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Prince of FAILs

This picture sums up nicely why I want to apply for my maroon passport while Her Maj is still on the big sparkly chair (Charles and Camilla apparently trying — and failing — to make trinkets in the manner of disabled Tanzanians).

I know, I know…the oath is to the crown, whoever’s under it. But I’m hoping they skip over this goof in favor of that nice young man in the Dudley Do-right getup.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2011, 10:40 pm

And if that post isn’t Oceania bait, I’ll eat my copy of Trolls and Trolling.

Comment from Alice
Time: November 7, 2011, 10:56 pm

ewww. When did he get sausage fingers?

Comment from Redd
Time: November 7, 2011, 11:12 pm

They’re both wearing poppies. That’s sort of nice…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2011, 11:24 pm

So are we. They’re pretty much ubiquitous this time of year.

And every year in recent years, without fail, some banana publishes an article about how wearing poppies is “disrespectful” to the war dead. This year, it was the dreadful Robert Fisk (of “fisking” fame).

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 7, 2011, 11:35 pm

This year it’s eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year.

Comment from AC
Time: November 7, 2011, 11:41 pm

Is this the most fun they’ve ever had?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2011, 11:59 pm

So it is, Quasimodo. Hadn’t thought of that. I’m a little queasy about starting a Dead Pool on Friday.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 8, 2011, 12:24 am

That’s right eh?…special convergence Dead Pool on Friday…I don’t participate myself, seems like tempting the fates to visit disaster on my poor self.

Comment from beasn
Time: November 8, 2011, 12:24 am

What, Prince Charlie got committed? When did that happen?

Comment from Pablo
Time: November 8, 2011, 12:27 am

I wonder if he still thinks the ginger kid is his.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 8, 2011, 3:06 am

Chuck is a patented Monty Python Upper class twit. You can only hope in England for a William and Mary to replace that choad if he gets elected.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 8, 2011, 3:07 am

Well, not so much elected but you know what I mean. Its been a really long day.

Comment from Pavel
Time: November 8, 2011, 3:37 am

I’ve got no particular use for Chuck, but am very glad that my Spaz Moment photos aren’t carried on the news wires. How very difficult this all must be for Her Maj.

Comment from catnip
Time: November 8, 2011, 4:02 am

To be fair, (though I’m not sure why fairness should come into it) the article says that the couple were “given some tiny beads to thread through thin wire.” Perhaps they were amused by the hopelessness of their task.

Comment from Nina
Time: November 8, 2011, 4:51 am

Yeah, well, I do that sort of thing all the time, so I’m feeling all superior now. Wish I was rich as they are without all the rest of the ugly baggage!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 8, 2011, 6:37 am

It still breaks my heart that the old vets don’t sell the poppies outside the supermarket anymore. Maybe I’ll bring it up to the 4H folks tomorrow night at the potluck. They are big into community service, as I’ve found out. Might be a new way to introduce a new generation into an old tradition, even here in the States.

Comment from MIke C.
Time: November 8, 2011, 8:11 am

Hmm… Now that you mention it, I do remember those fake poppies from my yout here in the US. Haven’t seen them in decades.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 8, 2011, 12:49 pm

You just try doing that after four martinis – and the royals get the good gin too!

I have always been haunted by the horror of WWI. Men and horses drowning in the mud as poison gas shells explode. Going over the top through the wire straight towards machine guns. A charnel house in France where the bones of 20,000 unidentified dead are stored, jumbled in heaps.

All that imagery flashes through my mind when I see a sad little imitation poppy and I hear,

“In Flanders fields the poppies grow, between the crosses, row on row…”

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: November 8, 2011, 1:37 pm

This is the same guy that was talking to plants. Yipes.

Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: November 8, 2011, 2:23 pm

Mike C.,

VFW’s Buddy Poppy program is still active:


A group of Cool Old Dudes from the local post usually sets up a table in front of the grocery store in Dillwyn. If you don’t know where the VFW post nearest you is selling them, there’s a link the “Contribute” tab on their site. 😉

Comment from nightfly
Time: November 8, 2011, 2:53 pm

I see the folks giving out the fake poppies in front of the Wal-Mart every year.

Comment from Davem123
Time: November 8, 2011, 2:55 pm

They still sell the poppies outside of stores and at intersections here in SE Georgia. I remember my mother buying them in the 60’s back in Illinois. I keep up the tradition.

Something about that photo makes me think of Joe Biden. I don’t think it’s Camilla.

Comment from Deborah
Time: November 8, 2011, 3:31 pm

Re: Poppies. As a youthful member of Camp Fire Girls, I “sold” poppies for years. I keep a stash of poppies that I obtained in 2007, that I dip into each year. I make it a practice to buy a lot of them when I find them, because I don’t see them available every year. I use the words “buy” and “sell” with caution. The poppies are given away for a donation, no matter how large or small.

Comment from mojo
Time: November 8, 2011, 4:29 pm

They haven’t had much luck with the Charles’, have they? Maybe they better ban the name, like they did with John…

Comment from Noelegy
Time: November 8, 2011, 8:21 pm

My, my. Not-so-bonny Prince Charlie is getting downright old waiting for mum to die.

(May Elizabeth reign until a ripe old age!)

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 8, 2011, 11:26 pm

I’m hoping the queen will outlast Charles but its unlikely. I know she’s hoping so too.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 8, 2011, 11:52 pm

If she doesn’t, it will be interesting to watch. The monarch is forbidden by law from marrying a Catholic, and Camilla is Catholic.

There’s been a rumor since they got married that they were allowed to do so in exchange for a change in the succession in favor of William.

Comment from Redd
Time: November 9, 2011, 12:53 am

I need a good poppy graphic for my twitter avatar. Can anyone help me out?

Comment from enter sandman
Time: November 9, 2011, 1:17 am

Well, judging from that photo and his lifelong track record of world class upper crust snobbery, Chuck is all the warning anyone ever needs against interbreeding amongst relatives. One wonders if he pees his pants at night like a demented old man or if she has to cook him soft foods and pudding.

Technically letting the Chuckster have a sharp needle or anything like it is probably against British law.

They used to say the sun never set on Brittania…looks like it’s starting to set on Charles and his wife, the British Bulldog.

I admire the Brits, bu loathe Royals. All of em.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 9, 2011, 3:23 am

Given Charles’ wanting to be the “Defender of Faith” rather than the “defender of THE Faith” I suspect his house of lords buddies will clear up that little problem quickly for him.

Comment from Nieta de Bob
Time: November 12, 2011, 3:54 pm

I wonder if william and harry know just how much their father is despised by people and what they think about it. I know Captain is hoping that Charles will either give up the ghost before the queen does or abdicate in favor of William as QEII’s uncle had to give up his throne to her father for doing exactly what Charles has done.

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