It has come to my attention that ‘The British Tag’ question and answer style blog post has come into light again, around four years after the initial hype. As this tag makes an easy light hearted read I thought I’d jump on the same bandwagon by participating; I’m not entirely sure whether I have to be invited to do so but without further hesitation here is ‘The British Tag’…
1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Ah, here we go. The stereotypes have already risen. I hate to disappoint any of my non-British readers but not all of us Brits sip on milk Black tea/Earl Grey day in and day out. Infact I very rarely drink ‘usual’ tea: perhaps the last time being over a year ago. On the out of character days when I opt for a cuppa/brew I take it with no sugar and little splash of milk.
2. Favourite part of your roast?
Can I say all of it? Such a difficult question… really. Either the roast potatoes or the gravy. I’m definitely the type of person to have my roast dinner practically swimming in smooth gravy, NEVER SHOULD IT BE LUMPY AND WATERY! Obviously if it’s the kind of roast dinner where sage and onion stuffing is thrown into the mix, hands down stuffing wins every time.
3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
Such a controversial question. Please do not thrash me in the comments based on my preference. I choose Bourbons almost very time, but when there aren’t any time to time I’m partial to a chocolate digestive or a ‘fly’ biscuit. To anyone reading this who isn’t aware of the what could be named as “the biscuit wars”, there is an arguement that only plain biscuits like a regular digestive, rich tea or nice biscuits should be used for dunking in tea and never in coffee.
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
I don’t necessarily have a favourite pastime, nor do I regularly incorporate such things into a week but I would say supper. It’s the fourth meal that seemingly has been forgotten due to it’s stigma of being unhealthy. During the school holidays I would stay overnight for a day or two at my grandparents home, and as grandparents do they like to overly ensure you are fed well so I would have supper consisting of some fruit or toast. Soup is also a popular option for supper. I think boardgame nights should make more of a comeback and fortunately afternoon tea continues to flourish.
5. Favourite word?
Simple! Peckish – defined as ‘slightly hungry’. I use this word excessively per day.
6. Cockney rhyming slang?
Well, what about it? I barely understand it despite being from South-East London: the origin of Cockney rhyming slang and slang in general. I like the phrase ‘Hank Marvin’ – starving, most of all.
7. Favourite sweet?
How can I select one!? Let me just list a few: Cadbury’s fruit and nut, rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, humbug mints, Sherbert fountain, fizzy cola bottles (especially the half pink and blue ones), Maynard’s licorice allsorts, fruit pastels, wine gums, double dip, dib dab and I can never forget strawberry laces/pencils or Barratt Nougat. Now I feel nostalgic and deprived being in a foreign country…
8. What would your pub be called?
What kind of question is that!? Does this imply that British people have an issue with alcoholic beverages (yes)? It would be called “The Jacket Potato” I guess.
9. No.1 British person?
When I think of mentionable British celebrities, if this question is referring to public faces, then I would have to say Colin Firth. When he has been in well received films including Love actually, Mamma Mia, Kingsman, Bridget Jones diary, St Trinians and The King’s Speech how can he not appear in your mind when asked said question? Other than the Queen, I always associate Colin Firth with ‘Britishness‘.
10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
Superdrug, Mark’s & Spencer or Boot’s is a nice straightforward answer for ‘what is my favourite shop?’ however choosing one restaurant which is British owned or serves British cuisine is tough to answer. All my favourite restaurant franchises specialise in Italian or Oriental dishes. If acceptable I will have to say Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s or Wasabi.
11. What Britpop song pops into your head?
Currently it has been ‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis or ‘One Love’ – Blue. I wish I could mention Westlife, but technically they’re Irish.
Either you love it or hate it – a persist debate. I love it! If someone let me eat it directly from the jar, I would!