There are times when Londoners must offer a silent prayer for the joys of living in their maddening, overcrowded, magnificent city. This week, while crossing Hungerford Bridge at night, and gazing along the river towards St Paul's, and then, the next day, wandering through St James's Park, resplendent in early spring, it was possible to believe that one was right at the heart of the civilised world.
Yet, as we know, "into many a green valley drifts the appalling snow".
The avalanche came this time in the form of a book written by an American advertising executive and historian manqué, one Steven A Grasse (the 'A' is intended, one supposes, to confer authority).
"Global Reparations FROM England???....Think AGAIN!"
Steven A. Grasse, the author of the book The Evil Empire: 101 Ways England Ruined the World, has created a website called britishreparations.org seeking reparations from England to the rest of the world to the tune of 31 trillion pounds (appx. $8300/person worldwide). And while I agree that nothing quite says, "Sorry for the historical butt-reaming," quite like eighty-three hundred smackers in cold, hard cash, that one silly-ass "solution" begs a single silly-ass question.
Well, at least according to Steven Grasse, it's because England has "ruined the world" by inflicting upon it a bunch of "British things" like The Industrial Revolution, and "Bad Inventions," claiming that, "If it hurts people, the British probably came up with it."
NOTE: As an impolite aside to Mr. Grasse; "Hey stupid! Have you ever heard of Nerve Agents, such as Tabun, Soman and Sarin? Yeah, they're called "G-agents" because they were all invented in GERMANY!
"Tasty Baking and J&J Snack smell commercial opportunities"
Kanter brought in Joe Herget, a former national vice president at the American Diabetes Association, as senior VP of strategy. Justin Cupps, who spent a decade at sneaker maker AND 1 in Paoli, will serve as vice president of consulting. Larry McGearty, former creative director at Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) in Philadelphia, will serve as chief creative at Kanter.
Kanter has 40 employees. To accommodate the new staff, Kanter has taken over adjacent office space at 325 Chestnut St.
Steven Grasse is the sort of salesman who could make John Prescott seem to possess a brain, or Basra appear a fashionable holiday destination.
While possessing no discernible gifts as a writer or historian, after a lifetime in marketing Mr Grasse is storming America with a work entitled The Evil Empire: 101 Ways In Which England Has Ruined The World.
Out there in Little Rock and Grand Falls, it seems, they are lapping up this catalogue of British crimes and follies, from the Industrial Revolution (which caused pollution and global warming) to the Opium Wars (giving rise to drug addiction).
World War I was our fault because Germany wanted an Empire like ours; so was the rise of Nazism, thanks to British prewar appeasers sucking up to Hitler.
In Mr Grasse's book, poor old Britain is to blame for world poverty, Islamic terrorism (we created Saddam), even the Vietnam War - because we set the world trend for colonial expansion and the war would never have happened had the country not been a French colony.
ccording to a new book - "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World" (the author obviously not knowing the difference between "England" and "Great Britain") - Britain is an evil nation responsible for many of the world's woes.
Written by Amercian Steven Grasse, Britain must pay £31 trillion ($60 trillion) in damages (to put that into persective, the US economy, the world's largest, is $13 trillion). Grasse even has an organisation to do with all this - The International Coalition for British Reparations - of which there are many members.
- Charles Laurence
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1. On Jan 6, 2009 at 08:42AM
"Wow what a boring wank job you are. A Johnny one-note who keeps tapping f sharp hoping people will finally start humming along. Wells, I have a story assignment for you. I know you think I'm a dumb Septic and have no business assigning stories to majestic, imperious writers for the Grauniad but hear me out. Go interview a chap named Steven Grasse. He runs British Reparations, a Philly outfit. That's right, he's right in your coverage area. (What could be better???) Dude's even got a book out. You need to get out more. You need to talk to real Yanks. Yanks who understand what a shithole England is and can talk back to you. Grasse is one of those guys. So there's your assignment. I won't even take a fee on this. You can thank me later."
- "The Guardian Sucks"