we live in scotland now and i am american and it is a very interesting experience to be at the receiving end of stereotypes – americans do this, americans like that, aren’t you a typical american…. quite strange and actually at times really hurtful. there are 300 million of us, how can you know anything about me at all? also tapping into the stereotypes here is an eye-opener – everything is anti-English for the Scots. in any case, the US is so culturally prominent that they don’t ever stop talking about us. the BBC is very US-focussed. all the cheesy gossip about the US makes the news, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston etc. they follow US politics SO closely. weird! i thought i was in europe.