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The British foreign secretary was caught uttering the opening verse to Rudyard Kipling's "MANDALAY" when he visited the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar's capital, Yangon. Kipling’s poem captures the nostalgia of a retired serviceman looking back on his colonial service and a Burmese girl he kissed. Johnson’s impromptu recital was so embarrassing that the UK ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew Patrick, was forced to stop him. The incident was captured by a film crew for Channel 4 and will form part of a documentary, Boris Johnson: Blond Ambition, to be broadcast on Sunday at 10.05pm. Britain colonised Myanmar from 1824 to 1948 and fought three wars in the 19th century, suppressing widespread resistance
originally posted by: Revolution9
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the BAY!"
originally posted by: cheesyleps
Yet more of the usual liberal media/academia getting their knickers in a twist over absolutely nothing.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Revolution9
Kipling changed his opinion after his son was killed in WW1; he lost the zeal for those patriotic poems.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
Only from the viewpoint of eastern India would the dawn be coming up " 'crost the bay [of Bengal]", so I suspect Kipling of unconsciously slipping into the Indian perspective, perhaps remembering days in Calcutta.
originally posted by: gortex
originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: gortex
Nah you're fine. You got awesome people like Johnson and May take care of you, what could go wrong...
All things considered I'd still take them over what we see in the US.