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Comment: Something doing the rounds at the moment - actual quotes or just
very apt humour? Regardless, worth posting on its own merits. Any info
much appreciated. Brian

"When the news reporter said "Shopkeepers are opening their doors bringing
out blankets and cups of tea" I just smiled. It's like yes. That's Britain
for you. Tea solves everything. You're a bit cold? Tea. Your boyfriend has
just left you? Tea. You've just been told you've got cancer? Tea.
Coordinated terrorist attack on the transport network bringing the city to
a grinding halt? TEA DAMMIT! And if it's really serious, they may bring
out the coffee. The Americans have their alert raised to red, we break out
the coffee. That's for situations more serious than this of course. Like
another England penalty shoot-out."


To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in
the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of
bastard than this!"


"We took on the Romans, the Saxons, the Danes, the French, William
Wallace, the Black Plague, the Roundheads, the Great Fire, Napoleon, the
Nazis, and the Blitz, and we're still here. You terrorists are bloody
amateurs."


"From the BBC website: statement from Al Qaeda:
"Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern,
southern, eastern, and western quarters".
Erm really... where? I think you will find that's a reaction to the
winning the Olympics bid or perhaps just the effect Bush has on us when he
visits?!"


"I will admit, the first thought that flashed through my head were images
of angry French nationalists in very silly berets and overlong cigarette
holders, muttering angrily about losing the Olympics, sneaking through the
tube planting bombs..."

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Dara bhur gCara
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quote:

To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in
the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of
bastard than this!"

The Canary Wharf explosion? That was on the 10th February, 1996. However, one of the survivors of Canary wharf was involved in the bus explosion. Although he would not have been a blitz survivor, bearing in mind he was born in Poland in 1952. This is either an old quote shoe-horned in to the article, and referring to the IRA rather than Al-Qaeda, or just a load of cobblers.

Interestingly enough, I remember exactly what I was doing when the news of the Canary Wharf blast was announced. I was having dinner with George Galloway*. God's honest truth.

*It wasn't just me. The rest of Glasgow University Labour club were there as well, as were some other Glasgow Labour MPs who have not gone on to worldwide notoriety as alleged Saddam apologists. But Gorgeous did give me one of his cigars.

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" We took on the Romans, the Saxons, the Danes, the French, William Wallace, the Black Plague, the Roundheads, the Great Fire, Napoleon, the Nazis, and the Blitz, and we're still here. You terrorists are bloody amateurs "


Lets break this down-

The Romans, Saxons , Danes and French (Normans) all successfully occupied the Capital. (total of some 1200 years)

William Wallace was active in his native Scotland- He was never a realistic threat to London.

Black Plague- killed about 40% of the cities population, roughly on average with the rest of Europe.

Roundheads- were generally supported by the people of London, and of course won. When the English Civil War broke out the King left the capital and set up his base at Oxford.

Great Fire- Fine, good one. Although, lets be fair, this was STARTED by a Londoner.

Napoleon - Never came near the place, beaten in Europe.

Nazis- Likewise.

Blitz- another good one. Although of course this is by no means unique to London, despite claims to the contrary (eg the Imperial War museum). On the whole German cities took much, much more pounding.

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quote:
Originally posted by susan_kerry:
despite claims to the contrary (eg the Imperial War museum). On the whole German cities took much, much more pounding.

What??!

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Germany was relentlessy bombed on a scale that dwarfs their own bombing raids on the UK - in fact during hte last 2.5 years of the war, despite haphazard attacks by self propelled V bombs, Germany was incapable of mounting serious raids at all.

To put it in perspective, more people died in the Hamburg raids over three days than died in the whole of the Blitz - that's 45,000 people in three nights. The 'destruction' of Coventry, many people's reference to German bombing, killed 350. Dresden lost 50,000 people, though some figures rise to 250,000.

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You know what - I don't care if nobody said it.

quote:
I've been blown up by a better class of bastard than this
It rocks and best yet, it's true. I am going to remember that one.

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What Jay Tea says really sums it up.

To link directly the the War museum, it runs a very good Blitz experience exhibition, as does the excellent museum at Malton in Yorkshire. But these fail to give any kind of scale.

Many other nations during the Second World War suffered destruction on a much larger scale and over a much longer period of time.


The idea that the "better class of bastard [nazis] " were blowing up London is indeed valid. But the British were responding in kind.

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Perhaps I should clarify my confusion...

quote:
despite claims to the contrary (eg the Imperial War museum).
What???

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quote:
Perhaps I should clarify my confusion...


Well, it would have saved me some bother - just bleating 'what?' is a pretty lazy interrogative you have to admit [Roll Eyes]

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Meh, I thought the context was clear!

Neer mind Mr T, you no damn fool nice concise post!

Can't have been that much bother surely?

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:

"From the BBC website: statement from Al Qaeda:
"Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern,
southern, eastern, and western quarters".

To quote Nazi Radio during the Blitz: 'The legend of British self-control is being destroyed. The population is being seized by hair-raising fear.'

Er... no. London survived years of Nazi Bombing and we can survive terrorist bombs. It was ironic that Britain was about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ending of World War II.

I was in St. Jame's Park next to Buckingham Palace on the following Saturday to go to the Living Museum about the war. No terrorist is going to stop me travelling on the tube or going about my usual business!

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Um...it wasn't really ironic. It was just an interesting coincidence. The word "ironic" is way overused today.

And yes, Germany got its ass pounded. Badly. One of the reasons the Allies used the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg for the war crimes trials is because it was one of the few large structures still standing.

The fire-bombing of Dresden did kill at least 50,000 people, but at least several hundred thousand Germans were killed all over Germany. It was just a damned destructure war on all sides.

Please don't misinterpret my comments. The Germans were still the bad guys overall in that war, but I feel such a loss of innocent life was perhaps unnecessary.

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I can't remember where I saw this comment , maybe here , maybe elsewhere but someone was talking about this We Are Not Afraid site about the London bombings and was saying something along the lines of:

"We are not afraid - Jenny, Florida". Of course you aren't afraid of the London bombs love, you're in frickin' Florida!"

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:

To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in
the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of
bastard than this!"

I don’t think this has to do with the recent bombings rather was a quote at the time (of the Canary Warf explosion) just added to the list for effect. It does sound very familiar.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lexi:
quote:
Originally posted by snopes:

To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in
the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of
bastard than this!"

I don’t think this has to do with the recent bombings rather was a quote at the time (of the Canary Warf explosion) just added to the list for effect. It does sound very familiar.
I don't know - I can imagine an old Londoner questioned about what he feels concerning the tube-bombings answering "I've lived through the blitz, I've been in the Canary Wharf explosion, and I survived - this tube-bombings won't shatter me!"

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quote:


To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in
the Canary Wharf explosion: "I've been blown up by a better class of
bastard than this!"

I know one old Londoner who said something much like this: my mother, who had lived through the Blitz.

Though we live in Australia, we (plus the rest of the family) were in London in July to attend the wedding of my son. Though she -- like all the rest of London -- stayed in our hotel on the Thursday when the bombs went off, the next day she said `Four bombs? Piffling!' and insisted on going to Harrods to buy wedding presents and a hat.

I think that one reason that Londoners behaved courageously in these circumstances is that lots of them have a grandparent who said something on these lines, and the fear of terrorist bombs is much less than the fear of appearing like a wimp in front of granny.

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