A Frenchman described the British sense of humour to me today as keep calm and carry on. He told me that when he found the following TV programmes funny, Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and Blackadder, he realised he understood the British. We often laugh at people who are slightly pompous, trying their best, get themselves into muddles and need develop some humility and work with others to get themselves out of the muddles.
He said that when he first arrived here 20 years ago, people asked him’why are you here? Did you get lost?’. f you take this literally, you would be offended, but he understood that this was actually a welcoming statement because the message, is, we like you and we are teasing you.