Kate Middleton and Prince William: “Turnip Toffs” vs “Beet Bandits”


I’d never heard the term “Turnip Toffs” before. It refers to the upper class world of Norfolk, the UK county I live in. It’s not a world I have any access to. But, in reality, you see a lot more sugar beet than turnips in Norfolk. Sugar beet lorries are what kick up all the mud on local roads in winter, making them slippery and treacherous, not to mention caking up your vehicle.

Anyway, in the light of the greater prevalence of sugar beet in Norfolk, maybe I’m best described as a “Beet Bandit”… part of the local outlaw resistance to Turnip Toffs.


Jimmy Lee Shreeve View All →

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