A Short Guide to Great Britain (4)

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s choice adjectives are: parallel, isagogic, cuddly, quadruplex, viviparous, and buttery.

It’s time for another peek into that interesting little book from World War II, A Short Guide to Great Britain, that I bought for a few pence in a junk shop a few years ago. These were handed out to the US service personnel when they arrived here in 1942 to give us a hand with sorting out Adolph.

DSCN3749Let’s have a look at a couple of short items:

The Country.
You will find out right away that England is a small country, smaller than North Carolina or Iowa. The whole of Great Britain – that is England Scotland and Wales together – is hardly bigger than Minnesota. England’s largest river, the Thames (pronounced “Tems”) is not even as big as the Mississippi when it leaves Minnesota. No part of England is more than a hundred miles from the sea.
If you are from Boston or Seattle the weather may remind you of home. If you are from Arizona or North Dakota you will find it a little hard to get used to. At first you will probably not like the almost continual rains and mists and the absence of snow and crisp cold. Actually the city of London has less rain for the whole year than many places in the United States, but the rain falls in frequent drizzles.

The British are Tough.
Don’t be mislead by the British tendency to be soft-spoken and polite. If they need to be, they can be plenty tough. The English language didn’t spread across the oceans and over the mountains and jungles and swamps of the world because these people were panty-waists.
Sixty thousand British civilians – men, women and children – have died under bombs, and yet the morale of British is unbreakable and high…
You won’t be able to tell the British much about “taking it.” They are not particularly interested in taking it any more. They are far more interested in getting together in solid friendship with us, so that we can all start dishing it out to Hitler.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to A Short Guide to Great Britain (4)

  1. Ian Gant says:

    Nice to know I’m not a “panty-waist”…

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