Stuart Innes Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland. Senior Projects Controller AMEC Engineering Stuart’s Background Lived in Scotland for 28 years Lived in United States 6 ½ Years Green Card Holder (Since July 2004 – Specialist Worker) Resident of New Jersey 3 years Resident of Minneapolis 3 ½ years Most Prestigious Project “ World Trade Center, NY. Hired by owners’ attorney as “Expert Witness” consultant for Litigation/Insurance regarding re-build costs. Career Background- UK to the US UK title- Quantity Surveyor Education more vocationally specialized Degree more specifically matched to job description US title- Cost Consultant No courses offered for particular job Most closely matched to Engineering Project Management My Hometown Inverkeithing – meaning “On the banks of the river Keithing Settled in 83AD The High Street Royal Charter received in 1027AD Population 5,000 Distance to London – 429 Miles Distance to Amsterdam – 420 miles (Minneapolis – Chicago – 409 Miles) St Peters Church The Market Cross Greyfriars Covenant The Tolbooth Map Who’s British Great Britain Scotland United Kingdom England Scotland Wales England Wales Northern Ireland Isle of Man Channel islands British Isles Scotland England Wales Northern Ireland Isle of Man Channel islands Republic of Ireland Who’s British = + + + United Kingdom Scotland England Wales + + Northern Ireland Isle of Man Channel Islands Population United Kingdom – 60,000,000 (approx) Scottish – 9.6% - 5,760,000 English – 81.5% - 48,900,000 Welsh – 1.9% - 1,140,000 Northern Irish – 1.81% - 1,086,000 Irish – 2.4% - 1,440,000 West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, others – 2.8% - 1,680,000 Regional Differences Scotland- The Cradle of Knowledge and Civilization 65 People per Square Mile Socialist National National Dress – Kilt We could care less about the Royal family More European minded More straightforward and vocal Down to earth England – The Forces of Darkness and Evil 383 People per Square Mile Conservative Regional National Dress – They don’t have one !! Love the Royal Family Less European minded More reserved Aloof Divided by a Common Language American British Sidewalk - Pavement Freeway - Motorway Pants - Underwear Pantyhose - Tights Pharmacist - Chemist ATM - Cash point or “Hole in the Wall” Register - Till Cell Phone - Mobile Phone Cigarette - Fag Faucet - Tap Rate - Tariff Bar Hop - Bar Crawl 1st Floor - Ground Floor Golf Knickers - Plus Fours Wrench - Spanner Divided by a Common Language Scottish Dialect Glaikit - Dense Scunner - Off putting Fankle - Mixed up Fizzog - Face Limmer - Nuisance Peelywally - Run down / under the weather Clipe - Tattletale Bairn - Child Divided by a Common Language Cockney Rhyming Slang Apples & Pears = Stairs “Get up those apples to bed” Butchers Hook = Look “Have a butchers at that” Brass Band = Hand “I shook him by the brass” Bread and Honey = Money “I wish I had some bread” Soapy Bubble = Trouble “You’ll be in soapy” Plates of Meat = Feet “I tripped over your plates” Pork Pies = Lies “Are you telling porkies ?” Dog & Bone = Phone “He’s always on the dog” Whistle & Flute = Suit “I’m going to pick up my whistle from the dry cleaners” British Culture Sports Football “Soccer” Holidays / Celebrations Cricket New Years’ Day Good Friday Rugby Easter Monday Horse Racing May Day Motor Racing Halloween Curling (for Rory) Guy Fawkes Day Armistice day Christmas Day Television Boxing Day BBC1 and BBC2 State owned The Diet No Advertising or Commercials Funded by License fee Fish & Chips Haggis ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 Jellied eels Independently owned Bubble & Squeak Funded through Advertising & Toad in the Hole Commercials Shepherds Pie Cable / Satellite Spotted Dick Same as US Sustenance Sometimes food is ordered at the bar, sometimes from a server, always check (or you may wait a long time for nothing!) You WILL get less food when you eat out McDonalds - costs more for less food Helpful words to know so your order might be right American British Appetizer Starter Entrée Main Course Dessert Sweet or pudding Fries Chips Chips Crisps Cookie Biscuit 1% Milk Semi-Skimmed Flatware Cutlery Zucchini Courgette Ground Beef Minced Meat You CAN drink the water Bar Etiquette Don’t stare anyone in the eye Buy drinks by going up to the bar Typically bought in “rounds” Pay as you go - no tabs Don’t tip - offering the bar person “to have a drink on me” is the equivalent Don’t “distract “ if someone is about to throw darts or shoot pool Don’t expect barman/barmaid to clear up spilled drinks – go ask for a “cloth” If you spill someone’s drink, offer to buy a replacement Don’t talk to the room, just your group Smoking permitted !! www.sirc.org/publik/pub.html (a guide to pub etiquette) Useful Info. Currency – Pound Sterling (Euros Accepted) Easy Counting ; $2 = 1 British Pound Sales Tax known as VAT @ 17.5% is included Brits drive on the Left – Opposite Direction ! So………. Look RIGHT then LEFT to cross the street Electricity is 240V, don’t stick your finger in the socket ! Dial 999 for Emergency Services Need Advil, a candy bar, underwear or a newspaper, go to ASDA (closest British equivalent to Target) Illegal to carry guns; Police not armed. Don’t talk about guns, no one will understand Resources Websites www.visitbritain.com (Official tourist information) www.travelfurther.net (Good US / UK dictionary) www.ukstudentlife.com (Excellent source) www.roughguides.com (Hip travel site) www.mapquest.com (now has detailed maps of Europe) www.bbc.co.uk Books Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies Brit-Think / Ameri-Think by Jane Walmsley The Parting Shot If All Else Fails Just Remember... The British solution to any problem, crisis or disaster... "I'll just make us a nice cup of tea."