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Attila the Pun
Monday, July 11, 2005
 
More stiff upper lip goodness

Further to my post below, here is a longer list of UK quotes after the bombing (thanks to Laura for the heads up).

It must be said that it easy to sound cocky when a) you haven't just been horribly injured or b) you are in Australia, but the combination of the stiff upper lip and the dry humour is a winner for me. Especially when it leads to stuff like this:

God I love the British...Nobody does pissed off disdain like 'em...

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When the news reporter said "Shopkeepers are opening their doors bringing out blankets and cups of tea" I just smiled. It's like yes. That's Britain for you. Tea solves everything.
You're a bit cold? Tea.
Your boyfriend has just left you? Tea.
You've just been told you've got cancer? Tea.
Coordinated terrorist attack on the transport network bringing the city to a grinding halt? TEA DAMMIT!
And if it's really serious, they may bring out the coffee.

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To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of bastard than this!"

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"We took on the Romans, the Saxons, the Danes, the French, William Wallace, the Black Plague, the Roundheads, the Great Fire, Napoleon, the Nazis, and the Blitz, and we're still here. You terrorists are bloody amateurs."

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"I'm vague on Muslim theology but the asshats responsible need to go to a "special paradise" where the virgins won't put out."

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