I love anything British. I’ve read lots of those books that take a fun look at the British, the English, and just love all the quirks and eccentricities. Ok, so everyone says being British doesn’t mean much anymore, but I think a lot of the things that are traditionally British still stand.
Take a look at twitter for example…all those twitter accounts set up spouting out daily British issues with massive followings, must mean people are still interested and love the warmth and fuzziness of the stereotypes!
Having no idea what to do with your arms when someone moves in for a cheek kiss
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) August 9, 2014
Turning slightly sideways and saying sorry when passing someone, despite the corridor being large enough to accommodate a train
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) July 21, 2014
Anyway, I’ve been tagged by Cate over at Me Add Three in the British Tag, which originated from Sammi over at Beauty Crush. So here’s my answers to those very important Great British culture questions.
1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Ok, so I’m a British fraud, I detest tea. I think it might stem from being offered it as a four year old by the person who was looking after us on the day of our dad’s funeral. I have attempted fruit teas, but however nice they smell, they still taste like tea. I’m the same with coffee…vile stuff.
2. Favourite part of your roast?
Any of the extras. With turkey or chicken it’s the stuffing, chestnut sauce and sausagement. With beef it’s the Yorkshire pudding. Pork it’s the crackling. Oh and of course really fluffy roast potatoes.
3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
See above – I don’t drink tea or coffee, so unlikely to need to dunk. But biscuit wise, I do like an everyday Bourbon biscuit. For something a bit more special chocolate hobnobs wouldn’t be turned down.
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Cream tea. Maybe more English than British, but you can’t beat a proper high tea with sandwiches, scones, cakes.
Although I like to moan about queues and the fact that people have no idea how to queue (efficiently, or at all in some places) nowadays. Not a favourite to have to do, but very British.
5. Favourite word?
Pimms. Hmm a food and drink theme coming out here. Obviously self-explanatory really, but I think it exemplifies British summers weddings.
(I also love onomatopoeia – I think it flows nicely and sounds like it should for what it means).
6. Cockney rhyme slang?
Interesting fact, my Grandad was a cockney. Not that he sounded like one as he moved around a lot once he was in the Air Force and settled in Lincolnshire, but he used to tell us lots of rhyming slang. Mostly we would repeat back the ‘Up the ole apples and pears, lay your ed on the weeping willow and do some bo peeping’ rhyme to him.
7. Favourite sweet?
I’m more of a chocolate person than sweets, and it would definitely have to be Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. For sweets, I suppose cola bottles or sherbet lemons would do the job.
8. What would your pub be called?
My OH would say the Nag’s Head! But I’d probably say something like The Dancing Cow. I love to dance although I’ve not really done so since N was born, and my best friend calls me Moo which goes back a long time now.
9. No.1 British person?
Apart from the gorgeous and scrummy voiced Nigel Havers, I suppose I’d have to say someone like Jamie Oliver. He’s a down to earth British boy, you could see him down the pub, and he believes in what he does and how he can make a difference, through his foundation and making cooking accessible.
10. Favourite shop / Restaurant?
I don’t really have a favourite restaurant, ones I’ve loved in the past aren’t based on British food at all, but places I’ve been for nights out and really enjoyed them: Café Pacifico which is a not very British Mexican place in London, and Sarastro which is an opulent theatre decorated restaurant also in London.
Otherwise, we eat out in village pubs with friendly owners who tend to know us (or the people we’re with if it’s their local).
11. What British song pops into your head?
Blur’s Park Life. Part of the Britpop era, and we spend a lot of time with N in playgrounds and country parks, so it seems apt.
Hate it, and it’s not coming into our house! Luckily N gets to eat it at nursery
What are your favourite British things?
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