Ah, Britain—my old love. From the fabulous invention that is tea time to the country’s storied history, impressive architecture, and most of all gorgeous parks, I’ve been enamored with British culture for as long as I can remember.

However, like some of the nation’s more errr creative meals (beans on toast, you might be delicious but I’m looking at you), its culture also has some quirks. Absolutely fun and uniquely witty? Definitely! Chaotic to the max in an oh-so delightfully and distinctly British way? You can count on it.

To show you the depths and bizarre niches in British humor and everyday culture, Bored Panda has collected some of the best examples of things that will make you wonder whether, this time, Brits have gone too far. Personally, I hope Britain will never change—it’s far too entertaining to watch from the sidelines.

Psst, Pandas, I’m off to make myself a spot of Earl Grey, so have a scroll down and remember to upvote your fave pics. And be sure to check out Bored Panda’s exclusive interview about the role that British humor plays in its culture with London-based comedian and comedy writer Ariane Sherine.

#1

Best Thing In Today's Daily Mirror

Best Thing In Today's Daily Mirror

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

OH MY GOD THATS TO FUNNY

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#2

Good Old National Trust

Good Old National Trust

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Now that's a hand job and a half lol.

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#3

Historical Figures Lined Up For Reopening Of Museum Of Gloucester

Historical Figures Lined Up For Reopening Of Museum Of Gloucester

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Omg, the t-rex at the end.

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British humor, let alone culture, gets more difficult to define the closer you look at it. At first glance, everything seems to be clear-cut: the Queen, the Victorian era, rading P. G. Wodehouse's books, looking posh, sounding posh, pip-pip, cheerio, drinking tea and eating crumpets, liking ships (and having lots of them!), and the Beatles to name a few iconic images. You can probably picture these without much effort.

#4

If You Can Read This, You Are Not A Train!

If You Can Read This, You Are Not A Train!

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Lauren Caswell
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12 months ago

That is the epitome of British sarcasm I love It!

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#5

There Is Something Terrifying Happening In Brighton, England

There Is Something Terrifying Happening In Brighton, England

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Luis Hernandez Dauajare
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12 months ago

Now I really want to know this story....

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#6

Welcome To Leigh

Welcome To Leigh

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Hugo A-niro
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12 months ago

Love this

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But once you start thinking about it, British culture becomes harder to define precisely. And naming a few examples of what’s overwhelmingly British doesn’t get to the essence of what makes British humor, well, British.

#7

A Fine Example Of Sophisticated British Humour

A Fine Example Of Sophisticated British Humour

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Wow

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#8

Front Seat On A Double Decker Bus

Front Seat On A Double Decker Bus

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Julie C Rose
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12 months ago

Same in New Zealand - those seats are ALWAYS taken first on the double decker bus I catch.

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#9

When The Pubs Have Been Closed For 4 Months, A Bit Of Rain Won't Stop These Lads

When The Pubs Have Been Closed For 4 Months, A Bit Of Rain Won't Stop These Lads

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Lauren Caswell
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12 months ago

Bah that's just a wee drizzle :)

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I wanted to get a better handle on the link between humor and culture, so I reached out to comedian Ariane who’s working on a number of witty projects. Who better to talk about what makes people laugh than a British comedian who knows what the entire thing is all about?

#10

When The Council Forget About A Sinkhole In Your Town

When The Council Forget About A Sinkhole In Your Town

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Hilary Mol
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12 months ago

This is amazing.

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#11

It Gets Confusing

It Gets Confusing

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Marie
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12 months ago

Now that's actually useful!

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#12

Breakfast Trifle

Breakfast Trifle

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Tbh, I would eat that. Certainly preferable to the traditional trifle lol.

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Professional comedian Ariane told Bored Panda that humor plays a “huge role” in British culture. And this isn’t bound to change anytime soon. “I think it is inherently witty and quirky but coupled with a huge dose of irony and self-consciousness,” she noted that British wit often has a dollop of self-deprecation mixed into it.

