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Monday, 07 March 2011


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I suspect that all this sort of thing is tosh. Most Americans' interests are entirely parochial. Being, however, a generous and hospitable people, they refrain from disabusing emotionally needy Brits about their unimportance in the American scheme of things. That's why Obama's gestures are disliked by the few who know about them - they are ill-mannered, not to say loutish.

I'd like to see no further reference, ever, to a "special relationship", just as in an American context I pray for no further use of the expression "the American dream". Silly sentimentalism is no aid to clear thinking.

"Most Americans' interests are entirely parochial." It's surprising how true that is, but you have to understand that no one even knows these Brits are Brits. The vast majority of Americans are surprised to find that Hugh Laurie is British, or the leads in The Wire, or most of the actors, as well as the director and writers, in the Batman movies. There just too good at this sort of thing.

Well, you are, of course, a dreadful old grouch, DM, but as so often you are also almost entirely right! In geo-political terms there is, and can be, no 'special relationship', and yet, and yet, I, as an Englishman, do have an emotional attachment to America which I do not share with any other country, even Australia and Canada. I cannot explain it but it exists because I do believe that at the base level we share some fundamental values eventhough we are both inept and careless in practicing them.

You, too, are right, Dom, even I sometimes forget that Laurie is a Brit (not that I watch too much of his hospital series); and you could have knocked me down with a feather when I found out how many of those actors in The Wire were Brits from all stratas of our society from the playing fields of Eton to the East End of London. Proper acting, that is, wish I could have done it!

It seems to me that there have been Britons in Hollywood pretty well since they started making movies there. Charlie Chaplin? Stan Laurel? So, how can they tell if there are more there now than usual?

You have a point, H, even Cary Grant was a Brit, if I recall correctly.

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