Re football hooligans. i can honestly say in the 20 odd years I have been going the match I have never ever seen trouble and never seen anywhere trashed. It does happen I suppose, but not very often. I think when it does it is organized by young gangs of lads who for some silly reason want to fight - tribal reasons I suppose. I am still on a big high as my team Everton won Manchester United on Monday. First game of the season. I was there shouting my head off and getting rid of all my stresses.
Liverpool is an old seaport and I have never thought about the name being strange, suppose it is something I have always grown up with. Think the pool part is cos of the water, no idea about the Liver part!!!
My mum's family are of Irish descent, always a sing song at the end of a night out and my dad is Scottish.
I think from what i can see US politics are fairly right wing, the UK is going more and more right wing.
I personally am fairly left wing, I enjoy having a decent free health service etc and hate the way money is the god of all at the moment without any thought for others. Anyway enough of my rant.
I like Bill Bryson books, you would enjoy it, especially if you recognise some of the area. It sounds a lovely part of the world, very rural and wild. In Liverpool I live in the suburbs but it is still very densely populated.
i was interested to hear you saying you had Amish friends. I watched a good documentary a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at their lifestyle. Most people in the UK don't attend church, though from reading posts on different US forums the church features heavily in your lives. It is all very interesting.