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britishsmiles.jpg The Tight British Smile

Little Crack is now of an age where we practice the tight British smile a least three times a week. Before, we were young enough to swagger through passing encounters on the street with strangers and half-strangers. An unrepentantly straight-faced glare was part of our youthful schtick.  Now, we perform the tight British smile. Well-executed, this will make you look as though your teeth and your lips are a couple arguing about whether or not to go for a drink. The teeth are totally up for it. They wanna get out there, show the world some real emotion and glint in the heady, dangerous gaze of public visibility. The lips, contrarily, are a tight cork of barely veiled fury. No longer enamoured with kissing or eating, their sole purpose is to contain those unruly, obscenely grinning teeth at all costs. The lips have no intention of going for a drink. Ever. This is where we arrive at the unholy tipping point of the tight British smile. It says ‘talk to me, but really don’t’, ‘I might like you, although it’s unlikely’, ‘your dog is cute, but for the love-of-God don’t imagine that’s an invitation to speak.’ Next, we’re going to master the ‘so busy being British I didn’t see you’ scuttle.