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British Heroes

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In the pub last night in the company of some of the finest minds of our generation, fed-up of the debate over Thatcher’s legacy, we started to compile a list of British heroes. The criteria were much debated. I think we seem to have gone for quality of impact rather than quantity. We tended to be broad-minded in our definition of Britishness, while accepting that these heroes may also be heroes of other countries too. Consensus was rare and fickle. Here it is though in the order in which we ‘thought’ through the names. Wikipedia links to those less well-known ones. I’d like to know what anyone else thinks of this: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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Fighting the Flag

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“Doubtless there were men alive
With only half a liver,
Some had no heart,
And many had no brain.
But a man without a flag?
Impossible.”

– Christopher Logue, Professor Tuholsky’s Facts; 1962

As the commentators, pundits and entertainers who fill our airwaves and newspaper columns praised the enduring British spirit in keeping going despite the rain; as Palace insiders commended the continuity of tradition in ‘these changing times’; as banks, businesses, promoters, poets and musicians attempted to sell their commemorative offerings; one thing struck me as a sign of real change in British public life.

I am unmoved by the passing of 60 years of the reign of Elizabeth Windsor. Put it this way, I am in favour of equitable social relations and fair division of land: parades for monarchs are not really my thing. However, what I could not avoid was the fluttering flags from car roofs; the faded, ‘40s retro-look bunting; the billboards advertising jubilee chocolates, butter or mobile phones all bedecked with what we inaccurately call the Union Jack. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17, 2012 at 11:07 am