World Exclusive: Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Okay, not the most up-to-the-minute post, I admit it. And, I'm sure you already know that Andy Murray recently won Wimbledon, becoming the first British player to win the Men's Singles Championship since Fred Perry won the championship in 1936. You probably also know, unlike The New York Times, that Andy is Scottish, not English (but who cares, eh?). Of course, this website does not generally report on tennis, which, let's face it, just isn't as exciting as when Borg and McEnroe were playing with wooden bats (racquets, whatever) and dashing around the court in groovy headbands.

However, of more interest to the teacher of Language and Literature is a recent article in The Guardian newspaper which reports on the clothing brand 'Fred Perry' - one of Andy Murray's former sponsors - and links the clothing brand to the murder of Clement Meric, killed in Paris by far-right skinheads. No doubt what matters most is Mr. Meric's tragic death. However, the article does remind us that the meaning of texts exists and is contested in an organic historical socio-cultural context. The article could, for example, be used by Language and Literaure teachers in conjunction with the following lesson ideas on Cool Hunting or Multivocality.


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