Notes from the UK

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Notes from the UK
Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore. (by Ellen Hawley)
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  • British manners 2 days ago People here say “yes, please” a lot. Let’s say I ask—as I often do when someone stops by—“Do you want a cup of tea?” No one says just plain old “yes,” and not many will say, “I’d love one.” They … Continue reading →
  • Why Britain is called Britain 1 week ago Every so often someone searches the internet asking why Britain’s called Britain and the question lands them in the surreal territory that makes up Notes from the U.K. It’s a sensible question, and it makes a nice change from the … Continue reading →
  • Exploring early Cornish history 2 weeks ago Let’s talk about early Cornish history. Or let’s try to, anyway. It turns out not to be an easy topic. I spent a year or so searching for a good book on the subject and was met with blank looks … Continue reading →
  • What the world really wants to know about Britain, part sevenish 3 weeks ago What leads (a few) wide-eyed innocents from all over the internet to Notes from the U.K.? Let’s look at the search questions they ask–and let’s pretend it tells us something about what they want to know about Britain. We’ll start … Continue reading →
  • Another thing I can't let you miss 3 weeks ago September is Urology Awareness Month. Today is September 26 and I just found out about it. What a waste. Think of all my unaware urologizing earlier this month. Think of all yours. Make up for it, people. Drink some water. … Continue reading →

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