June 18, 2004


It is actually windy today. A soft, warm Westerly.

And it made me indecently happy. :)

familiar somehow...

In other thoughts: there seems to be a suggestion that the chunk of land you are born on makes a difference to "who you are" and, consequently, where you belong. This suggestion is used to support the notion that New Zealand is an independant culture, and that we don't need to record or try to understand our pre-New Zealand cultures. So no Rennaissance masters in the Te Papa painting collection, and no Saxon coins or chinese cannons either.

I think this is daft. For example, if a Maori person is born in Australia, that doesn't make their New Zealand heritage any the less important to them.

But I've also been thinking that the past umpteen (read I couldn't be bothered researching the actual number but I am confident it is high) kings and queens of Great Britain have been born in England. So, does that mean that the kings and queens of britain are English? (ok, there were the Germans, but they claimed to be properly British when they assumed the crown) And would it make any difference if they were born in Scotland. Or Wales?

The main reason I'm concerned about this is the overwhelming *Englishness* of, well, particularly East Anglia. I can forgive the Anglians (which I always mistake for Anglicans) for feeling English rather than British, but people from Cumbria? Or Yorkshire? I have heard that it is a result of Euro 2004 (big soccer tournament including the best national teams of greater Europe). But surely, the preponderance of English teams indicates a profound lack of realisation that people from England are actually British? I mean, after 300 years, they are still claiming some kind of independance from each other?

All of which makes our sparse 160-odd years of integration and assimilation between Maori and Pakeha seem like a hasty timetable for unification.

Incidently, some people might argue that language makes more of a difference, and that the kings and queens actually became British when they stopped speaking German (or French or whatever had been their fancy). Consequently it is worth noting that the Prince of Wales actually speaks Welsh. I don't know if any of the current royals have been deputised to learn gaelic tho...

Further to the point about sub-nation "national" teams; I have a feeling New Zealand would retain an independant rugby team, even if we joined the Australian Federation. ;)

And I sometimes wish we could see the USA competing as separate states at the olympics and such. I also have a feeling that the Southern States would be quite happy to have a 'national' team at times.

Posted by carla at June 18, 2004 12:26 AM
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