Book 35: Instructions for American Service Men in Britain 1942 (War Dept., Washington DC)

So, this whole 52 books a year thing has turned into a shambles. I have many, many books sat on my shelf to read and the chances of my getting round to reading them are even more remote now that I have writing deadlines too. If only I could give up the day job. Anyway, so assuming that 52 books a year will now be renamed 52 Things That Louise Read During 2012 That May Be Books But May Also Be Practically Anything Else She Laid Her Hands On…. This is an excerpt from a book. Actually, rather fascinating reading too. Read whilst in a museum. Genuine quotes include:

“The British don’t know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don’t know how to make a good cup of tea. It’s an even swap.”

“The British consider it bad form not to stand at attention, [to the National Anthem being played at the end of a film at the cinema etc.] even if it means missing the last bus. If you are in a hurry, leave before the national anthem is played. That’s considered alright.”

“When you see a girl in khaki or air-force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic – remember she didn’t get it for knitting more socks that anyone else in Ipswitch.”

“It is always impolite to criticize your hosts; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies.”

Seems a bit strange to give this a mark out of 10, so I won’t, but it was one of the most engaging things I have read in a long time.


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