I love taking screen shots because then I can refer to and drool over the places I love, with one click. An iMap can transport an Anglophile in mere moments, which is very useful when longing for the Real Thing. From the distance of a lone far-flung satellite, one can't really see what's there, but it is fun all the same. Take for example this image:
The beaches alone should be enough to make millions of people flock themselves to Cornwall. But strangely enough, only thousands do. In the meantime, just looking is almost as nice as being there.
Someone said recently that I must be an Anglophile, so I looked it up just to be sure. "An Anglophile is a person who admires England, its people, and its culture. Its antonym is Anglophobe. The word's roots come from the Latin Angli"the English", and Ancient Greek φίλος - philos, "friend."" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglophile)
Really, I must acknowledge that this is certainly entirely true. Friend of the English - that's the SconeLady hands down.
True Anglophiles apparently do all sorts of odd things that reveal their feverishness. They might use British spellings rather than the American versions (colour, flavour, centre, theatre, etc); they share a fondness for the British monarchy (guilty!!); they love red phone boxes, double decker buses, Parliamentary procedures, the comforting presence of the London 'bobby', and British films. I can hardly wait to get over there and swim around in all that Anglo-ness again.
But I noticed that Madonna is stated as an example of an Anglophile. You know, the girl who looks perpetually like a Victoria's Secret ad? Well, we heard recently that she didn't show herself to be a Friend of the English all that well - and in fact was quite agitated. She said that ramblers could not 'trespass' on her 9,000,000 pound estate, which has a public footpath. This was tantamount to scandal, because members of the British public HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED TO WALK ALONG PUBLIC FOOTPATHS. Who IS this woman?
Ashcombe House, one of Madonna's homes
It could be that she is an Anglophile, I don't really know. But still, it's shocking to find I have something in common with her. Something like that doesn't happen every day.
See you along the way!
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