In a message dated 16/12/96 17:23:46, you write:
<< The United States was founded by people who left their culture
behind to find a new destiny -- and by those forcibly removed
from their homelands. Essentially, we rejected or were ripped
from our roots. And as society becomes less comfortable, many
Americans find that their "culture" lacks depth and substance.
I made a point (a wee bit tongue in cheek but with a message none-the-less)
concerning this sort of stuff some weeks ago on the list. Expect 3 copies
with paragraphs in random order any day now.
But it was this. I live in a 150 year old house. the youngest in my part of
town. My neighbours keep threatening to build a ridiculous
neo-mock-gothic-Tudor-rustic shed, hut, conservatory or elephant kennel
beside it. Around here they are ripping down fine old cinemas and making
bingo halls; pulling down lovely buildings to make malls. replacing litttle
old pubs with neon light burger 'n' bar places.
The only attempt to keep our culture is the building of 5 Irish theme pubs
with blasted nitro-keg beer and 'quaint plaques about donkey racing on
sundays. In Edinburgh! the heart, lungs, liver and spleen of scotland. I
moved down here because they'd destroyed Aberdeen in the same way when it
became rich with oil.
My rambling point is - a 5000 year old culture is only worthwhile if it's
wanted. A lot of the scots want pizzas, not haggis; Hollywood, not Burns. If
you want to see celtic culture get here soon before we sell it to Texas so
they can make 15 flags over America - Jockoland. Hopefully the tide is
turning - there are more gaellic programmes on television, and Hogmonay
celebrations are at last becoming more important than the tinsel coca-Cola
But why is it that our Celtic friends all over the world are more interested
in keeping Celtic culture alive than the Celtic nation Celts? When did we
lose our sense of pride? That we let the culture slide into a shortbread tin
mentality? the most celtic thing my friends want to be in is a Karaoke
(Japanese for ceilidh I think). Why can't we guard our own culture, so our
stateside and Ozziferous friends will come over and share our pride of the
work of a thousand million people over a thousand hundred years?
Come on Maqui, Martin and the likes. It's up to you when I go.
Iain MacIsh. Chief Scuttler Off to The States as soon As The Opportunity