Saxon, if you are unfamiliar, is a British heavy-metal band that has been around since the mid-’70s and was in no small part the inspiration for Spinal Tap.
In the 1930s, there were so many different conflicts going on between the British, the French, the Russians, the Germans, the Spaniards, the Romanians and so on.
The British fans, they are very festive they support their people.
A lot of my male vocal influences are British – people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.
Right from the outset, the prevailing mindset in British comics fandom was a radical and progressive one. We were all proto-hippies, and we all thought that comics would be greatly improved if everything was a bit psychedelic like Jim Steranko.
I did TV for a bit, and somewhere along the line, I started writing a column for ‘The Independent’ newspaper in England, and now I write features for ‘British Vogue.’
Someday, I’ll make a movie with a British accent.
I’ve always felt that I was a bit of an outsider to the British children’s-book illustration scene, because I don’t work in line and wash.
My first British film was Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which was a huge international success.
If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.
I worked with Michelle Yeoh on my last film, ‘Far North,’ and her partner is Jean Todt at the time, he ran Ferrari. So I went as a VIP to the British grand prix.
I think it would be a problem if Hollywood was casting British actors only as villains if that were the case, then certainly there would be cause for concern.
In 1939, Fitzroy Maclean, a gangly Highland aristocrat in his early 30s, was serving as a British diplomat in the U.S.S.R. Disgusted by the Soviet show trials, he quit the Foreign Service and would go on to serve with Tito’s partisans fighting the Germans in Yugoslavia.
Though Barbados has been independent since 1966, its capital, Bridgetown, still has elements of a thriving British colonial port.
In ‘The Hobbit,’ there were British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand actors, and Peter Jackson was adamant that we would all sound like we were from Britain somewhere.
You don’t expect to get the letter saying, Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire! It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.
The British fans are very intense, maybe even more so than fans in the U.S.! They’re great.
Californians don’t have that marvelous British cynicism, but then the British can be so patronizing at times.
When I was, like, 10, I decided it would look really cool, so I pretended I was British. And I’ve been doing that ever since.
In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man, and I put my first band together for one year, named Melody Fair.
The United States can tell you all about what’s wrong with the British, to say nothing of the Russians.
I guess the most surprising discovery was how long Gandhi remained loyal to the ideal of the British Empire, even in India.
In 1938, I was given a one-year teaching appointment, which was sensational for British universities. This was converted into the usual four-year contract for an Assistant Lecturer in 1939.
About 30% of fresh food is thrown away in supermarkets every day, although they will deny it. British households are throwing an estimated 30% of their food away, too.
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
In the British Special Air Service, combat fitness is all about running.
It is unthinkable to have a British countryside that doesn’t have actual functioning farmers riding tractors, cows in fields, things like that.
It would be a sad day if we British stopped being cynical, but you sometimes wonder whether we overdo it.
I’m a huge, huge fan of almost everything British. I love ‘The Office’ – I was a faithful follower of that show before the American version.
When you are suddenly standing in front of a bunch of journalists being asked what it’s like being a British Olympic legend, it’s a bit much to take in.
I spent 34 months on the battleship Alabama, South Dakota-class. I was a gun captain. First we went to Russia for about 11 months with the British convoys. Then we were up in Norway and Scandinavia.
So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn’t stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
I’m very excited that my yelling will be featured on the next Evile disc they’re one of my favorite new-ish bands and, in my not-so-humble opinion, the British saviors of thrash metal.
In America, you’re just an American. You’re accepted. It doesn’t matter that you’re of whatever race. If anything, I’m British, and that’s it. So let’s just get on with it, really.
Once, when a British Prime Minister sneezed, men half a world away would blow their noses. Now when a British Prime Minister sneezes nobody else will even say ‘Bless You’.
Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.
I am addicted to ‘Vogue’ magazines, be they French, British – I adore, adore, adore.
I’m getting comfortable with West Coast style, which is more laid-back than British style.
No one could seriously dispute that almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, all of North Africa except Morocco, all of the Middle East except Israel and Jordan and most of the oil-rich states, and the entire former British Indian Empire were better governed by Europeans.
