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From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king J. R. R. Tolkien

calamity "I feel in regard to this aged England, that she see a little better on a cloudy day and that, in a storm of battle and calamity, she has a secret vigour and a pulse like a cannon" - Ralph Waldow Emersom


“If you draw a line from the Kinks in the sixties, through the Jam and the Smiths, to Blur in the Nineties, it would define this thing called Englishness as well as anything." - Damon Albarn

But its a brutal

“I fall in love with Britian everyday, , with bridges, bushes, blue skyies... But its a brutal world, man� - Pete Doherty

violence of theenemy

“destroyed by the violence of the enemy, we have now to consider whether we should build it up again, We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us� - Winston Churchill

they are


“The people of England are never as happy as when you tell them they are ruined� - Arthur Murray

necklace of corpses

“A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.� - George Orwell

teaching nations HOW TO LIVE "Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live" - John Hilton

national ambition

“This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of peoples and of causes.’ - Winston Churchill

the yoke of tyrannyy “To all the revolutionaries fighting to throw off the yoke of tyranny around the world: look at British democracy. Is that what you want?� - Andy Zaltman

dirty work

The national anthem belongs to the eighteenth century. In it you find us ordering God about to do our political dirty work’� - George Bernard Shaw


"He that wishes to see his country robbed of its rights can not be a patriot" - Samuel Johnson

VISIT the past “Discover how to visit the past and bring iyesterdays stories into our lives� - Gillian Hovell

Act Up  

A photo-essay exploring an alternative look at Britain.

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