Monday, July 01, 2013

Political correctness with bells on

Just another Market Harborough street scene, you will say, but there is a point of interest here.

On St George's Day last year I posted a video of Border morris dancers - "from the English-Welsh border: a simpler, looser, more vigorous style" - at Clun and discussed where their traditional blackened faces came from.

Another Border morris side was in town on Saturday and I noticed that its members had got around this ticklish debate by painting their faces blue - think Avatar or a bunch of Smurfs with a love of accordion music.

Political correctness gone mad? No, but it may be political correctness with bells on.

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