On the night of October 14 1940, a bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, killing 68 people. A No 88 bus travelling in black-out conditions then fell into the crater.
Italy vs. England: Cultural Differences
- When it comes to football in Italy on Sundays, it’s church, match, home for supporters. In England, its pub, match, pub.
- In Italy, bribery and corruption is a part of life. In England, a backhander is a tennis shot.
- In Italy, children are first given alcohol when they are nine months old, and learn how to respect and enjoy liquor. In England, children are banned from drinking alcohol until they are 18, and then proceed to massacre the stuff.
- In England, punctuality and timekeeping is extremely important. In Italy, being on time is arriving 30 minutes late.
- In England Opening Times indicate exactly when the shop will open. In Italy, they are an ambitious estimate.
- In Italy, it is normal for two people of the same sex to greet each other with a hug and kiss on both cheeks. In England, you are not heterosexual if you do this.
- In England the concept of ‘personal space’ is respected. In Italy, this does not apply.
- In England, politicians tread steadily regarding political correctness. In Italy it is perfectly justified for the PM to label a German journalist a Nazi and compliment a black man on his ‘tan’.
- In Italy beautiful women can be found everywhere. A beautiful woman in England is probably a tourist.
- Italians turn brown in the sun, the English turn a worrying shade of puce red.
- In England, children vacate their family home at 18. In Italy you can expect to bring up your family whilst co-habiting with your parents and grandparents for eternity.
- A general mutual point of conversation in Italy would be food. In England, one converses akwardly about the weather.
- In Italy, a man can express his feelings of love. In England this is considered effeminate and uncomfortable.
- In Italy a girl even as old as 18 can still be referred to as “La Bimba”. In England many girls at 16 are referred to as “Mum”.
- Self deprecation is a natural charecteristic of the English. In Italy, it is arrogance and pride.
- When it rains in Italy no one leaves the house. When it rains in England, it is considered one of the better days of weather.
- In Italy, the day begins with an espresso and briosse. In England, it starts with a grease engorged feast.
- In England when an injustice on a very small scale occurs, one accepts it, not willing to make a fuss and goes home. In Italy, it is considered a heinous outrage and one is not shy in expressing this.
- In England the concept of queing is an automatic thing to do in a shop or bank. In Italy one needs to be directed with the use of numbered tickets.
- In Italy food is generally bought and cooked for the same day. In England, the deep freezer is your best friend.
- In Italy, an elderly woman is someone to be feared and she will not hesitate to scold you in public.
- In England smoking in public buildings is strictly prohibited. In Italy this would cause public outcry.
- In England buying a ticket for public transport is a requirement. In Italy no one bothers.
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