Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dunkirk Spirit

Commuting in London can be a bit of a pain. There is much grumbling about the long delays, random halts, packed carriages, and over-running engineering works (a special of long weekends like Easter). But people muddle through, quoting the Dunkirk spirit.

But today was reminded of the real thing. Taking the boat rather than the tube, and with the normal high speed Cabot out of service (engine problem - again - and good riddance, not that keen on it), we traveled a bit slower but in more style on the M.V. Kingwood.

At the front was a plague, "Dunkirk 1940". For the Kingwood is one of the little boats that rescued the British Army in its hour of need.

Puts the hassles of the tube into context!

2 comments:

Tillerman said...

Aaah, the Dunkirk spirit. There's nothing that appeals more to the British psyche than a glorious retreat.

JP said...

Actually I always think that Dunkirk itself was a victory - an extremely successful evacuation.

It was before that the BEF got defeated (and we don't talk about that)!