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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Top of the Poppies

It's poppy time again.

Suddenly, every British news reader, aspiring politician, bus pass holder, business woman and random old codger worth their salt has a poppy corsage stuck to their lapel.

Last year, my sister even noticed the poppy phenomenon from her posting in the Balkans: "Why is everybody wearing small tomatoes all of a sudden?"

All I could answer was: "I'm not sure, but I think it has something to do with the war."

Further research yielded that yes, indeed it did have something to do with the war. The Poppy appeal was set up to help out veterans of WWI. It turns out that what you want, when you return one-legged and gas-lunged from the trenches, is not bronze statues celebrating your valour. It's food, housing and a prosthetic leg.

I won't be wearing a poppy, because it would somehow look phoney on a young Swedish woman. A small donation couldn't hurt, though.


At 12:28 AM, Blogger Irene Done said...

I've always thought that the British custom of wearing remembrance poppies is both charming and deeply touching. As is your last paragraph.


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