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What is 'British-ness'? This podcast explores all aspects of British culture from the perspective of an Englishman abroad. Perhaps you know Thomas already from Instagram's "FlemingNeverDies", centered on Ian Fleming's classic creation, James Bond, 007. Here, we can see a wider background of where our British hero sits. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flemingneverdies/ Listed as one of the top 20 British English podcasts of 2021 by Best Start Up: https://beststartup.co.uk/20-best-british ...
 
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In the alphabet of Britishness, 'A' is for 'Bloody Hell'... according to my many, many of friends on Instagram! 'B' can also stand for Barbour, Belstaff, Baracuta, Brownsea Island, blimey, Brexit, banter, bunting, Blackadder, Battle of Britain and Bradford! Thank you to everyone who messaged me. This episode is for all of you! If you'd like to get …
 
In the alphabet of Britishness, 'A' is for 'Albion.... but what does it mean? I asked on Instagram what I should talk about this week, and 69% of respondents voted for this topic. I'm sick with a cold at the moment, so I've done my best with this one and I hope you enjoy listening to my definition of 'Albion'. After all, it is in the title to this …
 
British Bond Addict returns, this time to delve into the world of Ian Fleming's 007. Thomas has 10 questions about James Bond which we thoroughly ignore for half an hour because frankly the topic is so good! However, we do get to them. If you'd like to give Thomas your answers you can contact him at: https://www.instagram.com/flemingneverdies/ You …
 
Remember Somali piracy? This was a serious issue that, for many people, just suddenly came and went out of the news. With so much of the maritime industry based in the UK, Thomas Felix Creighton was well placed, as a former RNR officer, to research this at the height of its relevance. Now, seven years on, we have a one-off retrospective episode exa…
 
Aside from the (King James) Bible and Shakespeare, what are my favourite books? 1. 'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkien 2. 'Kim' by Rudyard Kipling 3. 'From Russia With Love' by Ian Fleming 4. 'Ataturk: The Rebirth of a Nation' by Lord Kinross 5. 'The Dogs of War' by Frederick Forsyth Listen to find out why. You can contact Thomas at: https://…
 
Today, Christopher Morales joins me, who you might know as Instagram’s “That One Bond Guy”. We talk about his passion for Kingsman, James Bond, Dr. Who, and all things British. You can find him on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thatone_bondguy/ …and on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7xMlDhbc1ltEG7G-oWKQw You can contact…
 
In this episode, I interview Chris Hunt, known on Instagram as ‘British Bond Addict’, you can find him here: https://www.instagram.com/britishbondaddict/ He and I work together to identify The Seven Pillars of Britishness: (1) Humour (spelt with a ‘u’) (2) A stiff upper lip (3) Embracing a range of accents (4) The class system (5) Gentlemenliness (…
 
哈囉! Hello! Many of you know me from my Ian Fleming / James Bond themed Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/flemingneverdies/ . In this episode, I explore some of the British heritage in Hong Kong, which has appeared in three 007 films; You Only Live Twice (1967), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), and Die Another Day (2002). Special thank…
 
Thank you to everyone who contacted me after the last episode, in which Caine and I talked about tea and biscuits. We asked, 'What are biscuits in the USA?' Thank you to 'Ladies Who Bond' on Instagram for giving me a great answer. You can find her great account here: https://www.instagram.com/ladieswhobond/ Also, thank you to Jon Auty, who also con…
 
Last week, I travelled 5 hours by high-speed train from just north of Hong Kong to Fuzhou, in Fujian, famous for its tea culture. I met with an old friend called Caine who is an expert both on British culture and Fijianese tea. This is the second part of our discussion. In this episode, we talk about the quality of tea in teabags (as opposed to loo…
 
This week, I travelled to Fuzhou (China) and met Caine, an expert on British culture and on the traditional tea culture of Fuzhou. We talked about the origins of tea culture, both Chinese and British, and about the real ‘lived culture’ of tea in both countries. We also talk about tea production in Fuzhou, and on the tea and coffee culture of the Mi…
 
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