Advice for foreigners in Britain

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by PeterBale, May 13, 2004.

  1. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Having listened to the Gerard Hoffnung tape yesterday, to hear the "Barrel of Bricks" story, I came across some advice for foreign visitors to britain - and if it sounds a little dated, remember it was recorded in 1958:

    • You will oblige your chambermaid by hanging your mattress out of the window every morning

      All London brothels display a blue lamp

      Ignore all signs saying left or right - these are merely political slogans

      Zebra parking places are freely available

      Have you tried the famous echo in the Reading Room at the British Museum?

      On entering a railway compartment, make sure you shake hands with all who are present
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  3. Amazing how times change eh?
  4. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    when i first came to this country I followed all these rules... and ended up a trombone player... :cry:
  5. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    and thats a bad thing, Lynchie?

    but yea, some interesting advice there Peter! :lol:
  6. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Zebra parking spaces are really useful. I know the police always like to use them cos they always make me move when I'm parked in one.
  7. Tuba Miriam

    Tuba Miriam Member

    Gerard Hoffnung - very funny. He's the chap in my avatar. He also commissioned (I think it was him) a 'concerto for double bass tuba and piccolo' and is responsible for Malcolm Arnold writing the 'Grand, Grand Festival Overture' for the 1956 Hoffnung Music Festival, which features a full symphony orchestra plus vacuum cleaners and floor polishers. :shock:

    For more information on Hoffnung see:

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