>I'm sorry, but I don't see much "boundary" crossing from the people who
>brought us Benny Hill and 'bangers and mash'.
On the other hand, someone who hated laver bread and Tom Jones could say the same thing. I interpret what you have said as essentially "the English don't try and learn about other cultures, just destroy them" - am I right, or is that too simplistic an interpretation?
>If anything the literary tradition from Wales and the other Celtic countries is equal to, if >not superior, to anything that has come from out of England.
What snobbery! (I guess this would come under my thing of 'cultural snobbery', which was used initially in a slightly different context but could be equally applicable here). Sure, Wales has its Eisteddfod and has produced countless bards and lyricists, but England has certainly produced its own literary giants - or are you forgetting a certain Wm Shakespeare Esq? George Eliot? The Sisters Bronte? Thomas Hardy? Blake? Byron? Milton? The quality of their work is second to none. I would not dare say any of the four British nations were superior to the others in 'literariness' (I work for the government, I'm allowed to make up words!).
>But how much of
>this have the English bothered to 'discover' to enrich themselves? If
>anything, the language and literary traditions of the Celtic countries have
>been systematically destroyed by English governmental policies on language.
Quite possibly - but this is no autocratic '1984' state, we plebs can learn for ourselves without worrying about having our books burned by the government or constantly watching out for the Thought Police.