Iconic British Things

Iconic British Things No.14: Morris Dancing

Some people think being tough is all about swaggering around smugly, as if inviting people to hit you in the face and smash their feeble fists into rattling mush. Some people thing being tough is about being the biggest alpha creature ...

Iconic British Things No.13: Football

“Football’s not a matter of life and death … it’s more important than that” – Bill Shankly, Liverpool FC manager.

Iconic British Things: A Salute To Jim Marshall (1923 – 2012) And His Stack Of Glory

Jim Marshall, the pioneer of loud guitar amplification and creator of the Marshall stack, has sadly passed away at the age of 88.

Iconic British Things No.11: Jaffa Cakes

For some reason, the world of flat, round, sweet confections that can be eaten with a glass of milk or a hot beverage is a hotbed of cultural difference all over the world. Even the terminology is askew.

Iconic British Things No.10: The Phone Box

As we’re now frantically getting ready for the Doctor Who convention this weekend, now seems a perfect time to launch an appreciation of the Great British phone box, which has enjoyed not one but two iconic design moments, of the ...

Iconic British Things No.9: Talking About The Weather

The British live in a temperate climate, which, if you’re in California, means that it is sometimes wet and sometimes cold and sometime snowy and sometimes sunny and sometimes haily and sometimes misty and sometimes grey and ...

Iconic British Things No. 8: A Brief History Of ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’

If you’re into British stuff and have been near an internet over the past couple of years, the dominant meme which has come up time and again, apart from changing the subtitles on Downfall to make it look like Hitler is fed up ...

Iconic British Things No.7: Marmite

If you’re anything like me, the very first thing you want to do on entering a new country is to go to a supermarket or corner shop and look at the everyday things which are common to that nation, but entirely alien to your home. ...

Iconic British Things Part 6: The Stiff Upper Lip

It’s always nice to make a feature out of a fault, if only because it helps the person with the fault psychologically manage it, and not worry that they’re faulty, or that the fault is something which requires immediate ...

Iconic British Things Part 5: The Humble Cuppa

The glorious French comic book Asterix In Britain spoofed the British love of a cup of tea to perfection: battles between an invading Roman army would grind to a halt as the Englishmen left the field at 5pm, in order to make a spot of ...