I am no flag-waving Briton. In fact I’ve spent over half of my living outside of the UK, from Canada to Australia, Africa and all over Europe and nowhere was I considered weird, not even in Nigeria.

But here in Spain, where I have a Spanish family, I cannot get my head around the problem the Spanish have with the British. Today, one of the country’s most highly regarded and influential right-wing newspapers, El Mundo, ran a story headlined "Why are the British so weird?" A bit of a generalisation.

Granted, they consulted a British anthropologist for the answers, but who came up with the idea for the article? And according to their findings, only 15% per cent of Britons consider themselves European while 64% consider themselves "British".

Every country has its different traits, dialects, customs, etc.

However, over breakfast this morning, grabbing a note pad and, while the rain pours down, list all the reasons why the Spanish or Majorcans are so weird.

What does Spain want from us?


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Simon Tow / Hace over 3 years

Hi Humphrey, The question or article says quote "raros" which could be better translated as odd or peculiar, which, give their due, in their eyes, we are. Why? Because they don't understand us or our ironic sense of humour. In school here, three things are taught to describe the "English", the Armada, piracy ( Drake ) and Gibraltar. In other words "we" are the enemy. Magalluf and Benidorm don't help much either. Wouldn't worry about it. Without being too overtly obvious about it, most of them grudgingly respect us. Pity more don't travel and broaden their horizons.


Sean Dobson / Hace over 3 years

The answer to that is very simple:our money.


keith / Hace over 3 years

Nice one MR Carter . Glad to read someone who as not got a one track mind . Very refreshing to read . Nearly forgot , I take it Jason does not work weekends ? . Just asking .