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Passport to the Pub: Tourist's Guide to Pub Etiquette Paperback – 2 Aug 1996


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Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, is Co-Director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford. Her work involves monitoring and assessing global sociocultural trends, and has included research, publications and broadcasts on many aspects of human behaviour including: social aspects of drinking, sex differences, flirting, body image, pub culture, gossip, eating, health issues, taboos, horseracing, mobile phones, email, stress, drugs, crime, violence and disorder. Her publications have included Pubwatching with Desmond Morris, Passport to the Pub: The Tourist's Guide to Pub Etiquette and The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers. Kate is also an international consultant on the prevention and management of violence, and has written and produced training programmes and videos on the subject. She is co-author, with Dr Peter Marsh, of Drinking and Public Disorder.

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Worthwhile sociology, but also very practical 18 Jan. 2013
By Andrew S. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit there may not be a lot of people who would do what I did, which is read a book about how to behave in an English pub before actually venturing into one. But when my wife and I took a sabbatical trip to England and Scotland a few years ago, "Passport to the Pub" was one of my useful resources. I can't remember where I found a copy (I believe I downloaded it online?), but I credit this book with making sure that when we went into a pub, we didn't just sit down and wonder why nobody was bringing us a menu or taking our drink orders, as American tourists evidently often do. Instead, I went to the bar and with reasonable confidence ordered a pint of bitter for myself and a cider for my bride. In a pub in Windsor (the King and Castle, I think), I believe I even shocked the woman behind the bar by tipping her ("And one for yourself?" "Thank you!") in the manner described in this book. Fun times.

Of course, we didn't venture into true neighborhood pubs, and so those sections of this book were more interesting than practical to us. But still, unless England has undergone major cultural shifts in the last couple of decades (I know a lot of other things have changed since 1996), the information here is still worth reading for anyone interested in this most English of institutions.
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