The title of this blog comes from a Gaelic expression -"putting on the poor mouth"-which means to exaggerate the direness of one's situation in order to gain time or favour from creditors.
I'd thought of an alternative use for those Union Jack bowler hats featured prominently in every single news report for the past week.
ON the other hand they are ideal if you are caught short and need number twos!
Well I am a staunch Republican (in the European not US sense) but I can rather admire the Queen, and Prince Charles too, as human beings. Some say it is a life of privilege but I say they have been cruelly mentally abused and manipulated since birth, due to an accident of birth. I certainly couldn't do it and not crack up (never mind having to live with those ears in poor Charles's case). Every day of your life mapped out years in advance. And they do have the public support (all polls suggest) so I just have to tolerate the system and sigh. I also greatly admire Prince Philip for deciding, "Stuff this for a game of soldiers, I'm going to pretend I've got a pain in the groin and have a nice lie down with a cup of tea, the telly off and the windows tight shut. Hee, hee." Respect good Sir. Respect.
I was born in England right after WWII and among my first memories was hearing the funeral of George VI on the radio. His and Queen Mary's bravery in staying in London during the blitz was recognized and appreciated by all of my parent's generation so his passing just a few years later was a great tragedy for them. Some of that feeling rubbed off on me. I'm old enough now to remember the coronation and how beautiful she was. For that I can appreciate the history of her reign. Thankfully, I wasn't in Britain and don't watch television anyway so haven't been subjected to all the hype.
Haha Andrew, I can imagine why he would "contract" an infection!You missed nothing much Susan, I assure you!
Think that was meant to put the BBC coverage in.
Ooh, I love it!
Avoided the coverage like the plague JamesA perfect souvenir and cheap too Knat!
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