Besides Fish & Chips what's does the British Economy Consist of?

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  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Just Curious--I never bought anything that said "Made in Britain"
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_United_Kingdom

    As for never seeing anything Made In Britain where you are we export virtually all of our manufactured goods to the EU and Far East (for the heavy industry stuff). In the USA you're more likely to find luxury items such as scotch whisky, designer clothes, Aston Martin cars and the like. Saying that, the vast majority of our economy is services-based.
     
  4. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I have a 9 yard tartan that was made in Scotland. Technically, Scotland is part of Britain.
     
  5. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Y'all never seen a Shakespeare play, read an Agatha Christie mystery, watched the BBC?
     
  6. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Some good music too! :)
     
  7. theheadguy macrumors 65816

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    I hope you weren't offended. As far as I know it was an honest question (though I could be wrong). For the record, I love the BBC. I particularly like Keeping Up Appearances, The Mighty Boosh, The Office, and Are You Being Served? ... just to name a few.

    Great stuff to come out of the UK, including some great friendships. :)

    p.s. Most of us never say y'all.
     
  8. Frisco thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah it is an honest question and thanks for everyone's replies. I didn't know all of this.
     
  9. sysiphus macrumors 6502a

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    Well, yes, but more importantly, these:

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  10. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    The Beatles, fancy cars, and groovy accents... :)
     
  11. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    You don't need the Technically part, theres nothing pedantic about it.

    You don't see much Made In Britain, because we don't make anything in Britain. Our economy is services based. Mainly because we pay our workers a high minimum wage, plus a high level of taxation, meaning we can't manufacture anything as cheaply as China. And we have no land to grow anything.

    But hey, if you want an unreliable car or a damn fine glass of whisky, we're your men :)
     
  12. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    I was born and raised in the US and live about 90 miles north of where you do and have only been to England twice. The guy in my avatar (my gr gr grandfather was born in Penryn). So, Frisco isn't offending me personally.

    Frisco's been around here a little longer than I have and my guess based on his history here is that he's just winding the brits up.
     
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    + 1 on the good music.
     
  14. theheadguy macrumors 65816

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    I shouldn't have assumed. I suppose it was a little smart-ass to write "besides fish and chips"...
     
  15. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I think this is delicious and everyone should try it.
     
  16. garybUK Guest

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    Ever heard of ARM processors? yep... British..., Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? Shakespeare? We have quite a healthy movie business, even if all of it is funded by Hollywood (e.g. a lot of Batman Begins was filmed in London film studios).

    Symbian was also PSION (A British Company) before Nokia bought it and spun it off as a open source house.

    the worlds largest banks are based here (though that's debatable now :p) e.g. Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds etc.

    Edit: Oh the monarchy... seriously without them why would people come visit our islands?
     
  17. Queso macrumors G4

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    I would happily export every last drop of the vile stuff. Bleurgh :p
     
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    Blimey, that's almost ugly enough to be an American car. :eek:
     
  19. skunk macrumors G4

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    Technically, it's a Volkswagen...
     
  20. OllyW Moderator

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    Actually, it's a BMW. :p
     
  21. Queso macrumors G4

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    It's basically aimed at the American market. These days RRs are pretty much just expensive BMWs anyway.

    It should also be noted that Rolls-Royce Motors and Rolls-Royce plc (who make the aircraft engines as well as submarines and the like) are completely separate companies.
     
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    You're right, I was thinking of Bentley.:eek:
     
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    I'd have to add that Great Britain has brought MacRumors some damn fine members.
     

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