Wow, the quotes:
In 2018, the British were the gloomiest and doomiest that I've ever seen 'em. They all know they're about to pound nails through their naked feet with big hammers.
I travelled quite a lot in late 2018, but I found pretty much the same mood, spread worldwide. It's the "new dark." Tallinn and Bangalore were were the brighter standouts -- more energetic, more sense of get-up and go -- but there's just not much twinkly, sparkly social energy out there.