The Weather

When I ask people who have immigrated here, what has most surprised them or struck them, many people say the weather. It rains a lot in Britain but we rarely have any extreme weather. We still talk about the Great Storm in 1987 or the few winters when it snowed  lot.  Autumn leaves blow on […]

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Getting fired

Discussing the difference between careers in France and Spain, I learnt that in the UK, you are far more likely to get fired but in 6 months time, you will have another job and you might be doing something different.  The French and Spanish people told me that in their countries, you choose your career […]

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Keep calm and carry on

A Frenchman described the British sense of humour to me today as keep calm and carry on. He told me that when he found the following TV programmes funny,  Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and Blackadder, he realised he understood the British.  We often laugh at people who are slightly pompous, trying their best, get themselves […]

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