#13

Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

124 PINTS??

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#14

Found An Angry Note On My Car Today. I Replied

Found An Angry Note On My Car Today. I Replied

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Raven Sheridan
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12 months ago

The most polite, "F**k You Letter" I've ever read.

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#15

Ok, Who Did This?

Ok, Who Did This?

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Bow, I’m a Slytherin
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12 months ago

I thought I was the only one!-

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According to Ariane one of the best things that sum up the essence of British humor is the Very British Problems book series that also has a Twitter account. “It's sarcastic, petty, ridiculous, embarrassed, self-conscious, and underpinned with the knowledge and awareness of how silly Brits are,” the comedian said.

#16

This Is The Most British Headline I Have Ever Seen

This Is The Most British Headline I Have Ever Seen

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Lauren Caswell
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12 months ago

I just bought these exactly biscuits less than an hour ago XD nom nom!

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#17

My Local Cinema Being A Little Pessimistic About Reopening

My Local Cinema Being A Little Pessimistic About Reopening

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Brandy Grote
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12 months ago

Accurate...

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#18

The Joys Of Living In Britain

The Joys Of Living In Britain

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Essex Eagle
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12 months ago

It was only November 4th though

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I also talked to Ariane about the impact that British soft power, films, and media have globally. In her opinion, the way that British culture is characterized all around the world is slightly inaccurate and doesn’t represent the reality of being a Brit.

#19

What's More British Than Trains And Sausage

What's More British Than Trains And Sausage

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Kristof De Smet
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12 months ago

Looks like a Belgian train?

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#20

Got A Baked Bean Mug For My Birthday So Naturally I Did The Right Thing

Got A Baked Bean Mug For My Birthday So Naturally I Did The Right Thing

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Seems logical

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#21

A Very British Headline

A Very British Headline

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

The f**k...?

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They’re not all as glamorous as the stars you’re used to seeing on your TV screens (though I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that all brits have a secret use-in-an-emergency top hat and monocle kit; pity I haven’t been able to prove it yet).

#22

An Actual Job Here In The UK

An Actual Job Here In The UK

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Hans
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12 months ago

She soon will be promoted to mince pie research and development evangelist.

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#23

Google Maps Accurately Capturing U.k. Life (Leeds)

Google Maps Accurately Capturing U.k. Life (Leeds)

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Ekate
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12 months ago

That's a lot of skin - must be over 12 degrees!

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#24

Northumberland... Lowest Population Density In England... Just How I Like It

Northumberland... Lowest Population Density In England... Just How I Like It

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Jo Mama
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12 months ago

One of the most scenic counties

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“When people think of us, they think of the Royal Family, iconic images like London buses and phone boxes, afternoon tea, period dramas, and posh people—like Hugh Grant in Richard Curtis films!” Ariane explained how the world tends to think when it thinks of the UK.

#25

A House Overtaking A Boat On The A30 Today

A House Overtaking A Boat On The A30 Today

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Nothing to see here, just an everyday occurrence.

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#26

This Guy Is An Absolute Baller

This Guy Is An Absolute Baller

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago (edited)

Genius.

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#27

I'll Never Get Tired Of East London

I'll Never Get Tired Of East London

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Dutchdancemum
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12 months ago

His socks as well!

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“They see us as charming and antiquated and think we're adorable. Spoiler: we're not really like this! Which they'll find out if they ever visit Britain, but I guess most people never do, so we remain cute and posh in their imaginations,” she said.

This proves that even a lack of travel can have its upsides, namely, maintaining the illusion that all brits are as charismatic and gorgeous as the delightful Mr. Grant.

#28

Hipster Level: London

Hipster Level: London

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Hugo A-niro
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12 months ago

A serious vinyl fan

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#29

Cheerio Germs

Cheerio Germs

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

At first I was thinking "hang on, aren't cheerios American" lol. Was thinking of the cereal not the colloquial term for goodbye.

