Being British

I’ve been watching a new programme on TV called “Very British Problems”, and it gave me an idea for a blog post.

What is ‘British’?  What does it mean to be British?

Well.  Here’s my take.

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Sitting on a bench, eating fish and chips straight from the paper.

Donkey rides on the beach.

Queuing.

Chivalry.

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Being too polite (even when people don’t deserve it).

Overusing the word “sorry”.

Sarcasm (British sarcasm is very different to the rest of the world).

Scones stuffed with jam and freshly whipped cream.

Pots of tea with china cups.

Gordon Ramsay.  By the way…  He rocks!

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Bangers and mash.

We also have a fancy name for cheese on toast…  “Welsh Rarebit”.

David Beckham.

The Spice Girls.

The Beatles.

Genesis.

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Phil Collins.

Take That (bleurgh).

Black Sabbath.

Queen.

Doctor Who.

All-doctors

James Bond.

Mini Cooper.

Aston Martin.

Jaguar.

Rolls Royce.

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Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Fry.

Bill Bailey.

Billy Connolly.

Russell Brand.

Robert Carlyle.

Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William.

Prince Harry.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Cockney rhyming slang.

We’re pretty good at tongue twisters too.

William Wordsworth.

William Shakespeare.

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The Bronte sisters.

Jane Austen.

Robert Burns.

Robert the Bruce.

William Wallace (aka Braveheart – yes.  He was a real man).

Robert Roy Macgregor (Rob Roy – yes.  He was real too).

Highland bagpipes.

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Haggis, neeps and tatties.

The Loch Ness Monster (Nessie.  And of course, his sister – Morag).

Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie was Scottish).

St George.

George and the Dragon.

The Union Jack.

Britannia.

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The BBC Proms.

Last Night of the Proms.

The BBC.

The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (best in the world).

Castles.

Forests.

Robin Hood.

Marks and Spencer.

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Asda.

Sainsbury’s.

Mark Sheppard.

Alan Rickman.

Colin Firth.

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Judi Dench.

Zoe Wannamaker.

Harry Potter!

Orlando Bloom.

Joseph Morgan.

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Stonehenge.

Callenish Stone Circle.

Tower Bridge.

The Tower of London.

Buckingham Palace.

Big Ben (is actually the name of the bell; not the clock tower).

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I think this list is sufficient enough at the moment…  I could probably go on forever; and I am sure that you could too.

So what do you think?  When you think of all things British, what comes to your mind?

A very social experiment – the conclusion

My previous post entitled, A very social experiment – an introduction, described my journey in to the world of having penpals, and brought you right up to date of my venture in to finding and making friends in other countries, without leaving my home.

After receiving several message from men in northern African countries, saying nothing but “hi”, and the odd, “hello, you are very beautiful, we can be friends…”, on a daily basis, I was starting to get rather annoyed.  Don’t get me wrong, I was receiving other messages, from genuine people, but very rarely.  I always seemed to be the person to write the first message.  I would write an in-depth introduction, describing myself and my hobbies, and stating that I would like to be penpals.  I hardly ever got a response…  If I did, it wouldn’t last longer than one or two further messages, then that was that.

On 10 February 2014, hubby proposed that I conduct a sort of ‘social’ experiment on Interpals, to see what encourages people to write.  I decided that I would change my photograph on three separate occasions, to see what sort of responses I would get.

This was my usual profile picture:

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With this picture, I averaged 20-30 people per day, viewing my profile, and approximately 3-5 messages per day.

 

On 10 February, I changed my profile picture to this:

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As you can see, the photo is rather different to what I normally have.  To me, the photo is a little more ‘appealing’, and less “I’m a really fun/crazy person”.

On the evening of 10 February, I made a note of my findings.

Views:  248

Messages:  26

No messages were considered to be ‘genuine’ friendship requests.

On the morning of 11 February, I changed my profile picture to this…

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I honestly thought that this picture would increase my views and messages 10-fold, as this picture is even more ‘appealing’.  Maybe the picture was slightly too dark to get the response I thought I would acquire.  Anyway, here are the results on the morning of 12 February:

Views:  107

Messages:  12

No messages were considered to be ‘genuine’ friendship requests.

On the evening of 12 February, I made my final profile picture change of this little experiment to:

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I wasn’t really as keen on this picture compared the the first change, as I looked so young on this…  Mind you, this picture was taken 7 years ago…

This morning (14 February), I changed my profile picture back to the original (silly faced me, ha ha), and I made a note of my findings for the above picture:

Views:  101

Messages:  55

Three messages were considered to be ‘genuine’ friendship requests.

I don’t know why the above photo gained less views but more messages than the other pictures, but I think that people tend to write to people who look younger, rather than older (and ‘silly’).  Maybe it’s the Mona Lisa smile..?

Anyway, as my experiment was not of a scientific nature, more of a psychological one, and purely for my own research, I found it interesting.

Conclusion:  I will be putting a block on men contacting me from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey.  I know it’s wrong to ‘tar them all with the same brush’, but there’s only so much one person can take.