Posted by: anglopole | May 11, 2008


There are loads and loads of myths about England (the land of Angles, from the Old English). Firstly, I would like to let you have a look, through my experience, at a few of the most common ones.

5 o’clock tea – or rather milk with tea, to be precise

There is no doubt, tea is considered the drink of the gods here. It is almost like the well-known wing-growing American Red Bull, only more cherished… Drank at 5 o’clock? Nah!!! Dear Anglophiles, it is much worse than that! Round the clock, is the right answer! We can only thank God alcohol is not consumed like that here! But, is it really tea that is being served and drunk here? I don’t know if you know, but the only appropriate way of drinking tea here is to pour milk in the cup first, and pour it generously, and only then comes hot tea. Of course, there is the other way round we also know to be practised but that’s the lazy version, an active act of rebellion against the only proper tea making!

So, there you go – milk with tea is served on a daily basis and is always a symbol of break (and these happen very often at work) or time to relax.

Poor me, when I have my tea with lemon, as we usually do in Poland, I always have to put up with the looks of ….. – let me use some typical English understatement – surprise and….. yes, disgust! It doesn’t help when I humbly explain that most Poles experienced drinking tea with milk in pre-shools or nurseries and hate it as much as kids do broccoli, spinach or Brussels sprouts (yuck!).

Oh, I nearly forgot a very important fact that tea is probably the only drink that can be both drank and eaten here. Yes, you heard well. Tea can also mean dinner or pudding. If you want cream in your tea instead of milk (as we sometimes drink coffee), don’t ask for cream tea as you will then get the mentioned proper tea and scones with jam and whipped cream, unless you don’t count calories!

 Rain and fog – is England doomed to such weather?

 I’m already feeling guilty as I’m planning to write a few lines about the English weather and it has, actually, been a beautiful, sunny week here! It is not a norm, though. The whole winter was very much stereotypical – rainy, cold, and foggy in the mornings… But these are not even the most irritating features of the climate here. One can easily become a gambler here as it’s never certain that the weather will be what it was predicted to be and so, assuming it would be lovely is often a gamble… This seems to be frustrating mainly to those brought up in the continent as many English people don’t seem to be bothered by the changing weather, putting on a brave face and telling themselves: ‘after all, it’s just water, ain’t it?’ Of course, there are some that are pretty much fed up with the unpredictability of the weather and go to Spain to settle there and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine that is more generous there.

Well, while here in England, the best thing is to simply welcome the weather as it is and:

Sing in the rain!!!


Fish and chips


Back to the subject of food. All too often England is associated with their famous invention of fish and chips. One will, for sure, find a chippy even in small villages. So, the fishy smell Poles usually associate with seaside resorts and summer holidays can be enjoyed here in towns and villages far from the sea. I will have to disappoint many readers by saying that fish and chips is no longer the national dish for the English! Wow! I can already imagine the smiles…… on the faces of ……. fish, of course!

Nowadays, it seems to be Chicken Tikka Masala that has replaced fish and chips in the top place of favoured dishes! The English love Indian cuisine and this is the most popular takeaway these days. Now wonder the nickname for England is Blighty!;) Well, one can only shout: Chicken Run! … and join the English in enjoying the tasty Indian cooking!

I have only touched on a few of the many myths/stereotypes/generalisations associated with England. More thoughtful studies in future productions of mine, so stay tuned, or rather linked to my blog and you may learn something and, hopefully, you’ll be entertained….


Graceful Grace




  1. Would you authorize me to translate this post into Spanish for my blog? Of course, you’ll be very visibly credited.
    My blog is a personal one, with my own experiences. Sometimes I post about other’s experiences, with due authorization.
    When it’s done, I’ll send you a link… if you agree, bien sur!
    Thanks a lot!


  2. No hay problema querida Gabriela! You can translate this post if you feel like it! 🙂 I’ll pop in to have a look around your blog – I’d love to learn Spanish, so it may be a good practice!


  3. Te agradezco muchisimo. 😉
    As you can see, I have an online translator at the right side of the blog. Not so good, but it can help you get an idea of each post.
    I’ll let you know as soon as it is published.
    Saludos desde Lima.


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