Find me the person who doesn’t like Downton Abbey. Am still waiting. It is seriously a great show as it follows the lives of the Crawley family on their Yorkshire estate along with their servants in post-Edwardian England. The relationship between the family and their servants is a symbiotic dance of culture and tradition. It explores the lives of the ridiculously rich and the servants who serve, as they are all bound by the same common decency of man. In 2014 any vestiges of the Crawley life that exist are passed down to persons with titles such as Lady or Lord. These houses still exist, these families still exist but the houses now are run by the National Trust so people like me can to walk the halls of Oriental rugs and priceless paintings and admire table settings. The money paid for the tour goes to the National Trust, not the house or family. The owners are probably relegated to one wing of the house never mixing with the public. Its so interesting to think that people lived like this and that their servants were the very life blood of their existence.
In modern day London it is quite easy to suss out if one belongs to the Crawley class. There are subtle tell-tale signs that you are land rich and money poor. That upstairs and downstairs is not geographical but rather a class distinction. So, here are a few signs that you may be an aristocrat:
1. A regional accent like no other. Have you ever heard Prince Charles speak? Its that accent. There is no place in England where people speak like that. Rather it is cultivated by governesses, good living and blue blood.
2. Pinkie Ring with a crest. Prince Charles has one.
3. Using words in a way not normally conveyed. Instead of saying ‘I’m thirsty’. You would say ‘one is feeling parched’.
4. Salmon coloured trousers. Trust me on this one.
5. The ban on fox hunting outrages you.
These are just a few. If you do any of these or know anyone who does these you just may be an aristocrat in modern day England.