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Why are English people so cold? Perhaps this is the reason so many foreigners fail to integrate properly into society in the UK? I am a foreigner totally grateful to the UK for giving me a passport (married to a Brit for 21 years) as the chances of being killed where I come from are pretty good.
However, in all the time I spent living in the UK (five years in total), although I’m blue-eyed, blonde and speak perfect English with just a 5% accent, I am always regarded as being foreign.
All my friends are foreign too mainly because we have come to realise we are all in the same boat.
My best friend is Swedish and has lived here in the UK for about 12 years. Even after that length of time living in the UK she says I am still the only person who has ever invited her home for a coffee!
We’re told we have to be patient and that it takes time for an English person to trust you (say four years of knowing you), but then once they are friends with you, they are the best friends in the world. Well, I’m afraid I’ve given up trying and hoping.
you really don’t want us to be here
Is it perhaps because your mothers never breast fed you and thus did not expose you to the first essential human warmth that we should all know?
Or is it because you really are all xenophobic and your government, in its multicultural tendencies has failed to realise this basic truth? Perhaps it is just because you are SO polite, politically correct and you really don’t want us to be here, so instead of telling us sincerely, you pretend to put up with us because you really don’t want to become our friends?
Since first moving to the UK, I decided to move away again and have lived abroad for seven years. During that time I have never failed to make friends with the locals, and quickly too.
So why are the English so aloof with foreigners?
See original reference article: Why are English people so cold and unfriendly?
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Though it may seem otherwise, there is no pleasure in being the crusher of dreams, the role I have taken in this post. Yet some myths persist, like the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and for every Erin Anderssen, who not only lives the experience in beautiful Canadian summers but also investigated and wrote a cogent Globe and Mail (6 January 2016) article, there are a hundred young moths drawn to the imaginary flame until, that is, their enthusiasm burns out:89
For my own family, it s been a few months back in Ottawa, sprawling out on three storeys, relishing the indoor plumbing.
The movement seems like a mirage, says Allan Cerf.
Even in Portland, which is often seen as a city friendly to micro-housing, none of the owners I spoke to had ever lived in a tiny home.
If even the Portlandians have rejected tiny houses for themselves, then who can expect the rest of America to accept such housing?
A tiny house? We don t know
They used them as rental income, or, in the case of his current landlord, to store bird seed.
The birds live here
AHI posts on micro-housing
October 23, 2006: The 50-year trends in affordable housing, 3 parts, physical, financial10
March 20, 2007: Home configurations: let s get small, 2 parts, birth of micro homes12
October 12, 2010: he $300 house: the financial challenge, from Harvard Business Review s blog, also here1415
August 16, 2013: Micro-housing in the realm of the impractical, Renzo s impractical piano19
Is there a role for tiny houses as low-cost transitional housing? A role better than what can be played by mobile homes?
If you want to bring the services to the customer
3b. Transitional housing
Some municipalities are experimenting with tiny-housing communities for homeless people even a transitional, bare-bones shoebox home is superior to a park bench.
Certainly that can work, if those who are homeless want to be housed there though for many, it feels like incarceration, and for many others, the apparent freedom of rootlessness is preferable to feeling institutionalized.2122
And in fact, the tiny houses espoused by the adventurous couples are roughly the same size as a low-security prison cell and the prison cell has a separate kitchen23
3c. In the end, everyone moves out of tiny housing
Remarkably, after all the searching Ms.
Anderssen did, including of those prominent tiny housers who spent a year or two building their dream abode, the endgame is the same as found by Mr. Cerf they all moved out.
Many more owners rent out their tiny homes or use them only as weekend getaways.
That s the clue, isn t it? What is novel for an interval, if made permanent becomes oppressive.
In a blog, that couple featured in the documentary Tiny explained that they left out of the movie that they never lived in their tiny house so as not to spoil the experience of seeing that story unfold on screen. 25
Practicality is so bourgeois
It was a hobby, an adult s tree house.
Fun for fantasies
And it should be, because tiny houses are not a solution for modern Western adults.
Certainly, the motivation is hard to fault.
Especially for other people.
