So! You want to be British

So! You want to be British

Cultural events, national treasures, famous and ordinary people who made the news illustrate what it means to live in Great Britain and to call oneself British.

This book is a collection of more than fifty blogs posted by the author over a two year period.

Most articles are quite short with more than a touch of irreverent humour and read together explain what being British really means.

Read about cultural events that take place on May Day such as Penky Follar, famous and ordinary people like Billy Bunter, Desperate Dan and Judge Michael Argyle who once sentenced a football hooligan to life imprisonment. Eccentric clergymen and debates over sex shops appear here as well as a history of the Halifax gibbet and Tiddlywinks.

Here is a full index of articles:

The Best of British as seen by a visitor – The Fairground Association of Britain – Robin Hood -Sunday drinking hours – Train travel – Tourist Information Centres – Bedroom survey
Going to sea in a barrel – Eccentric clergyBritain’s Most Boring Town
World’s Greatest Liar Competition – Penky Follar – Saltburn – British political parties – Hartlepool – Planning – Ffestiniog railway – Private shop – Halifax gibbet – Mr Absolutely Fabulous – Ferrets – Society of King Charles the Martyr – Gladys Leap – Briefcases – Trial by combat – Licensing laws – Half time entertainment at football matches – Frank Bruno – Tea – Merrills – Christmas past – Unemployment – Ghost writer – Desperate Dan – WC’s wine bar – May Day – Judge Michael Argyle – The British test – Billy BunterThe MousetrapBy the seaside – DIY disasters – Moles – Wimbledon – Three men in a boat – TiddlywinksBeer matsBritish currency and slang – Cinema – Red Telephone boxes – Recycling – Fore Street, Hertford – Hertford architecture – Men in black – Mary Portas – Queen’s Jubilee

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Many of these articles can be found in my recently released paperback – Best of British – £6.99 at Amazon