With terrible weather, the huff and puff about recession and a tendency to moan about everything, it’s a wonder why millions of tourists still visit Britain each year. Or is it?
Keeping the ‘Great’ well and truly connected to ‘Britain’ is what gives visitors pukka British products and experiences to take away.
Here’s a taste of some great unofficial British exports:
For the more health conscious tourists, there’s porridge, cereals or a lovely slice of toast, but sometimes you need to submit to the grease.
Known to turn veggies and stop traffic, the Great British fry-up has built empires. And for those on the move or after something just a little bit lighter, the bacon bap offers the true taste of Britain.
There are taxis and then there’s the black cab. Right up there with the red bus as an iconic symbol of London, the black cab is a durable, hard-working beast, but still manages to always look smart and dignified.
Keep calm and carry on — is a fitting motto for the black cab.
Among the huge selection of iconic shoes created in Britain, Chelsea boots step into the limelight as the soul of Great Britain.
Created in the inventive Victorian era, Chelsea boots are flexible, robust and stylishly conservative — just like the population.
Filled with random things like dartboards, whippets and pork scratchings, British pubs are a truly memorable experience for tourists.
Throw in a roast beef and horseradish lunch, the Sunday newspapers and a game of rugby or football on the telly and it don’t get much greater.
Whether it’s the Highlands of Scotland, the valleys of Wales or the coastlines of Cornwall, Great Britain’s dramatic countryside is arguably the most beautiful in the world.
And the small villages and rural communities around these areas offer some great British novelties like Morris dancing, caber-tossing and a taste of Welsh rarebit.
From the Rolling Stones to Radiohead, from PJ Harvey to PJ and Duncan, nowhere in the world has produced such an incredibly impressive wealth and variety of music talent.
Compare Great Britain to a country of relative size like New Zealand and it’s quite astonishing just how much brilliant music has been created.