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First of all, don’t scoff. You may think you know how to talk about things that should apparent to everyone. You just point at the thing, say what it is, and commence a conversation.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on November 11th, 2014
Cultural differences aren’t always about the big stuff like accents, language and the correct ingredients for a Milky Way bar. Sometimes there are relatively subtle differences that don’t amount to more than a hill of beans, ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 7th, 2014
When you grow up expecting things to be a certain way and find out they are not a universal constant, it can be quite bewildering, and when that bewilderment is applied to plumbing, things often get unpleasant.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 27th, 2014
Every town has its own story, its own sports team and a cute nickname for its own citizens. Sometimes these are little more than a twist on the name of the town itself—Mancunians, Bristolians, Dundonians—and sometimes there are ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 18th, 2014
Having made an attempt to round up several of the more unorthodox Easter traditions of the British Isles earlier in the week, here’s one that we’ve saved for a more in-depth analysis, not least because it will be being ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on December 6th, 2013
Britain is, of course, blessed with many fine cities, from Truro in the south and west all the way up to Inverness in the north and east, but if we had to pick five, and then insist that you take a quiz to determine which one you should ...
By Paul Hechinger | Posted on February 8th, 2012
“The whole country seems to have gone mad with Dickens,” says A.N.
If you’re a tea-drinking supporter of the royal family, who knows how to stand in line and talks incessantly about the weather, then according to a new study, there’s only one thing you could be.
By Kevin Wicks | Posted on November 10th, 2008
Stand-up comedian Danny Bhoy criticizes English audiences for their humorlessness: “In England they’ve got no time for comedy,” he said. “They don’t laugh at all. They have no muscles in their faces.
By Kevin Wicks | Posted on April 14th, 2008
Nicholas Hynter, artistic director for Britain’s National Theatre, has been named The Most Culturally Important Person in the UK by The Daily Telegraph. A panel including Julian Fellowes and Emilia Fox selected the paper’s ...