Expat Ramblings: Watching The English, Part 2

I’m so glad I came across Kate Fox’s book – being able to formulate and understand rules helps me a lot generally, and in this case I can finally put some things into words that have vaguely puzzled me for a while now. Yes, many things about the English are weird. So finally making sense of the weirdness comes as a relief. Read More Expat Ramblings: Watching The English, Part 2

Book Review: Watching the English by Kate Fox

Before I delve any further into my own, highly subjective analysis of the absurdities of English life, I should point out that Kate Fox has done it all before. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour was first published in 2004, the year before I settled in Liverpool. I had heard about it before, but it wasn’t until my (English) friend gave me a copy that I paid proper attention to it. It came at the right time. Read More Book Review: Watching the English by Kate Fox

Morbid Curiosity: Being a Good Hostess

“A relaxed, confident hostess is the key to a successful party. If you show signs of uneasiness or act unsure of yourself, the guests will sense your discomfort and may not have a good time. The best way to avoid entertaining catastrophes is to plan well.” Read More Morbid Curiosity: Being a Good Hostess