Queuing: Is it really the British way?
Queuing, it’s what the British are renowned for doing – and doing very well. Better than anyone else in the world, if reputation is to be believed.
Take the Wimbledon queue.
It’s held up as a supreme example of Britain’s prowess when it comes to queuing. The likes of tea, cake and camping chairs often make an appearance. It even has its own code of conduct in case, heaven forbid, anyone doesn’t understand how the queue works.
But Wimbledon is an exception when it comes to standing in a long line, say social historians. Despite the UK’s formidable global reputation, queuing in a calm, good-natured manner has not always come naturally.