What do we mean by "Very British Problems" you may be wondering. Or perhaps the question occurs to you as to "What does it mean to be British?" I could get very serious here and talk about democracy, respect for others, Shakespeare, the Industrial revolution, The Queen and so on. Or we could perhaps recall warm beer, cricket, church bells ringing, stiff upper lips and the like.
But whilst those are all are things that people might often associate with Britain and being British, the book goes right to the heart of those Very British Problems. They are "problems" or behaviours that any Brit will recognise, cringe at and then of course laugh at. They are behaviours and attitudes that really do differentiate us from others. The sort of behaviours and attitudes that led to Jennifer Holloway writing a book with the title Personal Branding for Brits!
This book uses brilliant humour to convey some of those things that any Brit will instantly recognise. Any non-Brit who has had the immense good fortune to visit this “Sceptred Isle” will smile at them because they will have invariably have encountered them.
Let me give you a couple of examples some of which are from their Twitter Feed which had me cringing in recognition of myself:
- Saying "I am awfully sorry I don't smoke" when someone asks you for a light! Why on earth do we apologise for not smoking? We do you know!
- Tutting and shaking your head very slightly when your train or tram is held at a signal. What difference do we think our tutting is going to make?Are the signals suddenly going to change and apologise for delaying us?!
- Now this one is a favourite of mine and one that makes my partner cringe every time I do it! Saying "Thank you and you are very welcome" when someone fails to say thank you for holding the door open to let them go through.
- We have a very peculiar obsession with the weather. For no reason at all when we walk into the reception of a building for the first time and are met by the receptionist we will say something along the lines of "Lovely weather we are having for the time of year." That despite the fact it is absolutely pouring down with rain outside!
Many of my American friends tell me I really am "so very British" and will smile when they hear my "oh so cute accent." So if you are an American who really wants to understand what we Brits are all about then you must read this book! If you are from this Blessed Plot then you will want to grab this book and read it because you will be laughing in your seat on the tram or train - but obviously quietly so as not to disturb your fellow passengers.