English Humour. Drier than gin. - Stuart Lennon
Many will be delighted to see the back of 2016.
We might be better to look forward to what exciting things are coming in 2017.
Watching “The Dambusters” on television today, I was reminded how dry the English sense of humour can be.
It’s a brilliant movie; if you haven’t seen it, look it out.
Throughout the film, humour is used by the airmen as a coping strategy for the very real peril that they faced. (Of the 133 that took off, 53 were killed that night.)
Early in the piece there is a wonderful example of dry english wit at its withering best, as designer Barnes Wallis attempts to get resources to develop his bouncing bomb.
“Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production: You say you need a Wellington Bomber for test drops. They’re worth their weight in gold. Do you really think the authorities will lend you one? What possible argument could I put forward to get you a Wellington?
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: Well, if you told them I designed it, do you think that might help?”
(From “The Dambusters”, a movie based on Chastise, a real operation carried out by the RAF in 1943.)
I don’t know whether the line was genuine, or a bit of artistic licence. Either way it’s genius.