Music Every year I say the same thing. 'God, it's the Last Night of the Proms already'. Once the Summer is over, there is a timetable to Christmas and this is always at the beginning. Things will be different this year as the usual pomp and circumstance are being replaced by sombre songs, which underlines how people have no idea how to cope. It would have been difficult to proceed with the show with the usual material so this can only be expected.

It was strange watching the ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, British people who knew the words to 'Land of the Free', standing with their hands on their hearts. Americans seem to be able to show patriotism without straying into nationalism -- I think it's rubbing off and this can only be good thing. After all, just like them, we are generally one nation under some flag.

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