Doubtlessly if you’ve read/watched the news you know it’s been an exciting time here in the UK. This is the kind of thing that’s been building for a while, I guess, but nothing anyone expected would happen. There are other commentators more adept than I tackling the hows and whys of such a thing, but basically you don’t expect a fucking attempted military coup d’etat in a developed first world nation, and you certainly don’t expect it from a nation that’s successfully avoided big government upheavals for the past four hundred-odd years. (And before you get started, yes, I know, it wasn’t an actual military coup, but it was close enough. I don’t think the military would be smart enough to stage a coup on April Fools’ Day, anyway — it definitely confused the news reporting for a while.)
Needless to say I’ve spent the past few days at the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, along with everyone else in my program and a few hundred more of my countrymen packed in like delicious American sardines. This was somewhat troubling, as I normally live in North London, which is a significantly further away from Westminster, and being at the Embassy basically ensured we could hear the sounds of the riots for all three days until they were put down in what the more asinine elements of the media are calling the Holy Saturday Massacre.
Anyway, it looked for a while like we would all be sent back to the States, which I can’t say seemed like a bad idea to me, but now things seem to have settled down and we’ve been given the go-ahead to finish out the month and end our study abroad on the normal date, the 27th. The kids who were in Mexico back when the swine flu thing happened thought they were having a wild time, but they ain’t got nothing on the England programme!
So what with all the excitement here, you’ll forgive me if I don’t have a proper blog entry this week. I’ll try to catch a few more plays to write about or something between now and the end of the month. Happy Easter.