Wednesday, November 30, 2005

As St Andrew's Day Dissolves In A Mist Of Woolly Thinking, Cheering News Of The Limits Of English Ingenuity

As the Peebles Times-Picayune launches a thundering campaign to make St Andrew's Day a holiday, and I consider retiring to bed with a copy of Dance and Skylark: Fifty Years With Alistair Sim, I come across an advertisement for a set of four English Heritage mugs in bone china. Now, I can think of several English mugs, but these collectable pieces of crockery (£39.99 for the four, with free tea towel) celebrate the lives of those great Englishmen, Mr Bram Stoker (born Clontarf, Co. Dublin), Mr Jimi Hendrix (of Seattle, Washington), Mr Sigmund Freud (Freiberg, Moravia) and Mr John Lennon (Liverpool).
One out of four isn't bad, though which one of the four that is I wouldn't like to say.

5 comments:

Learson said...

Lennon, who probably identified himself as English, was of undoubted Hibernian provenance and the atavism of the sentimental Irish psyche is revealed in the laughably sententious lyrics of 'Imagine'. The self-hating numbskulls who run English Heritage could, if they wished, find excellent examples of their ethnic group but choose instead to mock and cozen their cognates.

dearieme said...

Oh, I hadn't realised that Sigmund was one of the Moravian Freuds.

Anonymous said...

Not one of the Annan Freuds?

Anonymous said...

Who is Annan Freud? Is she related to Emma?

dearieme said...

You're thinking of the Annan Fruids.