Very British Problems

Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time

Author: Rob Temple

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751556076

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 1587

There's an epidemic sweeping the nation Symptoms include: *Acute embarrassment at the mere notion of 'making a fuss' *Extreme awkwardness when faced with any social greeting beyond a brisk handshake *An unhealthy preoccupation with meteorology Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure. Rob Temple's hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.
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Very British Problems

Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time

Author: Rob Temple

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751556076

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 6012

There's an epidemic sweeping the nation Symptoms include: *Acute embarrassment at the mere notion of 'making a fuss' *Extreme awkwardness when faced with any social greeting beyond a brisk handshake *An unhealthy preoccupation with meteorology Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure. Rob Temple's hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.
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Very British Problems

Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time

Author: Rob Temple

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405529237

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 9609

There's an epidemic sweeping the nation Symptoms include: *Acute embarrassment at the mere notion of 'making a fuss' *Extreme awkwardness when faced with any social greeting beyond a brisk handshake *An unhealthy preoccupation with meteorology Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure. Rob Temple's hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.
Posted in Humor

Sorry, I'm British!

An Insider's Romp Through Britain from A to Z

Author: Ben Crystal,Adam Russ,Ed McLachlan

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780740409

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 6464

They’re just across the pond but they’re a strange bunch. Explore the oddities of the British psyche with this witty illustrated book. A perfect companion to British behavior, get to grips with everything from small-talk to superiority, from “the stiff upper lip” to hooliganism, from cricket to condiments, and curry to class. This hilarious A-Z guide will take you through the realm of all that’s British – its culture, its institutions, its humor, and its people. Ben Crystal has worked in tv, film and theatre. He is author of several books on Shakespeare for Penguin. Adam Russ is an actor and writer who lives in London. Ed McLachlan's is an acclaimed British cartoonist.
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Watching the English, Second Edition

The Hidden Rules of English Behavior Revised and Updated

Author: Kate Fox

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 1857889177

Category: Travel

Page: 600

View: 5364

The international hit returns with even more wit and insight into the hidden rules that make England English.
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British English from A to Zed

A Definitive Guide to the Queen's English

Author: Norman W. Schur

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1626364672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 480

View: 5331

Whether you are traveling to Great Britain or just want to understand British popular culture, this unique dictionary will answer your questions. British English from A to Zed contains more than 5,500 British terms and their American equivalents, each with a short explanation of the term’s history and an example of its use. The appendixes provide valuable supplemental material with differences between British and American pronunciation, grammar, and spelling as well as terms grouped in specific areas such as currency, weight, and numbers. This dictionary will help you unravel the meanings of: • Berk (idiot) • Bevvied up (drunk) • Crisps (potato chips) • Erk (rookie) • To judder (to shake) • Noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) • And more! George Bernard Shaw famously said that the British and Americans were “two peoples separated by a common language.” This book bridges that gap.
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Very British Problems Abroad

Author: Rob Temple

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 9780751558494

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 9133

In his new mildly-amusing-if-you-like-that-sort-of-thing book, Rob Temple tackles classic 'Brits abroad' dilemmas, including the impossibility of finding decent cup of tea, queuing anarchy at popular tourist spots and the awfulness of a middle-aged British man in socks and sandals. With witty illustrations, quizzes and plenty of Rob's trademark observations on the peculiarities of the British, this is bound to be another huge success.* *Steady on.
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Brit-think, Ameri-think

A Transatlantic Survival Guide

Author: Jane Walmsley

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780142001349

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 145

View: 6315

Looks at differences in the cultures of Great Britain and the United States, covering divergent attitudes toward everything from sex, food, and sports to pets, religion, money, and humor, in a guide that has been thoroughly updated to reflect changes in social, political, and cultural trends. Original.
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Stuff Brits Like

A Guide to What's Great About Great Britain

Author: Fraser McAlpine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698183878

Category: Humor

Page: 352

View: 1130

If you’re looking for the best biscuit to dunk in your tea, the ideal temperature at which to serve real ale or the perfect pasty for your trip to the seaside, you either A) Have been desperately seeking a book exactly like this one or, B) Have secretly become British without realizing it. If you chose A, congratulations, you are an Anglophile! And, if you chose B, don’t panic. With the help of Stuff Brits Like, you will soon discover the joy of these and many more delightful British peculiarities and can develop an upper lip as stiff as any you’ve seen on Downton Abbey. British native Fraser McAlpine set out to do for his countrymen what Stuff Parisians Like did for their neighbors across the channel—offering a guide to their particular tastes and eccentricities with all the cheeky wit you might expect from the people who gave you Noël Coward and Eddie Izzard. You may know to say football instead of soccer and crisps instead of chips. You may even know why taking the piss is more fun and less unsanitary than it sounds. But with Stuff Brits Like, you’ll be ready for the next pub quiz in no time.
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How to Speak Brit

The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases

Author: Christopher J. Moore

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698162137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 128

View: 3569

The quintessential A to Z guide to British English—perfect for every egghead and bluestocking looking to conquer the language barrier Oscar Wilde once said the Brits have "everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language." Any visitor to Old Blighty can sympathize with Mr. Wilde. After all, even fluent English speakers can be at sixes and sevens when told to pick up the "dog and bone" or "head to the loo," so they can "spend a penny." Wherever did these peculiar expressions come from? British author Christopher J. Moore made a name for himself on this side of the pond with the sleeper success of his previous book, In Other Words. Now, Moore draws on history, literature, pop culture, and his own heritage to explore the phrases that most embody the British character. He traces the linguistic influence of writers from Chaucer to Shakespeare and Dickens to Wodehouse, and unravels the complexity Brits manage to imbue in seemingly innocuous phrases like "All right." Along the way, Moore reveals the uniquely British origins of some of the English language’s more curious sayings. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? Why do we refer to powerless politicians as “lame ducks”? How did “posh” become such a stylish word? Part language guide, part cultural study, How to Speak Brit is the perfect addition to every Anglophile’s library and an entertaining primer that will charm the linguistic-minded legions.
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English Humour for Beginners