I went being unemployed for three years to being the lead in a British feature in the days when we only made two a year, 1990. It was ridiculous really.
I wanted to work with Mike Leigh. I had my list of British people I wanted to work with, and I wanted to work with David Lynch and Woody Allen.
When I was in England doing Romeo and Juliet as a child star, I was interviewed by the British press, who are even more vicious and cruel than the Americans. So I have been extremely guarded ever since.
My thesis was on kinetics studies with the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase. When that was finished, I was granted a British Council Fellowship to work under the supervision of Malcolm Dixon.
I discovered that bone china was a British invention, which had been developed by a pottery sited next to a slaughterhouse – ‘bone’ china, of course, contains bones, though we are inclined to forget that.
When it comes to the British monarchy, I prefer to be seduced by an image than presented with a real person. It’s kind of a Warhol thing.
The British scene in boxing, not just the heavyweight division, is popping.
I like ‘The Office.’ I particularly like the British version with Ricky Gervais. Of course, I liked the ‘Seinfeld’ show a lot. I thought that was an awfully good show.
When young I did my best to undo that bit of the British Empire I found myself in: that is, old Southern Rhodesia.
The British have slang words, as we do, but it was fun.
Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.
If these theatres didn’t exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist.
Continental directors, as opposed to British and American, tend to be somewhat high-handed in their approach.
I’ve always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I’m a little surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.
The attack on the British embassy in Tehran came just days after the Iranian ‘parliament’ voted to expel the British ambassador, and therefore reeks of official complicity.
I thought, If people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity.
It’s very hard to describe your own style. And I’m young, so I’m still experimenting. But I think it’s quite British and very much about individuality.
I don’t want a tailor-made approach where the British have the best of two worlds. That will be too big an incentive for others to leave and kill the European idea, which is based on shared responsibilities.
If I was British, I would vote resolutely ‘remain’ because it’s in the U.K.’s interest.
My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy of my jokes in a lot of British comics’ heads, where they are safe.
I don’t watch much British television at all. I mean, it’s ironic because I used to work in it for years.
I’m really inspired by British style, like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.
For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations.
I’m a novelist from the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations of British Columbia, both small coastal reserves hugging the rugged shores of the west coast.
The British merchants represented that they received some profit indeed from Virginia and South Carolina, as well as the West Indies but as for the rest of this continent, they were constant losers in trade.
So I rang up British Telecom, I said ‘I want to report a nuisance caller’, he said ‘Not you again’.
I would like a UK fully engaged in Europe, but I can’t decide in place of the British. I see that for the moment they want to be more in retreat.
I hope Britain stays in the European Union, but I don’t want to decide for the British.
Up the Junction’ went on to inform my love of British social realism. It was the first film I saw of this ilk, a very stark, visceral reflection of England, an England I didn’t necessarily feel a part of but that I knew was out there. You could almost smell the bread and butter and cabbage.
Just as the British subject loves England despite her faults, so we must insist that all Germans who were part of the old Germany and helped shape her, recognize the greatness and worthiness of present-day Germany.
Radicalism is as British as tea and cakes, as much a part of our make-up as monarchy and football. It will never have its own jubilees, palaces or honours system.
England produced Shakespeare, and the British Empire the six-shilling novel.
For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north.
Foreign students add cultural value to their British peers, who need an international outlook.
The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany.
There is no cannibalism in the British navy, absolutely none, and when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount.
When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain, sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles, – but never England.
That’s my family we have a very British sense of humour, very dry.
I’ve always worked on the fringe of the British press establishment, carving out this niche for myself.
My parents are British but they emigrated to America, where I was born.
I stand on my public record as a defender of the human rights of Muslims, notably my work for Moazzam Begg and other British Muslims detained without trial in Guantanamo Bay.
Non-conformity has always been one of the great British virtues, and that includes non-conformity to things British.
The British claim to have a special relationship with the U.S., but if you mention this in Washington, no one knows what you are talking about.
The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.
