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Topic: Anglophile/Americaphile (?!) Swap!  (Read 2441 times)
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tickle-me-emo
« on: July 05, 2009 11:05:17 AM »

Hello guys and girls!

Well I am desperate to swap again, and having spent a year in the U.S i am in love,  but hey home is home isn't it? so the bonny U.K still has a little place in my heart. So i was thinking maybe we could have a swap based on England and the USA with a 4 point craft requirement. With at least one thing themed UK and one thing themed USA.

what do you think?

p.s. excuse my americaphile making up a wordness. lord knows i can't remember what the correct word is!


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tickle-me-emo
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 11:07:19 AM »

p.s I'm a bit of scatty soul if you hadn't already guessed  Cheesy and don't think I'm up to the organising standards so an organiser would also be needed oops Embarrassed
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009 01:39:58 PM »

Sounds like a neat idea. I know there are lots of people on here who like a certain show or celebrity from either the U.K. or the U.S., they could totally incorporate that!  Also, historical periods like the 50's might have more in terms of Americana, while everyone who's obsessed with the Victorian age might find more up their alley in Anglomania. ( Side note: I DO realize both of these time periods were experienced in both places)  It could also be like a "we don't have that over here" type swap!  So many combinations!
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009 01:49:20 PM »

those are some awesome ideas!
i particuarly like the idea of historical periods! Brit Pop could be a good period to craft for! i know its not really a historical period but it would be fun to craft for!
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009 09:20:07 PM »

i like this idea. I am a huge nerd for British tv shows and comedians
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2009 09:22:50 PM »

This swap sounds like a great idea! Being an Anglophile in America (sounds like a silly book title  Cheesy ), I'd love to do this.
lindsoriah, you've got me thinking up Americana and Victoriana crafts already!!
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2009 09:23:24 PM »

Bliss!

Kind of sad that there's not a real term (or demand!) for "Americaphile". Here in Virginia, "Yankee Lover" don't quite do it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2009 02:09:28 AM »

Yankee lover will do it for me anyday!  Cheesy

I can't quite work out this can work as a swap yet - Do you think we would need equal numbers of Ukers and Usaers (more making up words!) - i guess it depends on what sort of patriotic goodies you wanted. Right now seems a perfect time for those of you in US seeing as craft stores will be on discounts on 4th of July goods (God i miss your craft stores!  Sad

When would be a good time for everyone to swap?
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graciedoo
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2009 09:11:47 AM »

Haha, I just went to the drugstore today and they had a huge bin full of on-sale Fourth of July decorations. Had to resist picking up lots of red, white, and blue star garlands. Smiley

Any time between now and mid-september would be good for me. I have way time to work on swaps over the summer than I do when school starts back up.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2009 11:02:29 AM »

Do you think we would need equal numbers of Ukers and Usaers (more making up words!) - i guess it depends on what sort of patriotic goodies you wanted.

Since Americans are so pushy and numerous (god bless us!) an American could choose to be an honorary Brit, and send Brit stuff to another American (who could send Brit stuff back...)

Legit Brits could get American stuff back from Americans. (pick me! pick me!)
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2009 05:21:37 PM »

My sister and I are in the midst of planning our first trip to London!  I would love this swap!  We're big fans of the history, the music, the literature, ok...almost everything!! Cheesy
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graciedoo
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2009 12:29:22 PM »

Ooh have fun in London! My family went on a trip there a few years ago, and we had a great time.

Do you think we would need equal numbers of Ukers and Usaers (more making up words!) - i guess it depends on what sort of patriotic goodies you wanted.

Since Americans are so pushy and numerous (god bless us!) an American could choose to be an honorary Brit, and send Brit stuff to another American (who could send Brit stuff back...)

Legit Brits could get American stuff back from Americans. (pick me! pick me!)
Sounds like a good idea, especially because it seems we have a few more Anglophiles than America-fans.

And who would want to organize this? I don't think I could, cause I've only done a few swaps before....I'm afraid I'd mess everything up! Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2009 06:51:48 AM »

me neither i have enough time to craft but alas not enough time (or cleverness to organise)!
can i twist anyones arm?  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2009 08:29:40 AM »

This sounds interesting! I'm a big fan of american TV shows and comedians, and I love vintage american clothes and adverts! I'm English and I really want to move to America in a few years time. I'll have to think about it though. I'd offer to organise but I'm just about to organise a postsecret swap and I don't think I could organise 2 at once!
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2009 04:46:17 PM »

I'm English and I really want to move to America in a few years time.

Come on over -- we'd love to have you! Believe me, we need all the organizing talent we can get.

AND you've helped explain why there's no special word for people-who-live-outside-the-US-and-like-us-even-though-we're-obnoxious-occasionally. There's already a word: "Immigrants"!  Grin

(OK. That's jingoistic and culturally imperialistic and very tacky Yankee. What can I say? I'm a bumptious American. Fer schizzle.)


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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2009 05:54:34 PM »

We're Americans! It's our job to be tacky and overgeneralize!  Tongue If we didn't do that, we wouldn't be doin' right by Ol' Glory.
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2009 03:12:11 AM »

 Cheesy

and maybe thats your charm?! to us "alien immigrants" anyway!  Cheesy the word alien still gets me everytime!
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2009 05:24:28 AM »

My husband gets mad at me for saying that Americans are rude and loud and expect people to do things for them.  But I'm a hexpatriot! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2009 07:29:23 PM »

Hexpatriot? Is this a new word or am I just out of the loop?  :-P
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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2009 03:00:58 AM »

Not really a new term, just not widely used.  Some put the two words together, some use hex patriot.

 Here's a funny definition:  Expatriates who never actually leave the country. They just speak ill of America's corruption and lack of refinement. Cheesy

I do love what America stands for, don't get me wrong.  But overall as a people...there's just a lack of ownership in our country.  It seems that everyone blames everyone else and very few want to DO something about it.  It might be like that everywhere, but I don't hear half the crazy stuff from other countries.lol
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2009 01:51:12 PM »

Ah, thanks!
You learn something new every day.  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2009 03:28:29 AM »

hex patriot...
 Expatriates who never actually leave the country. They just speak ill of America's corruption and lack of refinement. Cheesy


OTOneH, those folks should NEVER leave. We should have some sort of "sense and sensibility" test before we let that sort of American loose on the rest of the world. Do they have any sense? Do they have any sensibility? If not, stay home until you get some. Reading Jane Austen is a good start.

OTOtherH, Maybe we should force them to travel. As Kipling said, "what do they know of England, who only England know?", which works for America, too. You can dis America all you want--it's in the Constitution--but/and you ought to know something about the world beyond the states.
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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2009 05:42:39 AM »

That's really the point of being a hex patriot.  You DO know something of the world beyond and having compared, feel that your part of the world falls short.  That possibly there is a better way of doing things and your part just hasn't figured it out yet.

I think that the ones you're thinking of...the ones that complain and don't really know anything about anywhere else...have a whole different label. Cheesy
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graciedoo
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2009 06:50:38 AM »

Also, it's always easier to see the flaws in your own country, especially when you only have a beneficial perspective of another one... But ONLY complaining about where you live is kinda pointless.

But on a positive note, I did see some study that said Americans and the British were both viewed as polite, kind tourists! So, contrary to popular belief, I guess we're not too bad when out of the country  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2009 09:45:26 AM »

graciedoo - I think that was a lovely point! Smiley  I love where I live, I just have complaints about some of the craziness - but there's crazy everywhere I'm sure. Cheesy
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