A Short Guide to Great Britain. (14)…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: moribund maroon, moribund maroon, lilac, orange, moribund maroon, and moribund maroon.

We seem to be getting near the end of that interesting little junk shop book A Short Guide to Great Britain – a small slim volume handed out by the US government to all the troops arriving here in 1942 to give us a hand with thwarting the plans of Adolph H. and his band of Nazi nutters.

DSCN3749Today we’ll have a look at page 34 – Unity Under the Skin (Taken from the British Bureau of Current Affairs’ bulletin “Meet the Americans“):
There will be no lack of discussion among your men when you tackle the theme of this bulletin, for all of us are all too ready to air our views about “foreigners.” And the less we know about them the readier we are to pronounce judgment. This isn’t a particularly British characteristic, either, for all nations (whether they live on islands or not) are inclined to an insular outlook…
This disparagement of the “foreigner” begins much nearer to home than that. The Yorkshire lad says rude things about the Cockney; the Midlander makes fun of the Welshman. There’s a lot to be said for this robust and defiant local pride, for it keeps alive a healthy sense of rivalry. We take it out for an airing to Wembley, Twickenham, or Old Trafford; we make it a peg for good knock-about arguments in the four-ale bar. But when it come to serious business, we forget all these differences of local merit and custom and accent. And because we have unity under the skin, we men of all shires march together, endure together, and win together. It is in exactly this same spirit that we shall learn to march with the Americans… The Americans and the British will find plenty to make fun of in each other, plenty to feel superior about. That doesn’t matter so long as we also find how much there is to respect in each other.



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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4 Responses to A Short Guide to Great Britain. (14)…

  1. julie harms says:

    Still to date. Very interesting.

  2. memadtwo says:

    Perhaps you should send this to The Donald when you’ve finished.

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