I was born in the city’s general hospital on November 15, 1930, and we lived at 31 Amherst Avenue in the western suburbs. It was a magical place. There were receptions at the French Club, race meetings at the Shanghai Racecourse, and various patriotic gatherings at the British Embassy on the Bund, the city’s glamorous waterfront area.
I’m not as big a soccer fan as people might imagine, being British.
Shakespeare’s language does not require a British accent. It requires a facility with language, and that’s all.
I’m three quarters Scottish, but I sound English. I don’t really see British as a race.
Let’s turn British inventions into British industries, British factories and British jobs. Let them make pounds for us, not dollars marks or yen for others.
The British press are a group of unremitting scumbags. And sometimes they use that scumbaggery to good ends, and often not.
I’m British, so obviously I repress any powerful emotions of any kind in relation to anything.
I’m a big fan of British journalists like ‘The Independent’s Robert Fisk, but it’s hard to find voices like his in the U.S.
Ever since the destruction of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258, the Muslim world has been in slow decline relative to the west. With Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt and the creeping British annexation of Muslim India, that decline took on a malign aspect.
The British, and most European countries, have struggled to accommodate Muslim immigrants, but they have nevertheless welcomed them in large numbers.
And I definitely do that very British thing of, take things with a pinch of salt, stiff upper lip, you know what I mean?
My father’s a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.
British actors are pretty good, by and large, at turning on at ‘action’ and off at ‘cut.’
Further, not only the United States, but the French, British, Germans and the United Nations all thought Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction before the United States intervened.
During school, I’d advertise cars in the University of British Columbia newspaper.
When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.
British actors used to be scared of the multi-year options that U.S. TV shows demand. That has changed, because the same is now happening in the U.K.
It frustrates me that Britain can’t make something like ‘CSI’ or ‘The Sopranos’. Instead, British TV puts soap in primetime while every other civilized nation leaves it in daytime. Viewers should be more demanding.
There is abundant proof that the opening of our ports always tends to raise the price of foreign corn to the price in the English market, and not to sink the price of British corn to the price in the continental market.
The Cinquecento was an engine of motivation at Fiat. It refurbished the image of the entire company. It’s a symbol for the company, but it’s more than that. It’s a global Italian symbol, as Mini is a global British symbol and the Beetle is a global German symbol.
Within two months I made the grand slam: covers of ‘American Vogue’, ‘Italian Vogue’, ‘British Vogue’, and ‘French Vogue’.
L.A. is the opposite of Britain in a lot of respects, and that’s what draws so many British people here.
Before British title fights, I’ve played football on a Saturday before it’s silly as it is.
The only difference between the Bel Air of the ’90s and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies are Latina instead of British, and the cars European instead of American.
If athletes are found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, then they should be banned for two years, even if they are British.
And so I was very grateful that I didn’t do the British stiff upper lip, but I went straight to a therapist. And she was wonderful and helpful, and I went for about two years.
I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London.
Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population, with many British elites patting themselves on the back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.
The Dancing Girls of Lahore was offered to dozens of British publishers and was turned down by everyone. It is still on offer in the U.K., but I’m not confident there will be any takers.
I have never, ever sought validation from the arbiters of British poetic taste.
When I do watch things, they tend to be a lot of comedies. I actually like some of the British comedy series. But, on the whole, I’m not a huge viewer of anything.
I was raised by maternal grandparents who were born in 1890 and 1899, respectively. They were British subjects George V was the cousin of the tsar. The Romanovs were very real in their household.
Francis Underwood was entirely based on Richard III. When Michael Dobbs wrote ‘House of Cards’ in the original British series, Richard III is what he based the character on.
I’m not at all fed up with British films, but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.
When you are covering a life-or-death struggle, as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate and right to go along with military censorship, and in fact in situations like that there wouldn’t be any press without the censorship.
On the Northern Ireland question, for instance, the British and Irish governments prohibit media contact with members of the IRA, but we have always gone ahead, believing in the right to information.
