Slightly over the top eh?


From the Guardian, a slight bit of hyperbole regarding Winston Churchill’s teeth. 

“These are the teeth that saved the world.” 

We shall Bite them on the beaches...


I can see it now… 

We shall go on to the end, we shall bite in France,
we shall bite on the seas and oceans,
we shall bite with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall bite on the beaches,
we shall bite on the landing grounds,
we shall bite in the fields and in the streets,
we shall bite in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” 


4 Responses to “Slightly over the top eh?”

  1. bingbing Says:

    Howzat? They were rounded so as to aid with his speech impediment.


    He didn’t do the best at Gallipoli, though.

  2. bingbing Says:

  3. bingbing Says:

    Mole-ster, you’re being a bit cryptic for an international blog.

    For non-Australians and perhaps younger Australians, the familiar term “over the top” (OMG, that’s too much, that’s over the top!) originated back in WWI when Australian soldiers were sent to Gallipoli in Turkey under the overall command of British officers.

    It was a disastrous campaign yet ironically binded Australia as a nation.

    The term “over the top” is what the British officers commanded our Aussie soldiers to do from the trenches whereby our boys were mowed down.

    All this took place whilst the British officers drank tea.

    Tea stolen from China, and in exchange, the brits got half of China hooked on opium.

    Hence the term, relating to the Gallipoli campaign, yet apt in many other circumstances, “over the top”!

    Winston Churchill, for all his virtues, was the British government honcho overseeing that Gallipoli campaign. He had to resign as a result.

  4. Charlie Says:

    Half of China? Now that would have made some money! China was hooked on Opium long before the British arrived, and long after, it was just a trade war and it involved (and benefited) the US, Russia and France too. If Britain had really wanted to mess China up, they’d have sold them whiskey and guns!

    Australians always complain about Gallipoli, the British lost twice as many men as Australia and New Zealand combined at Gallipoli (even the French lost more men) and lost more on the first day of the Battle of Somme (in which Australia also lost twice as many men) as at Gallipoli. I blame Mel Gibson.

    Over the top is from World War I but started before Gallipoli, which I agree, like most of World War I, was a complete disaster and absolute waste of life. But that is what happens when technology means that the soldiers can no longer make up for the failings of the idiot officers.

    Churchill’s plan was sound, but again like most of WWI, it should have started and ended with the Royal Navy.

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