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Re: Old Bill
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1841  Wednesday, 27 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 08:44:02 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 10.1827 Re: Old Bill

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 09:25:29 -0400
        Subj:   Old Bill


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 08:44:02 -0400
Subject: Re: Old Bill
Comment:        SHK 10.1827 Re: Old Bill

Dear Sean Lawrence,

I thought we were talking about cultural meanings in modern Britain.
Don't these tend, as elsewhere, to derive from and reflect systematic
structural oppositions? Under the heading of things to which Mr Jiang
Zemin  should not be exposed was 'dissidence'. Under the heading of
things to which he should be exposed was the new Globe Theatre. Is it
unreasonable to suggest that this hints at -even coyly proposes-  a
certain meaningful role for Shakespeare in the general scheme of things
British? Would it, do you think, please or displease the new Globe's
onlie begetter, Sam Wanamaker, Commander of the British Empire? We can
discount the fact that the Commander hailed from Chicago, home of the
14th Police District.  But soft, I hear the approach of the Spellchecker
General.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 09:25:29 -0400
Subject:        Old Bill

Things are getting more complicated by the hour. In London last night,
at the height of a House of Lords debate concerning the dissolution of
the hereditary system, a young peer leapt on to the Woolsack to defend
his divine right to govern and to denounce the bill in ringing tones.
'If Blair gets his way in Britain' he cried, 'then, in the words of
Shakespeare, our country "will be a wilderness again peopled with
wolves"'.  He should know. For this was none other than Charles Francis
Topham de Vere Beauclerk, Earl of Burford and, according to The
Guardian, passionately involved in the De Vere Society which believes
that one of his ancestors, Edward De Vere, was the author of
Shakespeare's plays. Needless to say, he was quickly removed by
attendants. One can sense Mr. Jiang Zemin's inscrutable smile.
Unaccountably, The Guardian reports, the Earl also bears the title of
Brigadier-General of Louisiana.

Terence Hawkes
 

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