There’s a particularly British wariness of appearing to try too hard. It’s somehow distasteful. Everything should come to us seamlessly and, if you have to work at it, you’re somehow a loser.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
Secessionists, whether in Scotland, Catalonia, Quebec or anywhere else, invariably assume that a person must either be Scottish or British, Catalan or Spanish, Quebecois or Canadian. What about those who feel they are both?
If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.
Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.
With the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.
The defeat of the Americans in Canada and the advantages gained by the British arms in the Jerseys, and indeed for some months in every other quarter, gave to the royal cause an air of triumph.
We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.
I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture.
Working on the accent helped, enormously. I will tell you that when I brought Michael a correct ‘British’ accent, one that my dialect coach was happy with, he hated it.
Some British actors are snobby about telly, and I don’t understand that.
The British are actually a lot more appreciative of the comic. In Canada, if you’re perceived as a comic writer, there’s a real snobbery, and you can’t be serious. You’re not a big hitter.
American science is much more organized, much more hierarchical than British science has been.
The fantastic thing about the memorial to the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel is that it’s one of the rare examples where they’ve preserved a battlefield more or less as it was. You can see all the trenches, where the British were, where the Germans lined up.
I see myself as British, and I want to be celebrated by Britain.
Actually, the British boarding school experience turns out to be not that exotic.
I read two mysteries a day when I was a kid. All of Agatha Christie, all of ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ I’ve seen every single British detective show ever made.
That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available.
For a little while there, I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to be in anything on British TV’. I didn’t watch any of it because it was rubbish.
If you do a story about a British journalist rescuing a child from Sarajevo, then Sarajevo just becomes an exotic location, and the story’s about this British journalist.
I think the British industry is set up to support British film, if we make films that enable them to support it. If you don’t make a commercial film, distributors can’t get behind it. If they don’t get behind it, the film doesn’t do well.
Over 30 years ago, Airbus was founded by a European consortium of French, German, and later Spanish and British companies to compete in the large commercial aircraft industry with U.S. companies.
More than 13,000 Malaysians travel to the U.K. to study in British universities every year.
I didn’t know Charlie before doing the movie, but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.
What’s been largely forgotten is that Washington was highly passionate and aggressive, and it was only after losing Philadelphia to the British after a string of disastrous battlefield performances that he finally resigned himself to the more conservative approach with which he has since become associated.
I just wear what I like, and lots of it is British.
If the (British) Arts Council give you money, they also tell you how to spend it.
We went to the British Museum, and I was looking up my family in the books – pages and pages on it.
One thing I have frankly decided is that when it comes to political reform we have two conservative parties in British politics. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have constantly and repeatedly failed to honour promises they have made about reforming, cleaning, modernising our clapped-out system.
When it comes to getting more women into parliament, politicians have at least started to take active measures. The British Labour Party introduced all-female shortlists in 1997.
I’m proud of being British, but I think our aristocracy is overrated.
The British Empire passed quickly and with less humiliation than its French and Dutch counterparts, but decades later, the vicious politics of partition still seems to define India and Pakistan.
Ineptitude and negligence directed British policies in India more than any cynical desire to divide and rule, but the British were not above exploiting rivalries.
All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there.
It would not be fair to the critics of Rotary, who include some of the most brilliant of the British and American writers, to charge them with prejudice.
The British are coming. One if by land, two if by sea.
We have lost all our big Australian industries and icons, including Qantas when it sold 25 % of its shares and a controlling interest to British Airways.
The British film industry has always tried to sell itself as something rather sophisticated. It’s almost as if it thinks it is by royal command. It has always tried to claim the high ground, not only over Hollywood but over the whole of humanity!
It’s weathered many a storm, but the British film industry is, thankfully, still afloat.
I have moved on from being a British parliamentarian, I have moved on from being a New Labour politician, I have moved on from being the supporter in the active day-to-day sense of Tony Blair.
I still read the British papers, but I’ve never been a Royalist, ever. It’s funny, there always seems to be much more of a fascination with the Royal Family over here then there does in England.
When it comes to meals, there’s always a fantastic choice on British Airways.
