Archive for June, 2010

England (again)

27Jun10

Has someone died or something? Everyone’s looking all gloomy and depressed, and the colourful red and white bunting in many streets seems to have disappeared. There’s more to England than football, you know. One of the great things about England is, frinstance, the middle classes’ love of pretending to be working class. Some do this […]


Lord knows I tried. I was even there when the ITV high def channel switched to an advert during the England-USA game. But I can’t do this. It’s only a game, no matter how much hype you dress it in, and no matter how much advertising and corporate sponsorship goes into it on the infallible […]


Churches matter

11Jun10

It doesn’t matter how atheistical you are, the English parish church is a priceless thing. (That’s a picture of one over there, proudly supporting our lads in South Africa.) In most towns and villages, no other building will bring you into more intimate contact with the community’s past than the Anglican church and its graveyard. […]


Well, it’s a Sunday, the weather’s been lovely, and some people play cricket, so … Vitaï Lampada There’s a breathless hush in the Close to-night Ten to make and the match to win A bumping pitch and a blinding light, An hour to play, and the last man in. And it’s not for the sake […]



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