Asterix the Legionary
Asterix the Legionary is the tenth Asterix book in the Asterix comic book series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. It was first published as a serial in Pilote magazine, issues 368-389, in 1966. Asterix and Obelix are setting off for a wild boar hunt when they encounter Panacea, a former childhood resident of the village who has since moved to Condatum, Obelix falls in love with her; some hours Panacea receives word that her fiancé Tragicomix has been conscripted into the Roman army and shipped to North Africa. Asterix and Obelix travel to Condatum, where they learn that Tragicomix has left for Massilia, the Mediterranean port from which the soldiers depart, themselves enlist in the army to follow him, alongside Hemispheric the Goth. After completing basic training, the newly formed unit sets off as reinforcements to Caesar against Scipio and King Juba I of Numidia. Asterix and Obelix soon find out that Tragicomix has gone missing in action after a skirmish, raid Scipio's camp to recover him.
This provokes the Battle of Thapsus, in which the confusion over the Gauls' unorthodox assault and the similarity of both armies' uniforms cause a default victory for Caesar after the frustrated Scipio sounds the retreat. The Gauls are cornered by Caesar. Asterix and Obelix thereafter celebrate at home, while Panacea and Tragicomix return to Condatum to marry. Elements of the plot of this story were blended with Asterix the Gladiator for the animated movie Asterix Versus Caesar; this is the first time Asterix does not join the usual ending banquet, an absence not repeated until Asterix and the Magic Carpet. When the pirates are first sunk, the ship's remains parody the 19th century painting The Raft of the Medusa. In the English version, the pirate captain bemoans, "We've been framed, by Jericho", a pun on the artist Géricault. In the French original, he says, "Je suis médusé"; the legionaries in Asterix's unit are comic stereotypes of various nationalities, which parodies the French Foreign Legion's recruitment of foreigners.
The hair of the Belgian legionary resembles that of the Belgian comic character Tintin. In the part of the story, the Egyptian makes comments in hieroglyphics about hairy body parts — this is based on a child's game in France that involves repeating back a rhyme of whatever was last said in the form of "old hairy"; the plot is inspired by a 1939 Laurel and Hardy film, The Flying Deuces, in which the pair join the French Foreign Legion after Hardy falls in love with a woman who turns out to have a husband in the legion. Laurel and Hardy appeared as legionaries in Obelix & Co.. As a mnemonic to Tragicomix's name, the line "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" is used as a standard reference in the story. French - Astérix légionnaire German - Asterix als Legionär Spanish - Asterix legionario Catalan - Astèrix legionari Portuguese - Astérix Legionário Dutch –Asterix als legioensoldaat Finnish –Asterix legioonalaisena Italien – Asterix legionario Latin – Asterix Legionarius Korean - 로마군이 아스테릭스 – Danish - Asterix i trøjen Swedish - Asterix drar i fält Serbian - Астерикс легионар Turkish - Asteriks Lejyoner Brazilian Portuguese - Asterix legionário Bengali: অ্যাস্টেরিক্স রোমান সৈনিক On Goodreads, it had a score of 4.29 out of 5.
Manga are comics or graphic novels created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art; the term manga in Japan is a word used to refer to cartooning. "Manga" as a term used outside Japan refers to comics published in Japan. In Japan, people of all ages read manga; the medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action, adventure and commerce, detective, historical, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, erotica and games, suspense, among others. Many manga are translated into other languages. Since the 1950s, manga has become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry. By 1995, the manga market in Japan was valued at ¥586.4 billion, with annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books and manga magazines in Japan. Manga have gained a significant worldwide audience. In 2008, in the U. S. and Canada, the manga market was valued at $175 million. Manga represent 38% of the French comics market, equivalent to ten times that of the United States.
In France, the manga market was valued at about €460 million in 2005. In Europe and the Middle East, the market was valued at $250 million in 2012. Manga stories are printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist. In Japan, manga are serialized in large manga magazines containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. Collected chapters are republished in tankōbon volumes but not paperback books. A manga artist works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated during its run. Sometimes manga are drawn centering on existing live-action or animated films. Manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world in Algeria, Hong Kong and South Korea; the word "manga" comes from the Japanese word 漫画, composed of the two kanji 漫 meaning "whimsical or impromptu" and 画 meaning "pictures".
