Something else I missed a couple of weeks ago, but better late than never. Cumbria Tourism have had the bright idea of promoting the Lake District to a younger and more hip market by taking two of its best-known literary figures — William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter — and having New York rapper MC Nuts prance around Ullswater dressed as Squirrel Nutkin deliving a rap version of Wordsworth’s Daffodils. Further and better particulars in The Telegraph, who reproduce both the original poem and MC Nuts’ version — ‘The modern re-working manages to stay true to the original sentiment but with some slight variation of the lyrics,’ or so say Cumbria Tourism, though I wonder whether Wordsworth would have rhymed retina with et cetera.
I think it’s great fun, though I’m not sure how many people will actually be induced to visit The Lakes as a result of watching the video.
And aren’t people always complaining that rap music concentrates too much on themes to do with guns, violence and drugs? Well, surely this is a step in the right direction.