To the extent I've any nationalist sentiment, I try to direct it toward the country my forebears adopted in stages over the course of the 19th Century, to the extent that doesn't conflict with fundamental human and pacifist impulses. While I've no sympathy for love it or leave it, I'd rather be here, all told, than elsewhere, particularly if elsewhere is a place of crushing poverty or periodic wars against the Rus, the Tatars, or the (shudder) Gauls.
But I'm fond of the places from which my people came (England excepted--our favorite family toast on the paternal side is "Up the Queen"), and Wales is no exception. Given my dualism about nationalism, imagine my delight when I encountered this little number about the Wales national football team, which apparently doesn't know its own national anthem.
"We have been given the Welsh version and the phonetic version. The lady who is singing the national anthem this Saturday gave us a lesson. We all had to get up and sing it on Sunday night."Funny bits abound. For instance, "the lady" in question is Miss Wales. Who's singing the national anthem at Wales' upcoming match against England.
An English-born Welsh team player whose name probably doesn't matter
I can tell you that the English anthem is easy--we stole it and called it My Country 'Tis of Thee, and good on us. Germany's anthem is officially called Song of the Germans, but any fool knows it is, as it has always been, Deutschland Uber Alles. I've no idea what Scotland's national anthem is, but I'm pretty sure it tracks closely with my present masthead (yeah, I know, you didn't notice).
So I've some empathy for these English-born gits who don't know the anthem of the country they've flocked to, by birthright, for soccer succor because they couldn't make the English team. Welsh is, after all, a funny language, the most dominant letters being "l" and "y", each of them often doubled. I've got family who are sorta into the Welsh thing, and I've no clue how to pronounce "Gwegllyyllanfairgyygwychll," although from the available clues it appears that it might sound something like "Up the Queen."
Yes, I've decided to post more often, even when I don't really have something to say. Love it or...well, don't.