Bought and Sold for English Gold

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A few days ago we looked at Churchill’s England united in its resistance, ultimately victorious, against the Nazi tyranny so aptly portrayed in this remarkable movie “Darkest Hour”. Today we turn our attention north of Hadrian’s Wall to the beautiful, romantic and ancient Kingdom of Scotland, a country that gave birth to its arguably greatest Poet: Robert Burns.


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„Hoch vom Dachstein an, wo der Aar noch haust, bis zum Wendenland am Bett der Sav' und vom Alptal an, das die Mürz durchbraust, bis ins Rebenland im Tal der Drav' .
Dieses schöne Land ist der Steirer Land, ist mein liebes teures Heimatland, dieses schöne Land ist der Steirer Land, ist mein liebes, teures Heimatland!“


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It can’t be a coincidence that in these arduous days of feverish Brexit negotiations a plethora of British patriotic movies has suddenly hit the market. After “Dunkirk” now in short succession the “Darkest Hour”. No, in my opinion it is not a coincidence. “A country that believes to be proud, greater and better than the rest of Europe” (Tom Peck, “The Independent”) needs a reminder of its past heroism in the perceived current struggle to “regain our independence and sovereignty” (Theresa May).