Friday Five: British Problems

Oh us British, what are we like?! We get all stressed out over the smallest things and encounter problems in the strangest places that perhaps not everyone understands. This weeks Friday Five is therefore dedicated to some very British problems…

1. Where to queue?

Forming queues is a favourite British pastime but what happens when something goes wrong with the system? Where do I queue, whose queue is the correct queue to join and what happens when there’s a crazy gaggle of people in no orderly queue at all??!! And don’t even get me started on queue-jumpers…

2. Should I bring a coat? 

The day can start off in a different season to how it ends and rain clouds can jump out of nowhere like highly trained rain ninjas and so the toughest question of the day is always should I bring a coat? 99.9% of the time the answer is always yes…

3. Apologising for everything.

Oh you just walked in to me? I’m really really sorry about that, are you okay? Okay, good, sorry again about that. Sorry. Sorry!

4. Containing the rage when someone doesn’t say thank you.

This is truly my biggest British problem. I mean, you wait, holding the door open for someone and when they finally pass they don’t even have the common decency to say thanks?! Grrrr.

5. Not liking something but not being able to say and so you eat it anyway.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your Grandma or an acquaintance. They give you something to eat or drink that you totally despise but you just don’t have the heart to turn it down! And so you find yourself forcing down the vilest thing you’ve ever come across, all in the name of being polite. 

6. (I know it’s the Friday FIVE but I have to include this!) Do we get a bank holiday?

Ooh, a Royal Baby, do we get a day off? The Queen’s birthday, day off? A strange event I’ve never even heard of before… day off?

So there are five (okay, maybe six) of my British problems, it was just a bit of fun so don’t take it too seriously! But do let me know if you have any more very British problems or maybe problems from your own country if you aren’t British that the rest of the world just don’t seem to get!


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