Thursday, 26 January 2017

BBQ (January)

Orlando, a person meant to epitomise the English through history, has a deep dislike of tea (Mandarin for Camellia sinensis). Mischievous Virginia Woolf draws our attention to the absurdities nationalism appropriates for its own purposes. Orlando himself becomes herself half way through the novel. Patrick White was drawn to this subject, not tea, gender identity, and I wish he’d written an ‘Orlando’ of his own who has a decided dislike of the BBQ (Arawak via Spanish). Each January Australia (Latin via Matthew Flinders) Day (Anglo-Saxon), Australians of every description show their patriotism by drunkenly cooking meat in the blazing heat.

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