Welcome to the other side of the pond. I'm a Canadian, so I'm a bit of a minority around here as well - can't say that it's made any difference. The folks here are courteous and welcoming - even if they don't spell the Queen's English quite properly!
I've never been to your fair land, but I've served with many of your service lads in various places around the world - salt of the earth, all of them - just as the American servicemen I've fought with were.
I look forward to reading your posts - there are some things you folks over there do differently (short fences, GOOD combo machines, and so on) than us here in North America. Always nice to have a different perspective.