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Saturday, November 19, 2005

The British Funnybone

"[T]he strongest strain of British humour: a whimsicality that might strike the humourless as a pure waste of time, but helps give our humour its distinctiveness. It is wayward but as a nation we have faith in that waywardness. I prefer to think it could only have flourished in a nation that, for all its class war, is essentially stable, tolerant and tranquil, although of course it's very unfunny to say so."

That's Andrew Martin on British humour. No, he doesn't mention Wodehouse.


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