David Cameron has mounted a robust patriotic defense after the spokesman for Vladimir Putin reportedly said the UK was a small island to which no one listened.
At a briefing with reporters in St Petersburg, the British prime minister went into overdrive in defense of the UK.
“Britain may be a small island, but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience.
“Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism and was resolute in doing that throughout the Second World War. Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.”
He then quipped that he was quite happy for his remarks to be set to music.
1. mount v.
發動；進行某事 (fa1 dong4; jin4 xing2 mou3 shi4)
例: The police have mounted a nationwide
search for the killer.
2. go into overdrive v. phr.
開始積極行動以達到某目的 (kai1 shi3 ji1 ji2 xing2 dong4 yi3 da2 dao4 mou3 mu4 di4)
例: With her exams only two weeks away, she’s gone into overdrive and is studying ten hours a day.
3. quip v.
講俏皮話；嘲諷 (jiang3 qiao4 pi2 hua4; chao2 feng4)
例: “Flattery will get you nowhere,” she quipped.