By David Abbott
Darkish Albion: A Requiem for the English is being acclaimed as an underground vintage. In 33 witty essays choked with perception and humour, the writer, a Cockney pensioner, portrays immigration as noticeable and skilled by means of the likes of him. Following an introductory essay, he graphically describes "the coming of the English" in 449, covers the present scenario in all its ramifications, and ends with a beautiful Orwellian essay on England in 2066, throughout the reign of "William the Conquered".
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Suddenly there is a commotion by the Green. Several groups of children going home from school have seen their bus coming and have merged to break into a stampede across the busy Royal Standard junction, ignoring vehicles and causing drivers to brake sharply. The children all come from a local Church of England secondary school, which was founded in 1700. Its website says it ‘values diversity and is sensitive to the range of traditions and cultures represented in the community it serves’. In reality the diversity of the local community is not represented.
The later Norsemen - first the Vikings and then the Vikings’ descendants the Normans - were also of the same stock. The rulers of Normandy were Vikings who had settled on that peninsula. Some Normans still had Scandinavian names at the time of the Conquest. Numerically, the Normans who remained to settle in England after the Battle of Hastings were insignificant. Mercenary units hired out to William by enterprising nobles made up a substantial portion of his invading army, and these soldiers returned home immediately after the battle.
It is typically Anglo-Saxon. There are many such examples of laconic understatement in the poem. A warrior says, ‘Little courtesy was shown me in allowing me to pass beneath the earth-wall’ whereas in fact he had to kill a dragon to get inside. The dragon, fifty feet long and breathing fire, is repeatedly called a worm. ‘This hoard was not less great’ means it was much greater. ’ This means he almost died in a hand-to-hand struggle with a monster. Ironic meiosis and the use of the negative is still used by Cockneys when they say, ‘It ’ern ’alf good’, meaning it is excellent.