THERE IS always a time in an expat’s life when you start to put your origins behind you and become a part of the local UK community. You don’t even blink when you wake up and it’s raining, again.
To help you work out if you’ve made the transition British blue blood, we’ve identified the top 20 ways you can tell you’re becoming…. English.
How to tell if you’re becoming English
1. The thought of a day exceeding 21 degrees Celsius gives rise to concerns about possible heatstroke.
2. You’ve barbequed in the rain, and called it a success.
3. You’ve ditched the Country Road tote bag for something a little classier. Longchamp, perhaps?
4. You actually know what’s in a Pimms cocktail and can even make it for your guests on those 21 degree days.
5. It’s Tipex, not White-out.
6. You’ve learnt it’s quicker to walk between Leicester Square and Covent Garden than catch the tube.
7. You dress for four seasons in a day, and never leave the house without an umbrella.
8. Thongs become flip flops, because the confusion at work just isn’t worth it.
9. Walking down Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon is your idea of a form of torture
10. A power adaptor is no longer necessary for every appliance you own.
11. Your nightly fix of Home and Away has finally been replaced by Coronation Street.
12. You go to a music festival in the UK and realize that the Big Day Out actually isn’t all that great after all.
13. Ibiza becomes your holiday of choice. Better luck next year, Bali!
14. You’ve accepted that Hungry Jacks is Burger King here, though saying it still doesn’t sound right.
15. No chocolate compares to Galaxy chocolate.
16. You’ve discovered that investing in a pair of red trousers will put you at the forefront of fashion and sophistication… at least if you live in Chelsea.
17. You don’t walk into Argos and wonder where all of the products are anymore. Catalogue shopping has been an institution in your life for some time now.
18. When it comes to airports, you’ve realized Gatwick is the way to go. Whilst Heathrow might have all the shops, and Stansted caters for all your budgeting needs, location and transport ease keeps you coming back to good ol’ Gatwick.
19. You’ve realized wine at bars comes in two sizes: small and large. You automatically specify large – bucket size, preferably.
20. You now know why your English colleagues and friends give you funny looks when you say ‘pants’ instead of ‘trousers’.
What do you think makes you British?