For a moment I thought the comic was hinting that the giant block of ice with a still-living mammoth in it was situated somewhere in Scotland, and that would have really ruined my suspension of disbelief in a story about a magic man in circus clothes fighting an evil nazi caterpillar on a floating island.Making out that the scots are cheap is one thing, but as a resident of the UK I can tell you that if you describe Scotland, to a scot, as 'english soil' or as part of 'the rest of England', then you're really taking your life in your hands.
What the heck is "hoot mon"? I admit I'm no expert, but to my ear that doesn't sound like Scots, Gaelic, OR cheesey American movie brogue.
SF, "Hoots, mon," is an archaic Scottish phrase meaning, "Hey, man." I suspect that no one in Scotland has actually used it in centuries.
I have to say, the bizarre portrayal of Scotland aside, that story's not as stupid as it seems. During World War Two, the British government considered using icebergs as aircraft carriers and even did preliminary tests on the idea's viability. As far as I can recall, the success of the D-Day landings meant they never needed to put the scheme into practice. So, the idea of using floating islands as invasion platforms wasn't that detached from reality.
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