I think Dara O’Briain is one of the funniest comics doing the rounds of tv and theatres at the moment. In today’s Guardian Online he tells us The truth about the English. And as you read the article, you can very easily picture him on stage weaving these strands into an amusing routine.
The article, which is very good, has a couple of points worth highlighting.
The English, despite all that football’s coming home crap, did not invent the game. They did apply a set of rules to it but that’s not the same thing now, is it? As with so many other things, the Chinese got there first with a game called cuju!
He remarks on the English fondness for the hymn Jerusalem (something I’ve often wondered about too) and answers the questions the hymn poses thus: