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Blitz spirit

July 7th, 2005 (09:25 pm)

current mood: contemplative

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 confused...no-one 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*


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: July 7th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)

Thank you for passing them on. My daughter and I have sat and giggled over them - it's that genetic Blitz Spirit thing or something - but the main attitiude seems to be 'We will have to have extra news programmes as long as we can fit in Eastenders and The Bill'.

I am still cofused by the fact that one of the Doctors from the BMA said he had counted ten dead bodies at the bus explosion, but the official figure still says two - you would think that the people most likely to be able to tell whether someone was dead would be a doctor! It should not in any way be funny, but in a macabre way it is. I have visions of a policeman and a doctor arguing - 'he's not dead, he's just pining for the fjords!' I suppose it must be a British thing - the response of humour.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 7th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Tea dammit [stargrazer_dream]

I suspect a lot of it is the old Blitz spirit being carried on through the generations. Certainly when I was growing up, the IRA were bombing places regularly, so I always have those automatic scan of the area type thoughts running around in the very back of my mind. Sorta looking for unintended bags, etc.

But it is a very British thing to be cracking jokes about events like this within hours of the event occuring. It's not that we don't care, it's nore that this is our way of showing it.

Posted by: Amy (ilysanth)
Posted at: July 7th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)

I loves the icon. Very much. ~grin~ You made my coworker snicker.

Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: July 7th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)

It's hard to panic the British. They've dealt with the Blitz, the IRA, the Silurians, the Zarbi, the Daleks, the Cybermen...

Scarily enough, "Rose" premiered on New Zealand tv last night. Hearing this on the news a couple of hours later was surreal to say the very least. I'm sure I'm not the only person who suddenly thought of the Autons and only belatedly of the IRA / whoever.

Good to hear you're safe and sound though.

- Dave

Posted by: Calex (madannekidd)
Posted at: July 8th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
amused dawn - michelletrachtenberg.net

*grin* mynuet and I had a bit of a chat about that as well. Minor fretting for the sister, found out she was okay, then commenting on people's general calmness. I think the last bit basically sums it up. I said something similar. London will just dust itself off and then ask if anyone would like a cup of tea in a rather droll tone. Perhaps there will be a two fingered salute somewhere in there, along with a raised eyebrow and a sneered "is that all?". There are reasons why I love England and the British. The icon really is brilliant.

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: July 8th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)

I've nabbed your icon. Hope that's OK.

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