Thank you, Craig. Beautifully but sadly put.
Read. Signed. Sent.
I'll be there.
I told my daughter that I was going to protest, and what it was about.
Her only question was 'Will you get arrested?" to which I replied, "I hope not."
On the other hand there are alternate options for national anthems
Mungo MacCallum wrote a nice little essay about the furore Australia went through in 1975 when it adopted Advance Australia Fair
One of the problems from aspiring writers back in 1975 was that there are so few rhymes to 'Australia'; the only obvious one is 'failure', which is clearly inappropriate. But this is a cop-out as the following modest effort shows:
We'll not derail ya
As long as there's azalea to espalier.
So inter alia
Unveil yer dahlia
All hail yer gay regalia our Australia
(p226, The Best Australian Essays 2001)
Catchy, patriotic, politically correct and environmentally sound. What more could you want?
What happened to textes?
I think the word of the year is 'Sorry" - with a silent 'not' in front of it.
I'd take a lawnmower to that apostrophe, I reckon.
...a few years later?
[From the Herald:] A TVNZ spokeswoman, Andi Brotherston... said the creative unit at TVNZ chose Mr English partly because of the pun on his name in the series’ title “Plain English”.
Ah, the pun. The first refuge of the junior advertising copywriter.
If you're going to use a pun it's much better if it's a current pun.
I was cautiously inching my way towards the thesis that perhaps in New Zealand it's a product of the drinking culture but, yes, I think that's something destined for the rubbish bin.