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By Stuart Maconie

Each person talks approximately "Middle England." occasionally they suggest whatever undesirable, like a lynch mob of Daily Mail readers, and occasionally they suggest anything solid, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer time twilight. yet simply the place and what's center England? Stuart Maconie didn't comprehend both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out.

Is center England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough quite as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the expedition—with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones—to detect the reality.

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Er nahm einen Schluck, bevor er weiterredete. »Der Freimaurer von Chrustowo war ein Deutscher und trank mehrere Liter Schnaps pro Tag, und er warnte die Polen, wenn die Gestapo sie holen wollte. Jeden Tag um drei trank er zwei Schnäpse mit dem Müllermeister, der war auch Deutscher. Der Freimaurer von Chrustowo war nur Verwalter auf seinem Gut gewesen, aber dann war der Gutsherr gestorben, und der Freimaurer hatte die Witwe geheiratet, die eine Polin war. « Der alte Bauer schwieg nun auf eine Art, wie man nach dem Essen den Teller wegschiebt.

Der jüngere musste Turno sein. Er trug einen dunklen Anzug und legte vom ersten Moment an die ungezwungene Art an den Tag, die auf Weltläufigkeit schließen lässt. Der ältere war an diesem warmen Sommerabend in heller Hose und Hemd erschienen und wirkte so westlich, dass ich mich fragte, was es war. Bei ihm war es vielleicht das Mühelose einer Vornehmheit, der das Plaudern näher liegt als angestrengtes Diskutieren, die es vorzieht, eine Anekdote zu reichen, statt Recht haben zu müssen. Mit einem Wort, er war ein angenehmer Mensch.

Vom Weg nach Skwierzyna, das einmal Schwerin hieß, und weiter nach Szamotuly sind wenige stille Bilder übrig. Wälder und Felder. Felder und Wälder. Irgendwo im Wald hielt am Ende des dritten Tages auf der Luftlinie ein Auto, und ich leistete keinen Widerstand, als der Fahrer mir anbot, einzusteigen. Er war Vertreter für Melkanlagen, und weil er im Autoradio etwas über ein Pfadfinderlager in der Gegend gehört hatte, hatte er mich für einen Pfadfinderführer gehalten. Im Wald bei Pniewy übernachtete ich in einem kleinen Ferienparadies am See bei einem ehemaligen Richter, der sein Amt aufgegeben und eine Sommerpension eröffnet 31 hatte.

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