Friday, May 06, 2011

Of Angels, Ethnicity, And A City That Is Not Where You Would Imagine.

Marko Attila Hoare is a fellow-traveller, you could say. Of himself, he says: "I have been variously accused of being a neoconservative, Trotskyite and Croat nationalist and a supporter of Islamism and Western imperialism. Depending on how you define these terms, some or all of this may be accurate." Replace Croat nationalist with Zionist warmonger, pikey though I be, and I could make the same claim, and some or all of it, depending on how you define terms, would be just as accurate.

I draw Marko to the attention of the readers of this weblodge because he is way smart, and because reading this delightful and intriguing roundabout of an essay will do you good. That, and because it gives me a good excuse to post this lovely video, which will also do you good, even though it is a mere advertisement. If anyone knows the music, let me know:


Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Rather like the Serbs claiming Kosovo (and Macedonia, aka "South Serbia pre-Tito) for "historic reasons", the Greeks trying to incorporate by force much of Western Anatolia after WW I (they wanted Istanbul, but called Constantinople, too), and the Chinese claims to Tibet and Xinjiang. The list could go on.

At the end of WW II the Slovene claim to Trieste was not valid in ethnic terms.


1:01 PM  
Blogger Martin Robb said...

The music is a choral version of Air's 'Sexy Boy' from the 'Moon Safari' album. The 'Fallen Angels' version can be heard here:

The Lynx ads always raise a laugh in our household as Lynx is rubbish. Maybe this is self-conscious po-mo irony by the ad makers?


1:02 AM  
Blogger bob said...

I heartily second your very nice endorsement of one of my favourite bloggers Terry.

The song is Air's "Sexy Boy", but a cover of it by a band called The Fallen Angels, who as far as I know have done no other song under that name - I think it was done specifically for Lynx.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link and the kind words, Terry. The music is Roger Neill's orchestral version of the Air single 'Sexy Boy':

It is true that the Slovene claim to Trieste at the end of World War II was not valid in ethnic terms, but I am rather sorry that Slovenia did not get the city, as it would have tremendously revitalised both Slovenia and Trieste. As it was, Trieste was cut off from its hinterland and became a backwater, while Slovenia was deprived of its natural major port and of proper access to the Adriatic Sea, creating major Slovene resentment that has recently manifested itself in the Slovenian territorial claim on Croatia.

Marko Attila Hoare

3:02 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Thanks for the sundry illuminations everyone. Long live Slovenia, long live Trieste.

12:23 AM  

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