Author: George Mikes

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241978556

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 9107

If you want to succeed here you must be able to handle the English sense of humour. So proclaims George Mikes' timeless exploration of this curious phenomenon. Whether it's understatement, self-deprecation or plain cruelty, the three elements he identifies as essential to our sense of humour, being witty here is a way of life. Perfectly placed as an adopted Englishman himself, Mikes delivers his shrewd advice - helpfully divided into 'Theory' and 'Practice' - with a comic precision that does his chosen country proud. Drawing on a trove of examples from our rich comic canon, from Orwell ("Every joke is a tiny revolution") to Oscar Wilde, this is the essential handbook for natives and foreigners alike. Mrs Kennedy: "I don't think, Mr Churchill, that I have told you anything about my grandchildren." Winston Churchill: "For which, madam, I am infinitely grateful."
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Middle Class Problems

Problems But Not Real Actual Problems, Just Middle Class Ones

Author: Benjamin Lee

Publisher: Square Peg

ISBN: 9780224101127

Category: Middle class

Page: 176

View: 2247

A hilarious collection of the most agonizing real-life inconveniences faced by the iPhone-losing, polenta-burning, Eurostar-missing middle classes, illustrated by Matt Blease 'My pug has hiccups' 'I've given myself a croissant headache' 'I just dropped batteries in my quinoa' 'Think I've forgotten how to ski' Can't find your melon baller? Wrestling with wrapping paper? Struggling to figure out how to properly pronounce quinoa?? Get your daily trials into perspective with this hilarious collection of the top #MiddleClassProblems from around the globe. Since 2010, Benjamin Lee has run the hugely popular @MiddleClassProb account, and in this book he has selected the all-time highlights.
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Great British Wit

Author: Rosemarie Jarski

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091906318

Category: Reference

Page: 443

View: 9691

There's nothing much left to feel good about these days if you're British, but one of the few things where we all agree that we're still a world leader is our defining sense of humour. Thematically covering every subject imaginable, from God to dogs, this collection is the seminal gathering of our national wit and a picture of who we are as a nation - a monument to our monumental silliness. 'An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.' George Mikes Jane Austen, Jo Brand, Craig Brown, Winston Churchill, Alan Clark, Jeremy Clarkson, Billy Connolly, Peter Cook, Tommy Cooper, Stephen Fry, A.A. Gill, Boris Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Maureen Lipman, Spike Milligan, Eric Morecambe, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Frank Skinner, Sue Townsend, Peter Ustinov, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, Victoria Wood and many more.
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Miranda's Daily Dose of Such Fun!

365 joy-filled tasks to make your life more engaging, fun, caring and jolly

Author: Miranda Hart

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 147366456X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

View: 2765

*** 365 joy filled tasks to make your life more engaging, fun, caring and jolly *** There are tiny gestures that can make a huge difference to you and others around you. So, I say; every day try to do something jolly that you can look back on with a smile, be grateful for, knowing it has brought kindness to others at the same time. I have made the ideas in this book as universal and free or cheap as possible but of course sometimes you may need to make them work for you if your circumstances don't allow them. And if there are any songs or talks or people you don't know who I am referring to, then get thee to YouTube, they will all be on there. If there was ever a reason to have some childish fun and break an adults monotony. I hope some of my ideas do this for you, that you have SUCH FUN doing them and reap the rewards to a calmer and happier life.
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Postcards from Across the Pond

Dispatches from an Accidental Expatriate

Author: Michael Harling,Debbie Jenkins

Publisher: Cabal Group Limited

ISBN: 1905430485

Category: Travel

Page: 172

View: 8814

"Postcards from Across The Pond" began as a means of keeping in touch with the folks back home in the U.S.A., but it soon expanded into a humorous commentary on British life by an accidental expat.
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The Uncommon Reader

A Novella

Author: Alan Bennett

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429934534

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 7176

From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.
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Very British Problems Volume III

Still Awkward, Still Raining

Author: Rob Temple

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 9780751570113

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 525

Have you ever... Got into a four-hour argument over what does and does not belong in a full English breakfast? Sat perfectly still in terrified silence until the unknown number stops ringing and goes away? Replied to the question 'Can I get you anything? Tea, coffee, water?' with 'Lovely, thanks'? ...then you may (still) be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. Rob Temple is back to guide you through the maze of idiosyncrasies, loveable foibles and - let's admit - outright eccentricities that define this sceptred isle. Featuring groundbreaking original research from his @soverybritish Twitter account (spoiler: 84% of Brits prefer milk in first), this book may not be a remedy for your incurable VBPs, but it will certainly provide amusement as you hide in the loo from an unexpected visitor.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307371565

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7820

Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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That's Not English

Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us

Author: Erin Moore

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698186303

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 7351

An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave readers gobsmacked In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, "Quite" exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in "Moreish," she addresses our snacking habits. In "Partner," she examines marriage equality; in "Pull," the theme is dating and sex; "Cheers" is about drinking; and "Knackered" covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate’s survival guide. American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books—including Eats, Shoots & Leaves—for the US market. She’s spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That’s Not English is the perfect companion for modern Anglophiles and the ten million British and American travelers who visit one another’s countries each year.
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Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Publisher: ENRICH CULTURE GROUP LIMITED

ISBN: 9887739537

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 2894

The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Published in 1947, the diary received widespread critical and popular attention. The book is included in several lists of the top books of the 20th century.
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