Saturday, 10 January 2009
True Brit 19
From early childhood family OTW would escape Liverpool in summer to spend time with relatives in Totnes Devon, sometimes living and working on farms. The love of the English countryside was thus instilled in me and is something that I carry with me to this day. As a young teenager I loved to watch on Television a man called Jack Hargreaves or 'mumbling Jack' as we knew him. He seemed to be an ancient character from a far off age but I suppose he only seemed that way to a very young me. His reminisces of a disappearing England and his intriguing quizzes as to the usage of obscure agricultural ephemera held a strange fascination for me and many others. He single handedly for many years held back the tide of urban monoculture from Britain's airwaves as he championed the users of regional accents that even then were dying out at an alarming rate. He has passed on now but for many his legacy...the love for our much derided island culture lives on.