A good American friend of mind came up with this gem on You Tube – I very much agree with the sentiment but it has come as a bit of a shock to discover that an American a) knows where Greece is b) objects to someone taking what is not theirs. Mike Gerbich take a bow.
Having taken this opportunity to have a little dig at the reluctance of Americans to step outside their comfort zone I decided to go on a Google journey to uncover what percentage of Americans have a passport. At the bottom end I found 10% being quoted while at the top end 30%. I also found this sword crossing on a blog:
. . . for the average American, traveling abroad is not nearly so feasible, economically or logically, and these are the people taking the brunt of the criticism. In an article written for the London Guardian, John Patterson claimed most Americans don’t go abroad because it’s a “drag”, because they’re “ridiculous, paranoid, pathetically insular and grotesquely self-pitying.” And just so we didn’t worry that any of this was hyperbolic, he explained that Americans “have no reason to hate or fear (foreigners), but they have given the rest of us a million reasons to hate and fear them.”
My main observation here is the mis-spelling of the word travelling and Microsoft’s determination to keep defaulting to American spelling. Bill, it’s called English and that is a big clue. If you want to switch to American spelling be my guest but leave English to the English, our bat our ball. And while you are at it stop calling your baseball championship the World Series, it’s a little local affair on a par with Gaelic football or Aussie Rules but I don’t want to be accused of anti-Americanism here so I’ve deferred to Wikipedia on the issue.
Although the name “World series” might imply an international competition, no international federation has ever sanctioned the series as a world championship event. Nevertheless, as only a handful of countries have national baseball leagues and, historically, the best baseball players generally play for MLB teams, the winners of the World Series are sometimes informally referred to as “world champions” by fans, players, executives, and the media within the United States and Canada.
This gets me neatly onto my favourite subject, sport! The World Cup is getting close and the omens are good for England. We’ve just cleaned up at the World 20/20 cricket and have an outsider’s chance in the footie. What’s interesting here is that the most rabid anti-immigration people ever will be cheering on an England team featuring a significant number of second generation immigrants and what’s even better is they are black. My bet is the team that wins the World Cup will have to beat one minimum but possibly two teams on penalties. In this respect Capello should have taken Graham Alexander who plays for Burnley and hasn’t missed a penalty ever.
I don’t want to get accused of being anti-American so here goes with my top five Americans of all time.
- Martin Luther King
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- Tommie Smith
- Mohammad Ali
And to show that Americans can do some things incredibly well, here is a pic to put a smile on your face.