I don't know why everyone is getting so annoyed about Big Guy's use of "England" instead of "Great Britain" during his remarks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Like Big O said in the limo after his meeting with the man he affectionately calls, Gordo, it's not like they're an empire or anything anymore (but please note, if I had been running at that point, "Great Britain" would have been the word on the screen; I know these things).
The meeting with Brown, by the way, went phenomenally well. Big Guy gave him a DVD player that would play the DVDs that we gave him in Washington, DC a couple of weeks ago. As Gordo pointed out, now we just have to give him a U.S.-model-retooled-for-European-use flat screen TV to attach to the DVD player that can play the DVDs so he can watch them.
We got the same "faux appreciation" from our meeting with the Queen and her husband/walker. So what if we gave her an i-Pod with videos of herself on it. That's a $200 value, and it's not like we got her something she can't use because she's a techno-tard, like an i-Touch. Plus, she can take those videos off and replace them with whatever she wants, Benny Hill skits, the George Michael Bathroom Sessions with "special guest" Elton John, her grandsons in drag at posh St. Andrew's parties, Big O doesn't care.
We are being roasted over here for our gift, but I don't see anyone pissing on the crappy gift the Queen gave Big Guy. A picture of herself? So what if it's a "tradition." Lady M was looking at the gift in the car, and thinks the frame is real sterling silver. She says she will either melt it down and have it made into something cool, like a paperweight in the shape of an African fertility god, or use the at-home gold-plating kit Oprah gave her to make it look a lot classier and re-gift it to the Browns next year for Kwanza.