Being an Anglophile these days can be a tough hobby to follow. We’re a fairly small community that not many people can identify with and so the issues we run into are so small – they’re not likely to ever be fixed.
But what exactly are those issues?
Here’s our list of ‘Anglophile Problems.’
Britain Being an Island
This may seem obvious to people familiar with Geography. But Britain being an island makes Anglophile life difficult for one reason: its expensive to get there. Especially from the USA. So many Anglophiles I know have never even had the chance to travel there and can only dream of it. It will never be cheap to travel to Britain – the distance from the USA is just too great. So, travel there will only be a life dream for many. That’s such a shame.
BBC America Will Never be the Channel We Want it to Be
A cable TV station with the words BBC in the name? Surely this would be an Anglophile godsend!
Just try watching the channel…
Star Trek… endless Ramsay or Top Gear.
Admittedly, the channel is improving – for example they now air Doctor Who the same day it airs in the UK.
But I have a feeling we’ll always be disappointed with its output when there is so much British TV they’re not showing.
Waiting for Downton, Call the Midwife
PBS does a great job of getting us hooked on the latest British costume dramas and then proceeds to make us wait for new episodes. For example, Downton Abbey Series 3 finished airing in the UK months ago but will only start airing in the US on PBS in January 2013. This is cruel and unusual punishment. BBC America airs Doctor Who the same day – why can’t PBS air Downton the same day? The advent of the internet ensures that SPOILERS cross the pond long before the shows do – leaving two scenarios – people pirating for their fix of British TV or having their favorite show spoiled by just reading the internet.
Difficulty in Moving There
What Anglophile doesn’t dream of living in a twee little English cottage in the countryside? The problem is that it’s practically impossible in reality unless you’re very rich. It’s basically not possible for Americans to move to the UK unless they’re a banker or are independently wealthy. The current British government has slammed to door on immigration from anywhere in the world and Americans get no special treatment. So, we just have to enjoy Britain in the short amounts of time we can travel there.
Feeling Glum on the 4th of July
Our fellow Americans just don’t get why we’re so glum on the fourth of July. Sure we stroke our Union Jacks secretly in the closet as fireworks go off around us. We love America just as much as our fellow Americans but we can’t help but think we missed out on something by throwing off the shackles of British rule.
Time Difference with the UK
The time difference with the UK makes it difficult to keep in touch with friends and even order things online. We do a lot of business with the UK and we have to start our day extra early just to make sure we don’t miss out on anything.
Hard to Find a Good Cuppa
It’s just so hard to find a good cup of tea anywhere but Britain (though there are plenty of bad cups there!).
Family That Doesn’t Understand Your Anglophilia
Friends and family don’t easily understand your interest in all things British. It’s just a harmless hobby to them but to you, it’s so much more! Sometimes it’s best to just not say anything about it at all to avoid awkward questions (which is a very British thing).
Amazon UK Shipping Costs
One of the best discoveries an Anglophile can make is that all the great stuff you love in Britain, you can get directly from Amazon UK. The only problem is that you’ll get sticker shock when you go to check out and discover that shipping will cost just about as much as your purchase and it will take forever to get to the USA.
DVD Region Coding
This is related to the above – while most modern Blu-ray DVD’s don’t have region coding, many standard DVD and TV box sets have region coding which means they can’t be played in the USA unless you buy a special region free DVD player. So even if you legitimately try to get your favorite British TV shows on DVD before they air in the USA, you may not be able to play them in your DVD player. A key tool in any Anglophile’s arsenal is to acquire a region-free DVD player so avoid this problem.
No BBC iPlayer
The BBC posts all their shows online after they air onto the BBC iPlayer. It’s an amazing piece of technology and an example of a content producer getting online access to content right. The only problem is that it’s not available outside of Britain. If you try to watch it, you get greeted with a message saying so. There are ways around it, however. The other British TV networks have something similar as well.
No Respect for Proper Football
Have you ever tried to watch American Football and get bored out of your mind? English Football on the other hand is fast paced and exciting and never stops. It’s way more intense the American football but it doesn’t have nearly the following or the interest. When the World Cup goes on, there’s a collective sigh as America just does not care. Unless of course, the USA makes the finals in which case everyone will all of a sudden care. But thankfully, if you really want to watch REAL football, it’s pretty easy to these days.
No Proper Fish & Chips
Thousands of restaurants across the USA promise authentic British Fish & Chips, you only need to order a couple of times to realize that pretty much no one ever gets it right. The only place to get real Fish & Chips is Britain.
What’s your number one Anglophile problem? Let us know in the comments!