Cultural Centers

We went to the British Council Library to take back some library books XQ had borrowed. On the way we passed the American Cultural Center (sic). It wasn’t what I was expecting; it was a quiet, featureless white building. It wasn’t covered in neon, and it didn’t have any giant paintings of Mickey Mouse on the side. It didn’t even have a flag.

The British Council Library had a selection of video cassettes for hire. I looked through to see what they had chosen as representative of British culture. The largest section wasComedy, which for some reason includedMax Headroom. Just about every genre of TV comedy was represented, from the heights ofYes, Minister to the execrable depths ofBenny Hill, fromMonty Python’s Flying Circus toRed Dwarf.

The only notable gap was that they didn’t have any tapes ofAllo, Allo. I suppose Germany isn’t quite ready for loveable cuddly comedy Nazis yet.

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