Avatar for pev 11 ноября 2004

England's Notice of Revocation of Independence, 3 November 2004.
To the citizens of the United States of America,

In the light of your failure to elect an acceptable President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchial duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP (for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

  1. You should look up «revocation» in the Oxford English Dictionary.Then look up «aluminium». Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix «ize» will be replaced by the suffix «ise». You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct
  2. There is no such thing as «US English». We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize".
  3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to Cockney, upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as «Taggart» will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is «Devon». If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become «shires» eg. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.
  4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters.
  5. You should relearn your original national anthem, «God Save The Queen», but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to  get confused and give up half way through.
  6. You should stop playing American «football». There is only one kind of football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American «football», but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US rugby sevens side by 2006. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls'game called «rounders» which is baseball without fancy team strip,oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.
  7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler.
  8. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
  9. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.
  10. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.
  11. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as «beer», and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as «Lager». The substances formerly known as «American Beer» will henceforth be refered to as «Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine».
  12. From November 1st the UK will harmonise petrol (or «Gasoline» as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon - get used to it).
  13. You will hand over Mel Gibson to face charges of treason.
  14. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Avatar for magictime спустя 5 дней (16 ноября 2004)

O thats realy funny cause whatever they say about each other, British people are just mad bout Americans as much as Americans do bout them and they are both just such fond of each other. Although British people pretends to be independent from the influence of Americans, the way they try to show it off in culture and everyday life just makes me smile. Because in any particular situation when its all about US' culture or globalisation any Ebglish (others never mind) British citizen is gonna present you amazingly huge stuff bout how horiible it is.And I just wanna give couple of examples in media industry.The last Christmas' «must-see» movie in UK was Love Actually which has already become here a cult one comedy for winter holiday(like Starie Pesni o glavnom in Russia)has a line in its script where Huge Grant, who acts a part of prime minister, says NO to American president that came to London to decide one question.So, its shown as a kind of sensation and the crowd applouds and things like that. Just I saw the reflection of the audience in a screen room in the cinema and many people were ready to cry:) Because actually everyone here understands that its just a fantasy. Another point Id like to say is that living here I realised that at the same time the space, the area and the medium of the main interest for British people is United States (for Eng