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If you're respectably at work or somewhere today rather than able to watch the TV at lunch like me, you may not be aware that a minor hoo-hah is afoot about England's anthem at the Commonwealth Games.

At previous such events, when an English competitor / team won gold, the medal ceremony was soundtracked by 'Land of Hope and Glory'. This time round though there was a public poll which prompted a change to use 'Jerusalem' instead.

Now it's actually happening though, people are complaining that they don't know the words and that it goes on too long.

I don't know about you, but I missed the poll at the time, so here I will in part recreate it and also add some extras.

[Poll #1627902]

I personally favour Jerusalem, because I think William Blake's poetry rather more inspiring than the bombastic hackwork that AC Benson churned out for Land of Hope and Glory. For one thing, the line about "Wider and still wider / Shall thy bounds be set" seems singularly inappropriate for a Commonwealth event involving countries who owe their existence to the belated retrenchment of those bounds. Also, it seems to me that piously hoping that God will make the nation mightier runs a poor second to strapping on one's bow of burning gold and setting out to achieve a better England directly by human effort.

(And LoHaG is the anthem of the Conservative Party, while Jerusalem was the anthem of the women's suffrage movement. There you go.)

I wonder though why 'I Vow to Thee, My Country' wasn't offered as an option? Maybe too slow…
undyingking: (Default)
If you're respectably at work or somewhere today rather than able to watch the TV at lunch like me, you may not be aware that a minor hoo-hah is afoot about England's anthem at the Commonwealth Games.

At previous such events, when an English competitor / team won gold, the medal ceremony was soundtracked by 'Land of Hope and Glory'. This time round though there was a public poll which prompted a change to use 'Jerusalem' instead.

Now it's actually happening though, people are complaining that they don't know the words and that it goes on too long.

I don't know about you, but I missed the poll at the time, so here I will in part recreate it and also add some extras.

[Poll #1627902]

I personally favour Jerusalem, because I think William Blake's poetry rather more inspiring than the bombastic hackwork that AC Benson churned out for Land of Hope and Glory. For one thing, the line about "Wider and still wider / Shall thy bounds be set" seems singularly inappropriate for a Commonwealth event involving countries who owe their existence to the belated retrenchment of those bounds. Also, it seems to me that piously hoping that God will make the nation mightier runs a poor second to strapping on one's bow of burning gold and setting out to achieve a better England directly by human effort.

(And LoHaG is the anthem of the Conservative Party, while Jerusalem was the anthem of the women's suffrage movement. There you go.)

I wonder though why 'I Vow to Thee, My Country' wasn't offered as an option? Maybe too slow…
undyingking: (Default)
Do you find chess a little staid? Do you find boxing somewhat brutish? Then clearly what you need is chessboxing, in which contestants altenate 4-minute rounds of chess with 2-minute boxing rounds.
The contest is decided by: checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round). If the chess game ends in a stalement, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins.
"Pin my bishop, would you? Take that!" *kapow*

It actually sounds like it might be quite appealing as a spectacle, even if you're not fond of either component alone. Would Kramnik have beaten Kasparov if fisticuffs had been involved? I reckon Garry could be quite handy in a punchup. And what about Deep Blue? -- I guess it would have to be accompanied by a boxing robot.

[Poll #1039461]
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Amusing moment just now on BBC News 24.

Understandable confusion... maybe )
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Nothing too desperately exciting, but this is no bad thing.

House viewing )

London pubbing )

Garden clearing )

Cricket watching )
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... Anderson or Collingwood? Bet now!

(I would go with Collingwood, I must say.)

Forecasts!

Aug. 10th, 2005 10:12 am
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OK, I know many of you aren't interested in football...

In which case, ignore this )

Edit: oops! -- font tag fixed
Edit: and now done with a span. Less HTML critiquing, more football predicting!

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