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John Lanchester · Brexit Blues · LRB 28 July 2016
"The campaign’s second big lie was that the UK would be able to have access to the single market without accepting the free movement of people from the EU. No country has this arrangement, and there is no reason to think it is possible. If Britain were to secure a deal whereby it had access to the single market and control over EU immigration, it would be the end of the EU – because other countries would leave the EU and demand the same. Leave campaigners don’t seem to understand that Continental elites feel just as strongly about the continued existence of the EU as the Leavers feel about Brexit. For the EU to survive, it will be important for the UK to be seen to pay a high price for leaving. We don’t know what that price is going to be, and I don’t look forward to finding out." Strong stuff from John Lanchester - a delight to read as always - but god, I don't half feel queasy doing so.
lrb  johnlanchester  brexit  politics  economics  britain  oof 
july 2016 by infovore
The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape | Books | The Guardian
"There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject. When I see a moon-bow or a sundog, I usually just say “Wow!” or “Hey!” Sometimes on a mountain, I look out across scree and corrie, srón and lairig – and say nothing at all. But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words."
landscape  writing  language  britain  robertmacfarlane 
march 2015 by infovore
Fool Britannia | Never Knowingly Underwhelmed
"But – and here’s where every single one of these cuts affects us all, even people who live in gated communities and have second homes in the country – I don’t personally want to live in a society where the worst-off are treated with corner-cutting contempt. This is the seventh richest nation in the world. In the world. And yet a report commissioned by the TUC predicted that by 2015, almost 7.1m of the nation’s 13m youngsters will be in “homes with incomes judged to be less than the minimum necessary for a decent standard of living”." The whole piece is very good indeed; Andrew Collins, excellent as ever.
britain  society  andrewcollins  sigh  cuts 
april 2013 by infovore
The night we saw our mad, fantastical dreams come true | Frank Cottrell Boyce | Comment is free | The Observer
"If you're trying to celebrate a nation's identity, you have to take things that are familiar parts of the landscape and make them wonderful. On to the wall went GK Chesteron's great aphorism: "The world shall perish not for lack of wonders, but for lack of wonder."" Lots of good thoughts from Frank Cottrell Boyce here.
olympics  openingceremony  britain  frankcottrellboyce  wonder 
july 2012 by infovore
BBC - Adam Curtis Blog: THE TRAIN OF TERROR
"Here is an extraordinary piece of film. It is a live outside broadcast of a British army simulation of an attack on a train in Britain. It went out at prime time on a BBC programme called Saturday Night Out. And it happened in 1956."
adamcurtis  bbc  documentary  postwar  britain 
april 2010 by infovore
Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Isla Lyddle End 2050
"Isla Lyddle End lies on the far east of the British Archipelago. It is the largest of the eastern islands in what was once the continuous land mass known as Hornbyshire. Isla Lyddle End celebrates the Golden Jubilee of The Grand Iman of Britain HH Patel bin Windsor with a minaret clock tower, constructed of hard-pack, molded synthetic carbon nodules in full compliance with the Rock and Soil Conservation Act of 2038." Julian's Lyddle End 2050 entry is excellent.
design  futurism  culture  prediction  flooding  apocalypse  julianbleecker  lyddleend2050  britain 
january 2009 by infovore

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