Monday, March 1, 2010

Head Candy-And into the sea goes pretty England and me

I'm growing weary of America daily-the political and cultural intransigence, the dumbing down and elevation of ordinariness, the raging passive aggression of everything-and its not that the US is unique in any of this, lord knows England is no sepia tinted Merchant Ivory ideal of afternoon tea and fancies either, it just feels at times like having your head encased in concrete.
I really had no concept of what it meant to be passive aggressive before I moved here, and I need to stop reading shit on the internet,blinkered vitriolic opinion-and I realise the irony of me stating as much, but its toxic, and does little for my misanthropy.
I hunger for our return to England shores again in April.

Heres a Blur with 'this is a low' from an album that makes me think of drinking hot tea in London cafes in the rain.


  1. Having lived in England for 4 years I feel I can relate. But at least you aren't living in rural Georgia!! Things could always be worse.

    I do miss England terribly. The US can be a very embarrassing country to live in.

    Painting looks great btw. :)

  2. Which part of England and which year? Having not really ventured beyond CA these last five years, Georgia sounds like a new country right now.

    I do love the US, it just seems so troubled and angry at the moment.

  3. I lived 2 years in London (Kensington Olympia) and 2 years in Dorset (Poole area) from 2004 - 2008. Living in the US is all about where you live. Right now is a bad time everywhere. It hasn't been this bad in a very long time.

    Georgia, except for a few pockets (like Athens, near to where I am), is still very backwoods. Very conservative, Baptist, and uneducated. I'm originally from Maryland, near Washington D.C. which is another world compared to here. Living in the country is beautiful though and Athens; which is about 5 miles from here is a more diverse, liberal college town with a thriving Arts community.

  4. I miss London terribly, and Dorset is beautiful.
    Its tough all over, and probably no different in the UK as far as the recession is concerned, but there is a sensibility about England that differs dramatically. I can't imagine such complacency if a politician tried to bar an extension to welfare benefits-there'd be something eclipsing the poll tax riots of the 80's.

    Country living sounds idyllic right now, certainly anywhere with a 'thriving' artist community.