Remember civilisation, where you didn’t marry your cousin(s), where you could work with people with whom you didn’t agree about very much, where meeting someone new was not deadly dull (oh God, X t-shirt/bumper-sticker, so Y cultural beliefs, Z food prohibitions)?
At a school gig yesterday a teacher inquired, with a fanatical gleam in her eye, “But are you English or Austrian?”
No one used to behave like that in Britain, and with the exception, “Well actually I came out of a Cornflakes packet” generally did the trick.
But now -thanks to dear Mr Blair- Scotland is a Nation, and now Boris is SE England’s Chosen One, and Colin Davies is said to be preparing to market himself as the Liverpool Liberator.
It’s all so dreadfully reminiscent of the post-dictatorial Balkanisation (via asymmetric ego-federalism) of Spain, and that’s been a massive success, hasn’t it.
Is there any semantic difference between a by-election and a bye-election? As in: got-by (Dave) vs goodbye (Ed)?
- Alternative etymology of “blah”blah (n.) “idle, meaningless talk,” 1918, probably echoic; the adj. meaning “bland, dull” is from 1919, perhaps infl. by Fr. blasé “bored, indifferent.” The blahs “depression” is first attested 1969.
And here’s another:Blah as an actual word originated in the U.S. as an imitation of the sound of meaningless talk. In 1918 the term
- The 20th century was different
There must still be comperes like that knocking around.
I’ve checked out the literature, and it turns out that the 80s weren’t really that gloomy. Here they’re using the “Old Master dark” mechanical video filter.
Le déluge, après Chuck Berry, with the odd exception: Andy Field‘s great, but I still prefer Dave Bartholomew:
- Eye and Hand of Fatima on gypsy door in Perpignan
Efforts have been made to erase a sticker of a member of the Incredible Hulk clan. Superimposed on the wooden cross of the door, what a formidable Trinity that would have been! (Anglocabrones often say the eye belongs to Providence. Whatever.)
Sometimes the Eye and the Hand are combined in one icon, as in this …
- Brantridge Brantrindge Barntrindge Barntridge: Herbert (Rainford) Towning and the Pujol clan
Four mentions, four spellings in Crónica Global’s piece about a British tub in the Pujol clan’s money laundry. This dyslexia appears sourced from Antonio Fernández’s new book, Pujol & Puig, which mixes the forms “Brantridge” and “Brandtridge”.
CG follows the Spanish practice of assuming that foreigners also have two surnames, and refers to “Herbert Arthur