Who are “the British”? How do they live ? What do they believe? What to they enjoy? How do they behave?
The following text, I hope, will answer to these questions, determine and typify the British way of life- the lifestyle of ordinary, as well as extraordinary, Englishmen. And here I have to stop.
Foreigners usually call all British people “English”, but the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh do not consider themselves to be English. So remember once and forever: The Brritish Isles today are shared by two separate and independent countries: the Republic of Ireland, with its capital in Dublin, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland, which contains three different ‘nations’: England, Scotland and Wales. Immediately after the Second World War, Britain looked like a prosperous and friendly country for immigrants, and they were free to enter and look for work, until successive governments have introduced regulations to restrict their number. However, Jews, Russians, Germans, Indians, Weest Indians, Pakistani, Africans, Arabs and Chinese settled in UK and formed their communities. They still have their own traditional way of life, speak their own dialects – it’s strange, but 22.7 per cent of London schoolchildren at home speak not English, bu
“(.) The British are habitually secretive. but how nice they are. By nice I mean ironical, witty, polite and rational and law-abiding (.)” .
A typical Englishman believe in “ Her most excellent Majesty Elizabeth the Second by the grace of God (.) Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith”. The Queen is the official Head of State and, for many people, a symbol of unity off the nation. He also believes in Royal Family. Remember, how popular was Princess Diana?
Young people live in Britain
Despite media reports, not all young people in Britain are punks or football hooligans. There is a wide cross-selection of youth from young conservatives to Rastafarians, from skinheads to pupils of private expensive schools. Being independent and free to choose are priorities. Ever since the media discovered the world of the youth, films, TV programmes and the magazines have all been marketed to
Ages you can legally do things
Leave school 16
Ride a small motorbike
Drive a car 17
Education is compulsory from he age of five to sixteen. Most parents choose to send their children to free state schools, but an increasing number of pupils attend fee- paying independent boarding schools outside the state system, many of which provide accommodation for pupils during term time. But only 45 per cent of them continue with full – time education after 16. What do the rest do? 12 per cent school-leavers are left without jobs , 10 – are full-time employed and 27 per cent join youth training schemes, which provides a living allowance during 2 years of work experience. Unemployment among school leavers is a particular problem, with many facing a bleak future with little hope. But there are young centers and clubs provide the youth with information on a wide range of issues from health problems an
Undergraduate courses normally take 3 years of full- time study, although a number of subjects take longer (it include a year abroad) – medicine, architecture and foreign languages.
The most common type of British family is a nuclear family – parents and perhaps 2 children. There are no “grandmamas” and “grandpapas” to moralize and teach how to live, that’s why just look: Britain has one of the highest divorce rates in Western Europe (approximately one in three marriages ends in divorce), and 23 per cent of babies are born outside marriage. However, the traditional division of family responsibilities still persists: men do repairs, women – washing, ironing, cooking, only washing dishes and disciplining children are equal. Of course, we shouldn’t forget other family members, most commonly dogs and cats. The British are renowned as animal lovers, there’s even a saying :
To sum up, the standart of living rose. More people drive cars, shop in big supermarkets, have bank accounts, the average family moves once every seven year, spend more on leisure activities.
Leisure activities and ways to relax
Favourite pastimes include watching TV (average viewing time – 25 hours a week), reading, do-it-yourself, house repairs, gardening, listening to the music, going for a
People in Britain have widespread access to the arts, which cover drama, music (mostly pop and rock ), opera, cinema and visual arts. About 650 professional arts festivals take place every year, some of which are celebrations of national culture, including Edinburgh International Festival, the largest of it’s kind in the world. As well as being spectators, many people are keen participants: there are thousands of amateur dramatic societies, an estimated 6 million people take part in dance, making it one of the leading participatory activities.
Folk festivals and dancers draw the crowds. The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in Staffordshire is thought to be the oldest dance in Europe.