Divide and conquer? No way, let’s stick together
MR F and I have just about dried off after yet another wet Bank Holiday Monday. Is this rain following us around? The mud on our boots this time is from Shrewsbury Folk Festival, where we spent four days seeing headline bands like Bellowhead and The Full English, the latter nothing to do with bacon and eggs.
Actually, the food was mainly veggie, which was fine by me, as I gave up meat decades ago; but Mr F was not impressed when I presented him with a pallid, vegan hot dog.
A Welsh contingent of dancers started their act by welcoming us to ‘their country’ even though it is now in England; a stroppy reference to the land from Halesowen to Aberystwyth which used to be part of Wales.
Later, Scottish singer Karine Polwart’s promotion of Scottish Independence was met with (mostly) stony silence in the main tent.
This is divisory stuff and is not helped by the lack of fire in the Better Together camp, which should be emphasising our shared kinship rather than what divides us.
Once, travelling on a packed train from Holyhead to Llandudno, I got chatting to two men and discovered we were from three different countries. “Oh,” said one, “an Irishman, a Welshman and an Englishwoman? There’s got to be a joke there somewhere.”
While respecting the various cultural identities that make up the UK, we really do need to keep our sense of humour. More importantly, at such a precarious time in history, we need to continue to nurture and protect our small island – together.
This year’s Beck Theatre Summer Youth Project, Grease, was a fabulous show: energetic, polished and professional. Well done to all involved, especially Hannah Marram as Sandy and Jonathan Carlton as Danny.
Talking of Grease, there’s a reunion for anyone who worked for West Drayton company Power Plant Gears, which closed in 1984. Former employees, their families and anyone who played sport there, are welcome on September 27 at the Conservative Club in Uxbridge. Contact Desmond Webb on email@example.com.