Britons: Blessed with clever humour Britons are cleverly humorous, polite, proud and still maintain a stiff upper lip, an international survey has found. People in Milan, Mumbai, Chicago, foreign correspondents and a panel in Norfolk found Britons were individual, tolerant and had a sense of history. But hooliganism and drunkenness were also seen as part of British culture, when alcohol and sport were involved. The survey was carried out by Mori for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The RSA wants to identify British values and characteristics to find criteria for its new Great Britons Awards. 'Let loose' The British are seen by other nations as reserved, the RSA said, but "when alcohol or sporting events, or both, are involved, they let loose and become highly unreserved". Every group questioned agreed Britain had a unique brand of comedy - but other traits drew a mixed response But the Italians surveyed questioned their dress sense Americans in Chicago said British politeness and pride were positive, but others, especially the Milanese, said British politeness was "off-putting" and Britons were reserved, uptight and snobbish. The Italians also thought Britons were tied to outdated traditions and customs. Individuality, on a personal and political level was also highlighted, but Britain also drew criticism as being too closely aligned to the US. Across the world, Britons are seen as multicultural and tolerant, but the Norfolk focus group made distinctions on different minority groups. Meanwhile, in the style stakes, Italians scoffed at claims of British panache but the Americans admitted Britons were at least better dressed than them. Two focus groups of 8-10 people in each of four places - Chicago, Mumbai, Milan and King's Lynn were questioned for the survey, along with six London-based foreign correspondents.