Hi Graciela. I don't know whether to take it as a compliment or an insult when you call me and my fellow countrymen and women 'quirky'.
However I am only too pleased to help you navigate through some of the more baffling aspects of British culture.
Graciela, you mention cricket. I really don't see what's so difficult to understand about this magnificent game. It's really very simple, as explained in this famous, humorous list of rules written by an anonymous author:
as Explained to a Foreign Visitor
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that's in the side that's in, goes out, and when he's out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
When they are all out the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out including the not-outs, that's the end of the game.
Did you understand that? I doubt it. You're not supposed to. It's a deliberately confusing description of the game. But the thing I like about it is that to people who understand the game, these rules do actually make perfect sense!
I am, of course, willing to answer any of your questions on the game, but first I have one for you. Can anyone tell me what "Howzat?" means? I look forward to your replies and Graciela's further questions.
I'll leave you with a photo I took recently of a match I went to: England vs India. What a perfect day out!
• take it - interpret this information
• my fellow countrymen - people from the same country as me
• navigate - find your way
• baffling - very confusing
• anonymous - not named