2012 may go down in British national history as the year of fun and games. It is now June and the year is half over but the English have entered it as having the world’s number one test cricket team, Chelsea have secured the European Champion’s League football trophy, England have begun playing in the European football championships and next month London will host the Olympic Games. The British have invented a staggering number of games and it is good to see that at last they seem to be doing well in some of them. Expectations are high for the Olympic Games in contrast to the national football team’s chances of winning the current championships but there again no one gave Chelsea much chance for gaining their title.
Earlier this month the United Kingdom celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There were pageants and street parties aplenty. In the eight years following the Second World War the British held an Olympic games, celebrated crowning the present Queen and then like now the country was fighting its way out of austerity.
In the words of W H Auden, “No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games”. It is time for innocent fun. Peatmore Press has entered into the spirit of the occasion by publishing its third title, “Gifford’s Games.” It has nothing to do with the Olympics but everything to do with games.