In 'Watching the english' the author takes a look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. The rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo and many more . Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments, Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.