Wednesday, July 09, 2008

"There were wonderful giants of old"

After nearly fifteen years, and thanks to these people (why not donate ?) and the thousands who have already donated, the Avro Vulcan flies again. It was greeted by 125,000 people at RAF Waddington last Saturday, and will inshallah be at Fairford near Cirencester this weekend (under-16s are free, massive show with loads to see and do, grand day out if you like big boys toys).




Yesterday a whole host of RAF jets were flying in formation towards Fairford, preparing for the Queen's display on Friday to mark the 90th aniversary of the RAF. You'd think for a short while even Philip Booth might consider paying his respects to the successors of the people who saved us in 1940. I agree with him about many things - we both wish to save the beautiful Severn estuary and its magnificent Bore from destruction by barrage, and we both like the Purton hulks. But while I agree that chucking huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, as so many Guardianistas do (we've had two flying holidays in 18 years) is in general a bad thing, there must be some beauty and grace in the world. And if that beauty and grace is also awesome, so be it.

There were wonderful giants of old you know,
There were wonderful giants of old
They grew more mightily, all of a row,
than ever was heard or told
All of them stood their six feet four,
And they threw to a hundred yards or more,
And never were lame or stiff or sore,
And we, compared to the days of yore, are cast in a pygmy mould
For all of we, whoever we be, come short of the giants of old, you see.
For all of we, whoever we be, come short of the giants of old.

5 comments:

teacher.paris said...

Wonderful blog!
Considering the state of modern Britain, what was it the heroes of 1940 saved you from?
As a noted historian was widely condemned for observing, had the brave lads at Normandy seen into Britain's future they would have turned around.

staybryte said...

Laban,

I linked to your 'Great Garotting panic of 1862' piece on a CiF thread re knife crime yesterday. Hope you don't mind.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/10/knifecrime.ukcrime1?showallcomments=true

Anonymous said...

Its a shame you switched comments off Laban, that latest post about the Socialist Sunday Schools commandments is interesting, I have never liked modern socialists much but there is a lot I could agree with from times gone by.
The only one I don't like is number 10, its that one worlder stance that has caused so many problems imo.

8 and 9 need to be reminded to modern socialists as well!

Laban said...

You're right about the one-world bit, but the general attitude is pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Infact I think 9 and 10 are in conflict with each other.
Those who support #10 don't like patriots cause it gets in the way of their vision. Those who support the love of their country as in #9 are not gonna support a global community diluting the value of sovereignty as in #10