Tag Archives: Five Great Things

How To Pronounce Deliberately Off-putting British Place Names

Yesterday, our ever-helpful sister blog Mind The Gap published a list of American place names that are not pronounced the way they are spelled, in an effort to increase international understanding of local quirks for visiting Brits.

10 British Ways to Ring in the New Year

Before we get started, let’s be clear that traditions are often unique and singular, and have the capacity to travel far and wide. So if we happen across a thing you always do out in Missouri or Seattle, and you’ve never ...

Why Do The English Have A Problem With ‘Trick Or Treating’?

Before we really get into this, can everyone just take a moment to have a look at this video clip?

10 TV Shows That Explain British Culture

British life – from the bassinet to the crematorium –  has been dissected, examined and reflected back through the prism of the TV since the earliest, pre-war transmissions from Alexandra Palace in London. And for a small island, ...

Five Playground Games That Are Different In Britain

In a way, this list has been written with entirely the wrong emphasis. It shouldn’t be remarkable, even in the internet age, that children play games that have mild regional differences.

5 Things Only A British School Kid Would Know

Kids, as the old TV show claimed, say the darndest things. They also play the darndest games, make up the darndest tricks, find the darndest uses for stuff that falls from trees and, in one disturbing example, turn a campaign for ...

Five Birth Traditions of the British Isles (Some Of Which Are Disgusting)

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Five British Music Stars That Should Be Knighted

There are few things less attractive than whining, especially from people who are doing pretty well for themselves. It’s ungrateful, it’s bratty and it never, ever arrives with the same righteous fury that it had when ...

15 Great British Tribute Band Names, And One We Made Up

There’s a definite knack to naming a tribute band: Ideally you’d want a devilishly-clever pun on the band’s name (or at a push, their most famous song or album title), but it has to be one that also explains that ...

The 20 Rudest Places In Britain

Look away, people with nervous dispositions! Church-people, avert your eyes!