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Thread #58909   Message #936118
Posted By: Rara Avis
18-Apr-03 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: UK Government to license Morris Dancing
Subject: RE: UK Government to license Morris Dancing
Mumming, strumming, dancing with sticks, dancing while wearing antlers, colliery bands, music hall, panto. It's all part of your heritage and it is absolutely criminal that your government seems intent on licensing it out of existence. I've been trying to follow these PEL threads but, not being fluent in UK government mean spiritedness, they make my head spin. I adore spending my holidays in the UK and while I enjoy the beauty spots and churches and the like, it is the music and dancing that connects me to my past. There is something supremely satisfying to listen to songs as they've been sung for hundreds of years. Mind you, it's pleasing to hear the same songs updated so they resonate with today's culture but it's that connection back through history that is most meaningful. I don't know what else to say except that these bans reduce the pleasure of the cultural experience and I'm so sorry that it's happening. Good luck with your fight.