Unsure how to queue properly? If a plate smashes, do you rush to help – or cheer? And just how do you pronounce the name of the Welsh village Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
Comedian Stephen Fry has all the answers in a new tongue-in-cheek etiquette guide to Britain.
The video, produced in collaboration with London Heathrow Airport, offers a humorous take on UK culture – set, appropriately, in “a quintessentially British gastropub”.
Fry manages to pronounce the tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – the longest place name in Europe at a whopping 58 characters. But readers of our Arabic service will discover this translates to the relatively succinct خلانفاربويغويننخلانتسغيوغوغوخ.
Fry – known for classic TV shows including QI, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster – teamed up with award-winning scriptwriter Graham Linehan to create the short film.
He said that the video “celebrates some of our wonderful eccentricities and welcomes people to the UK with a good old dose of British humour.”