mr. zilla goes to town

Monday, December 05, 2005

homage to Sutton Courtenay

Recently Ms Z and I caught a bus about 30 minutes to Abingdon, a small satellite townlet outside Oxford. From there we walked off through some country roads...

... across and back across the Thames a couple of times...

...till after a few miles we came to the mist laden and unremarkable village of Sutton Courtenay. Next to a pub called the George and Dragon stands All Saints Church.

Behind the church there is a very humbly marked plot, quite concealed by a rosebush.

It is the final resting place of Eric Arthur Blair, also known as man of the sword and pen, George Orwell.

Although apparently never a man of this particular church -- or indeed any other -- he was still very much a man of England, and let it be known before the TB took him that he wanted to rest in an English country churchyard.

Rest well, Eric. You saw pretty clearly through the fog around you, calling bullshit on the totalitarian apologists of the left perhaps even moreso that the ones on the right, even if only because they were closer to you. I patted the stone, asked his help to go forward with even a tenth of his courage or a hundredth of his voice, and went home through the mist to sensibly re-read Politics and the English Language.

Vale, Eric Arthur Blair.


  • Were you on a mission to find that stone or do you often stumble across the greats while off on jaunts in the countryside?

    I kinda hope its the latter.

    By Blogger Tript, at 12:59 pm  

  • I've been having more and more Animal Farm-type moments in Laos as the months pass. Getting to be about time for me to head on home I'd say.

    By Blogger paul, at 3:29 pm  

  • Lovely pics. Nice and misty.

    By Blogger Emily Flowerz, at 9:31 pm  

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