The same term is the root of the Korean word for the Chinese word. The word first came into common usage in the late 18th century with the publication of such works as Santō Kyōden's picturebook Shiji no yukikai, in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's Manga hyakujo and the celebrated Hokusai Manga books containing assorted drawings from the sketchbooks of the famous ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. Rakuten Kitazawa first used the word "manga" in the modern sense. In Japanese, "manga" refers to all kinds of cartooning and animation. Among English speakers, "manga" has the stricter meaning of "Japanese comics", in parallel to the usage of "anime" in and outside Japan; the term "ani-manga" is used to describe comics produced from animation cels. The history of manga is said to originate from scrolls dating back to the 12th century, it is believed they represent the basis for the right-to-left reading style. During the Edo period, Toba Ehon embedded the concept of manga; the word itself first came into common usage in 1798, with the publication of works such as Santō Kyōden's picturebook Shiji no yukikai, in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's Manga hyakujo and the Hokusai Manga books.
Adam L. Kern has suggested that kibyoshi, picture books from the late 18th century, may have been the world's first comic books; these graphical narratives share with modern manga humorous and romantic themes. Some works were mass-produced as serials using woodblock printing. Writers on manga history have described two complementary processes shaping modern manga. One view represented by other writers such as Frederik L. Schodt, Kinko Ito, Adam L. Kern, stress continuity of Japanese cultural and aesthetic traditions, including pre-war and pre-Meiji culture and art; the other view, emphasizes events occurring during and after the Allied occupation of Japan, stresses U. S. cultural influences, including U. S. comics and images and themes from U. S. television and cartoons. Regardless of its source, an explosion of artistic creativity occurred in the post-war period, involving manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka and Machiko Hasegawa. Astro Boy became immensely popular in Japan and elsewhere, the anime adaptation of Sazae-san drawing more viewers than any other anime on Japanese television in 2011.
Tezuka and Hasegawa both made stylistic innovations. In Tezuka's "cinematographic" technique, the panels are like a motion picture that reveals details of action bordering on slow motion as well as rapid zooms from distance to close-up shots; this kind of visual dynamism was adopted by manga artists. Hasegawa's focus on daily life and on women's experience came to characterize shōjo manga. Between 1950 and 1969, an large readership for manga emerged in Japan with the solidification of its two main marketing genres, shōnen manga aimed at boys and shōjo manga aimed at girls. In 1969 a group of female manga artists made their shōjo manga debut ("year 24" comes from the Japanese name for the year 1949, the
Asterix and the Class Act
Asterix and the Class Act is the thirty-second album of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, published in 2003. Unlike the other Asterix books, it is a compilation of short stories, rather than one long story; each story has an introductory page giving some of its original history. Only one of these stories is original in this album, the remainder are reprinted from earlier sources, most notably the French comic "Pilote"; the majority of these stories were written by Goscinny. Chanticleerix, The Lutetia Olympics and The Birth of Asterix were written by Uderzo after Goscinny's death. Springtime In Gaul and Asterix as you've never seen him were written by Uderzo alone. Most of these stories have had only limited distribution prior to this publication. In 1993 there was an earlier, smaller collection called La Rentree Gauloise, only available in French, it contained a story called L'Antiquaire as filler, not by Goscinny nor Uderzo, does not fit with the other stories and contains two recycled and out-of-character villains.
That story has not been reprinted. Earlier, in the mid-1980s, a promotional collection of some of these stories appeared in a number of translations as Astérix mini-histoires. An announcement page for Asterix and the Big Fight – the village chief holds a modern press conference for the up-coming stories. – 1 page. First published in Pilote #260. – 2 pages. First published in Pilote #363. – 4 pages. Published in the 35th anniversary special of Pilote. Introduction to the stories: gives a synopsis of the themes and principal characters. – 3 pages. First published in the May 1977 issue of National Geographic Magazine for an article on the history of Celtic people. Appeared in the original "La Rentree Gauloise" and "Astérix mini-histoires" Dogmatix helps the village rooster defeat an eagle terrorizing the local animals, by stealing Asterix's gourd of potion to provide the rooster with the necessary advantage. – 5 pages. New with this album. Obelix tries to use Gaulish customs to get a kiss from Panacea, but fails, the kiss is instead won by Dogmatix.
