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Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 15:58:18 -0500 (EST)
From: Albert Eisenstein
Subject: BLAGUES-L: Reply to Brits

[ Follows "Notice of Revocation of Independance"

Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 18:25:24 +0100
From: Jean-Louis_Berra

To the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,

We welcome your concern about our electoral process. It must be exciting
for you to see a real Republic in action, even if from a distance. As
always we're amused by your quaint belief that you're actually a world
power. The sun never sets on the British Empire! Right-o chum! 

However, we regretfully have to decline your offer for intervention. On
the other hand, it would be amusing to see you try to enforce your new
policy (for the 96.3% of you that seem to have forgotten that you have
little to no real power). After much deliberation, we have decided to
continue our tradition as the longest running democratic republic. It
seems that switching to a monarchy is in fact considered a "backwards
step" by the majority of the world. 

To help you rise from your current anachronistic status, we have compiled
a series of helpful suggestions that we hope you adopt: 

1. Realize that language is an organic structure, and that you aren't
always correct in your pronounciation or spelling. Let's use your
"aluminium" example.  Sir Humphrey Davy (an Englishman) invented the name
"aluminum" (note spelling)  for the metal. However, in common usage the
name evolved into "aluminium" to match the naming convention of other
elements. In 1925 the United States decided to switch back to the
_original_ spelling and pronounciation of the word, at which point we
dominated the aluminum industry. We'd also like to point out that the
process of actually producing aluminum was developed by an American and a
Frenchman (not an Englishman). However, we'd like to thank you for the
Oxford English Dictionary. It's an interesting collection, considering
that over 10,000 of the words in the original edition were submitted by a
crazy American civil-war veteran called Dr. William Charles Minor.

2. Learn to distinguish the American and Canadian accents, and then we'll
talk about the English and Australian accent issue. 

3. Review your basic arithmetic. (Hint 100 - 98.85 = 1.15 and 100 - 97.85
= 2.15) 

4. If you want English actors as good guys, then make your own movies.
Don't rely on us for your popular culture. We liked "Lock, Stock, and Two
Smoking Barrels", "Trainspotting", and "The Full Monty". We've also heard
good things about this "Billy Elliot". But one good movie a year doesn't
exactly make a cultural powerhouse. However, you're doing pretty well with
music, so keep up the good work on that front. 

5. It's inefficent to have a national anthem that changes its title
whenever your monarch dies. Let's not forget that your national anthem has
an extremely boring tune. We suggest switching to that Rule Brittania
ditty, it's toetapping.  Or maybe Elton John could adapt "Candle in the
Wind" again for you guys. 

6. Improve at your national sport. Football? Soccer? This just in: United
States gets fourth in men's soccer at the 2000 Summer Olympics. United
Kingdom? Not even close. By the way, impressive showing at Euro 2000. You
almost managed to get through the tournament without having your fans
start an international incident. 

7. Learn how to cook. England has some top notch candy. Salt 'n' Vinega
chips are quite yummy However, there's a reason why the best food in your
country is Indian or Chinese. Your contributions to the culinary arts are
soggy beans, warm beer, and spotted dick. Perhaps when you finally realize
the French aren't the spawn of satan they'll teach you how to cook. 

8. You're doing a terrible job at understanding cars. The obvious error is
that you drive on the wrong side of the road. A second problem is pricing,
it's cheaper to buy a car in Belgium and ship it to England than to buy a
car in England. On the other hand, we like Jaguars and Aston Martins.
That's why we bought the companies. 

9. We'll tell you who killed JFK when you apologize for "Teletubbies". 

Thank you for your time. You can now return to watching bad Australian
soap operas. 

P.S. - regarding World War II: You're Welcome. 

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