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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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English cuisine is generally so threadbare

English cuisine is generally so threadbare that for years there has been a gentlemen’s agreement in the civilized world to allow the Brits pre-eminence in the matter of tea—which, after all, comes down to little more than have ability to boil water. —Fred Metclalf, Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, p.85

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He thought risotto was an Italian football player

He thought risotto was an Italian football player but he prepared this in five minutes. —TV advert

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Canned steak and kidney pie with a little tomato ketchup on top

As soon as the French start queuing up for baked beans, I shall commit harakiri, simply by leaning slowly on my favourite carving knife. Yes: the day the French start eating canned steak and kidney pie with a little tomato ketchup on top it will mark the end of a great civilization,

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Fat-filled fast food or something pre-packaged

Jeremy Paxman in his new book on the English argues that “for the majority of people, eating out is to consume fat-filled fast food, and to eat in, to be a victim of something pre-packaged”. —Cosmo Landesman, “May we have the pleasure?”, The Guardian, Saturday October 17, 1998

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The English in terms of tea, roast-beef and rain

The English can be explained by their Anglo-Saxon heritage and the influence of Methodists. But I prefer to explain them in terms of tea, roast-beef and rain. A people is first what it eats, drinks and gets pelted with. —Pierre Daninos, Major Thomson and I, (1957) from the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous

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We British are often condemned as unromantic

Compared to your average Mediterranean male, we British are often condemned as unromantic—but then we don’t have much to work with. While in France they have the bistro, we have the once-French and now very British-sounding caff. Frenchmen get to drink in sophisticated-sounding bars called La Metro (sic) or Le Jardin, while

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Englishwomen’s feet

But even the English diet seems to me to give the intellect heavy feet—in fact, Englishwomen’s feet… Friedrich Nietzsche, “Why I am so clever”, in Ecce Homo, p.30

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Food in England more dangerous than sex

England is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than sex. Jackie Mason

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On the Continent, people have good food

On the Continent, people have good food; in England, people have good table manners. George Mikes
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