England is a strangely backward place, where people say ''Nice Day'' even if it is raining.

The English invented the rules for every major sport, yet rarely win any international awards - football, tennis, even cricket.

We despise foreign places even though we had an empire that circled the globe - today, the most popular dish is an Indian invention of Chicken Tikka Masala.

The English never say what they mean, preferring to say the opposite as a joke and hope you will understand - they will be overpolite to people they dont like and rude to the people they love.

Even the weather can't make up its mind here.

Summers are notoriously damp and cold, the winters rarely shudder with snow or storms. And so somewhere in between these wet summers and warm winters lies a curious English invention...

Once the wet and tedious English summer has blown away and days become shorter, the children have gone back to school and after all the chilly British folk dig out their warm winter clothes, September plays a little trick and often provides a last little rebate of sun.

British people jump with glee on the arrival of an Indian Summer, and charge to the beaches and the countryside

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