As an island, Britain has largely been safe from the invasions and cultural imperialism the rest of Europe has suffered over the last three hundred years. In short, they are one of the few European countries to have had luxury of molding their own identity. And few people would doubt that this sets them apart from mainland Europe. Everything it seems is different -British humor, British cooking, British weather, the British class system, British sports (who else in Europe plays cricket?)- and it is its difference, and the confidence it derives from being different, that makes it such an interesting place to visit.