Danny Boyle's Jerusalem
So, what do you think of Danny Boyle's notion of turning the Olympic Stadium into Britain's Green and Pleasant Land for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games (CLICK)? Is it a retreat into the past, because modern Britain is too horrible to stomach? Is it an attempt to create a land fit for Teletubbies? Is it intended to get up the noses of all those religious nutters who have invaded Britain by reasserting Britain's Christian heritage? The famous phrase comes from William Blake's devout poem Jerusalem, which Sir Hubert Parry turned into a stirring anthem in 1916 (CLICK).
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land (CLICK).
And, more importantly, who's going to clear up all the cow shit when the ceremony is over?