What is stereotypically quintessentially British?

What do I reckon people see when they think of Britain? Check out my list…

I might be living in Dubai at the moment but that doesn’t stop me loving my home country, England. From the ridiculously bipolar weather conditions to drinking a whole lot of tea – there are so many things that I think have become by default British traditions and stereotypes. Other Brits mights disagree, but I think around the world these things immediately come to mind when people think about Britain or should I perhaps say, London.  Let me know if you think of something different when you think of Britain, and be on the look out for my own list of what makes Britain, Britain to me.

1 A Full English Breakfast
Oh boy, where do I even start? A Full English is heaven on a chipped china plate. It’s ingredients apparently should be enjoyed together: (although I have reservations about the tomatoes, of all things)

Back bacon
Scrambled, fried or poached eggs
Grilled or friend tomatoes
Grilled mushroom
Toast or fried bread
Baked beans (Heinz)
Sausages
Black pudding
And, if you’re really like a bloody good hash brown
HP Brown Sauce or Heinz Tomato Ketchup if you’re not quite as sophisticated (like me).

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My mouth is just watering thinking about it, I can barely type.

2 Red buses, red telephone boxes, red letter boxes & Black Cabs.
We might as well have red cabs, our love of red just seems to be ongoing.

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I promise I’m sat on a Red Bus, 2011 was not a kind year for red sunglasses, pink scarves, grey gloves, and some strange winter combo.

3 London Underground
It smells of just about every disgusting thing under the sun, during rush hour it feels like the Sahara, people push and shove but it is definitely an experience and a half!

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4 Shakespeare, Fleming & Rowling
Of course these are just three names that stick out in British literature amongst many. From Fleming’s Bond, Shakespeare’s Othello and Rowling’s Potter I’ve just named so clear-cut protagonists who made history. British writing at it’s best.

5 An unhealthy obsession with the Royals & Big Ben
Good or bad, we talk about them. Do they take all tax payers money (no) and whether the Queen looked like a sunglower at Wills & Kate’s wedding (yes), we love to moan, print pictures and fill coloumn inches with our Royals. Do we need them? Probably not. Should we keep them? Hell yes! Also Big Ben is NOT the name of the building but a nickname for the bell that dongs, the actual building is called Elizabeth Tower (fun fact), but we are still obsessed by it.

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The Queen and her Corgi are made better just by being in Lego (from Hamleys)!

6 Liberty London, Harrods & Hamleys
I can’t even describe these shops, apart from using one word – yes.

7 Wimbledon, Cricket & Rugby
I should put football in there, but I simply can’t for my dislike of the sport. Tennis, cricket and rugby however. We just seem to love them. Wimbledon, as it happens leads me to my number 8…

8 Strawberries, cream, scones & cups of tea
Strawberries and cream whilst watching centre court at Wimbledon. Why of course. Scones and tea – the perfect remedy for just about anything and a daily ritual as far as I can tell.

9 Sarcasm and Irony, and the word ‘sorry’
Something we do only too well, and since I’ve lived in Dubai I’ve notice confuses practically every other nationality. We also seem to say: ‘sorry,’ a lot too. Sorry, I’m not sure why.

10 ££££
No one else has the pound, it’s ours – goodbye.

11 NHS
Typical Britain – underpaying and overworking valuable staff, complaining constantly about how the NHS is pure shite, and then demanding it treat us for free. I love it. It doesn’t always get it right but bloody hell the people who work there seem to do little else for tuppence, and I’m not talking just consultants, doctors, junior doctors, paramedics and nurses – I’m including everyone like; admin, management, caterers, janitors,porters, all of them.

12 BBC
Of course, it’s on the list. Rocked by scandal in the last few years but still in my opinion quintessentially British.

What do you think is considered stereotypically British, let me know in the comments below? Does your country have any traditions?

 

 

 

-H

 

Jonny Duddle’s Harry Potter Cover Collection

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I wonder if that little strip of prettiness above these words, along with the title of the blog gives away what I’m going to write about today. Could it be something to do with J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter, Bloomsbury and the extraordinarily talented Jonny Duddle? Well…if you were thinking those precise words then you would be right.

I love Rowling’s Harry Potter books, much more then the films – although I still, to this day find myself a little bit in love with Draco Malfoy? Sorry. But I am one of those kind of people, yes those, who hates it, literally can’t stand it when my collection of books don’t match. I don’t like to call it an obsession but, it does sort of enter into those realms, for example I haven’t read the last book in the Divergent Trilogy yet simply because I can’t find a matching copy!

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I was taking a sneaky peek at the Bloomsbury website looking for a job with my favourite publishing house, ultimating ending with a rejection email (cry) but more positively ending with me ordering this stunning complete set of Jonny Duddle’s illustrated Harry Potter books (whoop). So all is not lost. Especially when these lovelies arrived at my front door to carry the sadness away. PLEASE NOTE this, I bought the children’s edition set of Harry Potter but there is an adult version which is thoroughly beautiful done by Andrew Davidson which is definitely a bit more sophisticated, unlike myself. Both these paperback sets are currently £53.99.

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Without further ado, here are the photographs of the books which really don’t do the actually illustrations any justice but I did promise them to you.
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Jonny Duddle also does something perfect he adds little surprise illustrations round the back of the books which represent what’s occurs, or a favourite character much like the beautiful illustration of Dobby the house elf which I put on my Instagram. The rest of the pretty ones I’m leaving so you can have a surprise if you buy!

I think this collection speaks for itself they are absolutely glorious. Right from the start you get a feeling of the world of Harry Potter, especially if you’ve been hiding under a rock since 1997. It’s almost been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out and became pretty much iconic from the start and these books still provide magic today especially with their new covers. All I can say is that my obsessiveness is taking a rest now I’ve achieved the ultimate – a got a matching set of Harry Potter.

Right what’s next for my obsessive tick?

Lord of the Rings?

To purchase this Jonny Duddle children’s paperback set click here.

For the Jonny Duddle’s hardback version £103.50.

And for the adult version by woodcutter Andrew Davidson which is pretty damn amazing click this sentence, now!