By now I hope you have seen the Life in the UK test I did for you based on the actual study guide (if you haven’t you can take it here). Today however, today I bring you something special. Something a little more ‘me’. I bring you the official Runawaykiwi Life in the UK test, the one that we should actually do to test peoples knowledge of the UK.

Watch the video below and then the answers can be found if you scroll down further. DON’T CHEAT, because cheating is for not-British people. Just like the real test you have to get 75% right to stay in the country, let me know how you do by commenting or tweeting me.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. They mean “Hello”…this is not an actual question, they really don’t care how you are.
  2. Underwear
  3. The French
  4. The English
  5. No one, the Welsh just want to be loved
  6. Every house puts the kettle on
  7. EVERYONE
  8. Horse
  9. Never, you must ask this at all times
  10. 2013 = Bear and the Hare, 2014 = Monty the Penguin, 2015 = Man in the moon, 2016 = Buster the Boxer
  11. You can’t
  12. No top sheet, they go straight from the fitted sheet to the duvet
  13. Cake for tax reasons
  14. Whenever the sun comes out
  15. Rage silently at them and hope someone else tells them to be quiet
  16. On the pavement outside
  17. Grey, always grey
  18. We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing
  19. I hope we never see each other again, in fact I am leaving the country just to avoid ever running into you.
  20. David Attenborough
  21. The weather
  22. You end up at a kabab shop
  23. The Queen
  24. Very good

Mel Bochner has changed my opinion of text based art. Previously, I thought it was a bit passée. After all, surely a clever artist would be able to convey the emotion/message without having to write the bloody words down.

But walking through the Bochner exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery made me have a rethink. The colours were bright and defined, the words descriptive and the font verging on Comic Sands (oh the horrors). The difference was, that the words could act almost an afterthought.

You could understand the emotion that he was trying to convey without even reading them. The intelligent use of colour – both shading and placement – gave my brain enough to go on.

What the text then added (after the initial colour impact) was further definition, or more specifically, more direction to your assumptions. I guess it is almost the equivalent of looking at a classical sculpture, and then finding out the mythology behind it. You can look, appreciate and be moved entirely before getting the rest of the story.

Some of my favourite were a collection of posters where the text was a repeat of ‘blah’. Well worth the visit.