Rose is a rose is a rose
Of course the word ‘historic’ is very much overused, but some weeks do seem to be more significant than others –Â Monday saw the birth of our future King, for example.
And then there are other things which make one think there’s been a fault in the space-time continuum in the last few weeks:
- a British man won the Men’s SIngles Final at Wimbledon
- a British man won the Tour de France – that is, the second British man for the second year in a row
- England are beating theÂ AustraliansÂ in a Test series to retain the Ashes
- we have had four consecutive weeks of proper hot sunny weather, as in the season generally known as summer
The list goes on and it’s all very un-British, actually to be successful at things and to enjoy an actual differentiation between one season and the next. Even my own small efforts are paying off – this week I have run a full 5k, three times, really running the whole way.
There’s definitely something wrong, and clearly we’ve fallen through some cosmic hole into a parallel universe.
The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic games was spectacular, an amazingly well-kept secret, flawless (as far as I could tell) in its execution, creative, quirky, funny, moving, inclusive,Â probably sometimes bemusing to overseas viewers.Â I was absorbed by every minute of it and I heartily agreed with Danny Boyle’s choice ofÂ things to love and admire about this country.
But I realised I couldn’t concur with those who said it made them ‘proud to be British’.Â It’s just not a sensation I recognise because although I have lived here since I was 18 months old, I was born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and a British father who had lived in Montreal for nearly 20 years.Â And after all this time, despite having been educated, worked, married, and brought up a family here, I don’t feel as though I ‘come’ from this country, and I still see myself as an outsider.
It turns out that when the chips are down and a competitor is wearing that red and white flag with its bold and beautiful maple leaf, it’s Canada that I want to win.