– 2 pages. First published in Pilote #424. Appeared in the original "La Rentree Gauloise" and "Astérix mini-histoires" A fashion show generates a fight after Impedimenta quarrels with Mrs. Geriatrix. – 2 pages. Done for French women's magazine "Elle" #1337. Appeared in the original "La Rentree Gauloise" and "Astérix mini-histoires" This is a mockery of the more outrageous "suggestions" made by readers, allowing Uderzo to show his facility with different styles of illustration. In one example, Asterix appears in black and white, simplistic line drawings and telegram-type text in a short story satirizing Asterix and the Great Crossing, using flowers on female legionaries in a story drawn in a psychedelic style, in a quasi-modernized one-panel plot in which Getafix has constructed modern firearms, Asterix is telephoning Getafix, where the word "like" is dropped into their speech, fighting aliens on a distant planet as Jim Asteryx. Last of all and Uderzo write a message saying that as they are the authors, they should be allowed to draw Asterix as they wish, so draw a picture of him and Obelix wearing plus-fours, much to Asterix and Obelix's fury.
– 3 pages. First published in Pilote #527. For the honour of Gaul and Obelix help Lutetia win the chance to host the ancient Olympic Games by acting as security for the event. – 4 pages. Done to aid the 1992 Paris Olympic bid and published in the bid's promotional materials. Asterix helps a tiny anthropomorphic personification of Spring overcome Winter. – 2 pages. First published in Pilote #334. Appeared in the original "La Rentree Gauloise" and "Astérix mini-histoires" Some unlucky Romans try to take Dogmatix as their "lucky" mascot, which brings Asterix and Obelix's vengeance down on them. – 4 pages. First Published in Pilote "Super Pocket 1". Appeared in the original "La Rentree Gauloise" and "Astérix mini-histoires" A joke on modern French anxiety over the bastardization of the French language shows
Asterix and the Big Fight
Asterix and the Big Fight is a French comic book, the seventh in the Asterix comic book series. It was illustrated by Albert Uderzo, its original French title is Le Combat des chefs and it was first published in serial form in Pilote magazines, issues 261-302, in 1964. It was translated into English in 1971; the Romans having been humiliated many times by the rebel Gauls, Felonius Caucus, advisor to Centurion Nebulus Nimbus, suggests a single combat between Vitalstatistix, chief of Asterix's tribe, the Gallo-Roman Chief, Cassius Ceramix of Linoleum. According to ancient Gaulish customs, the loser would forfeit his entire tribe to the winner; when Ceramix argues that Vitalstatistix would win with Getafix' magic potion of invincibility, Caucus sends a patrol to capture Getafix before the challenge is made. Whilst attempting to scatter the attackers, Obelix accidentally strikes Getafix with a menhir, the impact of which causes amnesia and insanity. Following Cassius Ceramix' challenge and Vitalstatistix attempt to restore Getafix's mind by experimenting in potions.
Thereafter Asterix and Obelix consult Psychoanalytix, a druid who specializes in mental disorders. As the two crazed druids concoct a number of skin-coloring magic potions, Asterix tries to get Vitalstatistix into good physical shape for the fight by jogging. Meanwhile, the Romans plan to arrest Cassius after the fight, lest he thereafter challenge their control of Gaul; as the fight begins, Getafix accidentally makes a potion which restores his mind, retains sanity despite being hit by another menhir. Getafix proceeds to brew a supply of magic potion. Meanwhile, the fight had turned into a bore: Vitalstatistix, exploiting his superior physical condition, is running circles around the ring while Ceramix tries in vain to catch him. After hearing of Getafix's recovery, Vitalstatistix defeats his exhausted opponent with a single blow; the Romans do not accept this victory, but are crushed by the Gauls, who had drunk Getafix's magic potion. When Ceramix is reduced to amnesia by a third menhir, thrown by Obelix during the battle, Vitalstatistix declines his right to take over Cassius' tribe, sends him home in honour.
