Stereotypes of the UK from a (North) Londoner’s point of view

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-The North: Our rust-belt. Former the industrial centre of the UK, until Margaret Thatcher destroyed the manufacturing and mining sectors and left large swathes of the country unemployed and in poverty. Most southerners hold the view that ‘it’s grim up north’. Also the weather’s pretty miserable too.

-Depressed people who own ferrets: Yorkshire. People from Yorkshire are viewed as being a bit glum, especially since you get films like Kes/The Full Monty etc (nicely summarised by [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyK_J_W4BI) sketch) which paint a picture of post-industrial decline and depression. It’s basically characterised by the rest of the North, but for some reason you also have the stereotype about people in flat caps who own ferrets and race whippets. Also lots of brass bands in Yorkshire. Please don’t ask why.

-Thieves: Liverpool. Scousers (natives of Liverpool) and their [accent](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy9hJBkm5xs) are not popular among other Brits. They live in a city that was once one of the largest ports in the UK, but then it declined dramatically during the 70s/80s. It is basically considered our Detroit, with lots of boarded-up houses/shops etc. Its reputation has been rehabilitated slightly though since it was designated European Capital of Culture a few years back and they built a whole load of art galleries there. Also known for the Beatles.

-Massive shithole: Hull. All the stereotypes of the North rolled into one city.

-Cheryl Cole: A former member of the girl-band *Girls Aloud*, who then became a judge on the X factor/Britain’s Got Talent, and who came from that part of England. Known in particular for her [Geordie accent](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_yvaVhBU8Y). Rumour has it that she was axed from the American X Factor as nobody in the US could understand her accent.

-Miserable walking holidays: Cumbria/The Lake District. The closest England gets to actual mountains. Lots of tourists go there on hiking/mountaineering holidays, and to profit from the beautiful scenery. However, it is also one of the rainiest parts of the country, which is why I said ‘miserable’.

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