'In England everything is typical. If your train is late, it is typical. If there are no seats on the upper deck of a bus, it is typical. If it starts to rain at five o'clock just before you leave work, it is typical.'
Through every dodgy flat share, low-paid waitressing job, awkward date and office mishap, Angela held tight to George's wit and wisdom. With his help she began to understand how to live amongst the English - with their eccentricity, spirit and singing train drivers - and fell in love with a land rich in green spaces, pubs and puddings.
'The English do not like to be wished "Have a nice day", because to them it sounds like a command. They think, Who the hell do you think you are to order me to have a nice day?'
A wry, often affectionate view on the English, and how to navigate our national personality.
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‘The English do not like to be wished “Have a nice day”,
because to them it sounds like a command. They think,
Who the hell do you think you are to order me to have a
‘One of my English friends said that the American
Revolution was so typical of the bloody Americans.
When I asked how it could be typical if it was the first
and last and only War of American independence he
looked at me as puzzled as if I were an alien from a
faraway unknown planet.’
‘English people are master of avoiding eye contact as
much as avoiding explicit talks.’
‘All job seeker aliens must know that the English people
use understatement all the time except in their CV
which is total overstatement.’
‘Shorter holidays in England always have unexpected
surprises. You have a certain plan but transport
companies have other plans.’
‘The English don’t have worry genes in their DNA at all.
Instead, they have the Keep Calm gene.’
‘On my first week in England a homeless beggar asked
me if I was alright. (I wasn’t alright at all. I didn’t speak
English, I didn’t have a job and I wasn’t even sure what
I was doing in England.) The last time I exchanged
words with a homeless person was back in Hungary, he
said to me: ‘Hey honey, can I have a shag instead of
‘Never contradict The English during weather talk. If
they say that 15 degrees is “quite unbearably hot” then
either you just say “indeed, it is quite unbearably hot” or
you shut up and nod.’
‘If your English colleague never flirts with you, there is a
big possibility that he or she is in love with you secretly.’