Psychoanalytix returns to business despite his amnesia, but remains professionally successful despite "side effects" of his medicines. Cassius, now in the same mental state as Psychoanalytix, becomes "the most courteous chief in Gaul" and the probable originator of French courtesy, his tribe returns to Gaulish ways and the fight against Rome, while Vitalstatistix's tribe celebrate their victories. In the original French version, Vitalstatistix's opponent is called Aplusbégalix. In the English translation, his name of Cassius Ceramix is a reference to the boxer Muhammad Ali known as Cassius Clay, world heavyweight champion when the story was written. Vitalstatistix's strategy of wearing down his opponent and his victory dance is a parody of Ali's style; when a Roman envoy is sent to inform Ceramix that "Getafix has been disposed of", he is told that Ceramix is "inspecting Professor Berlix's school for modern languages": a play on Maximilian Berlitz and his International Language Schools. In the scene in which an amusement park is set up, one ride is called the'Slavic Mountain'.
This is a pun on the French name for roller coaster, "Russian mountain". A book store called "W. H. Smix" can be seen in the same scene, a pun on the chain W. H. Smith. In the same panel is a tent with a sign: "Menagerix — See The Fabulous Animals". Where Pschoanalytix's nurse introduces the conditions of his patients to Asterix and Obelix, one is posing as Napoléon Bonaparte. In the issue of Pilote #260, which preceded the publication of the actual story, Vitalstatistix was depicted hosting a press conference to announce that Asterix and the Big Fight would be the next adventure and that he would play a leading role in it; this scene was reprinted in the Class Act as its introduction. In this story Vitalstatistix' wife appears for the first time, fussing over him when he is preparing to meet Cassius Ceramix; the "menhiring" subplot is reintroduced three decades in Asterix and the Actress. An animated film bearing the comic's title was released in 1989. However, the plot is in fact closer to the Soothsayer.
On Goodreads, it has a score of 4.14 out of 5. Official English Website On archive.org
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. Bush was born in New Haven and grew up in Texas. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, he worked in the oil industry. Bush married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the U. S. House of Representatives shortly thereafter, he co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Bush was elected President of the United States in 2000 when he defeated Democratic incumbent Vice President Al Gore after a close and controversial win that involved a stopped recount in Florida, he became the fourth person to be elected president while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent. Bush is a member of a prominent political family and is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.
He is only the second president to assume the nation's highest office after his father, following the footsteps of John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. His brother Jeb Bush, a former Governor of Florida, was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 presidential election, his paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U. S. Senator from Connecticut; the September 11 terrorist attacks occurred eight months into Bush's first term. Bush responded with what became known as the Bush Doctrine: launching a "War on Terror", an international military campaign that included the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003, he signed into law broad tax cuts, the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors, funding for the AIDS relief program known as PEPFAR. His tenure included national debates on immigration, Social Security, electronic surveillance, torture. In the 2004 presidential race, Bush defeated Democratic Senator John Kerry in another close election.
After his re-election, Bush received heated criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, other challenges. Amid this criticism, the Democratic Party regained control of Congress in the 2006 elections. In December 2007, the United States entered its longest post-World War II recession referred to as the "Great Recession", prompting the Bush administration to obtain congressional passage of multiple economic programs intended to preserve the country's financial system. Nationally, Bush was both one of the most popular and unpopular U. S. presidents in history, having received the highest recorded presidential approval ratings in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, as well as one of the lowest approval ratings during the 2008 financial crisis. Bush finished his term in office in 2009 and returned to Texas, where he had purchased a home in Dallas. In 2010, he published Decision Points, his presidential library was opened in 2013. His presidency has been ranked among the worst in historians' polls that were published in the late 2000s and 2010s.
However, his favorability ratings with the public have improved after leaving office. George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946, at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, while his father was a student at Yale, he was his wife, Barbara Pierce. He was raised in Midland and Houston, with four siblings, Neil and Dorothy. Another younger sister, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953, his grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U. S. Senator from Connecticut, his father was Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989 and the 41st U. S. president from 1989 to 1993. Bush has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant Dutch, Irish and Scottish roots. Bush attended public schools in Midland, until the family moved to Houston after he had completed seventh grade, he spent two years at The Kinkaid School, a prep school in Piney Point Village in the Houston area. Bush attended high school at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, where he played baseball and was the head cheerleader during his senior year.
