By Mark Easton

ISBN-10: 0857201425

ISBN-13: 9780857201423

Mark Easton's Britain and so forth. seems to be on the united kingdom via its dating to 26 topics - one for every letter of the alphabet. From Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Cheese and canine via Immigration, Justice, Knives and homicide to the Queen, Umbrellas, greens and the Zzzz of a richly deserved relaxation, the book's meticulously researched yet available essays map the back-story of latest Britain. With every one lettered bankruptcy, the reader is invited to examine the uk in a brand new approach: status again to determine our small islands in an international or historic context, after which diving all the way down to scrutinise important information which may be ignored. Taken jointly, the essays show a Britain that can not be obvious during the prism of day-by-day information or present affairs. A park, a marriage, a beggar and a carrot all tackle new value after you have learn Britain and so forth. because the united kingdom welcomes thousands of holiday makers to its shorelines for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this can be a publication that provides perception into the psyche of england; a nation's obsessions, prejudices, values and idiosyncrasies. what kind of position is it, what are the natives like, and the way did we get to the place we're?

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The advice to Europe’s leaders from social scientists and anthropologists seems to be that the ‘control’ model is counter-productive and they would be much better basing policy on a ‘socio-cultural’ model instead. ’ The experts had a clear message for Britain: what matters is not what you drink but what you think. The British government did introduce more relaxed licensing laws and, despite all the dire warnings of social collapse, analysis later suggested drinking patterns and behaviour barely changed.

Research suggests dogs really do look like their owners – one study found people able successfully to match pictures of owner and pet 64 per cent of the time. But in this country, a dog is also an expression of personality and lifestyle. It is a statement of identity. To understand how Britain has become so adept at ‘reading’ dogs, one must follow the scent through history. In the Middle Ages, the breeding of a dog reflected the breeding of the master. Hunting with hounds was the pursuit of the ruling elite, an exclusive pastime that required large numbers of dogs bred for specific roles.

But Dixon’s continuing influence stems, not from concern about policing or crime, but something more fundamental. It is about our changed relationship with our neighbours and our neighbourhood. The original ‘peelers’ or ‘bobbies’ marched out of the station in 1829, shortly after Sir Robert Peel had created the first police force in London. Eight constables were dispatched to independent positions within the local area and ordered to walk around a small network of streets in a regular pattern. According to the instructions written by the capital’s first police commissioner, Sir Charles Rowan, the constable ‘should be able to see every part of his beat at least once in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour’.

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