A Message from the Queen by Way of Australia

My delightful Aussie blogging friend Greg the Explorer posted the following comment on one of my columns. Having come to the definite conclusion that some of you fail to gulp in every opinion–inane and otherwise–etched in the pages of my site, I’m using his words to fashion my post for today, so that all who come here may have these choice morsels of information, and furthermore to enable us to be aware of the queen’s edict…and choose whether or not to obey. It’s hilarious…and would you not agree that in these tension-laden days leading to the election, a tad bit of hilarity may well serve us.

MESSAGE FROM, HRH THE QUEEN

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.
(You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

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1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up ‘vocabulary’).
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2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English.. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’
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3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
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4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you’re not ready to shoot grouse..
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5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
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6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
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7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
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8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
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9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
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10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.
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11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies)..
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12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
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13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.
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14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
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15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries with cream when in season.

The challenge has been issued, my friends. What will be your response? Will we fold our cherished Red/White and Blue, disband Independence Day, pay $10.00 a gallon for gasoline, suffer abysmal socialized medical care (she forgot to mention that), and call off the World Series immediately? Or will we rise with new Revolution in our (ahem–excuse me, your Majesty) guts and grab another hamburger with supersized french fries, snatch up our rifles and bag another moose, scan Google instead of the Oxford, have a slab of apple pie ala mode (with ice cream on top), inform the queen WE fashioned Microsoft…and one of our distinguished ones even invented the internet?

Can’t wait to hear from you. Hey, and you from Kansas–you must be furious. She doesn’t like you!

12 thoughts on “A Message from the Queen by Way of Australia

  1. I know what, Greg, you of Great Britain (I know Australia is no longer part of Great Britain, but you’re so close…what with the queen and all…) should form a baseball team, and challenge the United States to a friendly (?) game to determine who can rightly claim title as Baseball World Series champion. Wager we’d win!

    We’re not crazy yanks! You know that. We’re sweet, smart, and getting ready to vote in anouther (notice how I spelled that) Republican pres.

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  2. Greg the explorer

    Shirley said:

    and call off the World Series immediately?

    One of the strangest thing in your US culture is that you guys have a sporting competition that only American teams can enter – and yet you call it the WORLD SERIES! Why? Crazy yanks!

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  3. She’s Racist! I’m not voting for her! She doesn’t like Kansas! Tell me why, tell me why…….:) 🙂

    P.s. ( I think she’s intimidated by us, cause she can’t say “Y’all” as good as we can!) lol

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  4. Well, we can scrap all the rest, but I’ll definitely take number 15! Having cookies and tea at 4pm everyday isn’t a bad idea!! And then we can just throw in the Spanish tradition of siesta at 5pm!
    (This will help the other 97.9% of Americans more aware there is a world outside of our borders—although we all know the USA is the best. Hehe!)

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  5. Yup! The U.S. Is better!!! Thats why we left and I ain’t planning on goin back!!!!

    I was tellin my pastor’s wife, Sis. Abbott, that I had found your website and had been communicating with you. She wanted me to ask you if there was any way you send me or post a copy of an article you wrote about God stopping the church van with his hands. I told her I would ask!
    Thank you and God Bless!
    Mary
    maryfranceswriting.blogspot.com

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  6. This is utterly hilarious….wasn’t it an Australian Rugby player who had issues making it in our NFL??? Nancies my rear end….half of Her Majesty’s royal claims couldn’t stand up to us in the end!!
    BTW…I loved this challenge!

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