I’m currently busy writing a story that’s set in Britain and I need to gather as much information as possible on the matter, specifically anything that concerns British culture, traditions and everyday life. Everything is welcome, think blogs about things that are ‘typically British’ (like O Chateau did for Paris), movies that depict the British lifestyle, music, websites etc.
Also welcome are websites with information on how British people behave and speak (things like saying ‘rather’ and ‘arse’ instead of ‘pretty’ and ‘ass’ respectively, or idioms and phrases commonly used there, for example ‘get stuffed’ or ‘being mad as a bag of ferrets’).
Of course another thing that would be greatly appreciated, are movies, shows, websites etc. that depict the British sense of humour. (Dame Maggie Smith has always been a personal favorite of mine in that regard.)
Living in Europe myself (and actually rather close to UK) I do know quite a bit myself and yes, I realize that UK is a modern country and probably less than one percent of its population sticks to these ‘stereotypes’. For example, tea time isn’t what it used to be anymore and they definitely don’t have baked beans every morning. This is why I’m more interested in just those little details that make the difference, the things that define the general population of Britain. I want to understand as much as I can. And yes, I also realize that the best way to achieve this is to visit the country itself, however at this point this is just not an option.
In any case, everything you can think of would be most welcome, so feel free to post anything that comes to mind.
Thanks a bunch!
(P.S.: Regarding the language thing, anyone from UK reading this post is welcome to comment on words/sentences in this post that the British would say in a different manner. The reverse is true as well: Let me know how ‘British’ this post sounds. That’s a ridiculous thing to ask, I know. Then again, I’m rather ridiculous myself, so it probably won’t stain my reputation. ^^)