Everyday life in England looks so bizarre
Our author was traveling in England. There some things that he saw surprised and amused him. His commented photo album paints a slightly different picture than a classic travel guide.
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WITHu The quirky traditions that even 46 years of EU membership have not been able to eradicate include the typical English sinks with separate taps: on the right, ice-cold water comes out of the tap, on the left, you scald your hands under the boiling hot jet. These sanitary relics are still in use in an alarming number of washrooms in restaurants and hotels.
The discipline of the English
The Englishman shows true civilization and admirable discipline on the escalator – walk left, stand right. Works perfectly in London, nowhere in Germany.
The Brexit debate strengthens national pride
Since the Brexit vote, a national surge in the English food industry has been observed, with the Union Jack emblazoned on more and more British supermarket packaging.
So also on these sugar bags, on which the flag says: “proudly grown in Britain” – somehow tragic that the national pride now even extends to sugar beet.
Optical illusion in the supermarket
For those who find Brussels sprouts disgusting, the English have developed a splendid alternative – chocolate balls, wrapped in green foil, which perfectly imitates the appearance of the Brussels sprouts. Like real Brussels sprouts, the fake cabbage is delivered in the green network and is regularly sold in specialist shops in the run-up to Christmas.
England’s press does not shy away from taboo subjects
It’s always worth rummaging through English magazine shelves. There is something for every taste. Even taboo topics are illuminated in detail in glossy magazines.
Puppet theater with Theresa May and Boris Johnson
For once, ex-Prime Minister Theresa May and her successor Boris Johnson can be seen in good harmony: as dogs’ dolls. One or the other Brexit opponent is likely to have obtained the material duo for their own use – either to vent political anger or to use them as a voodoo doll, because if Britain’s EU whereabouts cannot be achieved with arguments, then maybe with pinpricks.
Hate or love – the spread divides
Marmite, invented in 1902, is made up of decomposed yeast cells and tastes like that too. The biting salty-spicy spread divides the nation, which the manufacturer (advertising slogan: “You love it or hate it!”) Deals with humorously.
One spot, for example, shows a nursing mother who gleefully bites into a toast with marmite, whereupon her baby vomits indignantly. Lovers can now find marmite-flavored nuts in the supermarket.
Degenerate into royal junk
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were considered the new popular figures in the after their wedding in 2018 Royal Family. Has your reputation been scratched in the meantime?
A look at the duty-free shelf at London Gatwick Airport reveals this. There the couple stayed to decorate the cookie jar and are being sold for a special price (two cans of 22 pounds). Even the motto “Best of British” is of no use anymore: The shine is lost.
This article was first published in October 2019.
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