Give it a try!

Give it a try!

fish and chips in a brown bag

If you do go to Britain, you must try fish and chips with salt – and, wait for it, vinegar. Wonderful! I’d stay away from those mushy peas, though.

I also like salt and vinegar crisps. And what’s your favourite?

How to feel at home

How to feel at home

Drinking tea

To feel at home in Britain, I recommend that you drink tea with milk – and perhaps a little bit of sugar. Of course, that is black tea. But nobody says that in England. Tea is tea!

By the way, I’m a milk-in-first person! And what about you?

British traditions

What do you know about traditions in Britain?

Have you ever heard of playing conkers, pantomimes and the Queen’s speech at Christmas, pancake flipping on Shrove Tuesday or Guy Fawkes night?

They’re all British traditions and on The Telegraph’s list of top 50!

Things I miss now that I’m living in Germany? People not queuing up nicely and Morris Dancing!

Do you see these things as being unprofessional? William does.

In this article (link to, etiquette expert William Hanson tells us what he considers to be unprofessional in the workplace.

Things he mentions:

  • tattoos
  • nose rings and piercings
  • tie clips
  • too much perfume (something I don’t like either!)
  • charity bangles (What are they? Perhaps something like this?)
  • visible hair roots
  • high heels (not more than 3 inches)
  • brown shoes with suit
  • waistcoat
  • stubble (What is it? Look here!)
  • backpacks

I’d say that it very much depends on your place of work whether this is acceptable or not. Do you agree?

When wedding rings are not worn

I learned something new today while reading this article in Harper’s Bazaar.

A lot of men from the upper classes in Britain do not wear wedding rings (Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh, for example). It’s an old tradition. The only piece of jewellery that is worn is a signet ring.

As etiquette expert William Hanson explains, signet rings should only have a family crest on them rather than initials.