The English (with four grandparents nearby) in central and southern England are 40% French, 25% German, 11% Danish and 9% Belgian. Don’t hold me to the exact figures, because the various papers quote different percentages.
But if you, as an Englishman, have a soft spot for Vikings on the underground, you’re likely to have Danish DNA. Do you like strong beer? It’s probably due to your Belgian ancestors. Do you have quite a few extra-marital affairs? You’re French, of course!…Continue
Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:10am
Recently, a dog was poisoned during a dog show. And then there’s the wood with the fairy doors. The wood is called Wayford Woods and it is located in Somerset, in the west of England. Last week, the paper reported an unbridled expansion of fairy doors.
But Wayford Woods’ trustee, Mr Acreman, is getting worried. I imagine him, one morning, saying to his wife: ‘It musn’t get any dafter with these fairies. I’m going to put an end to it now.’ Afterwards, he declared he wasn’t…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2015 at 12:50pm
Who will it be: Harry Potter, Basil Fawlty, Paddington Bear, Mr Bean, Dr Who or James Bond after all? I don’t believe there is another country with as many fictional celebrities as the United Kingdom.
In 2002 there was a poll to select the greatest Briton, so not a fictional figure. However, the list took on a somewhat fictional dimension halfway through: King Arthur appeared as number 51 and Boy George was number 46. Opinions differ about whether King Arthur really existed. I have my…Continue
Posted on February 1, 2015 at 8:48am
Last week, reports emerged about Big Bird being seen at an over-18s festival. This sprang to mind when Labour leader Ed Miliband began to get involved in the Scottish referendum. It was as if Eddie laddie had gatecrashed the wrong party.
And the leaders of the Yes and No campaigns, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, seemed to land you straight in an episode of the Muppet Show. Now you may well ask: ‘Aren’t you being a bit too harsh about the Scots?’ That’s because they spoke about…
Posted on September 22, 2014 at 10:55am