Monday, July 28, 2003

Meg and Karen are watching Last of the Mohicans, the heartwarming tale of an Irishman in entirely the wrong place. They pointed out the absurdity of the English soldiers (for once, not callous and effeminate) wandering around in hostile territory wearing bright red jackets with big white crosses on the front and back.
I pointed out that we didn't learn that this was a rather stupid idea until well into the 19th century, when we invented khaki, which has somewhat better camouflaging properties.
Now, the British Empire has a lot to answer for, but it occurred to me that our invention of khaki means that the British, indirectly, invented Gap.

On behalf of the British people, sorry about that.

Here, a novel completely devoid of the letter 'e'.

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