Canute’s legacy

Via Dave Hill, I was alerted today to an interesting article over at Gracchi’s blog on history and nationalism as it applies to England. The article is concerned with the problem of taking individuals and making them part of a grand historical narrative. Part of the piece is about King Knud (Cnut; Canute) and his […]

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English traditional music’s new wave

Over at Harry’s Place is a post by David Tate featuring a few videos of the acclaimed fiddle, voice, diatonic accordion and anglo-concertina duo Spiers & Boden, seen here playing the Cheshire Waltz: It’s highly unusual for such cultural delights to be discussed at Harry’s Gaff, which is normally given over to weighty political matters. […]

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Dansk for begyndere

Here’s a nice little documentary about the state of the Danish language… But this video was made by Norwegians, which means it’s all complete bollocks, as the Noggies haven’t a clue about … well …anything, really (except my friend Trond, who’s now a thoroughly assimilated Canuck). I spent a few years living near Copenhagen, and […]

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Marxism, Flat-Earthism and email of the week

The following letter was published today in the Guardian newspaper: “Keith Flett citing Paul Dacre as the reason why he remains a Marxist is little different to someone justifying membership of the Flat Earth Society on the grounds that it keeps the geometry nice and simple.” The background to this silliness may be found here, […]

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Tabloid editor slams “subsidariat” press shock!

Paul Dacre, editor of that fine upstanding bastion of the free British press, the Daily Wail, made a rare public appearance on Monday night, to deliver the annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture at the London College of Communications. Dacre used the platform to attack what he calls the “subsidariat” – that is, serious, broadsheet newspapers such as […]

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Time for a new calendar?

Very few follow the Christian religion, yet to some degree we all remain tied to its festivals. Is there an alternative? A few weeks ago, Dave Hill gave us an amusing tale of Muslim youths going around the houses in his part of Hackney in East London, engaging in an Islamified form of the extortion […]

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Reclaiming the English tradition

This article is published also on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website and Dave Hill’s Temperana blog. It was Dave Hill who originally commissioned this piece for a series on impressions of England. “What is it to be English? It is a very serious question. The English are somehow embarrassed about some of the good […]

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