He attended Yale University from 1964 to 1968. During this time, he was a cheerleader and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as the president of the fraternity during his senior year. Bush became a member of the Skull and Bones society as a senior. Bush was a rugby union player and was on Yale's 1st XV, he characterized himself as an average student. His GPA during his first three years at Yale was 77, he had a similar average under a nonnumeric rating system in his final year. In the fall of 1973, Bush entered Harvard Business School, he graduated in 1975 with an MBA degree. He is the only U. S. president to have earned an MBA. Bush was engaged to Cathryn Lee Wolfman in 1967, but the engagement fizzled out. Bush and Wolfman remained on good terms after the end of the relationship. While Bush was at a backyard barbecue in 1977, friends introduced him to Laura Welch, a schoolteacher and librarian. After a three-month courtship, she accepted his marriage proposal and they wed on November 5 of that year.
The couple settled in Texas. Bush left his family's Episcopal Church to join his wife's United Methodist Church. On November 25, 1981, Laura Bush gave birth to fraternal twin daughters and Jenna. Prior to getting married, Bush struggled with multiple episodes of alcohol abuse. In one instance on September 4, 1976, he was pulled over near his fami
American imperialism is the term for a policy aimed at extending the political and cultural control of the United States government over areas beyond its boundaries. Depending on the commentator, it may include military conquest, gunboat diplomacy, unequal treaties, subsidization of preferred factions, economic penetration through private companies followed by intervention when those interests are threatened, or regime change; the US is agreed to have had a policy of formal imperialism in the late 19th century. The government of the US does not refer to itself as an empire today, but some commentators refer to it as such, including mainstream Western writers such as Max Boot, Arthur Schlesinger, Niall Ferguson; the United States has been accused of neocolonialism, sometimes defined as a modern form of hegemony that uses economic rather than military power, sometimes used as a synonym for contemporary imperialism. Despite periods of peaceful co-existence, wars with Native Americans resulted in substantial territorial gains for colonists from the United Kingdom.
Wars continued intermittently after independence, an ethnic cleansing campaign known as Indian removal gained for ethnically European settlers more valuable territory on the eastern side of the continent. George Washington began a tradition of United States non-interventionism which lasted into the 1800s; the United States protected the Americas against European colonial powers under the Monroe Doctrine in 1821, but desire for territorial expansion to the Pacific Ocean was explicit in the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. The giant Louisiana Purchase was peaceful, but the Mexican–American War of 1846 resulted in the annexation of 525,000 square miles of Mexican territory. Elements attempted to expand pro-U. S. Republics or U. S. states in Mexico and Central America, the most notable being filibuster William Walker's Republic of Baja California in 1853 and his intervention in Nicaragua in 1855. Senator Sam Houston of Texas proposed a resolution in the Senate for the "United States to declare and maintain an efficient protectorate over the States of Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and San Salvador."
The idea of U. S. expansion into Mexico and the Caribbean was popular among politicians of the slave states, among some business tycoons in the Nicarauguan Transit. President Ulysses S. Grant attempted to Annex the Dominican Republic in 1870, but failed to get the support of the Senate. Non-interventionism was wholly abandoned with the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired the remaining island colonies of Spain, with President Theodore Roosevelt defending the permanent acquisition of the Philippines; the U. S. policed Latin America under Roosevelt Corollary, sometimes using the military to favor American commercial interests. Imperialist foreign policy was controversial with the American public, domestic opposition allowed Cuban independence, though in the early 20th century the U. S. occupied Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The United States returned to strong non-interventionist policy after World War I, including with the Good Neighbor policy for Latin America. After fighting World War II, it administered many Pacific islands captured during the fight against Japan.
