Years ago at an airshow I bought a reprint of a WW2 book, Instructions For American Servicemen in Britain 1942. I picked it up yesterday and had a quick look through and realised just how different Britain 2012 is from Britain 1942. 'The British have phrases and colloquialisms of their own that may sound funny yo you. You can make just as many boners in their eyes. It isn't a good idea, for instance, to say "bloody" in mixed company in Britain - it is one of their worst swear words. To say "I look like a bum" is offensive to their ears, for to the British this means you look like your own backside. It isn't important - just a tip if you are trying to shine in polite society.' 'The British make much of Sunday. All the shops are closed, most of the restaurants are closed, and in the small towns there is not much to do. You had better follow the example of the British and try to spend Sunday afternoon in the country.' 'Almost before you meet the people you will hear them speaking "English". At first you may not understand what they are talking about and they may not understand what you say. The accent will be different from what you are used to, and many of the words will be strange, or apparently wrongly used. But you will get used to it.'