Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Call me a europhile, but…

Update: Note to self – don’t blog drunk…

Listening to the first night of the Proms, as I just have been, I can’t help but struggle to think of a single non-European civilisation that has come up with anything to rival the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony for sheer glorious beauty. Yes, massively eurocentric, and yes, potentially culturally elitist. But that doesn’t stop my entirely subjective judgement from having some merit, surely?

(Of course, the fourth movement of the Beethoven’s ninth is largely known as the Ode to Joy, and that’s the official anthem of the European Union – but that’s not why I like it. In fact, the bastardisation that is the EU anthem is, I’d say, pretty much sacrilege – much like shortened versions of Shakespeare, Reader’s Digest editions, the modern English “translations” of Chaucer, and the Christopher Reeve-starring remake of Rear Window. Best ignored in the hope that it does away and never. comes. back.)

Oh, and yes, I will return to proper politics at some point, honest…


  1. Not to be all yankophilic, but we have always rather been fans of Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man – in a rather surprising moment that we feel is probably somewhat like what an Estonian MEP experiences when he has to find a translator to help him communicate with a Portuguese companion, we have been digging, but cannot find it online. Tant pis, but we will send over a link once we do.

    We are keeping the blog alive! please continue to come by….

  2. isn’t the point os subjective judgements that they can’t have any merit, because they will always have as much merit as any other judgement?