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A Train Journey From London To York

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On a train journey from London to York some years ago, when railway carriages had compartments and people regularly travelled by train, an American was sitting opposite an Englishman in the same compartment.

The American had been looking at the Englishman for a while as they travelled through the English countryside in silence, as people do (or at least did back in the day) in the UK.

Finally the American couldn’t stand the silence any more and arrogantly started telling off the Englishman, who was sitting across from him reading a copy of The Times.

“You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much and think you are above everybody else. Look at me… I have Italian blood, French blood, a little Indian blood and some Swedish blood. What do you say to that?”

The Englishman sat quietly for a minute, then replied with a smile, “Well, I think that was very sporting of your Mother!”

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