Looking back at my last two blogs, I see that there is something of a common vein: Hollywood mining old TV and movie material, the Victorians of the 1860's suddenly switching into backward-lookingness (I hope that's a word, though perhaps it shouldn't be.)
There seemed to be another, rather worrying, thought just a knight's move away:
Does the first sign of decline appear when a culture starts to take too keen an interest in its own past ...?
Civilizations rise and fall. The British have had their two hundred year-long day of glory. Their successor seems to be heading along the same twilight road, while other places appear to be on the up and up.