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#30

At First I Thought It Said Cornhole

At First I Thought It Said Cornhole

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Its cornhole + sherlock holmes

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#31

Mom Brought A Slice Of Bread To Try Out Toasters

Mom Brought A Slice Of Bread To Try Out Toasters

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Aski Markup
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12 months ago

I know the pain. You think you've just bought a great little toaster. Open it up, and flipping a third of the bread sticks out when toasting. Why do they do that?!

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#32

Banksy Really Outdid Himself This Time

Banksy Really Outdid Himself This Time

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Hugo A-niro
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12 months ago

What is this?

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#33

Found This In The Staff Room After The Morning Meeting...

Found This In The Staff Room After The Morning Meeting...

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Because custard is F*****G BETTER

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#34

Its Bank Holiday, Payday Friday. The Efforts For A 17:00 Post Work Pint Fill Me With National Pride. Liverpool

Its Bank Holiday, Payday Friday. The Efforts For A 17:00 Post Work Pint Fill Me With National Pride. Liverpool

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Zena Marsh
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12 months ago

"Do you think they will find us here?"

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#35

A Bloke Tucking Into Full English Breakfast On The Tube

A Bloke Tucking Into Full English Breakfast On The Tube

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Hilary Mol
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12 months ago

I mean, as long as you don't spill it on someone else's shoes, enjoy your breakfast!

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#36

Looks Like A Rave

Looks Like A Rave

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TheRandomBorger
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12 months ago

Can we just appreciate the woman in the donut costume

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#37

You Just Are

You Just Are

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Wow real encouraging

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#38

Breaking!!! Breaking!!! Hat Found!!!

Breaking!!! Breaking!!! Hat Found!!!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

If it is in good condition why destroy it, wash it and donate it instead.

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#39

Coronavirus Restrictions Are Being Eased Too Quickly

Coronavirus Restrictions Are Being Eased Too Quickly

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Sasy
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12 months ago

My tongue always picks my pastries...it is very reliable that way.

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#40

Who Amougst Us Hasn’t Dreamed Of Smelling Like Cherry Bakewell Tart Or Love Hearts?

Who Amougst Us Hasn’t Dreamed Of Smelling Like Cherry Bakewell Tart Or Love Hearts?

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

I wanna smell like cherry bakewell tarts

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#41

Truly A National Tragedy

Truly A National Tragedy

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Brendan
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12 months ago

Typical Waitrose shopper!

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#42

The Waitrose Way

The Waitrose Way

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Dutchdancemum
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12 months ago

Good old Farnham, one of the most poshest towns around!

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#43

"British Cuisine Is Bad" - Oh Yeah? Think Again

"British Cuisine Is Bad" - Oh Yeah? Think Again

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Gah im hungry those really tiny pizzas

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#44

British Town Names

British Town Names

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Kira Okah
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12 months ago

Should I point out Stone? Or Tring? Mudchute? Cockfosters? Beer? Cockermouth? Thong? Been to all of those personally. How about I plop some Welsh in here and mention the village of Ysbyty Ystwyth.

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#45

Came Across This House That Uses A Baby's Gate As A House Gate, Interesting Choice

Came Across This House That Uses A Baby's Gate As A House Gate, Interesting Choice

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Hey if it works. Seeing as the rocks are uneven, a baby gate kind of makes sense since the ends are adjustable.

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#46

To Be Honest Asda, I'd Rather You Got It From The Cow

To Be Honest Asda, I'd Rather You Got It From The Cow

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Hugo A-niro
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12 months ago

Looks tasty

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#47

I Took Cuthbert For A Charity Skydive

I Took Cuthbert For A Charity Skydive

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Princess Consuela
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12 months ago

#freecuthbert

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#48

Bands Will Put Their Name On Anything These Days

Bands Will Put Their Name On Anything These Days

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

It looks like a smore

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#49

Wrong Sort Of Heat

Wrong Sort Of Heat

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Andrew Gibb
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12 months ago

it is usually leaves on the line

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#50

Pie On A Barm! Why Not!

Pie On A Barm! Why Not!

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Iron ass
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12 months ago

Interesting

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