Speakers Push Air


The Evil Of Banality #1
January 3, 2011, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Local Paper Letters

(excuse the poor quality of the pic, the scanner isn’t wired up)

Even by the standards of local papers everywhere, the Northumberland Journal plumbs new depths. I’ve already felt driven by some kind of mania to actually write to the paper twice, rebutting some particularly fuckwitted letters (one about student protestor infiltrators, one about the snow in the valley proving that climate change is bunk). Starved as it is of anything interesting, they’ve printed both letters in full.

I thought it might be interesting / fun / diverting to preserve some of these little gems for posterity, so consider this insane, Blimpish example as the first in an occasional series. It’s a textbook mediocre letter till the final paragraph so stick with it.

It reads:

Spare Us This Display Of Triumphalism

I find it regrettable that England’s cricketers have embraced the professional football habit of celebrating success with a dance.

The sight of this country’s leading batsmen and bowlers pretending to be grass-watering devices after winning the Fourth Test against Australia, and retaining the Ashes, was depressing.

How I miss the days when a handshake and a few words of commiseration with the beaten team were enough for players before they returned to the pavilion to share a couple of beers with their opponents.

Had my generation been so full of celebrating dancers, I dread to think how the war would have ended.

I mean, what the fuck?


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I agree with the letter writer whole heartedly.
“How I miss the days when a handshake and a few words of commiseration with the beaten team were enough for players before they returned to the pavilion to share a couple of beers with their opponents.” – Couldn’t have put it better myself and one of the reasons cricket is better on the radio.

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