"What could be clearer and more remembered than that day at the Agricultural Show? A day of frivolous clouds over serious blue.


A rising hill behind, from which careless, scruffy animals looked down on their pampered, haltered cousins in the show ring below. The smell from the back entrance to the beer tent as the day's heat rose. Queuing for the portable toilets, and the smell not much different. Cardboard badges of authority dangling from buttons on shirts of Viyella check. Women grooming silky goats, men trundling proudly on veteran tractors, children in tears slipping from ponies while in the background swift figures repaired the shattered fences." (7)

Barnes, Julian. England, England. London: Jonathan Cape, 1998.

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