When my pal Parizeau called Canada not a real country I had no sympathy...but he missed that one point on which we might have had shared ground - a lack of decent cheese rolling opportunities. The caption for the above from the BBC "In Pictures" site today was this:
This competitor is one of dozens taking part in the annual cheese-rolling competition at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth in Gloucestershire, England.Cheese rolls fall into that class of bonfiring and proto-soccer when the whole town fights against the other for one goal. Communal celebration. With cheese. In a real country I would be able to call out the Flea and his minions for a cheese roll to settle all scores, a year's worth of grudges. Then off the to pub. Harper wants to give powers to the Senate? Cheese roll. I am not sure whether the rotund young Tory would have an advantage or not in the situation. But at least the moment would be decisive and cathartic.