I am in a green and pleasant land. I know this because I look around and notice:
— Bottles of Pimm’s stacked 6 feet high in the supermarket.
— A TV game show in Welsh.
— When I open the trunk — er, the boot — of the car, I spot a copy of… “Is that the Sun? THE SUN?”
My son says: “Hey, it’s a forty P newspaper. And look at the headline — Simon Cowell got a bird pregnant. The wife of one of his mates. Where else are we going to learn this stuff?”
— I turn on BBC Radio 4, the highbrow spoken-word channel that features culture, philosophy, political analysis, and book reviews. Immediately I hear: “I think I’ll stick with the sow.”
Yes, it’s The Archers, a “contemporary drama in a rural setting.” In other words: the Beeb’s radio soap opera about farmers.