The Weather
According to a 2010 survey on 'small talk', Britons spend 6 months of their lives talking about climate. Philip Eden, weather columnist for The Daily Telegraph, was not surprised by the findings. "I think it's a part of our national psyche," he said. "We are a fairly reserved sort of people and talking about the weather is an easy, non-confrontational way of breaking the ice. There's an element of the very changeability of the British weather, that it gives us the opportunity to talk about something different every day."

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