An in-depth and historical study of solastalgia in North London . PART 1
From – The Brickfields Gunners Blog
Before you of the other lot start to comment or click the dislike buttons, hear me out . While admitting to a somewhat perverse pleasure in baiting Spuds fans , I do truly believe that this article will help you lot in understanding better that vague and disconcerting but pent up feelings of inadequacy and despondency you have whenever the topic of Arsenal is brought up .
Your problem now has a name and that is – solastalgia . The philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined this word which is a portmanteau of the words ‘solace’ and ‘nostalgia’ , and it is widely used in clinical psychology and it is said to describe the feeling of distress associated with environmental change close to your home .
You can read the article here for further understanding of your ailment –
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151030-have-you-ever-felt-solastalgia . And quoting again from said article .
‘ These changes to the landscape can come from natural processes (such as drought and bushfires) or human-induced processes such as climate change and urbanisation. ‘
For many of you the idea that North London football means, and belongs exclusively only to Spurs has been ingrained into your minds by your predecessors – probably parents , relatives , fellow older fans and all those that hate what Arsenal stands for. That Arsenal have encroached into your God given domain has ever been drummed into your heads since infancy by those members of your community .
These feelings of solastalgia does have interestingly an atavistic background . If you know the early history of The Isles or The Albion as it was then often called, you would know that ‘your’ so called lands had change hands many times in the course of time .
The first time in recorded history was of course when the rampaging ‘Red’ hordes from across the Thames , The ‘ave Goths drove your ancestors , The ‘avenots Goths away with their cannons without much fight . But it is recorded that your ancestors did get to take their chickens with them . This incident gave rise to the later day flags and standards – the victors , their Red colour and the Cannon ; and your lot by Lily white and the chicken!
What is not well known is that the English national dish also had its origins during this period . The ‘ave Goths were the tribal king’s Royal specialist armaments makers and produced the state of the art weapons of mass destruction in Woolwhich . For this campaign , they produced a cannon ball with a time release mechanism which did not explode on contact, but would only go off when some weight was applied in it. In many ways it was the precursor to the later day land mines and time bombs. It was equipped with a ticking sand clock timer. It is from this that the term ‘The ticking sands of time’ was coined.
Attracted by the ticking noises , the chickens would alight upon it and were duly blown up, thus saving their masters from sure death . Again, the term ‘Cooking one’s goose’ also had their origins from this. When blown up, the heat emitted would cook the chicken its own fat and the resulting product became a favourite dish of the natives. Waste not, want not. And that is how the ‘ticker chicken ‘ was born . Many years later, when the Indians came to England, they added spices and sauces to this and hey presto , the ‘Chicken Tikka ‘ was re invented.
When Tottenham Hotspurs came to being in 1882, the nostalgic locals used as their insignia the chicken on a cannonball to commemorate how the humble chicken came to save their gooses! But with the formation of Dial Square in 1886, the predecessors of the present day Arsenal , it was quickly changed from cannonball to football . From then on the feelings of hatred and enmity towards the Arsenal were fanned .
In Part 2 – I will attempt to recreate the historical back ground of the region through the Roman conquests and domination, King Arthur – knight or knave and generally rewrite English history as I see fit . And what really went on in the Tottenham marshes?
In Part 3, I will attempt to clarify and give my own insights to other incidents that have been the sore points of the Spuds – Arsenal divide, especially the periods in 1919. (The hotly debated ‘promotion’);
- 1927 FA Cup ( Were Cardiff ‘given incentives ‘ to win ?)
- the 2nd WW ( Stadia destruction and sharing )
- 1961 – 1963 ( The last glory years ? )
- 1971 , 1998 , 2002 ( Arsenal double years )
- 1996 – The Wenger years begins – ( and goes on 20 years later , while they have had 20 managers! Boost or bane ? )
- 2005 (Jens Lehman & the Invincibles saga at WHL )
- 2006 – Arsenal changes the North London tableau forever with a spanking brand new stadium
Also coming soon…
- Across the divide they went – Willie Young , Pat Jennings , Sol Campbell, Terry Neil & David Bentely , Emmanuel Adebayor , William Gallas and George Graham among others .
- ‘arry Redknapp and Rosie tale – the truth finally revealed.
- The burning questions on building a new stadium with the Bale sale .
- European Sprusday games .
- Daniel Levy – The answer to all their prayers ?
- and much , much more ,
( NB – As most of these fact as presented here are fallacious , false and are figments of the author’s fertile and warped imagination , use them as you may to your own detriment ! )
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