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The British Tag – 12 questions for bloggers

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!

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.

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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.

quarter of sherbet lemons

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. 

12. Marmite?

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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  3. As an Irish person, this is very interesting to me! Dancing cow, great name for a pub. I would definitely be a regular there! And as for high tea. Favourite time of the day 🙂

  4. Love this tag, I have to say I’m with you on the extra trimmings with the roast, I am a sucker for my stuffing and roasties. I am irish and we are really similar in our lovers of roasts and tea or tae as we do say. Love your pub name, the dancing cow well cool

    1. It’s a good one isn’t it. I guess the Irish and Brits aren’t far, so bound to like many of the same things. And a roast should be loved by everyone

  5. Even though I’m not British I LOVE this tag! I think I may have to do an Irish version 🙂 The extras are always my favourite part of a roast dinner too and I also detest tea, or any hot drink actually!

  6. That TAG is amazing! I’m a huge British fan, I lived in London for a year and a half and I would like to consider myself a Portuguese Brit hahahaha

  7. Haha a British fraud because you don’t like tea!? I love tea but actually have really started enjoying coffee, so don’t worry! And yes a British roast is amazing. I dont know if i could choose a favourite part of my roast!!

  8. I love fluffy roast potatoes they are to die for and my favourite British thing is moaning about the weather, I mean really can’t we have one day when the sun is shining.

  9. This is brilliant! I’m not very British in that I don’t drink much tea (but guzzle coffee by the gallon!), I hate sweets and I’m not a fan of roasts. But I ADORE pimms, cream teas, and have an obsession with the Royal family!

  10. haha love that twitter feed! Love the questions too.. but how can you have a fav part of a roast?! It has to be all of it together!! 😉 x

  11. Oh gosh how I love roasts and cup of tea!! I am from Ireland but have friends living over here from England and you so remind me of them especially my lovely friend Taniax Really enjoyed your postx I am going to tell her about your blog she will love this post in particularx

  12. Sunday roast is the best – mashed potatoes… yum. Yorkshire puds.. yum. I hate marmite though oh lord, which is weird because apparently I loved it as a baby! I’ve never had Pimms but would love to try it.

    And cream tea. Yum. Basically yum to everything food-related answer you had! 😛

    Love Jamie Oliver too, such amazing recipes. <3

  13. I love reading posts like this. I’m from Ireland however there are quite a few similarities. We’re massive tea drinkers too, apparently tea fixes everything, like you though I’m not a fan, though I do like Green Teas and Fruit Teas and I’m a big coffee drinker! Afternoon tea is a favourite here too as is the Roast Dinner.
    Blur’s Parklife takes me right back to my teens 🙂 I love Jamie Oliver, he always comes across a really genuine down to earth guy. British Pubs have brilliant names, far more imaginative than ours!

    1. There’s an awful lot of Red Lions around though. I don’t remember the Irish pub names from when I went over for a uni field trip, but we certainly enjoyed them.

  14. Just spotted this, thanks for including me at the top! Can’t beat a nice sherbet lemon, but I’d go for the Dairy Milk every time too 🙂

    1. I’m not really a sweets person, but there are some you just can’t beat. Love a bit of bog standard milk chocolate – much better than the posh stuff.

    1. I don’t eat them that much either. Much prefer chocolate (she says, having troughed a pack of Percy Pigs the other day, giving N 2!). No worries on timings – do it whenever.

  15. Mmmm, Pimms. So very British. I ordered one in America once, an experience I’d rather forget as it was served with flat lemonade, no ice or fruit and they gave me. 25ml measure. So very wrong!

    What a fun idea for a post 🙂

    1. Oh dear. Yes, it is odd when even some places in the UK serve it without fruit. It’s almost like not being able to get a decent cup of tea elsewhere!
      Thanks for stopping by

  16. Haha, that was a post that I had a big smile on ALL through reading it! Right up there with the cream teas and gorgeous J.O! I have such a crush on him :D. I love reading the mick-taking posts on British life, mind you, I’m a total Anglophile despite my across the pond roots!x

    1. Ha ha. Love how these type of posts make people smile. They always do for me too. Not sure I have a crush on Jamie, but he’s a bit of a ‘wide boy’ charmer.

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