Saturday, 14 April 2007


Good news from insurers Churchill. Britons are just as orderly as usual, causing total disorderliness elsewhere. 13.5 million work days were lost last year as people took time off to wait for deliveries, repair men … or Judgement Day (I joke).
Costing commerce £1 billion, it is typical Brit behaviour, and I love it! Not for us, demanding a time for deliveries – except maybe the third attempt after multiple days off. No, Britain thrives on waiting around in an orderly kind of way.
It kind of makes us unique. As George Mikes said in 1946: ‘An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.’

© Anthony North, April 2007


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