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Guest Post: 10 things you should know about British people

[DISCLOSURE: this article was written light-heartedly and is not intended to offend anyone.]

This is 10 things you should know about the British people…

1. We love our drink. At the end of a long hard week at work there’s nothing more us Brits love to do than getting absolutely mortal and embarrassing ourselves until we are forced into a taxi home by our nearest and dearest. Just take a look at the Strongbow advertisement for America compared to the U.K. Should I say more?
2. Following on from our love to drink, if you’re ever in England, the place you want to be is Weatherspoon’s. Weatherspoon’s is a chain of pubs spread right across Britain and is known for its 2 for £5 jâger bombs and cheap food. We love our spoons, and if you’re ever lost in a big city, you know a spoons is never too far away.
3. As well as being borderline alcoholics, we love to apologise for absolutely anything and everything. If someone bumps into us, we say sorry. If we want to get through a busy crowd, we say sorry. If a lunatic sets fire to our home, steals our money and kidnaps or dog… we say sorry. It’s just in our nature.
4. A common misconception people who have never been to Britain have, is that we all sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. That overly posh British accent is probably only used by 1% of the population, the rest of us sound common as muck.
5. One stereotype that I’m proud to say is true is our love for a good old cup of tea. There’s nothing more life-fulfilling then coming home after a long day of work, getting your pyjamas and slippers on and sitting on the sofa with a big mug of tea. Mmmmmm…
6. On the other hand, although we love our tea, we are not obsessed with crumpets. I think I’ve had them once in my life. They’re tasty with a kg of butter on them, but not what I’d call an English delicacy.
7. Our National Health Service is epic. Enough said.

8. If you’ve not heard of Sir David Jason, then you need to re-evaluate your life. He is British comedy gold and plays Del Boy in the best show ever made, Only Fools and Horses. He’s the uncle everyone wished they had.
9. If we’re talking British tv shows, it’s only fair that I mention Doctor Who. My crush on David Tennant still hasn’t died and every day I wake up longing for the day where my time travelling superhero will crash into my back garden and then return 12 years later. (P.S. if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, then it’s normal to not understand that reference)
10. Last but not least. The majority of us Brits never went to a fancy boarding school, but a rather suspicious comprehensive school that should’ve got shut down years ago. There was always that rumour that the P.E. teacher had a favourite student and that a kid once died at school but never was there any magical spells and dark lords threatening to kill us.

I wrote this post with a smile on my face, feeling proud to be British. Although not every British person will fit with every single thing on this list, I believe I’ve given a good patriotic account of my country.
I hope you enjoyed this post ☺
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  • Reply Cheryl Wong

    When i first moved to the UK I was so shocked when I see people drinking as early as 10am at the spoons near my place! But after being here for nearly three years now I find myself getting a drink to go with my lunch and of course, using the words 'thank you' as punctuations!

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Nele

    I moved to England 4 years ago and this is SO spot on i love it hahah!

    Aug 27, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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