• Short Summary

    AMERICANS WHO WANT TO OWN A PIECE OF ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BUYING IT AT TWO GUINEAS FOR A SQUARE FOOT PLOT.

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    NOTICE: FIELD: PURCHASERS: THREE PURCHASERS TALKING ABOUT THEIR LAND (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: PURCHASER: "WELL, I CAME ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, I LIVE IN MISSISSIPPI IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT'S QUITE A THRILL FOR ME TO HAVE AN ABSTRACT OF TITLE AND NOW BE AN ENGLISH LANDOWNER. I OWN A NICE HOME AND PLOT OF LAND IN MISSISSIPPI, UNITED STATES AND NOW I'M A LANDOWNER IN ENGLAND."



    INTERVIEWER: "YES, BUT WHY DO YOU WANT A PLOT OF LAND OVER HERE ONE FOOT SQUARE?"



    PURCHASER: "WELL, I GUESS YOU COULD CONSIDER THIS THE MOTHER COUNTRY, AFTER ALL OUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM ENGLAND AND TO OWN A PLOT OF LAND IN ENGLAND I GUESS IS QUITE AN HONOUR FOR ANY AMERICAN AND I THINK IT POSSIBLY WILL INCREASE THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES.



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU HEARD THAT YOU'D INHERITED THIS PLOT OF LAND?"



    WOMAN: "WELL, THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING, TO HAVE A PIECE OF LAND IN ENGLAND."



    HUSBAND: "REALLY WONDERFUL."



    INTERVIEWER: "ARE YOU GOING TO BE THE ENVY OF YOUR FRIENDS OUT THERE?"



    WOMAN: "WE'VE ALREADY TOLD THEM ABOUT IT AND THEY DON'T BELIEVE US."



    INTERVIEWER: "ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE ANY SOUVENIR OF IT BACK TO THE STATES WITH YOU?"



    WOMAN: "WE'RE GOING TO CANADA NOT TO THE STATES."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PLOT OF LAND YOU'VE GOT HERE?"



    PURCHASER: "WELL, I THINK THIS IS A MARVELLOUS IDEA. I THINK THIS IS A MARVELLOUS IDEA. I THINK THE COMPANY'S DONE US A BIG FAVOUR BY GETTING US STARTED ON A SMALL SCALE. BUT PERHAPS WE'RE HAVE IN MIND THREE OR FOUR OF US COMBINING OUR PROPERTIES AND STARTING A FROG FARM. CERTAINLY THE PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN BUYING THESE BIG JUMBO FROGS AND MAYBE CRAYFISH LIKE THEY EAT DOWN IN OUR LOUISIANA - MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING NEW OVER HERE - I DON'T KNOW."



    INTERVIEWER: "THIS FIELD WITH THE PLOTS ON WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR THAT BECAUSE IT'S SWIMMING IN WATER."



    PURCHASER: "I'M STANDING UP TO MY KNEES ALMOST IN WATER, BUT IT'S NICE CLEAN WATER AND I THINK WE SHOULD DO RATHER WELL WITH IT."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AMERICANS WHO WANT TO OWN A PIECE OF ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BUYING IT AT TWO GUINEAS FOR A SQUARE FOOT PLOT. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) 100 PEOPLE FROM CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES WERE GIVEN THEIR TITLE DEEDS, AND VISITED THE FIELD NEAR STRATFORD-ON-AVON WHICH HAS BEEN CARVED UP AMONGST THEM.

    SHOWCASE PROPERTIES LTD. OF LEEDS BOUGHT SIX ACRES OF LAND NEAR STRATFORD A YEAR AGO, TO SELL IN THE ONE FOOT SQUARE PLOTS. THEY SAY THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE GBP 30,000 PROFIT.

    SEVERAL OF TODAY'S VISITORS TO THE SCENE WERE THE EMPLOYEES OF A TEXAS OIL COMPANY WHICH GAVE THEM THE LAND AS SOUVENIRS OF THEIR VISIT TO ENGLAND. WITH THEIR TITLE DEEDS EACH PURCHASER IS GIVEN A CERTIFICATE WITH A PICTURE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, WHO WAS BORN NEARBY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7QCRENLA7JLOVLCEHZPRNXC2
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7QCRENLA7JLOVLCEHZPRNXC2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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