Add a Little John Cleese to the British Embassy Blog


A number of TWN readers and I recently received an email note from the British Embassy in Washington notifying us that an “embassy blog” was being conceived and wanted to ask us our thoughts on the enterprise. I wrote back right away saying cheers, tally-ho, and all that, great idea, a big bold move forward. You get it.
After all, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is already blogging (see his latest post on Sudan and Darfur) and the new Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald seems far more entrepreneurial in his political relationship building than some who have preceded him in his grand home. So this could be very cool.
But then a friend wrote to me and said regarding the Embassy note:

Unintential Comedy. Should be read with the accent of John Cleese from Monty Python.

I read that on a plane flying home from China and laughed for about an hour. I couldn’t stop.
So read this with Cleese in your ear:

Dear Sir or Madam:
We’re in the process of setting up a British Embassy blog. We plan to provide thoughtful analysis of foreign affairs from a British perspective in a concise and plainspoken manner. I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind responding to the following questions in order to make this venture more worthwhile.
~ Are you a blogger?
~ Do you read blogs?
~ If so, which ones?
~ Do you ever comment on a blog?
~ Do you prefer a group blog on many subjects or an individual blog on one subject?
~ Are you interested in reading a British Embassy blog?
~ If so, what topics would you like to see covered?
~ Would you participate by posting comments?
And. . .thank you so much for your help.

So I vote for the Brits to add to their growing blog empire — but perhaps with at least a little bit of John Cleese video and sound to, you know, sex it up.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “Add a Little John Cleese to the British Embassy Blog

  1. lafsar says:

    lafsar is your gateway to the best sites on the internet


  2. Kathleen says:

    Does anyone remember the precursor to Monty Python,, Beyond the Fringe? I saw them Off Broadway, waay back when…memorably funny.


  3. bdbd says:

    There should be two alternative voices, actually. First, the wry,knowing, tongue in cheek John Cleese from Monty Python and his corporate videos, and second, Basil Fawlty.


  4. Don't Mention The War! says:

    Don’t Mention The War!
    Classic John Cleese diplomacy from Fawlty Towers:


  5. RonDumsfeld says:

    Nice timing as I was watching a couple of episodes of Fawlty Towers last night. Really Sybil…


  6. Zathras says:

    I sincerely hope that Mr. McGuigan and his associates are able to follow through on the commitment he’s made here. As a Britt myself, I’d be dismayed to see the British Embassy become known as a Cleese shop that was devoid of Cleese.


  7. David says:

    You are dead on. It doesn’t get any better from any angle than John Cleese.


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