October 17th, 2007


"Roots" - Show of Hands

Wow. I heard this song on the radio today and it actually made me cry! It expresses something I’ve been struggling to articulate, or even understand, for a long, long time.

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As a child I was told off for calling myself English instead of British. And now, while it’s rightly cool to celebrate Welsh, Irish and Scottish culture, the English identity has been reduced to Morris Dancing and skin heads and we’re all driven toward a kind of mid-Atlantic nothingness. As the song says, it really does feel like “We’ve lost more than we’ll ever know.” Maybe it’s time we try to reclaim it…

Viva la Revolution! (As the French say!;) )
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