>> I think the names Neil has listed answers my point. For example, can anyone
>> on this list supply a comparable amount of as equally famous Celtic writers
>> and artists?
>yes, but then you've probably not heard of half of them ;)
If I haven't, it's probably because I received a 'British'(read English)
education. They weren't 'British-English', so therefore IMO not considered
important enough to be included in the curriculum.
>>Of course not.
>ah, so you're asking rhetorical questions... that's a bad habit
Does the sun revolve around the Earth? Of course not. Bad habit? Depends on
how confident you are of the answer.
>> Why is this? Is it because the English are
>> superior writers and artists than the Celts?
>your logic and the premise behind this argument is flawed :
>many millions of people can 'list' sporty, baby, scary, posh and even
>ginger... but that does not necessarily make them any superior as artists
You're jumping the gun a bit here, but yes, that's my point exactly.
>> Or is it just another
>> illustration of how anything 'other' than English is treated as secondary or
>it is all in the eyes of the beholder, if they want enligsh art or
>culture, who are you or i to deny them the right to make that value judgement
No, we don't have that right. But if we live in the United Kingdom as
equals, this should be reciprocated. As a Cymro you should be aware of how
the 'Barreness', as the 'British' PM, reneged on her promise to establish a
Welsh speaking t.v station when she was elected in '79. If you remember, she
only changed her mind after Gwynfor Evans' threatened that hunger-strike. Do
you think this attitude disappeared over-night? We had to wait until 1979
before we could be informed of, and appreciate, our own culture in the same
mass way as the English had always enjoyed. The Tory's have since indicated
their support of discontinuing/cutting-back this service, citing the high
cost of such a service in proportion to those who us it i.e, support of the
dominant culture(English) using economic-rationalism as the argument. Even
if you doubt any nasty colonial manipulation here, the end result is still
the promotion of English culture at the expense of the minority Celtic
cultures, vis-a-vis the BBC a.k.a the 'British' Broadcasting Centre. Read
the same for "British" universities; "British governments"; "British"
monarchy etc. ad nauseam...
>>How much effort have the English expanded on 'understanding' and
>> promoting the Celtic countries art? etc. etc.
>why on earth should they? and vice versa, of course>
Doesn't that attitude contradict the senitiments you cited below?:
>> it's not an
easy thing to understand another person or another country's culture :
by _attempting to 'get past' (surmount) the "barriers" that are
between us (barriers such as language or history) we enrich ourselves
by nurturing understanding. that's a reasonable enough way to live,
and 'cultural' things (ie. things people have created) is a good
means of learning how other people live and what is of value to them<<
Hwyl -- Mike.