Saturday, 12 May 2012
Getting Our British On...
Here's another layout from last week's crop. 'Crop', by the way, is the name given to the meeting of crafters in a hall for the purpose of scrapbooking. Or paper crafting. Because scrapbooking often used to involve the 'cropping' of photos to fit page or to remove unseemly bits, so the crafters became croppers...and the meeting became a Crop. I believe. Anyway, I decided to let the paper do the talking and not over do anything. I know! I like this executive decision because it means the whole LO took about 10 minutes and for once, knowing when to stop wasn't in question.
Here in the United Kingdom, we've really dumped the 'quiet reserve' and are going all out with our national pride. Well, the manufacturers and retailers are anyway. Never seen so many products carrying the Union flag. I'm loving it! We have Englebert Humperdinck doing Eurovision, a long weekend to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and then the Olympics. I think it's difficult to avoid two of the three (!). I find a lot of cynicism about some of this when I'm out and about - the Olympic Flame is passing through our village in July. When I express excitement, others are quick to remind me that it will be in the back of a van for security and will involve a road closure and blah. My response is the same each time. So what? The event is being brought to us, make the most...it won't happen again, particularly if we all moan about it before it's even happened! And if it's an opportunity to stand up, wave a flag and be counted a Brit, I'm in. I think, on the whole, I'm patriotic. I think I'm realistic about it. I wouldn't dream of arguing over anyone's patriotism. But..probably could argue a storm about nationalism. Mr Dunnit says it's all about recognising a scrapbook opportunity. Can't argue with that.