What Makes Britain Great #12

What Makes Britain Great #12

What separates us Brits from the crowd? Let’s talk about just that – separating ourselves from the crowd.  We like our personal space.  There has to be a dignified distance between strangers, especially in public places. Visitors to our nation can take a...
What Makes Britain Great #11

What Makes Britain Great #11

The very unpredictability of English weather always seems to take us by surprise: a few weeks of summer sunshine results in near-drought conditions and garden hose bans; a few days of heavy rainfall causes rivers to swell their banks and disastrous floods; a ‘cold...
What Makes Britain Great #10

What Makes Britain Great #10

In Britain we have a range of euphemisms for the WC: including ‘bog’ (vulgar and masculine), ‘little girls’ room’ (embarrassingly coy), ‘powder room’’ (equally coy) and ‘public convenience’ . ‘Spending a penny’ is a popular term that harks back to the days when public...
What Makes Britain Great #8

What Makes Britain Great #8

The eighth in a series of snippets about what it’s like to live in the UK.  Here we talk about one of our great British institutions: 8. The pub British pubs aren’t famous the world over for nothing! The ‘local’ (as we call it) is the backbone of social life...
What makes Britain Great #7

What makes Britain Great #7

The seventh in a series of snippets about what it’s like to live in the UK and our attitudes to things.  Here we talk about our class system: Class There was a time when Britain was very much a class-ridden society.  Today, multiculturalism and a changing...