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Essential reading for all tourists in Britain,
This review is from: How to be a Brit: A George Mikes Minibus (Paperback)
This book was recommended to me by some German friends. I don't know how I managed to live for some years in England without it.
It is very ambitious in scope. In fact this edition is excellent value because it combines several smaller books.
When I say it is ambitious, I mean it doesn't just tell you how to adopt English mannerisms. It even tells you how to build an English town. George Mikes believed that English towns were devised according to a devious set of rules in order to confuse foreigners. He has managed to obtain these rules and has published them so that other nations can build a little piece of England everywhere.
One particular rule is very cunning and I think the Ministry has been very strict in adhering to it throughout the country, but particularly in Devon, where I live:
"Street names should be painted clearly and distinctly on large boards. Then hide these boards carefully."
There are many more nuggets of gold like this.