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Monday, 28 August 2006
Betjeman Centenary
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The fine conservative English poet John Betjeman was born 100 years ago today. That's "conservative" as in "nostalgic Tory." Energetic, intellectual, forward-looking conservatives of the American type — like, for example, us bustling go-getters here at New English Review— would probably consider him a hopeless reactionary. He loved the Monarchy, old churches, and steam trains; he hated air-conditioning (which, in England, you can afford to do). He hardly seems to have noticed the U.S.A. I'll have a piece up in a day or two.

For a taste of Betjeman, try "The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel."

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Posted on 08/28/2006 10:38 AM by John Derbyshire
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28 Aug 2006
Send an emailMary Jackson
I'm a great fan of Betjeman, but I'm not what you'd call a "bustling go-getter", never having knowingly bustled in my life.