I went on a very interesting training course last week and at lunch the conversation turned to national traits. My colleagues were very interested in a trait they see as being very English – the need to queue!
They asked me where I queue, why I queue and if everybody in England queues. The answers are; everywhere, because it’s the only way to get to the front in an organised and fair manner and, yes, we all queue – or expect to get shouted at for not joining an orderly line!
My question in response is – how do you get on a bus or train without queuing? How do you know who is next to be served at the Post Office?
Here is an amusing story about one of our national pastimes -. I would love to hear about the traits that define your nationality so please post your favourites here.
BBC Six Minute English
Above is a link to the Six Minute English page that Ann-Francoise told you about yesterday. Yep, it is easier than From Our Own Correspondent – and it has the advantage of a script so that you can read/listen at the same time. I will post a link to it on the Interesting! page as well so you can find it easily. Use them both – they’re great resources!
Enjoy your weekend.
Really touched by such a lovely, thoughtful present – thank you all so much. I had a great day – what could be better than spending your birthday down a stinking, rat-infested sewer with the best group in BF!
I will post the photos very soon – hope you’ll enjoy them.
Something to make you smile!
With a big thank you to Valerie who found this and shared it with me! Enjoy.
I am a very lucky person – I have seen some of the best cricket teams in the world at some of the best cricket grounds in the world but, oh yes, there’s always a but, I never saw Sachin Tendulkar and now it’s too late. Tendulkar, widely regarded as one of the finest cricketers ever, retired from international cricket after 24 years amid emotional scenes last week.
Now I know this may be meaningless to most of you – cricket is a funny game, loved by some of us and totally unheard of by most people throughout the world. In a marvelous example of how confusing English can be and how difficult it is to explain the rules of some games, here is a link to a set of rules for how to play cricket. Enjoy!
European cities of culture
Here is a list of all the European cities of culture since it began in 1985. London/Derry is a UK city of culture not a European one and here is a link to the video we watched;
and a link to the Neil Hannon song;
BBC From Our Own Correspondent – Stalle Group
Here is a great link to a BBC series which is wonderful. It’s always interesting, not too long – although the programme is 30 minutes, each excerpt is only about 7 minutes and it is updated every week. Find it, bookmark it, enjoy it!