I was watching an English tv show about the restoration of neo gothic house. The presenter was Caroline Quentin, a great English actor and she does a fair job of hosting of the show. It struck me how different England is to America. The clothes, the hair, the teeth, the makeup, obviously the accents but even the body language and the way people move. Interestingly, the male house owner on the show had no discernible accent. He did not pronounce cooker in that certain English way. He sounded like a perfect English speaker to my ears. There used to be a quite neutral accent that was described as mid Atlantic. I am not really sure what it sounded like, but perhaps that was his accent.
Australia sits somewhere in between the two, taking the best and worst from both but also adding our own touch with what has been described as larrikinsism and a sense of a fair go for all. We accuse ourselves of becoming more selfish, and we probably are. Our integration of migrants has been exceptionally successful, but I am not sure that is happening now. Our most recent African and Middle Eastern immigrants over the last decade seem not to be fitting into Australia well, which is unusual for this country of predominantly immigrants.
But back to Great Britain and America, I heard the most wonderful quote comparing the two and I can't recall where, but it was along these lines, 'two nations divided by a common language'. Yes, the language is vaguely similar, but almost everything within the two countries is different.