Sunday, 26 July 2009

Understanding international relations through British comedy. 1 - North Korea

Lou and Andy from 'Little Britain' explain Beijing-Pyongyang relations:

Lou (dressed as Hu Jintao): Now you've got a bit of money to spend from all that dog fur you sold to the Russians to make furry hats.
Andy (who does bear more than a passing resemblance to Kim Jong-il but with lanker hair: Yeah I know.
Lou: So what would you like to spend it on?
Andy: Nuclears.
Lou: Are you sure?
Andy: Yeah.
Lou: Why don't you spend it on economic development? You like economic development.
Andy: Yeah I know.
Lou: So what will you spend it on?
Andy: Nuclears.
Lou: But you always say that nuclear ambitions are the mark of the imperialist warmaniac bent on oppressing the world's progressive people and stifling the desire of all compatriots for peaceful reunification.
Andy: Yeah I know.
Lou: And besides, if you have nuclears again the IAEA inspectors will want to inspect them and will call for UN sanctions if you defy the ban, and that's a right kerfuffle.
Andy: Yeah I know.
Lou: And nobody will give you any food aid for your birthday.
Andy: Yeah I know.
Lou: And you like food aid.
Andy: Yeah I know.
Lou: You're absolutely sure you can do without food aid and will have the nuclears instead?
Andy: Yeah.
Lou: So what are you going to spend it on?
Andy: Nuclears.
Lou: Well if you say so.
Andy: [Leaps out of wheelchair while Lou's back is turned and starts enriching uranium]
Lou: So what do you want for your birthday?
Andy: Food aid.


No Good Boyo said...

This is how we can reach out to the youth in an International Relations stylee.

For the pre-schoolers, Peppa Pig and George discuss the Golan Heights:

Peppa: "So, George, who lives in Syria?"

George: "Din-saur, Grawghl!"

Gyppo Byard said...

Or how about "In the Middle East Peace Garden"?: "All aboard the negotiating ninky-nonk. Someone's not on board! Hamas isn't on board..."

Scarlet-Blue said...

Bird and Fortune? They are the masters.

Gadjo Dilo said...

These scripts are Gold, Gyppo.

I'd like to see a prog re-enacting the fascinating events in the lives of Senor Berlusconi and his bitches using Barbie and Ken dolls.

Gyppo Byard said...

Bird and Fortune are brilliant, I grant you; but they talk explicitly about politics. My aim is to help slack-trousered adolescents and similar riff-raff understand the world through the only language they understand - comedy catch-phrases...

I was actually planning to explain Berlusconi through the work of Mr Leslie Phillips.

"Hell-loh! You're a pretty thing. What's your name?"
"Angela Merkel, you arse."

No Good Boyo said...

Bill & Ted's summary of history impressed me greatly at the time, so there's something in this.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

The European Parliament would be enjoying the spectacle of Nick Griffin MEP vomiting every time he's offered a Belgian canape, if he was invited to any cocktail parties, which he isn't.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Oh by the way, nice to see you again Gyppo. I don't count my hits, it's quality not quantity that counts in my circle of blogerati.

Gyppo Byard said...

I think Griffin's punishment for electoral success - which is to have to live in a foreign country - is poetic justice, personally.

"We've won two seats. This proves how popular we are now!"
"So when will you be taking up your seat in Brussels?"
"In where?"
"Brussels. Where the EU parliament is."
"Where's that then?"
"O $%^&."

No Good Boyo said...

Maybe the BNP could campaign for the European Parliament and indeed the Commission to be based in Chorley. This would save on travelling expenses, as no one except Griffin and his brickie mates would ever turn up.