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  UK split by personalities
Updated 06 November 2001, 14.28
Cartoon from 'A Tourist's Guide to the British' by Simon Henry
People who live in different parts of the UK have often been given names that they aren't proud of.

People in the north of England are flat cap-wearing pigeon racers, Scots are alcoholics wearing kilts, Essex is full of blonde ladies tottering around on white high-heeled shoes.

These are called 'regional stereotypes'.

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Simon Henry's names
Yorkshire: crude and grumpy
Scotland: drunken and not generous
West Country: cider-drinking farmers
South coast: sour-faced pensioners

Even though we are all part of the UK some of us can't stop believing those who live an hour's drive away are an entirely different.

These thoughts are unlikely to be changed by a new book, A Tourist's Guide to the British, which makes fun at the whining Brummie, the Scouse scally and East End spiv.

The writer of the book is Simon Henry, a Londoner who now lives in Bradford.

He has called on people to have a sense of humour about his regional caricatures.

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