Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pies and Prejudice

Enjoying C4 talking head and sometime Radio 2 dj Stuart Maconie's latest 'Pies and Prejudice'. A vague travelogue of the north of England (with some fairly gratuitius south-bashing for good measure). Being Scottish i'm not sure where I stand on the old north-south divide. I'm veering towards being an honorary Southerner but only because I worked in Liverpool for a while (Stuart berates cockneys for their 'thumbs in lapels cheerie-ness' but equally a pain in the arse is how everyone in Liverpool thinks they are a comedian or have stepped out of some black humour Carla Lane sitcom (howzat for sweeping generalisation!)
Heres a snippet on Hampshire (my current residence) that made me Lol on the train.
' ..I remember defence secretary Geoff Hoon using Hampshire as a reference during the early days of the invasion of Iraq when British soldiers were patrolling the city of Umm Qasr. 'Umm Quasr is a city similar to Southampton' he informed the Commons, prompting one British squaddie to reply to an interviewer, 'He's either never been to Southampton, or he's never been to Umm Quasr. Theres no beer, no prostitutes and people are shooting at us. It's more like Portsmouth'.