How are you all doing? How is Uncle Sam? How is the lovely Oprah?
It’s been a while since I’ve been over to visit you all, so I thought I would write you a letter just to let you know that I am still alive and thinking about you all. Last time I was over there, you offered me your spare room in Alaska, rather than somewhere warmer.
Still, I got to visit Seattle for a day on the way – it’s just a shame that Frasier Crane wasn’t around Bill Gates conveniently had to be elsewhere. I had a few things to say to him about Microsoft (again).
Why do you think he keeps ignoring my emails?
Actually, now the pleasantries are over, I have a confession to make.
I have an ulterior motive.
I think I might have annoyed you – by accident of course. I love you guys and, being British, I like to poke fun at people I love. It’s just the way we are across the pond. Anyway, I’m also keen to make things right and explain my actions.
Here are some of my "sins":
Correcting Your Language
I know somebody has probably told you that whenever I watch an American programme or film (that’s “movie” to you), I stand up, ranting, and say things like:
Stop saying "Do the MATH"! It’s MATHS! And while we’re on, it’s ALUMINIUM not "ALUMINUM". And what the hell is a DIAPER and a FAUCET?
I’m just joking. I know what these things are – I’m just trying to impress any fellow Brits who might be listening by convincing them I can speak a foreign language fluently.
Listen guys, I can explain what happened on that fateful day in Florida. I was one of three British people waiting to see the Hall of Presidents and I honestly did not mean to say what I said.
Looking back I should have just stood up and looked around instead of staying seated and cracking a joke.
When the folk band played your National Anthem I did not expect everybody to stand up and put their hands on their hearts and start bellowing the words. When I said “Spot the Brits!” while remaining seated, I was not being disrespectful. Nor was I being facetious when I giggled and pointed at a man who was clearly overwhelmed by the song, with tear-filled eyes and a voice so choked he could barely utter the words “Oh, say can you see …”.
It’s just that, as Brits, we are proud of our country but don’t blubber and stand there with our hands on our chests when God Save The Queen comes on. In fact, quite the contrary – it’s a dreary song and I think the Queen is so wealthy she could probably save all of us.
Furthermore, my joke about the ubiquitous nature of the American flag was not meant to offend. I was not actually going to steal one. What would I do with it?
Finally, I know you Americans are under the impression that you live in the greatest country in the world. I really did not mean to upset the poor pastor when I questioned this statement on his pompous blog. I was just having a bad day and all of his talk about how God loves America more than any other country just wound me up. I apologise to the pastor and all of his sheep who may have read my comment claiming that Britain is a far better and safer place to live than America.
I laughed at these videos and I apologise:
I also have to laugh when asked stupid questions like “Do you celebrate 4th July in England?”
Moaning About The Slow Invasion Of Britain By America
Every year, a new American tradition seems to find its way across the Atlantic Ocean and wangle its way into our culture. It started with Hallowe’en, which means that every year I am supposed to buy bags of sweets and face armies of kids dressed up as ghouls and ghosts as they bang my door with the words that make my blood boil: “Trick or Treat”.
And then I noticed that the School Prom was the next invader. Both of my lads have dressed up in suits, jumped into a limo and attended a prom – just for leaving school. That did not happen in my day.
And then the final straw, when, this year, a large percentage of British people went crazy on a day called Black Friday. Shops were invaded by crazed idiots desperate for a bargain, fighting over televisions and other expensive items that had had their price reduced. Idon’t want to see my country descending into anarchy because of an American tradition.
Every year, a new American tradition seems to find its way across the Atlantic Ocean and wangle its way into our culture.
What’s next? Will we end up celebrating Thanksgiving?
I’m not being awkward or funny. If I want the things above, I will visit America again and enjoy them with you guys.
Calling America "The Colonies"
What else was I supposed to say?
Picture the scene. Mrs PM and I were on an old ship in Boston, that had taken part in the War of Independence. We were part of a tour group and were told some very interesting facts about the part that the ship had played in the war against the British over two hundred years earlier.
“Is there anyone from Britain?” asked the tour guide.
Of course, being proud of my country, I put my hand up with a gleeful smile – and then I was roundly booed.
Listen, this war happened many years before I was born and I didn’t spot any people in the tour group who were that old. My response was simply a natural gut reaction – to inject a bit of humour (as opposed to "humor") into the situation:
“Well, I’m glad to see you’re looking after The Colonies for us until we get it back in the near future!”
There is no plot for the UK to invade America. Just because we are British doesn’t mean that we are all megalomaniacs and evil monsters, as depicted in films (or "movies").
It was a joke.
And Finally ...
There are lots of other ways I may have upset you guys and if so, I am sorry.
America is basically like a good friend to me, somebody who provides lots of fantastic films, brilliant music and, even though a lot of you don’t get irony, lots of great comedy.
I do plan to visit again soon but this time I will try not to take the piss out of religion, accents, words, history or the stupid people who live in your country.
Don’t forget, there are stupid people everywhere – including Britain.
Take Boris Johnson as an example:
This man is Mayor of London!! Yes – we REALLY DID elected him!
Actually, that’s not quite true; the population of London did. And there is talk that one day he may become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
If that happens, I will be over the pond in a flash.
Actually maybe not. You guys elected George W Bush didn’t you?
Not once but TWICE.
Oh dear – I’ve annoyed you again haven’t I?
P.S. It’s great to know that you guys hate Piers Morgan too. I’m really sorry we inflicted him upon you – please don’t blame me personally for that!