Featured in this book are such established English cultural behemoths as the Beatles, Big Ben and the Last Night of the Proms alongside less celebrated quirks such as meat pies and the working man's haven, the allotment. Here we celebrate the bell-ringers and Morris dancers, bowler hats ('the symbol of respectable Englishness') and cardigans ('symbol of staid middle-class solidarity'). We examine the brutality of Punch and Judy and our historic love of fairies, once so much a part of the English psyche that they were described as 'the British religion'.
Publication date: 16/07/2015
Publisher: Square Peg an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||16th July 2015|
|Publisher:||Square Peg an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||Humour, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history,|
David Boyle, author of â€˜Funny Moneyâ€™ (Jan 1999) is a writer and journalist specializing in economics, cities, business and the environment. He has been pioneering the idea of parallel currencies, introducing over 20 time banks to the UK (using time as a kind of money,) after the publication of his last book, â€˜Funny Moneyâ€™ : In Search of Alternative Cash. He has written about the future of money all over the world and is the author of the Financial Times management report Virtual Currencies (FT 1999) and the recent pamphlet Why London Needs its own Currency (New Economics Foundation, 2000). As a Senior Associate at ...More About David Boyle