This week’s image comes not exactly from the public domain, but from the geograph project, which, according to wikipedia, is a “web-based project, initiated in March 2005, to create a freely accessible archive of geographically located photographs of Great Britain and Ireland.” How cool is that?
This image is of the Southampton team on parade after their 1-0 defeat of heavily favorited Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 1st, 1976. The Saints will be playing in the Prem this upcoming season, after finishing second in the Championship, so I thought this picture was only fitting. Also, 1976 was a bicentennial year for us here in the United States (and, I guess, in England too), so it seemed apt for tomorrow’s anniversary of the Revolution, also to be remembered as the day in 1826 that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died—minutes apart, supposedly.
Here in the US we don’t so much reflect on the role of revolution, as Jefferson would almost certainly have wanted, but instead set off fireworks, wave plastic flags, and drink watered-down, sugary pilsner made from rice in China (how patriotic is that?). It would be nice if we earnestly contemplated Jefferson’s line about the tree of liberty needing to be watered from time to time by the blood of patriots and tyrants, but instead we’ll probably just chant “U-S-A, U-S-A” at syndicated footage of Rocky IV, the most American movie ever made by Americans about America, and the movie which, according to the Alamo Drafthouse, “is so red-white-n-black-n-blue that its aftershocks directly resulted in the dissolution of Soviet Russia just six years later!”
So here’s to both the recalcitrant backwoods revolutionaries and the Southampton Saints for pulling off upsets in years that ended with 76 (although the United States didn’t technically win until either 1783, 1812, or 1865, depending on your political views). Both needed a bit of luck, both defeated goons wearing red, and both got parades for their troubles. Pretty neat how it all works out like that.