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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Looking for a New England

I've stripped about a dozen links from the following paragraph, in which New England resident and expat Dutch recovering Anglophile Rogier van Bakel describes how he's quickly getting over the land of pies and pints:
Ah, Britain. Where you can be fined for saying 'fuck' in a private conversation. Where every single child will soon be fingerprinted. Where all people will be ordered to carry an I.D. card at all times, to be swiped every time they withdraw a fairly small amount of money from the bank, buy an airline ticket, apply for a fishing license, purchase property, apply for a library card, get a prescription filled, and so on. Where the government wants to make the possession of "abusive porn" a crime. Where you can be sentenced to 80 hours of community service for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Where having a pen knife in your car can get you arrested. Where being too fat can get you carted off to a mental institution. Where government workers will come to your home to verify you're not using too much electricity, and to note whether or not you smoke. Where all vehicles' whereabouts will soon be monitored by satellite 24/7. Where you'll get fined for using a pencil instead of a pen when filling out a form. Where people are captured by video surveillance cameras some 300 times a day. Where officials tell you how to go to the bathroom.
Whole post is here and well worth a whole bunch of clicking. That said, I must note that van Bakel fails to note two recent English horrors: Posh's controversial new coif and Prince Harry's latest (or not) foible.