You can have my wine glass when you pry it from my cold dead hands

This article really annoyed me. An American writer expresses disbelief at the prevalance of drinking in British culture. Well, it’s certainly ‘prevalent’; but the way this (British-resident) American assumes it to be culturally abnormal rather than a 1000-yr old tradition (from Friar Tuck to Gin Lane) isn’t exactly celebrating diversity, is it?

I mean, what if I went to the Deep South and wrote articles commenting how ‘abnormal’ it was to keep guns in your house and have a vice-presidential candidate primitive enough to think the dinosaur skeletons were buried to test her faith. But Stateside both those things are ‘normal’, and against them I think overdosing on the odd beer or three seems rather pedestrian…

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