My paternal grandfather, born in Glasgow in 1907, was a very accomplished violinist. Born into perhaps not grinding or abject but certainly a degree of poverty (I have little time and less sympathy for that most irritating of Glaswegian habits, the prolier-than-thou plumage display), we don't know where or when he heard the Bruch violin concerto that he could play by ear.
Scroll forward a century. I can turn on my TV and get both BBC Four and Sky Arts. Virtually every other TV set in the country has at least one of those channels, and most have both. Shouldn't this immediate and almost universal availability of culture, unprecedented in our history, mean that we should be rearing the most cultured generations ever to have existed? And if that's the case, why don't I see the evidence of that around me?
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