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It’s complicated

I know you can’t really read that. Click here for the graphic and the article that goes with.

The death of the queen triggered Operation London Bridge, the super-secret plan everyone knew existed but we didn’t know what was in it. They couldn’t really tactfully give us any hints in advance, could they? It’s released a whole torrent of ceremonies, regulations and suggestions upon the country.

So today was a wild scramble to find out if, like, our flag should fly at half mast.

Yes, today. No, tomorrow – Accession Day – then half again tomorrow night and it stays up at half mast day and night until the funeral. There is some sort of Accession ceremony tomorrow at town hall, but I don’t have to be there, so I didn’t bother learning more.

I keep trying to call Accession Day “Ascension Day” which is wrong. Funny and wrong.

Yes, BulldawgGirl wins another one. True story: yesterday – possibly at the very moment the queen passed over – I was at the post office, mailing BulldawgGirl a very overdue package. She will now go to the back of the shamefully long queue. I thank everyone for their patience.

Have a good weekend, and Happy Accession Day!


Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 9, 2022, 9:00 pm

Not to seem crass, but I saw that yesterday and my first thought was…do they embalm her on the train? The Daily Mail US feed went full on with 20+ pre-made articles right off the bat.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 10, 2022, 1:41 am

Moments such as this are the reason I avoided Her Majesty and Prince Phillip for the pool.

However I’ve added several moronic assholes to my wish list as a result, so tiny silver lining to an otherwise dark and unhappy cloud.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 10, 2022, 2:14 am

I’m glad you didn’t fire up a new DP today, Mme. Ermine. Usually I’m rarin’ to go but this time is very different. I’ll be ready once the ten days’ ceremonies and rites are over, but not before then.

I’ve seen many people comment that Queen Elizabeth II had been Queen their entire lives. Technically, I can’t say that, but effectively I can (I was three years old in 1952). She was a very positive force for decency and self-restraint in a world gone somewhat mad for self-indulgence and hedonism if not outright bacchanalianism. I shall miss her.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 11, 2022, 11:07 pm

This clip of Her Maj cutting one of her birthday cakes is hilarious. “I know there is!”, she chirped, referencing a knife to cut the cake. You can hear clearly she states her reason for preferring the sword. (From June of 2021)


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