Another reason to love the British Empire

Big Dog showed me this, so it’s a h/t to him. Via BlackFive.net

Nick Hayward, a 37-year-old Brit, describes the “can-do attitude” of the “extremely lucky,” “very good bunch of people” who holed up in a restaurant inside the Taj Hotel in Mumbai during the terror attacks:

“Three or four of us were Brits. There were some Irish as well. Most were Indian.

“We’d never met each other but I have to say, it was a true British stiff upper-lip situation. Together, the Brits helped to keep up morale. …

“We all decided that even though we had alcohol within reach we wouldn’t touch it because it seemed like a bad idea to get drunk.

“But come 5am, we were fairly confident the police were going to get us out, so I marched over to the bar and found a bottle of vintage Cristal champagne and opened it and began pouring it into glasses.

“Then the head waiter came rushing across to me and said, ‘No, no, you can’t do that!’ and I said, ‘Well we’re going to’ and he said, ‘No sir, those are the wrong type of glasses. I shall find you champagne flutes.’

“And he did. The service was immaculate.”

Note that first they barricaded themselves in as well as they could. But the stiff upper lippedness of both patron and head waiter is sorely missed most places.

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Published in: on 1 December, 2008 at 01:52  Comments (1)  
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