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The *where* now? [Sep. 12th, 2010|03:25 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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The book I'm reading begins,

"Since the history of the capital city of Britain's dearest ally has never* been told in the English language, I have ventured--greatly daring--to repair that regrettable omission."

*as of 1955.

Guess what city I'm reading about.
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[User Picture]From: marydell
2010-09-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmm I'm going to say Cleopolis.
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From: swan_tower
2010-09-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'll guess Paris, though I'd be stunned if there were no English-language histories of that city prior to 1955.
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[User Picture]From: joeboo_k
2010-09-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'd also be stunned for an Englishman to refer to France as "Britain's dearest ally" :)
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[User Picture]From: barondave
2010-09-12 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'm going the snarky route and say: The US.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-09-12 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, for had they meant Ottawa, they would have phrased it differently.

...oh, surely not Edinburgh.
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[User Picture]From: dhole
2010-09-12 08:55 pm (UTC)
Moscow?

I think the funniest part is the number of cities it couldn't possibly be.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-09-12 09:05 pm (UTC)
I gave the copyright date mostly to rule out some of the options; timprov guessed Kyoto until I said the year.
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[User Picture]From: mastadge
2010-09-12 09:09 pm (UTC)
Knowing you, and guessing that it's not going to be the obvious, I'm going with somewhere Nordic. Sweden? Norway? Denmark?
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[User Picture]From: mastadge
2010-09-12 09:10 pm (UTC)
Whoops. Cities. Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen?
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[User Picture]From: joeboo_k
2010-09-12 09:24 pm (UTC)
This is tough, because you'd think that a British writer would also consider historical conflicts before saying "dearest" - which makes me wonder who can possibly be left.

Bern.

But I really want to say Madrid. Except the writer would have to have been in an opium den, with a hookah in hand, to refer to Madrid in that manner.
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[User Picture]From: oursin
2010-09-12 09:28 pm (UTC)
Lisbon - though oldest, rather than dearest, I would have said.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2010-09-13 08:40 am (UTC)
Ah, that was my thought, too. Do we have any dear allies? I'd have thought we were too superior for that!
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[User Picture]From: adrian_turtle
2010-09-12 09:51 pm (UTC)
In 1955? Riyadh.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-09-12 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh.
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[User Picture]From: mkille
2010-09-12 10:17 pm (UTC)
I also would guess Lisbon, and then just to play the odds, Helsinki.
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From: diatryma
2010-09-12 11:39 pm (UTC)
That was my guess because it was so interestingly not right.
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[User Picture]From: katallen
2010-09-13 12:29 am (UTC)
Well there is the possibility the author meant 'not the cheapest' as in costliest :)

(I just can't quite go with Washington DC not having an English language history - unless, of course, they meant in English not Amglish :D )
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From: coho29
2010-09-12 10:58 pm (UTC)

The *where* now?

Cardiff? Delhi?
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[User Picture]From: buttonlass
2010-09-13 03:36 am (UTC)

Re: The *where* now?

I was going to say Delhi! Closest ally = Imperial underlings.
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From: dsgood
2010-09-13 12:52 am (UTC)
Lisbon?
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[User Picture]From: cakmpls
2010-09-13 01:35 am (UTC)
Cape Town?
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[User Picture]From: zunger
2010-09-13 02:51 am (UTC)
Barsoom?
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[User Picture]From: adrian_turtle
2010-09-13 11:12 am (UTC)
Wonderful idea!
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