Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

The meme of Britishness

I don't identify myself as particularly British, being a Belfast Catholic and naturalised Belgian citizen, but I still have the passport, and these are fun questions.

1. Marmite- love or hate?
Yuck yuck yuck. I have met very few non-Brits who like it.

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?

3. Porridge- made with milk or water?
Actually I prefer to use about half and half.

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?

5. Loose tea or teabags?

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?
In the garden.

7. What's your favourite curry?
Difficult choice - I like them all! Possibly Jalfrezi.

8. What age is the place where you live?
1930s, as was the house I grew up in.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?

10. Instant or fresh coffee?

11. How far are you from the sea?
Right now, about 30 km. At home, if you count the Schelde estuary, about 90 km.

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?
All the time!

13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?
I live abroad! We are a hair's breadth closer to the Dutch than the French border.

14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?
I have done in the past, but these days I just wear a jacket with decent pockets.

15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?
Yes. Grass.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?
Full cream.

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?
St Pancras International.

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?
A Turkish pizzeria. They do chips, of course, cos Belgium.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?
Yeah, cos Belgium!

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative name?
The town of my birth was originally Béal Feirste. The town where I live was unknown to Romans, Gaels or Welsh, though we do have Roman-era tumuli in the woods.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?
We live near a university town which was the centre of Flemish culture for centuries.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?

24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?
Does English Breakfast count?

25. What's in your attic if you have one?
The debris of past lives.

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?

27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?
Scon. Jam.

28. Barth or bath?

29. Carstle or castle?

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?
Salt and vinegar.

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?
Cod; salt and vinegar.

32. Take away, take out or carry out?

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?
Blue, I think.

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?
Never. (Except that I sympathise with him.)

36. Dettol or TCP?

37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?
We did when we moved in but took it out.

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?
I rarely cook one without the other! I like the contrasting textures and flavours in the same dish.

39. In the 'real world' Do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?
Yes; many.

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?
Multiple Bibles from Mrs nwhyte's preaching days.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?
Haven't had them for years. I just like melted butter on them.

43. Doorbell, knocker or both?

44. Do you own a car? What sort?
Rented VW Sharan (renting cars long term is fiscally advantageous in Belgium).

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?

46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?
If that means braces, no; if garters, yes.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?
It's not certain that this is Shakespeare: it's Thomas More's speech about immigrants and refugees written in Hand D in the manuscript, the longest sample that we have of his handwriting (if it's him). Chills down the back, with special contemporary relevance:
Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,
Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,
Plodding to th' ports and coasts for transportation,
And that you sit as kings in your desires,
Authority quite silent by your brawl,
And you in ruff of your opinions clothed;
What had you got?  I'll tell you: you had taught
How insolence and strong hand should prevail,
How order should be quelled; and by this pattern
Not one of you should live an aged man,
For other ruffians, as their fancies wrought,
With self same hand, self reasons, and self right,
Would shark on you, and men like ravenous fishes
Would feed on one another.

48. Do you like toasted muffins?
As with crumpets. 

49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?
Not any more. Was brought up Catholic, disgusted by church's response on sexual abuse, no other real alternative where we live.
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