[Surfside] A Guide to British Pub Etiquette

Paul Makepeace bookmarks@paulm.com
Fri, 7 Dec 2001 15:49:13 -0800


``Q. Why should I go to pubs? 

  A. By all means visit Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace, but if you
     want to see what real life in Britain is all about, you have to go
     to the pub. Pub-going is by far the most popular native pastime.
     The 61,000 pubs in Britain have over 25 million loyal customers.
     Over three-quarters of the adult population go to pubs, and over a
     third are 'regulars', visiting the pub at least once a week. The
     pub is a central part of British life and culture. If you haven't
     been to a pub, you haven't seen Britain.


     Most anthropologists go off to remote parts of the world to live
     among exotic tribes, observe their behaviour and ask endless
     questions in order to understand and explain their strange customs.
     In 1992, the BLRA asked the experienced social scientists at SIRC
     to apply the same research techniques in the British pub.''