An English Gent.....

An English Gentleman ....

  • Never wipes his knob on the curtains

    Votes: 13 23.2%
  • wouldnt be found dead wearing trainers and a suit

    Votes: 35 62.5%
  • Should be inarticulate in any language other than his own

    Votes: 9 16.1%
  • is a figment of his own imagination - the breed died out in 1918.

    Votes: 10 17.9%
  • Is alive and well and living in Koh Samui off the earnings of his lovely Thai brides

    Votes: 5 8.9%

  • Total voters
    56
  • Poll closed .

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
#1
Well I read it in the Toryboygraph...so it must be true <gasp>.....plainly I ain't no Gent ( strewf, gorblimeymissus, up the apples&pears wiv ya)

SOURCE
Today's perfect gent is tieless, eats muesli and loves 'Matt' the cartoonist

The pursuits and attributes that summarise the "perfect" British gentlemen have been disclosed in a new book.

By Andrew Hough
6:00AM BST 20 Jun 2012

The perfect British gentleman once sported a moustache, wore a white tie with pride, ate Kedgeree for breakfast and was never seen without a cigarette in his mouth.

But times have changed and the gentleman of today has given up cigarettes for nicorette gum, eats muesli with blueberries, is clean shaven and is happy to go out without a tie, according to a new book.

The book, titled Gentlemen’s Pursuits, examines the pages of Country Life magazine, which was first published in 1897, over the last century to see how he the archetypal upper class man changed.

According to the list, a gentleman who lived in 1912 loved attending the Proms, rode in a Rolls-Royce, went shooting at Elveden, Suffolk, drank claret and went tobogganing in St Moritz in Switzerland.

But today’s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isère.

Instead of playing whist, the card game, today’s gentleman prefers to watch the BBC’s 10 O’Clock news, has a house in Fulham, west London, and not a few miles east in Belgravia and has scrapped his “manservant”.

He also enjoys reading Matt, The Daily Telegraph's award-winning cartoonist while those 100 years ago enjoyed HM Bateman's work.

The magazine also named David Beckham, the former England football captain, as one of its five gentlemen of the year, who was chosen for his “good manners”.

The fact that Beckham had decorated his body with a mass of tattoos did not disqualify him from gentleman status, Country Life said.

"Tattoos were all the rage among gentlemen, including royalty, so Beckham's passion is bang on trend," stated the magazine. Although the Royal Enclosure at Ascot may take a different view."

Also on the list were Colin Firth, the actor, for “self-deprecation” and the Duke of Edinburgh for a “stiff upper lip” while rounding out the list was Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, for his “quiet dignity” and Boris Johnson, the London mayor, for his “quiet apologies”.

The magazine named five “perfect gentlemen” including Sir Walter Raleigh, the Elizabethan explorer and scholar, for his “courtesy” and The Light Brigade, the British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan, for “heroism when facing certain death”.

Also named were “Beau Brummell”, real name George Bryan Brummell who was credited with making the modern suit a fashion statement, for his “exquisite dressing”, Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer, for “rescuing his men” and Lord Carrington, the former Foreign Secretary and Nato Secretary General, for “knowing when to resign”.

The book lists five things a “gentlemen would never do” including holiday in Florida, own a yacht without sails, wear pink socks, order Cristal champagne and plant a hanging basket.

Mark Hedges, the magazine’s editor, said the book recorded the “full and bewildering variety of activities, enthusiasms and sports at which a British gentleman might proudly excel, from shooting to after-dinner speaking and from beekeeping to ferreting”.

He added: “Oscar Wilde once described; ‘The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable’ but he failed to recognise the genius of the idea in the first place.

"This book celebrates what he missed.”
 
#3
That article is largely bunkum & balderdash. Firstly it names Beckham as a gentleman. Nice enough fellow he may be but he is the epitome of the player. Secondly members of Leander (& I) will react in consternation to their pronouncements on pink socks. Thirdly I'm not on their list.

Honestly I don't know why I bother with the Telegraph any more. The pictures of fruity girls collecting their A-Level results wearing little strappy tops only come round once a year & Liz Hurley's going off a bit.
 
#4
The gentleman is not dead, I still take the time to write a little "you've been micked" note to any young ladies I happen to spend the night with. And leave a little Irish Guards sticker in her husbands sock drawer. Tis only proper.
 

BuggerAll

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#5
I think they have confused Gentlemen with toffs. I've met plenty of toffs who are not gentlemen.
 
#6
I think they have confused Gentlemen with toffs. I've met plenty of toffs who are not gentlemen.
And I have met many gentlemen who are not toffs!
 
#7
The gentleman is not dead, I still take the time to write a little "you've been micked" note to any young ladies I happen to spend the night with. And leave a little Irish Guards sticker in her husbands sock drawer. Tis only proper.
Surely you're not suggesting its possible to be both Irish and a gentleman?
 
#8
"But today’s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isère."


NOTE TO SELF
Time to sell disco' to a par venue.
 
#9
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fozzy

Guest
#11
"But today&#8217;s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d&#8217;Isère. "

I think they are confusing "Ponce" with "Gentleman"
 
#12
"But today&#8217;s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d&#8217;Isère. "

I think they are confusing "Ponce" with "Gentleman"
As an aside, why is Glastonbury not on this year?
 
#15
#16
"But today’s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isère.
If I ever turn up on a shoot and David Beckham is there I'm leaving through self-preservation!
 
#17
What a pile of shite. I hope that whoever wrote that book dies in a fire.
 
#18
"But today’s gentleman attends Glastonbury, has a Land Rover Discovery, drinks Pinot Noir from New Zealand, embarks on shooting at Alnwick, Northumberland and goes skiing in the French resort of Val d’Isère."

Some Facts

Glastonbury if for under 35`s any older and you are a sad twat.

Range Rover not the estate managers Discovery

Rioja not Pinot Negro

Shooting for gentlemen is done in the Highlands

Skiing maybe Val d’Isère but more likely Andorra , you can check on your dodgy bank account at the same time.

Also the biggest no no is trainers ! never to be worn for anything other the PT otherwise you are a council house /pikey /chav twat.
 
#19
I generally apologize to the company - and sometimes even open a window - before farting violently. Does this make me a gentleman?
 
#20

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