Visit Britain are getting in early and training us to be polite to people from Foreign when they come over for the Olympics. As though Londoners aren't used to living, working and playing alongside people from all over the world - never mind the tourism industry, who these guides are aimed at - we apparently need a bit more work to make us as friendly and culturally aware as the Dutch.
Here are some of the things to remember next time you're hanging out in Trafalgar Square:
Call us insular little Englanders if you will, but surely visitors flocking to these shores for the Olympics will have some notion that the average Brit on the street, or on reception in their hotel, probably won't have an in-depth knowledge of their national history. We're sure the usual rules of 'being polite and helpful' will see us through (and those who told Visit Britain they wanted a 'more exhuberant welcome' might be happier in Italy).
We also think this cultural sensitivity thing works two ways, so what would your tips for Olympic visitors be?