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... and I thought I'd do a poetry round for my "back to school" section. And I found this:
The British, by Benjamin Zephaniah

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.
... which cheered me up enormously after several of my favourites had made me cry.

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Date: Sunday, March 4th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
gominokouhai: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gominokouhai
Silurians? YesyesyesIknow.

Date: Monday, March 5th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
He forgot the Huguenots!

Thanks for sharing this, I'd never heard of it before. :)

Date: Monday, March 5th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
How cool! I think they are a fantastic example of immigrants who came in large numbers (especially when you consider the population of the Isles at the time, roughly 5 million?), were allowed to stay but were given a rough time in an age where natural disaster and economic strife was almost always their fault. But now they're as British as Rosbif. Not to mention the Scots & Bedfordshire Italians who followed after them. The rest of us just need a bit more time to integrate as well.

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