This week, British culture has united pre-teen girls and petrolheads around the world in shock; here in Qatar, it’s responsible for our Ambassador reading the breakfast show weather report…
Britain is no longer the economic powerhouse it once was. You can mock us for everything from our cuisine, to being rubbish at not just all the sports we invented, but all the other ones too. Our culture, however, is one of our strongest and most significant exports – and has been for more than 500 years.
When you live in the UK, this is a concept you’re dimly aware of, like nuclear physics, or the possibility of sentient life on other planets.
But when you move abroad, its impact is there for all to see – and never more so than this week, when within hours of each other, not one, but two, founding members of made-in-Britain-recognised-everywhere supergroups headed off to pastures new.
On the one hand, Zayn Malik hit the eject button on his time in the planet’s biggest boy band One Direction, while in what is surely a world first, I temporarily have something in common with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, in that we are both currently “in between opportunities”. Continue reading