Now, this is jumping the gun, and a wee bit random, but what are you going to say about pillboxes:http://en.wikipedia....of_World_War_II
Now, I can completely understand if you're wondering just what the hell I'm asking about and why the hell I'm asking about it. There is, however, a reason.
We're a very small island, but we are simply crammed with stuff
. This stuff, which litters the countryside and towns and cities, is a very, very subtle part of our national identity. I'm sure that not every Brit on YSDC played in pillboxes as a kid like I did, but I bet you they messed around in other places that were peculiar to the British landscape, rural or urban. Many of us will have travelled from small red brick Victorian railways stations and some of us will have played in the 70s and 80s on the disused tracks of lines that were closed by Dr. Beeching in the 60s.
I bet a few good quid that others here can point to similar things and memories of things that underpin their understanding and sense of what it is to be British and in Britain. These things are far more subtle than punk or castles or Monty Python. They're things that even we don't immediately think about, and even when we do think about them, we don't think about the same things
want a sourcebook that thinks about these things. Campbell has to be at the heart of this particular project, but he and his creations need to be surrounded by British things that are simultaneously trivial and vital.
Sincere apologies if that sounds patronising and condescending when directed at experienced, professional writers, but this is a book that I've wanted to see for a long, long time and I so want it to have the sense of place and possibility that inspires and excites me when I look around the place I live in.