Back in 1934 there was a near successful english challenger for the much coveted America's Cup (probably the most outrageous and the most expensive sporting event in the world and I include Formula One).
The racing in the US was close but the english challenger was deemed to have breached the rules of the sailing race and was disqualified.
This led a yachting journalist to come out with the immortal and slightly inflamitory headline:
Brittania Rules The Waves but the US waives The Rules.
Cross pond relations took a nose dive - anyway it all happened a long time ago and we are best of friends again now?
This is my slightly cliched tribute - it is also a reminder that we did get a few good days towards the end of this summer!!