Expanding on the last point - negativity - a contributor "cluedweasel" wrote:
I was back home for a couple of weeks in September and that was the one thing that got on my nerves. I almost lost it with one kid who was working at a hotel we were staying at. He came with some crack about "at least you escaped this sh*thole". Yes sunshine. If you "escaped" [to the USA] you'd be working 80+ hours a week at 3 jobs, making minimum wage at least. You'd have no health insurance and wouldn't be able to go to the doctor or dentist, let alone afford any prescriptions. You could be sacked at any time for any reason with no notice or redundancy pay. You'd have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a degree to get a job you could do with GCSEs in the UK. You'd get 10 days a year vacation IF you're lucky. More likely you'd get zero.Well said!
Then again what do I know. His granny had taken him to Disney in Florida for his 18th (!) birthday and it was the best place EVER!!!
As to what I miss about Britain myself, and some of these are possibly more a reflection of the area of the US where I live: good bread, good cheese, proper fish and chips, pubs, easily obtainable (i.e. no mailing cost) Heinz Salad Cream, mint sauce. NHS: free prescriptions for seniors. No constant emphasis on religion and church. And I still miss the peculiarly English sense of humour.
I guess I'd miss things from the USA too though, were I suddenly to be transported back to England. There'll always be something to miss: "You can't have everything", as Steven Wright once quipped, "Where would you put it?"