Sunday, 30 January 2011

Burebista - Communists lost the cold war but won the educational systems in Western Europe

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Every Romanian, however uneducated, knows who Burebista was but many English never heard of Hengist and Horsa.I said this to an intelligent English friend of mine, a partner at KPMG, and he had not either! And nor had a retired English schoolmistress. I knew about them aged 4 from a late Victorian book about the Kings and Queens of England that was exactly what 1066 and All That was sending up very accurately.


‎"Memorable among the Saxon warriors were Hengist and his wife (? or horse), Horsa. Hengist made himself King in the South. Thus Hengist was the first English King and his wife (or horse), Horsa, the first English Queen (or horse)." 


Someone asked Churchill how to make English children patriotic. He answered: 
Tell them Wolfe took Quebec. 
Few know who Wolfe was and those who do often think he was an imperialist warmonger. The communists lost the cold war but won the educational systems in Western Europe and North America.




Footnote: I can't resist another Sellars and Yeatman quotation:




In the beginning the Scots lived in Ireland and the Irish lived in Scotland but after a while they swapped over because they found it too confusing.

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