Are the Welsh the "hillbillies" of the United Kingdom?
The Brits seem to speak poorly of them.
NO...what an improper comment. Just think before you wonder loudly Op.
No, the English are the hillbillies of the U.K., OP.
How quickly we forget the Scots
"...you Welsh fuck!" That seems to be an insult that Brits throw around a lot. Maybe Wales is the Atlanta of the Isles?
Wales is probably the most rural of the four countries.
The Welsh are stereotyped as dumb, inbred sheepfuckers.
To address the OP's question: Not at all. The country is largely rural, but many Welsh are softly spoken, thoughtful and well educated. I don't really think there's a British equivalent of Hillbillies. We have plenty of trash, just not of that particular ilk.
No, it's the Irish.
The Irish are the hillbillies.
The Austalians are the rednecks (okay, not technically part of the UK, but they do worship the same queen).
The Scots are the inbred northeasterners.
The Welsh are the flyover states.
Don't care, OP, ALL Welsh men have HUGE THICK DICKS!
The Welsh do, however, communicate by spitting. That's their native language, so "hillbillies" have +1 there.
John Barrowman is said to live in Wales. That makes Wales the Beverly Hills of the UK in my estimation.
Barrowman is Scottish and you knowwhat they say about them....
Mostly they say the Scottish are cheap. Somehow I don't think that's what you meant.
[quote]I don't really think there's a British equivalent of Hillbillies. We have plenty of trash, just not of that particular ilk.
R7, Daisy, Onslow and Rose could out-hillbilly most in the U.S.
R20, having grown up in Southern Illinois and having spent some time researching a book in deepest Appalachia, I don't equate Appalachia with hillbillies. Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana and Southern Missouri are infested with some of the most backward people I've ever met. To me, those are true hillbillies, especially the men.
A question, though, for you Brits: I have a friend in London who despises the Welsh with an almost incomprehensible fervor. I can't quite fathom it. Any idea why? ANd is this commonplace or is he just carrying some personal grudge? I'd love to figure it out.
R25, in Welsh, the country is called [italic]Cymru[/italic] (cum-ree), the people [italic]Cymry[/italic], and the language [italic]Cymraeg[/italic].
So the language is called cumrag.
The Irish are the hillbillies in that region, possibly in all of the EU.
Kingsly Amis wrote a novel (the Old Devils?) which included an I-hate-Wales club. You could only join if you were Welsh.
The Welsh have some serious problems.
Last year they had a referendum to give the Welsh Government more powers - only a third of people bothered to vote, and those who bothered voted yes. There's talk now of giving the Welsh Government tax powers which would put them at odds with the English/Westminster government.
Unlike the Scottish who have their own identity and have a reasonably healthy rivalry between Labour and the nationalists, Wales have been run by Labour since the Assembley was created in the late 1990s, and there is no chance in a generation of anyone but Labour, possibly with the nationalists/Lib Dems to prop them up.
The problem is that the bright thinkers, the movers and shakers go to Westminster, where the power lies, and the servants to the party get voted in to the Assembley. The calibre of politican is utterly appalling, and the achievements of the Welsh Goverment have been negligable. They've put themselves at odds with the Blair/Brown governments and Labour are out of power in Westminster, a vote for Labour in Wales is still seen a protest vote.
And don't get me started on the Welsh language. There's a consultation ongoing about how Welsh should be used in the NHS. Wales can't recruit doctors as it is, and rely on a huge amount of foreign doctors (Commonwealth countries and India in particular) and NHS budgets are being cut. The idea that the NHS and other public bodies will be fined for not hiring Welsh speaking staff is utterly ridiculous and will be a huge burden on the public sector.
But the Welsh Government will blame this on the Tories, blaming it on budget cuts made in Westminster.
And the stupid fucking Welsh don't get this and will vote them back in.
And I'm a Welsh Labour voter.
But do you have a big thick cock, r37?
The whole world is nothing but hillbillies, OP. The only way it wouldn't be is if everyone but me got wiped out.
"I EXPRESS MY DOGS ANAL GLANDS WITH MY TONGUE"
"I CAN SHOVE A WHOLE MIDGET UP MY ASSHOLE"
[quote] I don't equate Appalachia with hillbillies. Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana and Southern Missouri are infested with some of the most backward people I've ever met. To me, those are true hillbillies, especially the men.
I went to school at IU in Bloomington a (from CA originally) and I was shocked that there were so many "hillbillies." I assumed that they were furhter south. I found out that there was a large Appalachian migration which placed them in the areas you mention. Some went further north or west for jobs in industry and even formed their own little communities. Chicago had an area that was quite Appalachian around Lawrence and Wilson Avenues and Broadway.
Appalachians largely come from Scottish/Irish stock. Their clannishness and the so called "culture of honor" in the South and Appalachia has been attributed to their ethnic heritage.
The Irish are Poles of the UK. Irish jokes in England are like Polish jokes in the US.
I suck my sheep dry every fortnight!
I think Wales looks very pretty.
Alas, I'm afraid Americans are the world's hillbillies. Congratulations.
I'm a midget that lives in an asshole!
Welsh accents on expats are so sexy. I knew a family from Wales growing up and while they were unintelligible at first, their accents lightened up and just became rich and gorgeous.
I liked Ruby, the Welsh scullery maid on the original UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS.
There was a sublime moment where she passed dismissive judgment on two men who called at the service entrance downstairs. To the astonishment of her English and Scottish co-workers, Ruby laid the men low with the contemptuous air of a seasoned Londoner as she declared, "they're Welsh!"
r47 is just angry that they're black and has it in for all Americans.
[quote] That makes Wales the Beverly Hills of the UK in my estimation.
So The Welsh are like the Beverly Hillbillies?
I had a date with a Welsh girl once, she shows up stinking to high heaven, unbelievable b.o. how the hell no one from her house to the restaurant cared enough to tell her... I pretended to get an important call, then said I had an emergency and had to leave.
They are right to vote Labour. What the hell, we have English freepers here!
The English speak poorly of the Welsh? That's pretty rich given that their queen is a direct descendant of the Welsh king of England, Henry VII (via his daughter Margaret and the Stuart successiong; not via his son Henry VIII).
R55, one ancestor, hundreds of years ago?
Henry VII's being Welsh on his father's side is an oddball fact in keeping with his not being a legitimate heir to the throne on his mother's side, even though he was the last of his line. His mother was a Beaufort, the originally bastard branch of the House of Lancaster who were made legitimate in all but royal rights.
Henry's children had a more legitimate claim to the throne through their mother, Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, than they did through the king.