To prevent the militaries of those countries from growing threateningly large, to contain the Soviet Union, the United States has promised to defend Germany and Japan which it had defeated in war and which are now independent democracies. It maintains substantial military bases in both; the Cold War reoriented American foreign policy to focus on opposing Soviet communism, prevailing U. S. foreign policy embraced its role as a nuclear-armed global superpower. Though the Truman Doctrine framed the mission as protecting free peoples against an undemocratic system, under presidents and the Reagan Doctrine anti-Soviet foreign policy became more coercive and covert. United States involvement in regime change included overthrowing the democratically elected government of Iran, the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, occupation of Grenada, interference in various foreign elections. Many saw the post-Cold War 1990–91 Gulf War as motivated by U. S. oil interests though it reversed the hostile invasion of Kuwait and protected treaty ally Saudi Arabia.
After the September 11 attacks in 2001, questions of imperialism were raised again as the United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, installed friendly governments. In terms of territorial acquisition, the United States has integrated with full democratic voting rights, all of its acquisitions on the North American continent, including the non-contiguous Alaska. Hawaii has become a state with equal representation to the mainland, but other island jurisdictions acquired during wartime remain territories, namely Guam, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands; the remainder of acquired territories have become independent with varying degrees of cooperation, ranging from three associated states which enjoy participation in federal government programs in exchange for military basing rights, to Cuba which became outright hostile during the Cold War. The United States was a strong advocate for European decolonization after World War II, having started a ten-year independence transition for the Philip
Asterix in Britain
Asterix in Britain is the eighth in the Asterix comic book series. It was published in serial form in Pilote magazine, issues 307-334, in 1965, in album form in 1966, it tells Obelix's journey to Roman-occupied Britain. Julius Caesar has succeeded in his conquest. One member of the village, Anticlimax, is dispatched to Gaul to enlist the help of Getafix the druid in providing magic potion for the British rebels, it is decided that Asterix and Obelix should accompany him, to help transport a barrel of the potion. In Britain, the barrel of potion is confiscated from a pub cellar owned by Dipsomaniax, along with all the barreled "warm beer" and wine in Londinium, by the Romans, who set about tasting the barrels to find the right one. Soon the whole unit assigned to the testing is hopelessly drunk. During the commotion a thief steals the cart with the barrels. Anticlimax and Asterix leave Obelix at Dipsomaniax's pub to sleep off his hangover. In the Tower of Londinium, Obelix wakes up and frees himself and Dipsomaniax out of the jail, the three heroes, after a search, find the potion in use as a pick-me-up for a rugby team.
After this team wins their game, the protagonists seize the potion and escape on the river Thames, where the Romans destroy the barrel and release the potion into the water. At the independent village, Asterix eases the Britons' disappointment by feigning to remake the potion, with herbs Asterix got from Getafix. With a psychological boost, the village prevails against the Romans, Asterix and Obelix return home to celebrate. In both the book and the cartoon, the blue and white uniforms of the Camulodunum team are identical to the modern home kit of Colchester United FC; the chief of Anticlimax's tribe is a caricature of Winston Churchill. The Beatles make a cameo appearance as bards. Although many books in the series deal with other European peoples, Britain is one of only two where the book starts with a note from the authors that they are not looking to insult their famous rivals but to make fun of the common stereotypes; the other book given similar treatment is Corsica. In Anthea Bell's and Derek Hockridge's English translation, the linguistic difference between the Gauls and the Britons is shown by some of the Britons talking in stereotypical "upper class" English, including expression such as "This is a jolly rum thing, eh, what?" and "I say, old fruit".
In particular, Anticlimax's frequent use of "what?" makes Obelix ask "What do you keep saying what for?" The book was adapted into an animated film of the same name, released in 1986. The adaptation is similar to the book. A second, live-action film was released in 2012. Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia follows the plot of the book, but makes several changes: Chief Mykingdomforanos is replaced by the Queen of England and Anticlimax's tribe are represented as Scots in tartan kilts; the story is combined with elements of Asterix and the Normans - not least in that Vitalstatistix's nephew Justforkix accompanies Asterix and Obelix to Britain. An audiobook of Asterix in Britain adapted by Anthea Bell and narrated by Willie Rushton was released on EMI Records Listen for Pleasure label in 1987. Asterix in Britain has been translated into Asturian, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Welsh. On Goodreads, it had a score of 4.27 out of 5.
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