But Brummies can take some comfort from the fact that at least Emerson had heard of their city and knew it was in England. British visitors to America often report how shocked they are to discover how little is known about their country.My wife, who lived in New York for a year in her twenties, got a blank look when she told the man running the boxing class at her gym that she was from London. It’s not that Americans get their facts wrong, although they often do (more about that later). For the vast majority of Americans, we’re simply not on their radar.
The Mattaponi reservation, the only other in the state, is nearby on the Mattaponi River.
I found this out when I spent a year at Harvard as a Fulbright scholar in the late 80s.
I remember being at a drinks party organised by the Government Department to welcome their overseas visitor and thinking it would be a good icebreaker to ask members of the faculty what they thought of “the special relationship”.
In subsequent conversations with Americans, I would sometimes take the trouble to explain the term, with particular reference to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
This would produce an indulgent smile, as if I was confessing to a “crush”.