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Britain : [a quick guide to culture & etiquette]
Norbury, Paul.
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Portland, Or. : Graphic Arts Center Pub., [2003]

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168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 17 cm.
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DA110 .N666 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Travel Guides

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Outstanding features of CULTURE SMART!- All the essential cultural and etiquette points are covered, making you confident in a variety of situations.- You will know what to expect in each particular culture.- You will learn how to behave in specific social and business situations.- Essential attitudes and values are clearly explained.- You will find each topic a quick, easy read due to the concise writing style.- Laid out in a clear and easy-to-read format.- Each book has the same look, page count, and organization for reference use.- Small and light, it tucks into your pocket or purse for on-the-go use.- Your Culture Smart! books are written by a staff of experts who consult on world travel as a profession.

Table of Contents

Map of Britainp. 7
Introductionp. 8
Key Factsp. 10
Chapter 1 Land and Peoplep. 12
What Is "Britain"?p. 12
Climatep. 13
Who Are the British?p. 15
The Sounds of Britainp. 18
Historical Landmarksp. 20
Some Key Datesp. 24
Chapter 2 Scotland, Wales, and Northern Irelandp. 28
Introducing Scotlandp. 28
The Peoplep. 30
Historical Perspectivesp. 33
The Scottish Fconomyp. 36
The Bagpipesp. 39
Clans and Tartansp. 40
Golfp. 42
Food and Homep. 42
Fducation, Gaelicp. 46
Introducing Walesp. 46
Geographyp. 48
Some Historyp. 49
Coal and Ironp. 52
The Welsh Fconomyp. 53
The People and the Languagep. 53
Introducing Northern Irelandp. 55
Glimpses of Historyp. 58
Today's Political Landscapep. 60
The Northern Irish Fconomyp. 62
Chapter 3 Values and Attitudesp. 64
A Sense of Ironyp. 65
A Sense of Trustp. 66
A Sense of Fair Playp. 67
Keeping Orderp. 68
A Sense of Identityp. 69
A Sense of Fairness and Compromisep. 70
Royalty, Class, and "Honours"p. 71
Religionp. 73
A Sense of Dutyp. 76
High Culture or Low Culture?p. 78
Drink and the Work Ethicp. 79
Humor as Entertainmentp. 80
Chapter 4 The Monarchy, Politics, and Governmentp. 82
A Bird's-Eye Viewp. 82
The Queen's Rolep. 85
Political Partiesp. 86
Etiquette of the "House"p. 88
Chapter 5 Food and Drinkp. 90
Meals of the Dayp. 94
Invitationsp. 98
Table Mannersp. 99
Eating Outp. 100
The Pubp. 103
Wine Barsp. 107
Chapter 6 Time Outp. 108
Pomp and Pageantryp. 109
Where to Go and What to Dop. 110
"Casual" Is Goodp. 112
Shoppingp. 113
Sporting Lifep. 115
The Seasonp. 119
Public Holidaysp. 121
DIY and Gardeningp. 121
Travel and Transportp. 122
Chapter 7 Friendship, Family, and Social Lifep. 124
Informality and Friendshipp. 124
Manners--Formal and Informalp. 126
The New Familiarityp. 129
The Familyp. 130
The Class Systemp. 135
Taboo Subjectsp. 145
Chapter 8 Business Briefingp. 150
A Bird's-Eye Viewp. 150
Business Formalitiesp. 153
Written Communicationsp. 155
Formal Meetings and Dress Codep. 156
Punctuality and Office Lifep. 157
Businesspeoplep. 159
Negotiation Stylesp. 161
Trade Unionismp. 162
Vacationsp. 163
Conclusionp. 164
Further Readingp. 165
Indexp. 166