British As A Second Language by David Bennun

By David Bennun

David Bennun had lived in Africa his complete lifestyles. on the age of 18 he got here to Britain, the mummy nation. the rustic he had examine in Punch journal or noticeable in movies like Chariots of Fire. He used to be in for a surprise. a really monstrous surprise certainly: 'I couldn't were much less ready had I spent my lifestyles as much as that time hearing 30-year-old pronounces of the Light Programme.'

In this well timed follow-up to the significantly acclaimed Tick chunk Fever, David Bennun exhibits us our personal kingdom in the course of the eyes of an alien. together with his brilliantly witty flip of word we persist with his lifestyles as a pupil, his brushes with Bohemia, his problems renting and purchasing estate, his discovery of British foodstuff and his horrors at coming into the realm of labor. From DIY to structure, recreation to alcohol, delivery to track and leisure, David Bennun brilliantly and with ruthless wit deconstructs most of these matters, lots of them so expensive to the British center.

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From DIY to architecture, sport to alcohol, transport to music and entertainment, David Bennun brilliantly and with ruthless wit deconstructs all these subjects, many of them so dear to the British heart. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS More people deserve thanks from me than space will allow or this book can justify. I trust that they know who they are, and how much I appreciate their help and support. It would be remiss not to single out Jon Wilde, Ben Marshall and Andrew Mueller, mainly for their encouragement, but also to deflect blame from myself.

T quite worked like that in my household. s more risque 1970s output ? films called Carnal Knowledge and Such Good Friends, which he randomly grabbed off the shelf along with milder titles, and allowed us all to watch anyway, leaving me with the perception that sex was something only divorced New Yorkers did. s tastes embraced nothing more esoteric than The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack (she had never seen the film, but she knew all the dance steps). This is pop music. ll like it.? He was right about that.

Go to college,? and meet some well-behaved men.? When the light struck Rob at a certain angle, he bore a strong resemblance to a young (and, as in the film Pale Rider, supematurally ashen) Clint Eastwood; despite this, he had adopted, in a remarkable facsimile, the mannerisms of a middle-aged John Cleese. Rob was to become, and remain, a very good friend to me. s stepped out of Play Misty For Me, but sounds much less like Basil Fawlty than he used to. We wandered around the Freshers Fair, a souk for those with hobbies or hobby horses, where eager stallholders chivvied us to throw in our lot with mountaineers, hunt saboteurs, philosophers, motorcyclists, gays and lesbians, winter sports enthusiasts, oenophiles, botanists, pagans, stamp collectors, sci-fi fans, rugby players, cartoonists and ?

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