You just couldn’t make this up.
Our government (here in the UK) are considering running negative ad campaigns in Bulgaria and Romania to discourage immigration into the UK.
However, if we refer to the guide to Britishness (written by the government), for foreigners who would be citizens, it starts with ‘Britain is a fantastic place to live: a modern thriving society’.
Well, which is it? A fantastic place to live or complete dump?
If you are planning to take the citizenship test, and are not buying into the UK being a rainy hellhole, then you better peruse the book carefully.
I tried the test. I thought that having been born in London and lived here all my life I would cruise through without a problem.
I tried a sample of the test on the guardian website and scored 7 out of ten. Among other things, I thought the Queen was older than she was and accordingly that the Jubilee celebrated 60 rather than 50 years. OK, I already have a passport so being interested in the monarchy isn’t that important to me. But to you, dear reader, who is attempting the test, it could be the difference between citizenship or not. Although, if this negative add campaign takes off, you might not want to become one.
So despite having lived here all my life, and absorbed the culture as it were, and ‘what it means to be british’ , I still appear know only seventy percent of the answers.
FWIW. I love living in the UK. I don’t like the general whinging that goes on about what a bad country it is, how social fabric is unravelling, neighbours not talking, violence increasing and the constant rain. It is a fantastic place to live. I say Bună and Здравейте to the neighbours and all is well. (That was a little joke, my neighbours are Polish so I say Cześć).
The UK is superb, and I know it is not traditional to say it, but I feel lucky to live here, and proud of my country. We are only let down by the people in charge. I didn’t vote for them, and we get the opportunity change them every five years.
BTW If rain is a problem for you, or you like your summers to be warm, than I’d consider somewhere with a more mediterranean vibe. Personally, I’m thinking of building an ark.
And the point of this post is? Well, yes I like the UK (hence the title), but there is is also a language related theme to this. It is distinctly possible that there may be more Romanian and Bulgarian spoken here over the next few years, and so what better time to expand on the Bulgarian and Romanian sections of this site.
I would like to add mini-courses on both languages, which would be something of a new departure for SL which is more about phrases for travelling.
But first, Tagalog or maybe Malay, while I think about the best approach …