Pub chain accused of hypocrisy
A PUB chain has been accused of hypocrisy for naming its pub after a Saxon royal whose remains were found nearby, despite funding only a limited search for new treasure.
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#1 Feb 18, 2014
Whether or not the boreholes were sufficient to determine the presence or absence of artifacts, there's something about chain restaurants that get people's backs up. We exist at the cusp of the old weird America (or Britain, or wherever -- except maybe not for the middle east which seems arrested around 1200AD), anyway, the cusp of the old and the internet age, mega-monopolies, pretend democracies, more and more ungovernable and failed states -- it's the dystopian future and it's happening now -- make for tensions both conscious and subconsious. Not that the good old days were so good. ok? I am just making the point that there are still people alive who were born before regular air travel and who recall the hegemony of horses for mobility and hauling. Then there's a much larger cohort who were young and astonished by Sputnik and who shopped at neighborhood mom and pop stores because there weren't any malls. There was a viable downtown. It wasn't that long ago that our world went mega, but when it did, whoa, it went fast. And here we are, as if all of human history had never happened and we have learned nothing except how to live ever more degraded lives. Again, not that the past was any better, but you'd think that since the past is writ large, we'd be able to do a little better. As it stands now, it looks like it's a good idea not to have any more children; they'll be inheriting a baking, polluted cinder. But back to the point: The large restaurant chains (just one example) which are and will be the major employer of us and our children, college degree or not, are a perfect lightning rod for co-opting history and making it kitsch (the"Saxon Prince"). And we all know that. And we resent that these food joints kind of own us, and if it's not the food chains, it's the nursing home chains, or the supermarket chains, or the oil companies, whatever. Employment seems ever more infantilizing -- and I don't mean just the pay -- but the sternness of the bad parent (the sellouts in middle management) who ride herd on the workers ("Oh, the new policy is that we now work on Saturdays."). Again, back to the point: The food company doesn't give a shit about archaeology or the past or anything we might learn from it. Would you, if your mandate was to get this unnecessary restaurant up and running? This rancor we all feel -- because we are cogs and do not wish to be cogs -- will someday, or maybe never, make itself known effectively. If it does, we can celebrate at the fucking "Saxon Prince" and then burn it down to the ground and salt the earth.
#2 Mar 2, 2014
So no one responded to the rambling, interesting post above. Are there no allies out there for this point of view? That cannot be true. There's no reason to overvalue the past, but there's every reason to try to recall, reinvigorate, and restore dignity, common sense, and non-virtual community. It's either that or you'll have a cuddly robot in your lap at the old folks' home making cooing noises when you tell it about your 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, sewing jockstraps for Ralph Lauren for 12 cents per hour. LUXURY!
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