That fighting spirit, call it pluckiness, determination, even stubbornness, is rooted deep in British culture. It is the struggle, the journey, and the heroics of the underdog and not the destination or the ultimate victory that is deemed story-worthy. Talking of winning a race by a mile is dismissed as vulgar or self-indulgent, unless galvanized by a struggle against the odds to get there. The British culture is one of almost awkward modesty, where speaking of your own achievements or your proudest moments is a constant battle not to be construed as being arrogant or bragging. Boasting, and those traits of arrogance, are seen as most undesirable, and in efforts to avoid this, people can be almost self-deprecating when speaking of their successes. Yet the story of a long path to your goal, mired by setbacks and defeats, punctuated by moments where a sane person would have thrown in the towel to arrive triumphant, has always motivated and captivated.