St George’s Day

I’m not sure if it’s still acceptable to wish you a happy St. Georges Day, but as acceptability is a social currency in which I seldom trade I’ll stick my neck out and wish you one all the same.

The erosion of a collective national identity has been well documented of late, so I’ll not ramble on about it here. After all, politics is very much like sex: though the world would be a much better place if everyone did more of it, you really shouldn’t talk about it at the dinner table. If it is of any further interest, two of the books I find best deal with the subject are Jeremy Paxman’s ‘The English’ and Billy Bragg’s ‘The Progressive Patriot’. Both are good, but The Red Wedge’s will make you look slightly less xenophobic when reading it on the tube.

In an attempt to lift the stigma from this day of St George, I thought it might be worth pointing out that as well as being the first to address the very serious problem of Dragon infestation, Georgie Boy is also the recognised Patron Saint of Barcelona, Beirut, Germany, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Malta, and Serbia. Ceasing not in his veneration, he is also the sanctified caretaker of Farmers, Butchers, Archers, Equestrians, Boy Scouts and sufferers of syphilis, strangely enough. All of which leads us to the following conclusions:

Firstly: as well being violently inclusive, The Lad George was a very busy bastard.

Subsequently: People got a lot more done in the days before central heating and Wikipedia.

Loosely tying this rather irrelevant ramble back to music, there’s a song by Flashguns called St George, which is available for your aural delights here

That is all.

Camden Crawl – Billy Bragg

Porter reports from the Camden Crawl. Featuring Billy Bragg with interviews and the tracks New England and Farm Boy

Best Of – Part 1

The first foray into the year that was. Everyones favourite Frank Sidebottom lookalike rounds up 2007′s Reports, starting off at the Camden Crawl. As well as meeting Scroobius Pip vs Dan Le Sac, Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and Blood Red Shoes, he of the threadbare head takes time out to harass the homeless on Camden Lock.

Best Of – Part 6

The final episode of the Best of 2007 features a report from Fashion Fringe, a competition for young designers at London Fashion Week, and the tear jerking blast of cotton coloured memories that is… The Montage!