Sunday, November 8, 2015
As always, I'm sorry this isn't commemorated in America. The nearest equivalent here is Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, which lacks the suitable November gloom. November 11th is Veterans' Day, which celebrates all the military, living and dead.
So I was pleasantly surprised, that, among all the (in my view at least) spineless, meandering modern tunes, Eternal Father Strong To Save had found its way onto the hymn list at Venice Cathedral - the Florida one. Most people scarpered before the end, though.
I never thought I'd have a good word for Arsenal but I have to say that the prelude to today's match against Spurs at the Emirates did Britain proud ("They shall not grow old", the Last Post, a wreath-laying and not an audible squeak from either set of fans all through.) More and more Americans apparently now join me in watching Premier League "soccer" on NBC at weekends and I think they would have been impressed. Made me chuffed to be British.