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Very British historical problems: A quick review of Rob Temples's book, 'Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time'.

A comical look at 5, very British, Historical Problems.

If you love British culture you'll appreciate this book. It is very funny! You'll find yourself simultaneously laughing and nodding in agreement!

The chapter on historical problems is where I delved first (unsurprisingly) and found the clever humour, amusing quips and wry observations addictive.

Here are 5 of my favourite 'historical problems'.

 1066 - 1563 Mostly just a lot of battles (about 55 of them) and Henry VIII marries six women (a few of them he doesn't get on with). 

1586 Tobacco hits English society, prompting people to begin practising their apologies for not having a lighter. 

1660 The first ever documented tea break, courtesy of Samuel Pepys, who notes that after a gruelling session at the office he 'did send for a cup of tee [sic] (a China drink) of which I never had drunk before.' Whether or not he dunked a biscuit remains a matter of debate. 

1665 The Great Plague rampages through London, causing thousands to complain of feeling a 'bit peaky' while saying 'I'll survive', before keeling over and dying rather horribly. 

1814 The London Beer Flood sees 1.46 million litres of beer burst from vats in central London, originating from Tottenham Court Road. Despite at least seven people drowning, most Brits would still choose this (ideally coupled with an explosion at a nearby Dry Roasted Peanut factory) as the way they'd like to go. 

You can follow Very British Problems on Twitter (@SoVeryBritish).

I hope you enjoyed my picks. Bye for now, Philippa for British History Tours

Source: Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time by Rob Temple. Published by Sphere (2013)

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