Posts from 1st September 2005

Sep 05

Tom Brown’s Rugbydays (underage drinking ahoy!)

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The football match in Tom Brown’s Schooldays, slightly annoted by Wes Clark, but not in a useful way. Unfortuantely I cannot really pick out much in the way of fair play, or indeed rules in this game.

What is potentailly more important is the afternath of said game where the kids all went off for a slap up meal, sang heartily and did a serious amount of underage drinking. Something which JK Rowling is well aware is a key point of all public school sagas.


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Wherein your intrepid bar-room philosophers wondered if the acceptance of the Welfare State, and the success of a slightly softer socialism that ver hardkore Bolshevik Leninism in the UK was all really due to Tom Brown’s Schoolday’s. In as much as the British (some say English – the Scot’s would probably say English) conception of “fair play” allows for a base line fairness within the codified game (not that any of the game is TBS are codified, or indeed make much sense on the page). In a similar way the British constitution is not codified, and therefore the parameters with which “fairness” would be applied is unclear, nevertheless the proletariat (lumpen or not) also got to understand fairness not as a conception of redistribution of wealth, and as an antagonistical way of attacking the ruling class but as a (usefully undefined) national characteristic.

It all made sense in the pub, with Thomas Hughes being Britain’s Marx (except of course Marx was Britain’s Marx which is why he has left his real actual marks on the tables in the Reading Room of the British Library which is no longer in the British Library. Marx Woz ‘Ere, it says, which has been wittily amended to “Marks Are Here”.

“Common sense science will only get humanity so far”

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This month, Blog 7 is the BLOG OF THE STRANGE. We will present the Top 23 Strange Phenomena (to be decided on Friday), discourse upon HAUNTED PUBS and relate the myriad of ODD THINGS which have happened to us, or to people we know. Also Pete will make some stuff up.

Though he’d be hard pressed to make up anything as good as Who Built The Moon?, a new book by two parahistorical scamsters. In a twist eerily reminiscent of an issue of Grant Morrison’s Seaguy it turns out that the moon was BUILT! By ALIUMS who turn out not to be from space but from OUR FUTURE and are US!!! (Also apparently the moon is ruled by Hitler’s brain in the body of a cat.) At first it seems far-fetched, says one reader review, but soon the “undeniable evidence” mounts up.