GREAT BRITAIN: Insulted Banger

Belgian authorities at the Brussels Fair last week struck a blow against British pride and prestige that, at another time, might have brought a gunboat sailing up the Scheldt. The Belgian offense was to deny to the British pavilion at the fair the right to serve British sausages in the exhibit's "typical English pub." The reason: the sausages were not meat by Belgian standards.

Britons reeled. They regard their sausages, affectionately known as "bangers," with the veneration Frenchmen have for snails or Arabs for sheep's eyeballs. Every day Britons consume enough bangers to stretch from Lands End to the tip...

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