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Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things Britishby Leslie Banker
Synopses & Reviews
When it comes to Britain, most Americans don’t know (Union) Jack. Fortunately, now an Anglo-American husband-and-wife team are here to help with a smart, funny, and handy guide that minds the gap between fact and fiction. From Whigs and Windsors to wankers and Wales, this spit-spot-on reference covers all manner of British history, society, culture, language, and everyday life, including
• the class system, title envy, and a thumbnail sketch of British dynasties
• highlights of the social season (yes, they have a social season)
• Parliament, prime ministers, and a wild variety of political parties
• British sports 101, including football (by which we mean soccer), cricket, rugby, snooker, and darts
• answers to the pressing question: What’s on the telly?
• British culinary delights, from Marmite to late-night tikka masala
• odd pronunciations (e.g., how “St. John” becomes “Sin Jun”)
• cockney slang, or why you should never get caught “telling porkies on the dog”
• Londoners’ pride in the Tube and the truth about trainspotting
So whether you’re traveling to England on business or for pleasure, dating a Brit, hoping to comfort a homesick Londoner (whip up a treacle tart, recipe included), or simply curious about life across the pond, Britannia in Brief is the perfect companion.
For travelers and anglophile alike, includes everything vital to British culture from what your choice of newspaper says about you to why you shouldn't call anyone mate unless you've served on a boat with him, all in a clever, entertaining and thoroughly useful guide. Original.
When it comes to Britain, most Americans don't know (Union) Jack. Fortunately, now an Anglo-American husband-and-wife team are here to help with a smart, funny, and handy guide that minds the gap between fact and fiction. From Whigs and Windsors to wankers and Wales, this spit-spot-on reference covers all manner of British history, society, culture, language, and everyday life, including
the class system,
About the Author
Leslie Banker is co-author of The Pocket Decorator and The Pocket Renovator both published by Universe. She has written freelance articles for Interior Design magazine, Edible Rhody, and a regular column for Realtor Magazine On-Line.
William Mullins is a financial software developer and has written freelance pieces for salon.com and The Boston Book Review. Before moving to the US he was an assistant editorat Debrett's in London.
Table of Contents
So where are we anyway? England? Britain? UK? What's the difference? ; Snapshots of British history ; Bits and pieces of pink ; The ins and outs of Northern Ireland ; People who are-- ; Nicknames ; Towns and their industries ; Some American places named after Brits ; Major British rivers ; Neighborhoods of London ; Geographical analogies ; Fact or fiction? — Society. The class system ; Titles and honors ; Proper protocol when you meet the monarch ; The royal residences ; British dynasties ; How to impress or ingratiate yourself with British people ; How to offend a British person ; The Church of England ; Highlights of the social season ; Going to a wedding in the UK ; Fact of fiction? — Culture. What your newspaper says about you ; Magazines (and the celebrity obsession) ; British libel law ; The celebrity culture ; Book publishing ; Gay life ; Sports ; Pop music ; Art ; British humor ; The telly ; British film and stage ; Radio ; Fact or fiction? — Politics and government. The House of Commons ; The House of Lords ; Political names and places ; British political parties ; Twentieth-century prime ministers and their parties ; Colorful characters in politics ; British political scandals of note ; Fact or fiction? — Food and drink. British cuisine and comfort food ; What to do for a homesick Brit ; Pub etiquette ; Fact or fiction? — Language. Weird pronunciations ; Cockney ; Lost in translation-- separated by a common tongue ; Swear words : how offensive are they? ; The Welsh language ; Prevalent British names rarely heard in the US ; Fact or Fiction? — The quotidian. Transportation ; Holidays ; Brits on holiday ; Festivals ; Business ; The NHS (National Health Service) ; Education ; The metric system ; Law and order ; Real estate transactions ; Fact or fiction?
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