There’s not much I miss about the U.K except my friends and family beyond online shopping (Dubai needs to step up in this area!) and a really good cup of tea at my desk. Apparently no one can make tea as well as we do!
That said there is one big thing I do really miss…British humour, you’d be amazed by how often I have made a sarcastic joke to be met by blank expressions or worse found I have caused offense. It’s amazing how quickly a joke stops being funny when you have to explain it! Also once the moment has passed a joke can just die on it’s feet. My French colleagues are lovely but they do not get sarcasm at all and their comic timing is totally off. I am sure they are hilarious in French but in English not quite so much. The Indians do seem to get it, I guess years of British rule have left a mark. That said they tend to be far too nice to be sarcastic, but at least they laugh when I am!
My biggest surprise on the humour front has been my colleagues from the Philippines, these guys do GREAT sarcasm with disarming charm. For a nation who seem to be made of smiles (seriously the loveliest people I have ever met!) they can laugh at me with the best of them. Now when I need a good laugh I don’t automatically have to head to find my fellow Brits but can instead find a smiling Philippina and be guaranteed a laugh and an ego boost.
However this made me laugh today and gave me a wry smile about my home city so I thought i would share. Enjoy the laugh!