« Barmy Aristocrats. | Main | TCS Piece »

December 22, 2004

The English Really Are Different.

Further proof, as if any were needed, that the English really are rather different from the rest of humanity:

In December 1948 a Washington radio station telephoned various ambassadors in the capital and asked what each would like for Christmas. Their replies were duly recorded and broadcast in a special programme the following week. “Peace throughout the world,” the French Ambassador requested. “Freedom for all people enslaved by imperialism,” his Soviet counterpart intoned ... Then came the voice of the British Ambassador, Sir Oliver Franks: “Well, it’s very kind of you to ask,” he politely remarked. “I’d quite like a box of crystallized fruit.”
[Source: Geoffrey Moorhouse, The Diplomats]


December 22, 2004 in The English | Permalink

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c2d3e53ef00d83457b2f469e2

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The English Really Are Different.:

» There Will Always Be An England from The LLama Butchers
Tim Worstall relates a little holiday story guaranteed to get a hoot from all Anglophiles.... [Read More]

Tracked on Dec 22, 2004 2:25:53 PM

Comments