I thought I'd post this here, given it is about a book, though, I know, if I put it out in the NAAFI it would receive a more ' nuanced' and ' reasoned' response from a larger audience The Angry Island: Hunting the English by A.A. Gill random quotes: " I better come clean. You may have suspected I don't like the English. One at a time, I don't mind them. A lot of my friends were born between the cliff and the wall. It's their collective persona I can't warm to. The lumpen and louty, course, unsubtle, beady-eyed, beefy-bummed herd of England." " Collectively and individually, the English are angry about something. The pursed lip and the muttered expletives, the furious glance and the beeteled brow are England's national costume. A simmering, unfocussed lurking anger is the collective cross England bears with ill grace.. Anger has made the English an ugly race. " He does offer this compliment: [ an admirable achievement ] " Their heroic self-control. It's the daily struggle of not giving in to your natural inclination to run amok with a cricket bat, to spit and bite in a crowded tea room, that I admire most in the Enlgish. It's not what they are, but their ability to supress what they are, that's what is great about the Egnlish. " Gill deconstructs English from their faces,their voices, their love of pets, class, propensity for drink, sport andgardening, political correctness and nostalgia for ' the Empire '.. " the English queue because they have to. If they didn't they'd kill each other. The pressure of boiling anger in the average post office is only contained by the shared knowledge that this is as fair as can possibly be arranged in this life. they would rip the head off Mathatma Ghandi if he tried to renew his TV licence ahead of them. " fair and accurate analysis or time to take a cricket bat upside Gill's head??