We’ll Get You Yet

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The British are coming!  The British are coming!

Americans might claim that saying as theirs, via Paul Revere, but my favourite use of it was when it headlined a newspaper article in the Johannesburg broadsheet, The Star, in the early Nineties.  The article announced that the Equity ban was to be lifted, and British TV would be allowed to be shown in South Africa at last.

What was the first programme to be aired?

Mr Bean.

Thanks for nothing, Equity.


According to The Telegraph, The British are coming!  The British are coming! could have been shouted in 90% of the world’s countries at one point or another:

The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.

Among this select group of nations are far-off destinations such as Guatemala, Tajikistan and the Marshall Islands, as well some slightly closer to home, such as Luxembourg.

Don’t worry, countries not yet in the club: if the British don’t get you, Mr Bean probably already has.


That reminds me of one of my favourite jokes:

Why does the sun never set on the British Empire?

Because God doesn’t trust an Englishman in the dark.



  1. We certainly did get about, didn’t we?

  2. Hold on a second, are you slamming Mr. Bean or British comedies?

      1. Whew, that was a close one. 🙂

  3. bean = odd duck. glad i came over to see this new blog

  4. As an American I must protest this blog posting. For one thing, Mr. Bean is high-concept, *very* cerebrial… at least in contrast to American television (especially in light of presidential election coverage). And if you want to get competetive, I’m pretty certain that the United States has invaded more countries than the Brits, and for less reason. I’d undertake a survey to proves this, but I’m not at all certain that I can count that high, even using all ten fingers and ten toes. Or is it eleven toes?

  5. Ooooh, fight! 😀
    My kids love Mr Bean. He has invaded an awful lot of countries, televisually speaking.

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