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Rule, Britannia

In Britain on June 19, 2017 at 06:00

Britannia rule the waves…

Most people are familiar with this song and the lyrics. It is a poem written by James Thomson in 1740 and set to music by Thomas Arne. Even though the British Empire was not yet as large and Britain was not yet ruling the waves, the song nonetheless stands for the British Empire like few other songs and depicts the idea of Britain as a nation of seaman and traders.

With the Brexit negotiations scheduled to begin on June 19, Britain will find itself at sea, mastering waves it has no experience of sailing. Instead the country will find itself lost at sea.

The ship is captained by a woman who doesn’t want to be there in the first place, her crew is waiting for a chance to get rid of her and the passengers have a gut feeling that this journey might end with their ship running aground.


England win the World Cup

In Stereotypes on June 14, 2017 at 09:15

An England team has achieved the unthinkable: winning the world cup.

We have to expect a parade in an open top bus where the team will be greeted by millions of people lining the streets in a wave of euphoria.

The prime minister will join the team in their celebration in a central London hotel to enjoy the sun in the shadow of this team. She will draw strength from this success for her upcoming​ challenge to the continent.

The England manager will postulate that his team will be unbeatable for decades to come and he as well as the team captain will be on the New Year’s honours list.

In the following decades England teams will be measured against this lot of youngsters and most of them will come up short in comparison. English self esteem is naturally on a high as England have proven that the Anglo-Saxon way to play is more successful than the fanciful display of the Southern Europeans and Americans. No trickery, just powerful surges forward have carried the Three Lions to the title.

There will be special editions of newspapers to mark every anniversary of this success. The retro industry will have a field day. Academics will publish books and articles placing the occasion into the wider socio-cultural background of Britain in 2017.

Across the globe England will be revered and English swagger will be dominating the terraces once again.

Flying With the Germans

In Anglo-German Relations on May 11, 2016 at 09:00

It seems nowadays that it is accepted to poke fun at the English as this ad from Lufthansa shows.

Two guys need to re-arrange their air travel and are booked on a Lufthansa flight which leads one to exclaim

“We’re flying with the Germans?!”

His voice and face tell of his dismay. This is aggravated as he falls asleep during the flight and has a nightmare of an Oompa Band playing, cuckoo watches and sausages and beer served by a lady who isn’t particularly friendly. On top of that there is a little lad in a German football shirt. He mocks the English by pointing to the four stars on the above the crest. It turns out to be a bad dream for the Englishman. Of course, there is a hook to all this. It is naturally the little lad still pointing to the four stars serving as a reminder for the English who is the more successful team.

Previously it was the English making fun of the Germans and possibly they still do. The advert ends with the slogan,

Lufthansa, fly like a world champion

adding more salt to English wounds. It is indeed humourous and surely humour of the sort even the English could laugh at. On top of that, the Germans have learned how to be funny without appearing ridiculous. It hasn’t always been like that. Admittedly, the Germans had a tough stance to react upon what the English threw at them what they considered humour. Think of Three Lions by Baddiel and Skinner. In the video all Germans wore shirts with Kuntz on the back. What can you do about that when you’re the target of such kind of black humour? Nothing. There are more examples from 1996. Remember the Daily Mirror? Gazza and Psycho wearing tin helmets? Nuff said.

The humour of 2016 is tame in comparison with 1996 but has become far more sophisticated. And even the Germans have learned how to be funny.

April Fools Day 1915

In History on April 1, 2015 at 08:20

In this little quote, we can learn something about humour.
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Humorous Studies

In England, Germany, Identity, Literature, Stereotypes on March 14, 2011 at 22:24

In a blog about Anglo-German love/hate relationships the topic of humour must not be left out. And yet it is very difficult to put something together on humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or simply is prejudgmental. It is incredibly difficult to pen out something about humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or patronizing or whatever one thinks it might sound like. It is no secret that some people have humour, some don’t and others have this sort of humour that no one really understands and estranges most people and in the worst case, might be considered offensive.

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