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Tea and the British: Vera Drake

I consider Mike Leigh’s film Vera Drake a masterpiece. English actors I think are the best in the world and the performance of Imelda Staunton is extraordinary and suffused with humanity. Indeed, this kind of cinema with its profound sensitivity and humanity, acts as a foil to the pretentious, pseudo-intellectual, melodramatic ravings

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The descendants of honest thieves will never allow their marbles to be lost

The Mayor said: “Someone urgently needs to restore George Clooney’s marbles. Here he is plugging a film about looted Nazi art without realising that Goring himself had plans to plunder the British Museum. “And where were the Nazis going to send the Elgin marbles? To Athens! This Clooney is advocating nothing less

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Quotes on Britishness

Britishness is a complicated and enormous thing—what different people see as meaning different things. It can mean one island, a group of islands off the coast of Europe, or it can mean the British Empire—at times it means all those things. Politicians, and the rest of us, define it in different ways

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Superman was in the Bible according to Brits

The findings from the Bible Society reveal a generation of parents who can’t tell the difference between Hollywood films and religious stories from the Old Testament.

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British politeness?

To summarize, Brutish (im)politeness is not an easy phenomenon to define. It is inherently an endogenous fact, an indisputable state of heart, covered by the exogenous mask of a comprehensive formality repertoire which provides catch-words for every occasion—sadly enough, since a repertoire of corresponding emotional states which might generate polite behaviour are

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Tea with milk and sugar Mr Beckham?

I was watching BBC World the other day and there was an interview with David Beckham. One of the things the lady asked him was about his tea habits (why would anybody need to know that?). — Tea with milk and sugar? — No just sugar. I know that sounds weird. To

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I was looking for some action but all I found was cigarettes and alcohol

I was looking for some action But all I found was cigarettes and alcohol You could wait for a lifetime To spend your days in the sunshine… Oasis Is there a more succinct way to epitomize student culture in the UK?

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Madonna on Britain

When I was 45, I was married again, with two children and living in England. I consider moving to a foreign country to be a very daring act. It wasn’t easy for me. Just because we speak the same language doesn’t mean we speak the same language. I didn’t understand that there

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Britain is just a small island … no one pays any attention to them

Britain is just a small island … no one pays any attention to them. Dmitry Peskov (allegedly) Reference Wow, what a major way to insult an ex-mighty empire!

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The British and Television (Steptoe & Son, Divided We Stand)

In the light of this epiphany I even managed to make sense of the state of mind which led to the making of such brilliant examples of native comedy as the episode Divided We Stand (1972) from the sitcom Steptoe & Son. In this episode, middle-aged Harold, who lives with his senile
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