The Witenagemot


The Witenagemot was, more properly, the name for the wise men who advised the King from the C7th to C11th.   Though scholars try to dismiss the name as something from the dark ages only, it has come down to today and is largely used by English groups, particularly those seeking an English parliament.

The UK parliament does recognize the idea of an English parliament but consigns it to a historical footnote.   In the second paragraph, it suddenly switches to “British” parliament, as if the two are interchangeable.

Seems to me that something like this, in the consciousness of the English, is as difficult as getting this society to live by the Sermon on the Mount – no premarital, one wife, the extended family.    Both concepts are seen as fusty and irrelevant today, though I’d argue they’re far from irrelevant – it’s just that people can’t see it.…

England’s Day


Kevin Wells reports:

It seems things are improving as Parliament’s website is having an exhibition of art relating to England and St. George:

As of 7.15 a.m., of our online, papers, only The Express and The Week [First Post] are covering the day.

Around my blogroll [about 200 blogs], only The Quiet Man  has covered the day so far, Man in a Shed obliquely.  Not even Calling England has anything.

Gavin Ayling though reports that Reigate High Street is celebrating it with bunting up and down the road.

It may well be that others will put something up later and if so, apologies in advance.   Please inform us so we can cover you here.

On the basis though that this day is a damp squib for the MSM and fellow bloggers of an English connection, then why is that so?    Why does England not feature in the consciousness of the English?…

Lessons for a football manager

Yes I know it’s a bore to most but I really must invoke the Cats again in this take on Moyes’ sacking – forgive me for virtually reprinting it:

1 Coaches clear-out:

David Moyes’s first decision at Old Trafford arguably set in motion the nightmare season he has endured. By sacking Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, he dispensed with respected coaches and replaced them with unproven Everton staff.

First move by Chris Scott at Geelong in late 2010 was to get all the senior players together, commiserate at the loss of best player and coach in the off-season and say he believes they can win the 2011 flag if the senior guys will buy in.   He said he had no plans of any clearout or any big ideas but we was going to tighten the defence [he'd been a triple premiership defender].   As the key influencers were backmen at the time and they liked Chris, the rest just followed.

Life through the eyes of a market player

Jesse, of Cafe Americain, is a difficult money man to pin down politically. His politics of compassion say “left” but his financial activities say “right”. Perhaps he’s just reactive.

One thing he does do is come out with statements which are then borne out, on a variety of topics. Here are three today:


More notable is the interesting delivery month we are seeing, with plenty of warrants for the April contracts changing hands, but little to no gold showing any visible movement in the warehouses.

As you may have read, China has opened Beijing as a third point of imports of gold, in addition to Shanghai and Hong Kong. One might suspect that the numbers so closely watched by some in Hong Kong will continue to become increasingly less relevant to that actual world trade in gold. Much like the Comex.

Big things are happening behind the scenes. But you will see only traces of their footprints in the news of the day.…

The state of IT education

Worth a read:

We live in a time when the entire knowledge of humanity is available at the click of a mouse, when almost every published book of knowledge still worth reading is available for free online or dirt cheap as an e-book. And yet the process most of today’s IT pros use to learn a skill amounts to asking somebody else how to do something.