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How “Just a Minute” and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” taught me what it means to be English

Games, like sport, operate according to subtle moral codes

Photo: Nicholas Parsons presenting an edition of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute. Steve Bowbrick (Flickr)

One of the features of being an expat is that you have to work out the rules to other people’s games. Even after living here for 20 years and watching whatever sport you can watch for free on terrestrial TV, I couldn’t tell you why, in rugby, one team sometimes gets a penalty. It makes me wonder what other cues I’m missing, when there isn’t a ref around to blow the whistle. Because if…

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