Sitting in his cramped office in the heart of the picturesque Dordogne village of Verteillac, Bruno Merlaud smiles. Behind him is a box of teabags featuring a union flag and the words Keep Calm and Carry On. “Keep this under your hat. I would say that one in 10 Britons are twits. That compares with nine out of 10 French. Now there are fewer of you, it makes me sad. They are a clientele I appreciate enormously,” he says.
Tho’ we might refine that a little to equality in twittery, it’s that Brits tend – tend – not to act out quite so much. A British twit might well mutter to the wife “You’ve no idea what that Mayor’s up to now Luv” while an F would have an ear splitting meltdown in the street.
Not that I’m being culturalist, or Johnny Foreignerist, in the slightest of course.