The Changing Face, Clothes, and Mood of Britain

Three items of news this week. One concerns an interesting census item, one is a fun weather related story, and the other is a cure for depression.

First, the census. Now, I’m sure those clued up people, who frequent the forums and websites where the Islamisation of Europe and the coming Caliphate are discussed, already know this, but the face of Britain is changing. Last year we were told that practising Protestants were no longer the largest religious group in Britain. And now, this week, the latest census data informs us that we have a new second language in England. A language whose usage has increased dramatically in the past decade.

And that language is…

…Polish. It’s all to do with Poland joining the EU which gave its citizens a right of abode (with a few restrictions) in other EU countries. A large number of Poles flocked to Britain. Which, in turn, pushed the attendance of Mass up in Catholic churches and installed Catholicism as the number one religion in Britain (as measured by church attendance).

Lovers of interpolating such figures will no doubt calculate that England will be a majority Polish speaking country in 50 years and that dire measures must be undertaken now to prevent the Polish menace ™ from taking over the world. If not there won’t be a vowel left in the Free World by 2100!

And the whole Scrabble scoring system will have to be overhauled. Oh noes!

Now comes news of a mysterious emergency that closed London Bridge Station this week. Three passengers were suddenly taken ill – feeling ‘unwell, dizzy, and hot.’ They were rushed to hospital and the Health Protection Authority closed the station. Firefighters were sent in to deal with a suspected chemical incident. Then news came back from the hospital. All three passengers had been wearing too many clothes and had ‘overheated.’ A hospital spokesman confirmed that they were dealing with a scarf-related incident. ‘The weather had been cold for days and then it warmed up suddenly. People should check the weather forecast before leaving home. Just because it was cold yesterday doesn’t mean it will be today.’

Finally, a news item to please all book lovers. There’s a cure for depression. And it’s in a book.

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and The Reading Agency announced this week a “Books on Prescription” program which starts in May. “There’s growing evidence that shows that self-help reading can help people with certain mental health issues get better,” Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency, said.

The article is here.

The recommended books could be medical volumes dealing with specific conditions or “mood boosting books” – novels and poetry – from writers including Jo Brand, Bill Bryson and Terry Jones.


French FriedChris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .
An Unsafe Pair of Handsa quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
What Ho, Automaton! – Wodehouse Steampunk. Follow the adventures of Reggie Worcester, consulting detective, and his gentleman’s personal gentle-automaton, Reeves. It’s set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs. Humour, Mystery, Aunts and Zeppelins!
French Fried - the international bestseller – true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth?
Resonance - “This is one of the most original new science fiction books I have ever read. If it is as big a hit as it deserves, it may well be this book which becomes the standard by which SF stories about … are judged.”

Perhaps BVC should offer prescription coupons?


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4 Responses to The Changing Face, Clothes, and Mood of Britain

  1. Brenda says:

    I remember the excitement, when a poll revealed that the favorite British meal was chicken tikka masala.

    • Chris Dolley says:

      Which I think took over from Spag Bol. Chicken tikka masala though is an inspired dish. Whenever I go into an Indian restaurant, I usually spend five minutes deliberating which meal to choose, fighting the urge to go for CTM yet again, and then losing the battle in a Homer Simpson-esque, tongue lolling gurgle.

  2. Cat Kimbriel says:

    I had CTM in a hole-in-the-wall family restaurant in San Francisco, and am forever spoiled. It was as if they’d picked the herbs by the back door. It is indeed an awesome dish!

  3. I have a recipe. It is a cheat, involving a jar of tikka sauce from Trader Joe’s, but it is EXACTLY convincing. You also need a small container of sour cream, which adds what Esther Friesner would call nomulence. Anyway, you get some chicken and broil it, either on a charcoal grill or under the broiler. Marinating it in yogurt and spices beforehand is optional. After it is broiled, store it in a container in the fridge until you are ready to eat. When it is chow time, empty the tikka sauce into a large saucepan. Sauteeing onions/garlic/ginger beforehand is optional. Add the chicken and heat until everything is hot. Add the sour cream and mix thoroughly; either take it off the heat or turn it way down until it is warm through. Serve immediately with rice.

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