It s all about building
3d. Tiny houses are well-intentioned tenements, mobile homes without the amenities
Despite the affection for tiny houses, at no time in human history have people with a choice opted for smaller quarters. Everywhere that I have studied, every place I have ever been, every country in which AHI has worked, people have for housing two universal desires: to own, and to have more space.
When you start going with tiny spaces, including attics and basements where there is poor light and ventilation, you are really getting into the whole reason we started having standards in the 19th century in the first place, says Susan Saegert, an environmental psychology professor at the City University of New York graduate school, who studies the effect of overcrowding on families.2627
Saegert s background tiny houseboat is purely a coincidence
No matter how one romanticizes it, no matter how one frames the initial conditions and hand picks the households, overcrowding is harmful.
In the late 1800s, community leaders realized that tuberculosis and an epidemic of misery was spreading rapidly among workers living in packed, crumbling tenement housing, and set about upgrading standards.
A better life than before but still tuberculosis
To be sure, much of that disease was lack of hygiene and sanitation, but some of it is that close moist proximity is disease s Garden of Eden.
More recently, an Australian study published in 2000 found that, even accounting for poverty, the risk for a child to contract meningitis was 10 times higher if he or she lived in an overcrowded home.
Overcrowding is harmful period.
Plenty of tiny houses here
Monastery life is a daydream
Perhaps two young people who are also sexually compatible can live in tight quarters for an extended period while remaining physically, spiritually, and socially healthy but if they can, they will be the first cohort in history to do so.
We are getting a lot of idealism, and a lot of people promoting this perfect image without having the longevity to endure it, says Dak Kopec, the director of design for human health at Boston Architectural College.2829
Endorsing housing that costs only a few kopecks
We are not being pro-active, to see what we have learned already from history. The lesson: Fad housing often crumbles into slum-living for the poorest families. When was the last time a trailer park was a coveted address?
Exactly aside from Ms. Anderssen s use of the unintentionally pejorative term, a mobile home is a tiny house properly engineered. And a mobile home park is a community of tiny houses with more amenities, security of tenure, on-site utilities, and often a social director.30
If tiny houses are such a great thing, why aren t mobile homes?
I should have been more skeptical, says Allan Cerf, looking back. I have given up the dream because I found out it was just a dream.
Dreams are not the basis of cities.
Soon, the countdown to return to our tiny cottage will start.
There s comfort in living small, in a place that can be tidied in 10 minutes, that naturally discourages consumerism, and makes you careful with food and water consumption.
That s called a vacation.
Tiny homes can be an idyllic getaway:
- In remote locations.
- With great climates.
- For a small household
- Of physically comfortable and intimate people.
All of those have to align.
Tiny homes don t work:
- In cities.
- For families.
- For growing families.
- For people who commute to work.
If any of these are absent, a tiny home is a bad idea.
It s a lovely dream but it s only a dream.
You re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
It s not practical anywhere.
- ^ Part 5 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ Part 4 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ David A.
- ^ Ransom Stoddard (www.imdb.com)
- ^ Erin Anderssen (www.theglobeandmail.com)
- ^ Globe and Mail (6 January 2016) (www.theglobeandmail.com)
- ^ October 23, 2006: The 50-year trends in affordable housing (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ April 14, 2006: The evolving modern home (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ March 20, 2007: Home configurations: let s get small, (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ May 18, 2009: Outlaw In-Laws (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ October 12, 2010: he $300 house: the financial challenge (hbr.org)
- ^ also here (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ January 26, 2011: the $300 house: the value-chain challenge (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ January 28, 2013: Grandma in a can? (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ April 10, 2013: Micro and macro housing issues (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ August 16, 2013: Micro-housing in the realm of the impractical (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ February 3, 2014: Rounded-shouldered psyches (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ if those who are homeless want to be housed there (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ it feels like incarceration (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ roughly the same size as a low-security prison cell (www.nydailynews.com)
- ^ at no cost to the resident: (www.nydailynews.com)
- ^ Tiny (www.imdb.com)
- ^ Susan Saegert (enviropsych.org)
- ^ City University of New York (www.gc.cuny.edu)
- ^ Dak Kopec (the-bac.edu)
- ^ Boston Architectural College (the-bac.edu)
- ^ and often a social director (affordablehousinginstitute.org)
- ^ Ransom Stoddard (www.imdb.com)