Despite being born here and living here all my life I still cannot work out why a tiny damp island, smaller than most (all?) US states, produced The Beatles, Punk, Led Zeppelin, Bowie etc etc, ...artists who changed not just music but the world cultural landscape.
I sometimes wonder if it was the emphasis in the 50s and 60s on creative subjects taught in schools.
Yes, the very aspect of education which the current tory government deems so irrelevant that it barely figures on the national curriculum.
(It would be foolish of course to ignore the optimism about the future engendered by a hopeful post-war nation, but why the UK?)