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Absolutely pitiful.

How did the US of A celebrate the Bicentennial? Extensively: "The Bicentennial of the United States of America went on for months and is remembered by people of the time as a major cultural event". I remember it reasonably well, although I was all of nine at the time.

How did the French celebrate the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille? Extensively: "1989 :France celebrates 200th anniversary of French Revolution, notably with a monumental show on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, directed by French designer Jean-Paul Goude. President François Mitterrand hosts world leaders".

And how has the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the United Kingdom been marked? (With thanks to Tony Sharp for pointing out it is the 300th, not the 200th anniversary as I had originally written. Memo to self - festina lente)

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans the Government have for celebrating the Act of Union of 1707.

David Cairns: The Government have supported a number of commemorative events to celebrate the Act of Union of 1707, including:

  • a commemorative two-pound coin;
  • an historical exhibition, “Making the Act of Union 1707”, in the Royal Gallery, House of Lords, which then transferred to the Scottish Parliament.
  • a treaty of union debating competition organised by the English-Speaking Union;
  • an arts outreach project on the theme “Tales of the United Kingdom” organised by The Prince of Wales's Arts & Kids Foundation;
  • a plaque commemorating the Act of Union 1707 in St. Stephen's Hall in the Palace of Westminster; and
  • the naming of a mainline train, “Treaty of Union”.


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Blogger Ed said... 1:37 pm

When I hear the words "outreach project" I reach for my gun.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:43 pm

Shades of the observation that anyone who uses the term 'workshop' other than in connection with light engineering is a [insert coarse epithet of choice].  

Blogger Ed said... 1:57 pm

I'm sure there's a suitable play on the word "Ken".  

Anonymous Ingram said... 2:55 pm

Surprised the Bottler isn't lapping this up in his drive for Britishness, though expenditure on such pomp is clearly at odds with his parsimonious nature and middle / upper class hatred...  

Blogger Tony said... 4:00 pm

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Blogger Tony said... 4:01 pm

I suppose we have never been a very demonstrative bunch as a nation, but surely we could have done better than this?  

Blogger Lord James-River said... 4:51 pm

Wow, Gordon is so excited by it all. by the way, I ask for information, which country is Brown PM of?  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 6:11 pm

Gee, I must've blinked.

Happy anniversary, Britons. God Save the Queen.

(You'd think having the same initials as the ountry he pwns would have spurred the Great Leader to action)  

Anonymous grumpy granny said... 3:55 am

Flash, the "Great Leader" and his cohorts have been spurred to action. For the past 10 years they have been working assiduously on the Act of Disunion, or hadn't you noticed? Not much further to go now, then they can rename that train again.  

Blogger fake consultant said... 2:28 am

in the us we even had a three year celebration of the lewis and clark bicentennial.

the funny thing is, with a bit of spin this could have all been avoided-the upcoming "sporting decade" could have easily been branded as a "decade of national celebration" topped off with "major celebratory events".

it's hard to imagine such an obvious branding opportunity was missed.  

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