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Can you spot me?

Okay, okay…these are just some random old biddies for the BBC News site, but we had our village street party today and it looked just the same. It went well. Something about drinking alcohol at noon makes me feel delightfully wicked and debauched.

Then we had us a little nap and totally forgot the lighting of the beacons tonight. Yeah, that whole Lord of the Rings ancient-signal-beacons-on-the-hills thing? REAL!

They’re all over this county, to warn us of pirates and Frenchmen (BIRM).

Did y’all watch any of the flotilla on Sunday? It doesn’t get much more British than that. Her Maj and Phil the Greek stood at attention in the prow of the lead boat for four hours in the lashing rain (poor bastard’s in the hospital tonight, but he made it through) with a thousand little historic boats floating behind. Then, at the end, the London Philharmonic (nice and dry inside a barge) played the standards while the poor choir stood on deck in a soaking, sheeting downpour singing Land Of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and God Save the Queen.



Comment from redd
Time: June 4, 2012, 11:14 pm

This is my favorite photo: http://goo.gl/WhXtA

In B&W, it almost looks like it could have been taken 60 years ago.

Comment from RealMc
Time: June 4, 2012, 11:19 pm


You are the hot one!!


Comment from the fella what is called sandman and such like
Time: June 4, 2012, 11:47 pm

I saw parts of the gala on Fox, and was astounded at how tough those older Brits still are. What with multiculturalism and all that, it’s hard to believe the country even speaks English anymore. But still, when a 90 year old dude stands out long enough to get sick: that’s dedication.

Rule, Britannia, and all that: Start by retaking New Zealand. Then civilize France. My grandmother was French, and making them speak English and like cars would negate their being French in the first place.

I hope grand old Phillip gets better and Chuck the Putz winds up with the next inconvenient malady. Just nothing deadly. Shingles would be good.

Comment from mojo
Time: June 5, 2012, 1:17 am

Three years and seven months to go if she’s to beat Victoria’s record.

Hang in there, Your Majesty.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 5, 2012, 1:24 am

I’m always a bit envious of people who actually, and honestly, get into the spirit of things. I’m forever the grump who flees any gathering greater than 4 people; I’ll say no to that if I can come up with imaginary flaws or a debilitating case of dengue fever or 24-hr plague.

I’m glad you’re having a gay ole time of it!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2012, 2:17 am

Didn’t watch the Gala, but I did catch my first episode of Game of Thrones in quite a while last night. Also heard one of the BEST lines I’ve ever heard in Cinema.

“Those are BRAVE men. Lets go kill them”!

Peter Dinklage is getting some good mileage out of that show…

Comment from EZnSF
Time: June 5, 2012, 2:45 am

The Queen serving scones and cream as Europe burns?
Hear Japan officially went belly-up this week.
California’s being bought by Mexico at this Sunday’s garage sale in Rialto.

I’ve not been in a party mood since 2008, but can ya pass the tabbouleh?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2012, 2:47 am

@EZ – How about we all go out for shawarma after Obama concedes the election in November?


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:09 am


Have you read the series? Pure Awesome. The show can only hint at all the awesome that lies within the books. Oh, and Peter Dinklage is phenomenal as Tyrion. He has made that character his own.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:41 am

haven’t had the chance yet, but Tyrion (Dinklage) is easily my favorite character in there. And Emilia Clarke has definitely gotten my attention as Daenerys…

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:46 am

Then all I can say is: To the books with you!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:54 am

Is Betty Windsor as madcap as I hear she is toward the end of a good party?

Comment from Nina
Time: June 5, 2012, 5:37 am

Haven’t watched any of it at all, but I’m hoping the kid got some photos of it being she’s in England an’ all.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 5, 2012, 12:52 pm

God save the Queen!

Comment from Redd
Time: June 5, 2012, 1:21 pm

So, is this day 4 of stoaty and Badger’s alcoholic stupor?

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:09 am


Have you read the series? Pure Awesome. The show can only hint at all the awesome that lies within the books.
I’ve been meaning to shell out the dough to buy the first one, as none of the libraries nearby ever seem to have a copy to take out.

If you like GRR Martin, be aware, if you’re not already, that his career goes back into the Seventies at least. He had stories in the SF magazine Analog back then. And his Fevre Dream from about ’83 is a vampire thriller, a historical adventure set before the Civil War. Dynamite stuff.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: June 5, 2012, 3:05 pm

Waking up with a beer at 06:30 while watching soccer is pretty surreal & decadent, too.

Comment from Nicole
Time: June 5, 2012, 4:01 pm

I watched part of it. Pretty neat, really. We were to have a tea on Saturday for our own festivities, but life had other plans so we have postponed it. Not as decadent as drinking at noon, but enough clotted cream to clot an artery is pretty decadent, IMO. 🙂

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: June 5, 2012, 6:18 pm

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II was all over BBCAmerica yesterday morn. I led the litany (Prayers of the People) at Mass, and was prompted to add the Queen and her celebration during the prayer for birthdays and anniversaries.

It is a good thing to recall where our Anglican/Episcopal roots reside. Within all the regal pomp and ceremony in British royal celebrations, there runs the common thread, dim though it may be at times, pointing from whence the true source of the British monarch’s power resides. It is by the Grace of God in Christ that the British royals serve their people. Those who have been the best and under whom the Empire (now Commonwealth) flourished are those who recall this basic tenet:
Their power comes not from Man, it comes from God. And they *serve* their subjects by providing for them a stable leadership, prayerful and strong.

Christ the King’s life and service is to be reflected in the monarch’s life and service. Queen Elizabeth has done so in her own, very quiet and regal manner….truly and well raised by her Mum and Dad, schooled in what it means to serve.

God bless her and her 60 years on the British throne,titular though it may be.

BTW ….As a woodworker and woodcarver, I was astounded by the ornate guilt prow on HRH’s barge. Hell, the damn launch that ferried her to the barge is quite a piece of work all on its own.

Comment from m
Time: June 5, 2012, 11:58 pm

I read somewhere that the launch is the tender from the now retired royal yacht Britannia.

Comment from mojo
Time: June 6, 2012, 12:18 am

“California’s being bought by Mexico at this Sunday’s garage sale in Rialto.”

So sell it to ’em. What are they gonna do, take it home with ’em?

Comment from p2
Time: June 7, 2012, 3:55 am

It’s good to see the ladies from Monty Python’s Flying Circus are still alive and well!

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