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North America 288 39.61%
Central/South America 13 1.79%
Europe 307 42.23%
Asia 50 6.88%
Australia 43 5.91%
Africa 4 0.55%
Elsewhere 22 3.03%
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Old 07-20-2014   #41
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Turkish living in Sydney, Australia but according to my DNA test results I'm 45% from Balkans, 6% Italian, 15% broadly South European, 18% from Middle East and North Africa, 6% Eastern European, 0.8% East Asian, 0.7% Yakut Turk and Mongolian, 0.3% Sub-saharan African and the rest unassigned. I also carry 3.4% Neanderthal DNA. ;-)
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Washington state is my home, and though there is a Columbia River in Washington, there should be no confusion with the Washington in District of Columbia! Born in Brooklyn NY but extracted in time, I think. I have lived briefly near Izmir Turkey and Rapid City SD.
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Originally I am from Sri Lanka and Had been growing up in France and now in UK. Great experience.
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I took this as "Where are you from originally" as I assumed that many -- perhaps most -- would have moved about a fair bit. Admittedly I was born in Europe; have mostly lived in Europe (Cornwall, England, Malta, Scotland and now France) but I've also lived in Bermuda and California. I doubt I'd be happier anywhere other than rural France, unless I were extremely rich, and even then, there aren't many places I'd rather live all year 'round: maybe small pieds-a-terre in two or three cities as well, and a place in Dharamsala.

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... They may be politically (by merit of being a member state of the EU) but geographically and in any other respect, I have never regarded being British as being remotelu "European". ...
England not geographically part of Europe
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I am from Stockport, England. I voted "elsewhere" as I don't regard the British Isles as "Europe". They may be politically (by merit of being a member state of the EU) but geographically and in any other respect, I have never regarded being British as being remotelu "European".

I am not anti-European, by the way. This thread is asking where I am from and I don't think "Europe" is a country - it'sa collection of countries.
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I have news for you. "North America", "Central and South America", "Asia", etc aren't countries either. They're collections of countries.

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England not geographically part of Europe
This is a fantasy distressingly often entertained by the English. It's a bit odd when you consider that England is surrounded by countries that mostly do think of themselves as part of Europe: Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Channel Islands...

You can now rely on at least one Englishman spluttering that Cornwall isn't a country, mostly because they won the last Cornish-English war in 1549 -- http://www.cornwallinformation.co.uk...e-august-1549/ Nor were the English above a few massacres, verging on genocide.

On re-reading the information in the link given above, I note that the English used European mercenaries. So much for their claims not to be part of Europe!

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Antipodean. I wonder why maps of the world are printed upside-down?
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I see this thread, true to RFF form, is opening a can of worms!

By the way I’m from London. A city state in England, a small country situated on the edge of Europe.
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Look around a bit, Lynn. I have one that's the right way up.
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I was born in the Lebanon. I have English, Scottish, Armenian and Italian ancestors, therefore I am British.
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. . . Nevertheless, I don't see anything wrong in saying I am from England. . . .
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Nor do I think anyone minds. It's just your idiosyncratic view of geography that pulls some people up short.

In which continent would you place Britain, if not Europe?

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This is a fantasy distressingly often entertained by the English. It's a bit odd when you consider that England is surrounded by countries that mostly do think of themselves as part of Europe: Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Channel Islands...

You can now rely on at least one Englishman spluttering that Cornwall isn't a country, mostly because they won the last Cornish-English war in 1549 -- http://www.cornwallinformation.co.uk...e-august-1549/ Nor were the English above a few massacres, verging on genocide.

On re-reading the information in the link given above, I note that the English used European mercenaries. So much for their claims not to be part of Europe!

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How about a bit of terminological clarification in respect of 'continent' as against 'Europe' - I fondly remember the (possibly apocryphal) story of the headline in The Times in the 19th century :-

"Fog in the Channel - Continent isolated"
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I put it very precise under my avatar where I'm from.

In southern Ontario, similar common question is "where from originally"
My answer then - "I'm bloody Russian".
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I've always taken it that we British are not part of Continental Europe but are part of Europe. In fact I wish we were far more European in culture and far less European in politics.

I remember that if someone were asked in the 1950s where they were going for their summer holidays they would quite often say on the continent than be more specific about exactly where in mainland Europe.
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I´m from the continent and I just love the Brits being so.... British!
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Precisely. The question wasn't "Where are you" but "where are you from".

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How about a bit of terminological clarification in respect of 'continent' as against 'Europe' - I fondly remember the (possibly apocryphal) story of the headline in The Times in the 19th century :-

"Fog in the Channel - Continent isolated"
I always thought it was "Continent cut off", but yes, I've always like that one too. Even so, I think it's quite hard to argue that the British Isles are in another continent than Europe. The example you (and I) like is the result of a conflation of "continent" (group of countries) and "continental" (part of a contiguous land mass, as in "the continental United States").

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Precisely. The question wasn't "Where are you" but "where are you from".

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I think I can only be more precise to make it China P.R. to make it easier for someone to understand?

Go ahead quote everyone above stating where he/she is living now as an extra.

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I think I can only be more precise to make it China P.R. to make it easier for someone to understand?

Go ahead quote everyone above stating where he/she is living now as an extra.

Thank you so much for the education though
Sorry: I meant "you stated it precisely" not "please state it more precisely". I was agreeing, not disagreeing!

Though PRC is a big place, the more so if you include occupied countries such as Tibet and Uighurstan.

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My mother is a New Zealander who has learned my father's ancient language.
My father describes himself as a citizen of the world first, and as Welsh second.
I describe myself as a European first. And second, I would not say "I am Welsh" but "dwi'n Gymro", because why not speak of that part of my identity in my own language?
As a European I spend a lot of my time in other countries that lie within our continent, particularly France, where I have spent the majority of my time over the past year. In an ideal world I would live there permanently.
But then, since I come from Europe, why not? The discussions in this thread about how Britain fits in relation to Europe are not representative of the Britain I know.
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I'm from Scotland and live in Scotland.
Ye'd be of the clan McJozef, then?

And more power to you if you are. The very idea that we're not "Europeans" because we come from/live in one part of Europe instead of another is downright silly. We've all ancestors from many, many places (well, most of us, anyway), and many of us have moved from one place to another: the idea of a "pure blood" is dangerous lunacy. My wife Frances is German (Prussian) on one side (Kaliningrad, as it now is; Konigsberg, as it was; which tells you something), enough to qualify as a Daughter of the American Revolution, and English on the other (her great-grandfather left England in the 19th century).

As far as I know, my ancestors are Cornish, Breton, Norman and English. So? In this lifetime I was born in Cornwall instead of (say) Tibet.

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