visiting America is like going from black and white to technicolour or something. This was decades ago and obviously our society is much more Americanised now but I wouldn't be surprised if it still applies to some extent. Everything seems turned up in America. That might be the distorting lens of the media, but that lens has probably distorted reality itself.
 

sufi

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key factor is that everthing in america is viewed from behind the car windscreen, just like in Uk everything america is viewed from behind the tv screen, your feet never touch the ground
 

catalog

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'Proper' 24 hour culture in cities. New York, when i last visited in early 00s, was alive past 3am, in a way that felt very different to London. You could find bars that were full, like it was 10pm, blasting out music, lots of people.
 

luka

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Amazing how London to this day closes at 11pm. It's anti capitalist. Absolutely disgraceful
 

luka

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we all like to laugh at the Europeans but at least their parents let them stay out late. We have to be in bed before midnight.
 

Mr. Tea

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Ballard said something in an interview I don't have to hand about how for a British person visiting America is like going from black and white to technicolour or something. This was decades ago and obviously our society is much more Americanised now but I wouldn't be surprised if it still applies to some extent. Everything seems turned up in America. That might be the distorting lens of the media, but that lens has probably distorted reality itself.
This is almost literally true, if you compare the washed-out colour tones on, I dunno, The Bill or something to pretty much any American TV. The Aussie soaps are the same (edit: bright and saturated like American TV, I mean) - I remember channel-surfing as a kid and realizing I could instantly tell if I'd happened across Neighbours, even without recognising any of the cast or hearing anyone speak.
 
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Mr. Tea

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why is it everything closes so early?
I think things were a lot more relaxed a long time ago, but the story I heard was that modern opening hours legislation was brought in during WWI, so that the women and the non-fighting men in the munitions factories would be at work on time the next morning, and not hung-over. And it just never got fully repealed in the 100+ years since the war ended.

They did change the law a few years ago to make it easier for bars and normal pubs to stay open later, although it's far from universal.
 

IdleRich

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The thing is, in London you can always go out late if you want to. But yeah, you need to plan it a bit more than you do here (for instance). Although there was a movement in the right direction for a while.
 

Leo

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I think the weather plays into it somehow. you don't even realize how depressing your weather is over there because you've been conditioned by predominately grey, damp days. weather drabness permeates everything, literally hangs over your psyche like a cloud, whereas the US explodes into a burst of color when you get 72-and-sunny for weeks on end.

of course, that gorgeous weather has its own set of drawbacks as well.

@blissblogger should weigh in.
 

IdleRich

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it does seem weird that pub default closures are kinda 11pm but clubs stay open until 6 or whatever. But what if you want a drink without loud music? Why shouldn't you be able to just get that, it would be more civilised?
 

luka

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The thing is, in London you can always go out late if you want to. But yeah, you need to plan it a bit more than you do here (for instance). Although there was a movement in the right direction for a while.

For a very short while and unless you lived very central or round Hackney it was a big effort.
 
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