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England is a changing country
Not the place I left  thirty five years ago.
Oh yes, they still have Ann Hathaway’s Cottage,  
And  Buckingham Palace, and even fish-and-chips.
But it’s all dressed up in theme-park clothes, 
And staffed by people speaking only  Serbian,
Or Bengali, who don’t know what or where  Big Ben is.
And don’t care what Big Ben is.    Or where.
The language is almost pure American as spoken 
By  Schwartzenegger  or  Ice  Cube.
The English see  themselves as performing on 
An imagined tv show for the benefit of paying tourists.

When I lived there  English people knew what they stood for,
And today they  will stand for anything.  You could be standing
In Melbourne,  or Akron,  or  London
The music, food, manners, hopes, beliefs are all the same.

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  1. Date: 1/13/2011 4:03:00 AM
    Sydney, I think this could apply to almost any country in the world today. I am Irish but we live in a diverse world today, our world is smaller as we sit behind our computers with you, my virtual friend. We can be anywhere in a click of the fingers and our countries are awash with foreigners but it all adds to the flavour of life. I know who I am, that's all that is important to me.

  1. Date: 1/12/2011 8:13:00 PM
    Syd; I have never had the privilage of visiting. The world is a palete that has so many colors stirred so many times that all that is left is gray. Hmm, might be a poem in that! Enjoyed your poem!

  1. Date: 1/12/2011 1:39:00 PM
    I'd laugh BUT I don't think all this cultural dillution IS funny?? WHY does the world think the American tourist want EVERYTHING to look like a version of Disneyland??? PS Arnold & Cube speak 2 completely different dialect of American ;) [Because you are already a "foreigner ;)" you are giving us a foreign perspective JUST give me what YOU consider your BEST write!] Light & Love Syd