Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17) wrote,
Sentimental yet sardonic

  • Mood:

Blitz spirit

Selected quotes from metaquotes which fairly accurately sum up the mood in Britain I'd say:

Cultural differences

The responses by people today really highlight for me the differences between Americans and English people.

Americans: OMG! there's been a terroroist attack! My prayers are with you!!

English: London's been bombed. Shit. that means the tube is closed. I wonder if I can still make it into town tonite to see that play I have tickets for.Not to say this isn't upsetting or that people aren't worried. There's just a certain lack of melodrama.

"But to the terrorists I'd like to remind them of this: We've been bombed by better classes of bastards than you. We've had the Blitz and the IRA, you guys are distinctly small peanuts."

happymrlocust: I'm is running around like a headless chicken!
annlarimer: It's hard to panic the British. They've dealt with the Blitz, the IRA, the Silurians, the Zarbi, the Daleks, the Cybermen...

11:45 am: re: the bombings in london this morning, a bit of a humorous perspective:

"Terrorists -- Dude, London?! WTF were you thinking?! XRef: Blitz, IRA, Ru Paul."

"Not seriously" isn't quite the term, but I know what you mean. It's the British reaction. The yes-okay-but-where's-my-tea-I-want-to-watch-Corrie response. You feel like going "Damn, I wish it was the French, it's fun to blame them for everything". 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. The Americans have their alert raised to red, we break out the coffee. That's for situations more serious than this of course. Like another England penalty shoot-out.

I'm sure the foreigners think we're nuts for being so calm about it all.

That last one would explain my icon. *grins*

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.