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the queueue

As everyone knows, the queue was invented by an Englishman called Colin Queue in 1923. The idea of the queue quickly spread all over the world, and was brought to Japan by a traveller from London in the 1960s.

The idea fitted well with the Japanese notion of Lines, and before you could say, "Oi, did you just push in?!?", eveyone from Shiretoko to Ishigaki was daintily forming nice neat orderly linear lines. Or queues.

Sadly, in England, the queuing idea has gone to pot of late, mostly because many people no longer know how to spell it. On a recent visit to England, instead of an orderly queue, I was confronted with two scantily clad cross-dressers. Imagine my surprise. It was about as far from the idea of an 'orderly queue' as you could've got. However, in Osaka last Friday night at 11pm, when everyone was filled to the eyeballs with Auntie Booze, the queueues were still incredibly and magically formed into perfect...er...lines.

Japan: They're all pissed, AND they're in a q.

England: Not pissed and not in a q. Just cross dressing. Disappointing.
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On Friday, 28 October, 2005, Blogger RisingSlowly said:

He he he he he he!  

On Friday, 28 October, 2005, Blogger bogue said:

isn't the bloke in the orange jacket in a queue?  

On Saturday, 29 October, 2005, Anonymous dotty said:

I reckon the bloke in the orange jacket has pushed in, and the cross dressers (or nocturnal workers), are bitching about him behind his back.

You're right about queues going out of fashion in England. In London (surprise, surprise), I once got in the bus line behind an old lady, only to have every fucker who arrived after us, push in front of her.  

On Saturday, 29 October, 2005, Blogger buyo said:

Brilliant post  

On Sunday, 30 October, 2005, Blogger buyo said:

Do you know the book "How to be an alien", I have the relevant quote about the English and queueing on my site.  

On Friday, 11 November, 2005, Blogger ibancito said:

This Colin Queue thing is a joke, isn't it? :) ...every one know it comes from French...derived from Latin. In France they use it both for queueing (row) and the male genitalia...

Very funny posts you have round here...

On Tuesday, 22 November, 2005, Blogger Lewis said:

I love the idea of the queue being invented by an Englishman called Colin. It reminds me of the "Fist of Fun" sketch about Ian Desk.  

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