I've pulled two quotes from the LA Times piece on Sarah Lyall's book. Both lovely, both ring true:
"When they do the dishes, they appear to believe that the part where you are supposed to rinse off the soap is optional."
"Brits are supposed to pretend that achievement comes without effort; boasting is the height of poor manners. It makes you seem aggressive, ambitious, self-regarding, puffed up -- verging on American."
-- Sarah Lyall in 'The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British'
Read the amusing LA Times piece here.