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					    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."

				
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