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In Britain you never have to explain why you drink

In Britain you never have to explain why you drink. You do have to explain why you don’t drink. Because it is not normal. The norm is to drink. There must be something in the British psyche which is making people to want to be inebriated for large parts of their lives.

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The fate of a nation depends on the way that they eat

La destinée des nations dépend de la manière dont elles se nourrissent (The fate of a nation depends on the way that they eat) ― Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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God first made England, Ireland and Scotland

God first made England, Ireland and Scotland. Then, when he corrected his mistakes, he made Wales. — Katharine Hepburn 2.47

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Culture is not your friend

I could not help but see how true the statement below is for most cultures. Especially for such alienated and dehumanised cultures like the British one. Culture is a type of programming. Usually, bad programming; that is, programming that does not promote the well-being of the individual and the society. Programming that

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We do not tolerate people speaking other languages than English in the flats

This is presumably from a poster in a flat in Norwich. “As we finally have our great country back we feel there is one rule to that needs to be made clear to Winchester Tower residents. “We do not tolerate people speaking other languages than English in the flats. “We are now

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Italians use the word “bello” much more frequently than the Englishmen would say “beautiful”

When I was a 19 year old student I came to live for a year in Italy and one of the things that struck me is how often Italians use the world “bello”. Everything was “bello”, “bello”, “bella”. Italians use the word much more frequently than the Englishmen would say “beautiful”. If

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Men and holding hands

One sunny afternoon, when I was around 13 or 14, I was walking down Tottenham High Road hand-in-hand with one of my uncles. He wasn’t a blood relative but, like many of the older men in my community, I called him uncle. I was born in Kinshasa in the Congo, a society

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Beer, of course, is actually a depressant

Beer, of course, is actually a depressant. But poor people will never stop hoping otherwise. — Kurt Vonnegut

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National stereotyping in Britain

In a list of ‘moves designed to piss lots of people off’, banning coffee in Turkey probably ranks somewhere alongside banning cheese in France, banning guns in America and … well, banning national stereotyping in Britain. ― Tom Phillips, Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up

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Junk food and sight loss

The family of a teenager, from Bristol, who suffered irreversible eyesight loss after surviving on a diet of chips, white bread and processed snacks and meat have spoken of their heartache. The teenager, now 19, has been a fussy eater from an early age and cannot tolerate the texture of fruit and
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