I readily confess I have a foul temper, and it works wonders. The whining Brit backs down very readily when he realises you won't put up with his pedantry and boredom and miserliness. And after a little bit of a rumpus, he usually turns out to be not quite as awful as he had initially promised. Shout back in his face. Don't just smile and then write letters to foreign newspapers. As a nation that voted itself its present shambles of a government, we have no right to demand any respect from anyone.
However, American tourists are a bit of a problem, I find. Behind their charm and politeness and geniality and those wonderfully orthodontic smiles, I sometimes wonder whether they can really be quite so sincere about our tacky little country. Trouble is, it is impossible to be rude to them.
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