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Brexit: Selling England by the pound...

SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, THE BREXIT
Clacton on sea is a space at the edge the world that’s really rather ordinary. And then… the north sea, a forest of windmills that seem to come out of the water and whose propellers resemble the arms of giants…  It evokes an English Don Quijote, whose lone protagonist is the one deputy in the United Kingdom Independence Party in all of Great Britain to have fought firmly for Brexit. 
 
The pier, the jetty, sink into the immensity of the cold sea.  There isn’t yet a crowd to go bowling or amuse itself at slot machines.  Clacton isn’t bringing in any more money than it did 20 or 30 years ago.  In the meantime, very inexpensive vacations in the sun in Spain or Greece have attracted the English of modest means.
 
There are a lot of retirees on this jetty, a place for walks.  Families with children also amuse themselves with old fashioned fun.  There are carousels, a whopping eight, and also a trampoline where willing volunteers attach themselves for help in jumping as high as possible.  In the Brexit vote, 65% of the Trending district population voted for « leave ».

Genesis, Selling England by the pound, Virgin records. 1973
dancing with the moonlit knight
Extracts:
Selling England by the pound.
Citizens of Hope & Glory,
Time goes by - it's "the time of your life".
Easy now, sit you down.
Chewing through your Wimpy dreams,
They eat without a sound ;
Digesting England by the pound.

 

 

 

BREXIT.
SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND*
EN VENDANT L'ANGLETERRE A LA LIVRE
Clacton-on-sea est une espèce de bout de monde, comme il y en a tant. Après, c’est la
mer du nord, une forêt d’éoliennes qui semble sortir de l’eau et dont les hélices
ressemblent à ces bras de géants, comme un Don Quichotte à l’anglaise, dont le
protagoniste principal est le seul député UKIP (United Kingdom Independance Party) de
tout le Royaume Uni, et qui a bataillé ferme en faveur du Brexit.
Le Pier, la jetée, s’enfonce aussi dans l’immensité de cette mer froide. Il n’y a pas encore
foule pour aller au bowling ou s’amuser avec les machines à sous. Clacton ne fait plus
recette comme il y a vingt ou trente ans. Entre temps, les séjours au soleil en Espagne ou
en Grèce, très bon marché, ont attiré les anglais modestes.
Il y a beaucoup de retraités sur cette jetée, c’est un lieu de promenade. Des familles aussi
avec des enfants qui s’amusent sous bonne garde. Il y a des manèges, un grand huit et
aussi un trampoline où l’on sangle les petits volontaires que l’on aide à sauter le plus
haut possible.
Lors du vote pour le brexit, 65% de la population du district de Trending a voté pour le
« leave », pour la séparation d’avec l’Union européenne.

* Titre de l’album du groupe Genesis, Selling England by the pound, Virgin records. 1973
paroles de : dancing with the moonlit knight
En dansant avec Le Chevalier éclairé par la lune
Extraits
En vendant l'Angleterre à la livre
Citoyens de L'Espérance et de la Gloire
Le temps passe, c'est "le temps de votre vie "
C'est facile maintenant, assieds-toi
Mastiquant leurs rêves lâches de poule mouillée,
Ils mangent sans dire mot ;
Et digèrent l'Angleterre par la livre

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Departure from Paris, july 2016
M20, Eurotunnel to London. England, july 2016
Clacton on sea. July 2016
Clacton on sea. July 2016
Clacton on sea, England.July 2016
Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
Driving school on the pier. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
The pier. There are a lot of retired people living in Clacton. Housing and rent are cheap. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
The pier. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
Family fun park on the Clacton pier. Goldmine roller coaster. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
On the pier. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
There are a lot of retired people living in Clacton. Housing is cheap. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
A golf course stands between Clacton and Jaywick. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
The suburb town of Jaywick is presented by government figures as the poorest town in the UK. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
In Jaywick, there is a man, Danny Slogett who started the"Jaywick Happy Club", where people meet, sing and exchange about the town and their lives . Clacton on sea, England. July 2016.
Clacton on sea used to be a very popular seaside town. Since cheap flights and cheap hotel in Greece and Spain, fewer people come . Clacton on sea, England. July 2016
Not far from Clacton , there is a very fancy town,Frinton. 65% of the Trending district has voted for the "leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016.
Senoir final, tennis tounament in frinton, a very fancy toxn near Clacton. The Trending district has voted at 65% for the"leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016
Spectators at the senoir final, tennis tounament in frinton, a very fancy toxn near Clacton. The Trending district has voted at 65% for the"leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016
Not far from Clacton , there is a very fancy town,Frinton. 65% of the Trending district has voted for the "leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016.
 Not far from Clacton , there is a very fancy town,Frinton. 65% of the Trending district has voted for the "leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016.
 Not far from Clacton , there is a very fancy town,Frinton. 65% of the Trending district has voted for the "leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016.
 Not far from Clacton , there is a very fancy town,Frinton. 65% of the Trending district has voted for the "leave"the EU. Frinton, England. July 2016.
"Clacton relay for life", an event about cancer. Gathering with survivors to raise awareness and funds to fight Cancer. Music, dance with yougsters for the event. Little Clacton, England. July 2016.
"Clacton relay for life", an event about cancer. Gathering with survivors to raise awareness and funds to fight Cancer. Music, dance with yougsters for the event. Little Clacton, England. July 2016.
Glenis and Roger are both 71. It has been a few years they moved to Jaywick. "There is an amazing help here. We have never seen that elsewhere in England". Jaywick, England. July 2016.
According to the english media, Jaywick is a very dangerous place with a lot of drug addicts, and one of the poorest place in the UK. I found, thanks to the founder of the Jaywick Happy Club, Danny Slogett, very friendly people. Jaywick, England. O7- 2016
According to the english media, Jaywick is a very dangerous place with a lot of drug addicts, and one of the poorest place in the UK. I found, thanks to the founder of the Jaywick Happy Club, Danny Slogett, very friendly people. Jaywick, England. O7- 2016
According to the english media, Jaywick is a very dangerous place with a lot of drug addicts, and one of the poorest place in the UK. I found, thanks to the founder of the Jaywick Happy Club, Danny Slogett, very friendly people. Jaywick, England. O7- 2016
As I was going to the railway station, very early morning, the man  greeted me with a" hello, how are you". I realized after that I saw him the night before at the same place. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016.
Seagulls are pretty friendly, and there are a lot of them standing and flying around. Clacton on sea, England. July 2016.
End of trip. A bus is taking me across London. Bye-Bye England, Bye-Bye E.U. London, England. July 2016.
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