An England of Longing and Nostalgia

cathannabel:

A beautiful piece from Diane Magras for Remembrance Day on Englishness and Anglophilia

Originally posted on The Hour of Mask and Mime:

A Twitter friend (@idlehistorian) who is a fellow Anglophile remarked in a blog post some months ago on “the Englishness of longing and nostalgia.” Consider John Major’s famous description, also from her post: “a country of long shadows on county cricket grounds, warm beer, green suburbs, dog lovers, and old maids cycling to holy communion through the morning mist.”

The view from Hill Top Farm in Walden Dale, a scene of classic England. © Copyright Roger Gilbertson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

These are a few of the basic tenements of Anglophilia, and more in the world are aware of their own tendencies, perhaps latent, given the Olympics and Paralympics in London this summer. My own Anglophilia developed at a young age as I practiced the art of an English tea on a card table in my bedroom with bags of Twinings and Scottish…

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