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?
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.