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An Invitation to LaughterA Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World$
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Fuad I. Khuri and Sonia Jalbout Khuri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226434766

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.001.0001

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Living in Great Britain

Living in Great Britain

“The best in the world”

(p.166) Sixteen Living in Great Britain
An Invitation to Laughter
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The author and his family have lived in England since 1985. At the University of Reading, where his daughter was enrolled, two things attracted the author's attention: the abundance of cedars of Lebanon, and a no-smoking poster displayed at the registrar's office. The poster showed bright red lips, with the caption “Kiss a nonsmoker and taste the difference.” Coming from Lebanon, where civil society had completely broken down, the author came to deeply appreciate the strong public sense of justice in Britain. Another notable trait of the British is their “live and let live” attitude toward other cultures, which is shaped by their passionate attitude toward their own, which they regard as the best in the world. The author also finds British culture unique in two respects: its militarism and its deep sentimental attachment to traditions and cultural heritage.

Keywords:   Britain, culture, justice, University of Reading, Lebanon, militarism, cultural heritage, traditions

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