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A final birthday to end the week

It’s Queen Victoria’s 200th. Happy b’day, Vicky!

That there is not a commemorative statue. It’s a life-sized cake. I mean, she wasn’t very tall, but still:

The cake in her likeness stands at real-size 4ft 11” tall and required 298 eggs, 26kg of butter and 20kg of fondant.

By now, it’s been cut into 600 slices. And yes, it’s a Victoria sponge.

The Victoria sponge, also known as the Victoria sandwich or Victorian cake, was named after Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. The sponge part evolved from the classic pound cake – equal quantities of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. The difference was the Victorian creation of baking powder, which was discovered by English food manufacturer Alfred Bird in 1843, which enabled the sponge to rise higher. This invention, writes cookery author Felicity Cloake, “was celebrated with a patriotic cake”, Victoria sponge.

You know those horrible sweet little mass-produced cakes that look like a red blood cell that you make strawberry shortcake out of? I love those things. I can’t get them here. Cheap supermarket Victoria sponge has saved my strawberry shortcake. Hurrah!

Hoist a gin to Her Maj and have a great weekend!


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 24, 2019, 9:07 pm

Yellow Sponge Cake Dessert Cups…
Vicky had an enormous schnoz if that’s an accurate facsimile…

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 24, 2019, 9:20 pm

Life size, interesting.
4’11” – huh, how bout that.
Sponge cake….hmmmmmm
Strawberry Shortcake…right.



SHORT cake????!!!!!!
Do you think to make mock of Her Majesty, Owner of her Bath, Sovereign of the British Empirical, Ruler of the 7 Seas?

Oh, and don’t forget, HRH Queen Victoria was the monarch who introduced the Victoria Cross, highest and most prestigious medal that can be awarded in the British honors system. Equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor and just as difficult to merit.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 25, 2019, 3:03 pm

Boris Johnson? What do we need to know?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 25, 2019, 5:19 pm

Mmm. Let’s see. You know that famous tousled hair of his? I heard someone say he’d appeared on TV with him once. Just before they went on camera, Boris reached up and carefully mussed up his hair.

That about sums him up for me. Says good things sometimes, does not so good things a lot of times, and is fake, fake, fake. He’s enough of a politician that he might do the right thing if he senses the political wind blowing that way, but the whole crew in Westminster at the moment is astonishingly imperceptive of how the wind is blowing.

I’m amazed I’ve seen nothing about Victoria’s 200th except that obscure little item about the cake. Seems wrong.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 25, 2019, 5:38 pm

Boris J. may be in for a bit of trouble soon. He was Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from July 2016 until July 2018. There’s reason to believe that during this period there was some improper collusion between the anti-Trump U.S. intelligence “community” and British intelligence people. If he didn’t know what was going on, he was incompetent. If he did, then he’s a bad guy. The documents that President Trump just ordered de-classified two days ago could shed some light on improper collaboration if that in fact happened.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 25, 2019, 8:16 pm

Uncle Al is correct. Many people here are watching for those de-classified documents to sweep some people off their (political) feet.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 26, 2019, 12:08 am

Can you recommend some U.K. websites with conservative commentary? Uncle Badger, too, if he wants to chime in.

Comment from JC
Time: May 26, 2019, 3:42 am

Looks much like OGF. The one with the cute dimples. And the laugh, and the smile. Not the little buttery one.

Comment from JC
Time: May 26, 2019, 4:34 am

She’s got a security clearance that means she can’t do BaseFuck. Cute as a bug, though. We danced eye to eye, cheek to cheek. She was 5’10”, I was 6’1″. We danced like angels. She turned me on to old school swing, and I turned her on to Western Swing. Good time was had.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 26, 2019, 1:26 pm

If only I believed any of this conservative “about to happen” stuff is more than Kabuki it would be swell.

But so far bitter experience says the only people fighting their best fight, unhinged though I may find it to be, is the other side.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 26, 2019, 8:28 pm

I don’t actually follow any British political blogs, Deborah. Not these days. I did before I moved here, but nobody likes a mouthy immigrant and I keep my head down.

Though a good one I remember from back in the day was A Conservative Woman.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 26, 2019, 8:31 pm

wow… nobody had the legendary Bart Starr..????
Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football player and coach.

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