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while not gibson related, it is relative to recent discussion in various threads. maybe now the UK will have a better selection of guitars to choose from. enjoy!


???Britain is Repossessing the U.S.A.


A Message from John Cleese


To the citizens of the United States of America:


In light of your failure to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

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

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

You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.

1. Then look up aluminium, and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and

'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix -ize will be replaced by the suffix -ise.

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form

of communication.

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. You will relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen.

4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

6. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

7. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

8. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and 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.

Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

9. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline)-roughly $10 per US gallon. Get used to it.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

11. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager.

South African beer is also acceptable as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of British Commonwealth - see what it did for them.

12. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters.

Watching Andie McDowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

13. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies). Don't try Rugby - the South Africans and Kiwis will thrash you, like they regularly thrash us.

14. Further, you will 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. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

15. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

16. An official from Her Majesty's Inland Revenue (i.e. tax collector) will be with you shortly to ensure the collection of all monies due (backdated to 1776). Until these are paid, there will be no representative government in the USA, in line with the policy: "No representation without taxation".

17. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 pm with proper cups and saucers (never mugs), and with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; strawberries in season.

18. Some tea has gone missing, and we expect it back. We'll be searching Boston first.

God save the Queen.

She should be saved, and only He can.


John Cleese

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Well at last, and about time too.

Sad about the American cars - perhaps we can work an exemption for classic muscle-cars. Perhaps not include anything which is a V8, 425cubes or larger and was made before 1980. Discuss.

But the rest of it all sounds jolly sensible.

Apart from the guns bit - we should keep them too.

Otherwise damned fine show, what.

Oh no - the petrol price thing. Please can we move to the US price rather than the UK price.

I think that's about it.....

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Not by the hare of my chinny, chin, chin!




We'll be a waitin' for Her Highness.


She can have my gun when she pries it from my cold, dead hands.

She can have my ALUMINUM, One 'i', two 'u's, baseball bat when she pulls it from her cold bloody ar....


Just kiddin'

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I hear tell some high powered NBA players are eschewing the contracts they are being offered and heading for Europe. Probably a better rate due to the weak dollar.


Exportin' athletes!.... Not sure I care... much.

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classic cleese. thanks' date=' JT.[/quote']


Jeff give credit where it's due to jannusguy


I ain't that bright


Very glad John Cleese still is I was beginning to wonder.


Academic whether UK wants US or not we're only allowed in with short term visa and everytime I have been through Newark your gents on customs make me feel like Arlo coming over the pole!


You have a great country I do believe there are days when I wish I'd been born there but there are again days when I wish I'd been born in Kazakhstan!



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I refuse to pronounce schedule' date=' shed'ul. And, I ain't putting air in my TYRES. Where do I sign up for the Militia?



And, somehow, I feel partly responsible for all of this.


If'n you lived in Illinois you don't need to sign up for the Militia. According to our by-laws, if'n you are an Illinois resident and can shoulder a musket... you're in!

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If'n you lived in Illinois you don't need to sign up for the Militia. According to our by-laws' date=' if'n you are an Illinois resident and can shoulder a musket... you're in!




But, if I lived in Illinois and asked for a bagel, would I get a hunting dog?

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