Friday, June 02, 2006

A Flag From the Hand of the King

My old school is half a century old this year. My son goes there as well. I just got an e-mail from the headmistress with info about the semicentenary celebrations. How do you like this?
On this great occasion the school's festival committee has applied for, and been granted, the honour of receiving a flag from the hand of His Majesty the King during the celebrations of the National Day at Skansen [a museum park displaying early rural architecture]. Our two pupil's council chairpeople N.N. and N.N., together with second-year teacher N.N., will represent Igelboda school at the ceremony on 6 June. We all look forward to this with great joy and pride.
The honour of receiving a flag from the king!? Great joy and pride? I hardly know where to start. As Kevin Barnes put it,
On our trip to England I noticed something obscene
People still actually give a shit about the Queen
Sweden hasn't really had a national day before now, and somebody's trying really hard to drum up popular enthusiasm for it. I wish my kid went to a school that taught him that kings and nations are undemocratic holdovers from an evil past. It's a disgrace that Sweden is still nominally a monarchy. Republic now!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you darn republicans ;)

02 June, 2006 15:20  
Blogger Simon said...

Up the monarchy! (in a painfully violent sense)

02 June, 2006 16:29  
Anonymous Johan said...

I wish my kid went to a school that taught him that kings and nations are undemocratic holdovers from an evil past.



02 June, 2006 16:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I find it hard to get agitated about a completely harmless remnant like monarchy, when democracy is under assault from our duly elected representatives, such as Bodström and his ilk.


05 June, 2006 11:37  
Anonymous von Mugabe said...

Kick back and enjoy the royal splendour bestowed upon your offspring. While no huge fan of monarchy, I do kinda like the King.

Besides, more alarming than Sweden's nominal monarchy are nations such as the U.S. nominally being democratic.

05 June, 2006 21:50  
Blogger Martin said...

I believe that Charles XVI Gustavus and Björn Borg are actually twins, separated at birth, the latter put in a freezer for a decade before being thawed out and taught to play tennis.

05 June, 2006 22:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get real, get a life and worry over something important!

07 June, 2006 00:20  
Blogger Martin said...

Aha, you're suggesting I quit doing archaeology. Yeah, that bears thinking about.

07 June, 2006 07:50  
Anonymous Tobbe said...

"Sweden hasn't really had a national day before now"
Det är, som herr bloggare självklart vet, helt fel, nationaldagen har vi haft, men det har inte varit en röd dag det vill säga helgdag.

22 February, 2007 15:42  

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