Ett par notiser ur den brittiska pressen, denna sista afton utan svenska tecken:
At last: 341 years after Charles II named John Dryden the first poet laureate, a woman has been appointed to the most prominent literary position in Britain.
Today, at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands library, Carol Ann Duffy, was anointed poet laureate by Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport.
”It is a great day for women writers,” said Duffy, who described the laureateship as ”tending the flame” of poetry. ”It highlights the way that women writers have changed the landscape of literature in this country … though I think guys will be pleased as well.”
Jo, att vara Poet Laureate betyder verkligen mycket i Storbritannien. Hovpoeter har alltid funnits men denna titel betyder inte att man absolut ska vara tvungen att skriva hyllningspoem till kungliga evenemang. Man har full frihet i sitt poetiska kall och som en markering av friheten och inspirationen utrustas den nykorade innehavaren med 600 flaskor sherry. En bra start i ett nytt liv i offentlighetens ljus.
Asked if she would write a poem to celebrate Prince Philip’s birthday on 10 June, she said, ”It has never occurred to me to write a birthday poem; but perhaps I could.” In an article for today’s Guardian Review, Duffy said that she regarded the post as ”a spotlight on the vocation of poetry,” and said she felt privileged to be ”part of a generation of poets in Britain who serve the vocation of poetry, writers who … regard poetry as the place in language where everything that can be praised is praised, and where what needs to be called into question is so.”
Solen sken under eftermiddagens vandring genom St James’s Park intill Buckingham Palace. Samtidigt informerade The Guardian om en incident vid ett av de andra kungliga slotten. Ett ungt par var tydligen sysselsatt med relationsuppbyggande aktiviteter inom en icke respektfull distans till Windsor Castle:
Ignoring signs asking visitors to Please Keep Off The Grass, the man and woman, said to be in their early 30, selected a spot near the castle’s Garter Tower and stripped off in full view of hotels, pubs and shops.
An employee at the Harte and Garter Hotel, which overlooks the castle, said guests went out to observe the scene and could not believe their eyes. The woman, who asked not to be named, said: ”People were shouting things like ‘what are you doing?’ but the couple didn’t seem to care at all. It was going on for about 10 or 15 minutes, which is quite a long time, considering the location.”
Another witness, Mark Robinson, 44, said the couple carried on until police intervened. He said: ”The officers told them to stop and the sight of the uniforms seemed to snap them out of it. They were unsteady on their feet and the guy pulled his trousers up and helped the girl put hers back on.
”The Japanese tourists were comparing their videos.”
Detta som ett kort sammandrag av livet i England just nu. I morgon lyfter planet mot Arlanda. We’ll keep in touch.