Tag: British

September 11, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Away UK office workers are still away.  Early Aug 2020 – 84% of French office workers were back at their desks, compared to only 37% of Britons, and 75% of Germans, Spanish & Italians.  1/4 of Britons are only turning up at the office part-time.  We’re all in this together?  Er, no Guessed the Word? …

February 12, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Naughty “Naughty, but nice” – 1970s National Dairy Council slogan for cream cakes.  One of the most popular British classics with tourists (& locals), the Cream Tea – collective name for warm scone, clotted cream, strawberry jam & tea – dates back to the 11th c in SW England.  National Cream Tea Day on the…

February 5, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Spread The great English spread: Marmite.  Invented in 1902 from spent brewer’s yeast & still made today.  Nutritious black savoury paste enjoyed on toast.  Most-confiscated item at British airports, so comes in 70g travel size since 2015, & in limited-edition versions – new sales for traditional product!  Included in soldiers’ rations in both World Wars &…

November 12, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Weather What is normal British weather now?  2018 was UK’s joint hottest summer on record.  So far, it’s been too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry for farmers, so will impact food prices.  Feb/Mar: sub-zero temperatures. Apr: cold rain.  May: unseasonally warm.  Jun/Jul/Aug: baking hot.  Sep/Oct: unusually mild.  Nov/Dec: ????? Guessed the…

October 15, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Afternoon tea A quintessential British pastime since the 1800s to fill the break between breakfast & dinner.  Traditional menu – finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, teas – can be given a modern twist to reflect art, fashion or other cuisines.  For business or pleasure, “there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to…

September 21, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Kilo The Kibble Balance, an exquisitely accurate weighing machineloosens France’s grip on the kiloas it measures mass more accurately.  From 1790s, 1 kg = a cylinder of metal (which changes weight as it reacts with air) in a Paris vault.  The Kibble, a 1975 British invention, defines weight against the Planck constant, one of…

July 20, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Teapot A design masterpiece, the Brown Betty brews the best tea since 1695.  Stoke-on-Trent red clay retains heat. Brown Rockingham glaze hides stains & wipes clean.  Shape makes tea leaves swirl & release more flavour as boiling water is added. Handle loop prevents knuckles getting burnt.  Handmade. Originally 12 shillings ( £85/ $110). Now £40…

March 2, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Business as usual  (BAU) The maxim of the British people is ‘business as usual’ ~ Winston Churchill, 1914.  Regardless of current difficult weather/ events, the show must go on Guessed the word?     Series 20 (4/6)     [pic: tomas anton escobar]