Britpop/Brexit

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Jon Savage raises the interesting idea that the Britpop moment was related causally to this catastrophic Brexit thing we’re needlessly going through.

It did somehow contribute to the re-continuation, re-construction of a type of English identity. The Blair worked for me up until Iraq. Then I voted Green.

Now, any form of sentimental nationalism which I may have once indulged in – like eating nostalgically from an over-rich box of Christmas chocolate liqueurs – just makes me want to VOM.

I tried listening to Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ a few months back & I just could stomach it. UKIP have ruined such previous apparently harmless rural Edwardian fantasies.

Sleaford Mods as Savage points out in his article. Just that.

 

 

 

words in the night

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as i was leaning from my 9th floor balcony taking this picture i was aware of words being said over & over again in the street below

for a while i thought it was a rap or someone performing

but they were getting louder & i realised that the man who was walking below my balcony – i could hardly make out what he was like in the deep twilight, but seemed to be wearing a long coat (the temperature has just dropped dramatically) – was saying over & over again as he walked up the hill

in a rhythm which emphasised each word individually:

‘assume – nothing’

‘assume – nothing’

‘assume – nothing’

as if he was saying the word ‘assume’ individually & the word ‘nothing’ couldn’t be assumed to be following it

as if he was trying to drive the thought into his skull