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D'oh! American Exceptionalism Foils British Fun. Again.

We at the Gaggle are highly amused by the recent Gordon Brown gift giving debacle. It occurred to us recently that the British PM might not even be able to enjoy the thoughtful and luxurious gift of 25 American DVDs given to him by President Obama. Indeed, every time we pop our Australian-made Thorn Birds DVD into our laptops, we are asked to change regions. Now, just in case they weren't upset enough already, the British press confirms our worst fears:  

"While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies - including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington. Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem.

The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words "wrong region" came up on his screen. Although he mournfully had to put the popcorn away, he is unlikely to jeopardise the special relationship - or "special partnership", as we are now supposed to call it - by registering a complaint."

Psycho indeed.

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