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Can you believe it’s September already? I forgot to acknowledge yesterday’s date; August 31st is the anniversary of Princess Di’s death.

What makes that significant to me, my very first trip to Britain was a week after her funeral (if my plane ticket had been before her funeral, I could’ve scalped it for a flipping fortune).

We went to Hyde Park on that first day. They had take, bulldozers to the sea of flowers and teddybears(!) and pushed them into great floral mountains behind temporary barriers. There were pools of wax the size of dinner tables from the candles that had been burned.

It was the most un-English thing I’d ever seen.

One site I visited tonight said it’s still the most witnessed event in history, with 2.5 billion tuning in. That’s pretty impressive, considering the population of Britain was, like, 50 million at the time. I get the impression most Brits these days are pretty embarrassed about the outpouring then. Though most still cling to the belief there’s something very fishy about her death.

Next year will be the twentieth anniversary. It’ll be interesting to see what happens…

September 1, 2016 — 9:30 pm
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