October 3rd, 2014

kusanagi: amused

Friday's Unscientific Poll

In the space of less than 24 hours, I have come across two new British Things that I'd not encountered previously. The first was Revels (mentioned on Mock the Week last night).

Poll #1984259 Confectionery

I have never eaten Revels. Am I missing out?

Goodness me, yes. Go and get yourself a pack and rectify this immediately!
Meh, no.

The second was the D:Ream song "Things Can Only Get Better", which was played on the radio this morning. I'd never heard it. The bloke was shocked.

Him: "This was the Cool Britannia song. It was the Labour Party anthem in 1997. Massive cultural significance."
Me: "Heh."
Him: "What?"
Me: "It's just kind of...understated*, you know? As far as sentiments about huge societal changes go."
Him: "Is it?"
Me: "Well, it's not exactly 'EVERYTHING IS AWESOME', is it now."
Him: *chuckles*

* It reminded me of an exhibition we went to see at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham a few weeks ago. The tagline was, "As Exciting As We Can Make It". It amused me no end that they felt the need to qualify the excitement in that way. American advertising would have no qualms about calling it "THE MOST EXCITING THING EVAR!!1!!!!ELEVENTY!!!"