mi ha divertito, anche se non è il migliore libro sull'argomento che ho letto (infatti per un po' l'ho abbandonato).
- 2/3 of britons live within 5 miles of where they were born
- local comercial radio attracts 25 milion listeners a week, each listening for an average of 14 hours. in contrast, the most popular national station, radio 2, has a weekly reach of 13 milion, with each listener tuning in for an average of 13,1 hours.
- the most listened to station in any given area is almost always a local one.
- laudrettes where people do their regular washes are in mainly urban areas serving single people and students.
- the most potent of our national myths is that of defiant resiliencce: the spirit of the blitz.
- the town's ethnic minority population is only 3.1% compared to around 8% of the UK. But averages mislead, because ethnic minorities are concentrated in certain areas: 47% of all britain's ethnic minorities live in london.
- most people do think that our values are in some important way christian ones. a BBC poll reported that 61% believe that our laws should respect and be influenced by UK religious values.
- only 6% of british indians, 4% of pakistans and 3% of bangladeshis hjave married a non-asian. in contrast, 29% of black carabbian men and 48% of other black men have married non-black women.
- (non britons) value food for what it is, not just what it does
- for the english, good food is either cheap and substantial or it's expensive and elaborate. posh food is too often a matter of presentation not substance.
- a nation which can't quite make up its mind whether sex is good or dirty and settles for the compromise that usually it is both. like binge drinking and binge eating, to let go we seem to need to let go entirely, erasing our inhibitions with alcohol.
favolosa frase: if we really wanted to preserve traditional communities it is clear what e should do: stop people getting degrees.
the desire to live amongst people you percieve to be like yourself is pretty much a human universal....Continua