The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.
If you've never experienced the joys of this peculiarly British institution, they are basically an excuse for people with too much time on their hands to wield a little bit of power, in an attempt to brighten up their empty little lives.
It's taken me nearly thirty-two years, but I think that I have finally come to truly appreciate the peculiarly British (minus Scottish) institution that is the Bank Holiday.
It is a conceit to pretend that New Year festivities are somehow peculiarly Scottish though there were particular reasons for their retention and the special regard in which they were held.
He writes openly and very simply about his struggles with faith, explaining, for example, how he has always found prayer and Bible reading peculiarly difficult.
If we allow this ban to go through unopposed, we are giving the government permission to criminalise people who pursue an activity that most people disapprove of on no better grounds than a peculiarly British snobbery.
He pulled his cigarette spiritlessly, and his voice was peculiarly dead and monotonous.
A commonplace observation on my part, a piece of naïveté perhaps, but this fact has been peculiarly neglected in so many recent commentaries about violence on the screen.
However, despite its very good intentions, the museum seems peculiarly ill-equipped to deal with the difficult questions raised by recent events.
Recently, I was watching a cable channel that programs fashion shows almost continuously and noticed that the long-legged models prancing in high heels seem to walk peculiarly .