A to H
From Apologising to Humour, via Chivalry, Countryside Rules, Faux-Pas, Formal Dinners and Hats, our indispensable Guide to British Behaviour.
in this section
- For many British people, apologising is a default reaction to life's little irritants.
- Historically, chivalry was seen as an integral, and indispensable feature of the British 'gentleman.
- The British love to complain, but we're not very good at it as we naturally avoid confrontation.
- Some unwritten rules of behaviour have been observed in the British countryside for many centuries.
- Take a leaf out of the book of the traditional English butler, and make a virtue of discretion.
- Special occasions in Britain often require a multitude of different dress codes.
- Alcohol oils the wheels of British social life; from Royal Ascot to a night at the local pub.
- The British path from engagement to marriage is pre-ordained by centuries of custom and tradition.
- The British value politeness, making faux-pas an ever-present social danger.
- Formal dinners are usually bound up in deep historical ritual and tradition.
- This can be defined as the art of winning unfairly at sport without actually cheating.
- In Britain a firm handshake is the common form of face-to-face greeting in all situations.
- Hats are compulsory at a diminishing number of British social occasions.
- Britain is a country with a discernible history that stretches back several millennia.
- A sense of humour is one of life's essential tools.