One thing I have been banging on about, we have a dessert deficit in the U.K. We still import a very large proportion of our desserts. I would ask everyone to go out and buy a British dessert.
I grew up near the sea in British Columbia and San Francisco, and lived in Malibu and Fiji for years. I get uncomfortable being too far inland.
Anyone that knows me knows what I’m about, and I’m very much a British actor, a European actor.
We’ve always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious battle with British Airways… It’s lasted now about 14 years, and we’re very pleased to have survived it.
We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.
I like to be comfortable, but I do enjoy being a British gent and dressing up a bit.
I’m British – ostensibly British – but I don’t know where I really belong, you know?
Although I’m living in California, I’m very proud to be British.
I grew up watching British comedy on TV, really.
I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia.
One of the things I miss most about the U.K. is political TV, and I have one of those little gadgets, which means I can download British programmes illegally – that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure.
Were you to read the British press today, you would learn that the British Empire never forgets its defeats.
Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
The British seizure of Hongkong was an aspect of one of the most ugly crimes of the British Empire: the takeover and destruction of India, and the use of India to flood China with opium.
Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers – there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians.
Winston Churchill was not entirely British. His mother was American, making Sir Winston part Iroquois Indian.
As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom, with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration.
Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn’t.
The British, I have discovered, assume that Americans are more religious than they are.
In March 1915, at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, the British fired more shells in a single 35-minute bombardment than they had during the whole Boer War.
By 1917, thanks to the new munitions factories and the women that worked in them, the British Empire was supplying more than 50 million shells a year.
The British who arrived in the United States in the eighteen-thirties and forties had imagined the young republic as a wide-eyed adolescent, socially ungainly and politically gauche, but with some hint of promise.
British diplomats who worked in Iran during the 1980 hostage crisis are deeply upset by Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ‘Argo,’ which suggests they refused shelter to the group who managed to get out of the U.S. embassy.
Canada evolved within the British Empire: it inherited the Parliamentary system, the Cabinet system and all the other features of the British constitutional system which had been in place, for the most part, for several centuries before Canada was even thought of.
I don’t really believe in elegance. Ever since I first came to France many years ago to do the Chambre Syndicale course, I always felt I was somehow lacking, first of all being British – obviously a disaster! But I was also puzzled with this idea that you have to tie your Hermes scarf just right, or you can only wear black.
There are actually quite high profile British TV star cameos in it that you probably wouldn’t even notice, that the British wouldn’t even notice, let alone the American audience.
British girls are really funny, so I definitely think we’d get along.
Among the fables that inspired the British Admiralty’s cartographic assignments to Captain James Cook in the 1770s and Captain George Vancouver in the 1790s was a 1640 account under the name of Bartholomew de Fonte that appeared in a journal with the delightful title ‘The Monthly Miscellany, or Memoirs for the Curious.’
To fans of British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Chilcot report should be read as a kind of Rorschach test – those experiments psychiatrists sometimes use to determine what their patients imagine they are seeing in the shapes of inkblots.
Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid.
Until 1869, when they were banned, debtors’ prisons were the great incinerators of British reputations. Those who were unable to pay their bills were jailed until their creditors were paid – an unlikely event, given that the prisoner was unable to work.
British men are peacocks. You see a lot more style on the streets here than you see anywhere else, on every level.
Between Clive Owen winning at the Golden Globes and the British Academy announcing its nominations, of which Sideways received only one, I’m feeling pretty humbled these days.
There just seems to be more acceptance now of… other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.
It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall, that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them.
I’m wary of the word ‘inventing,’ because in the British psyche the word ‘inventor’ is immediately linked with ‘mad’. For me, inventing is problem-solving.
I would wish for more British involvement in Europe, not less.
I’m very proud to be British, and my brand is British.
Having grown up in the Middle East, eating beans for breakfast always seemed like a bizarre British eccentricity.
Most British cheeses are now vegetarian and are labelled accordingly. However, French and Italian manufacturers still tend to use rennet.
If the British Isles had an official vegetable, it would have to be the potato.
Fish cakes are perceived as being quite British, and they’re always a bit brown and a little dull.