What it’s like to be British

There have been a number of comedy programmes on television recently about “very British problems”. This has led to some interesting pub conversations about our “Keep Calm and Carry On” character.

£1 British mugs © 2015 Southampton Old Lady
£1 British mugs © 2015 Southampton Old Lady

My daughter sent me the following anecdotes that have been circulating on Facebook:


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A 'SORRY' bus in Southampton England
A ‘SORRY’ bus in Southampton England

Sorry three were repeats as these are jpegs. Saying “sorry” is another British-isms.

Which now leads me to ask:  Have you any other anecdotes about being British to share?



43 thoughts on “What it’s like to be British

  1. After being in the UK for a few months, this is funnier than it would have been before-hand. I am starting to appreciate the peculiarities (is that a word) of the British. That said, I will say that we Canadians 100% share the “sorry” reflex. Americans make fun of us for it. Did you know this about us, already? Sorry.

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    • Oh! Yes definitely and the same for anywhere that remembers what you ordered or style of hair etc.
      And I never send anything back! I had lived on the Mediterranean where it is not considered an offence – Back in Blighty, I forgot and asked for another crumble as this one was burnt. They gave me another but were so devastated that I had to go another once and order it again to show there were no hard feelings, before never going again out of embarrassment.

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  2. Sadly, the train ones are no longer true. People do eat crisps next to you – I’ve even done it myself. The person in the window seat only lets you know that they want to get off as the train pulls into their station, giving you two seconds to remove all your worldly goods from the tiny pull-down table. On the other hand, I am always relieved when the conductor acknowledges I have the correct ticket and I’m not holding it upside down. I have to check this before I present it these days, as I went through a phase of getting odd looks from the conductors as they twisted their necks awkwardly to read the date.

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  3. What fun! I can relate to some of this experiences so that might be the result of my British ancestors on my father’s side. The first time I visited London I felt as if I were coming home…expect for the tea…I am a coffee drinker.

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