Thursday, 16 July 2009

English virtues

Just had to link to this. The truly English virtues transcend both time and social class.

I suppose they'd been 'binge drinking'.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Hats can be like a red rag to a bull for certain humans.

Gaw said...

Have you noticed how police wearing provocatively tall conical hats are often to be found present at scenes of violence?

Gadjo Dilo said...

"...disclosing light-blue braces": I like that, and it clearly somehting significant back in 1939.

Bunny Smedley said...

Marginally off topic, but I was reading yesterday of the Elizabethan hero Sir Richard Grenville who, dining with the Spanish sea captain who had captured him, demonstrated his national superiority by chewing his wine-glass and swallowing the pieces, 'the blood pouring out of his mouth' - not the sort of thing that ever happens in Ibiza in these hero-free days, is it?

Stephen Fawcus said...

Exactly, boorish drunken behaviour has been an English activity for centuries and was probably imported originally by the Vikings.
But what seems like fun to the participants looks less fun to any innocent bystanders.

Gaw said...

Gadj: I suspect he was a Cambridge man, or 'Tab' as they're pejoratively known.

Bunny: You'll be heartened to know that glass-eating is alive and well. I've come across at least one boozy, glass-eating rugby player in my time (memory a bit blurry so can't be too definitive about numbers). I'm sure he (or they) periodically went on tours, some overseas. Doing us proud.

Stephen: I agree, it is the collateral damage that is the worst. If pride is taken in this sort of thing, it should be accompanied by a decent amount of shame.

I'm sure this sort of contradiction helped inspire the invention of team sports. i.e. the provision of a controlled and separate environment for the lads to let off steam. But then that leaves the Old Boys out, which is probably why, in this instance, they started the shenanigans.