Sunday, 5 June 2011

Independence Day


In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was drawn up and signed in Philadelphia's Independence Hall.  This document essentially listed the stuff that George III had done that had got up the noses of the American Colonists and caused them to go to war with us a year earlier.  We felt we'd better go and have a look at the place where we lost control of the USA.

So we joined a queue to go into Independence Hall and were the last two people to be allowed in by the National Parks tour guide.  Once we got inside the building we were confronted by about 150 school kids and some of their teachers.  We tried to tiptoe across the room to take the two seats which had been left for us, but our guide destroyed our hopes of remaining incognito when he loudly announced the presence of two British guests, who were "what this place was all about".

It became clear that the guide had spotted our Englishness (maybe our delight at being able to join a queue had tipped him off) and he jumped at the opportunity to add a touch of class to his historic lecture.  We became part of the tour - every time the British were mentioned (which was a lot) we were highlighted by the guide.  I developed a Royal Wave to acknowledge our role in the proceedings.  We were able to use this power bestowed on us to do good.  For example, we have managed to educate a small but significant proportion of future Americans that "Autumn" is called "Autumn", not "Fall".  I might also have mentioned the correct spelling of "colour".  I think they all went away much wiser, and thankful that they'd been so fortunate to run into us.

Assembly Room - Independence Hall - Philadelphia

We also went to see the Liberty Bell - didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be!  (Comedy trumpet noise here!)


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