Ave Atque Vale, Britishness, Culture, Family, History, Life, Loss, Quote of the Day

We Saw Her. We Believed. And Now She’s Gone.

“I have to be seen to be believed”–Queen Elizabeth II The only British monarch of my lifetime died today.  She was crowned in June 1953, slightly more than a year before I was born.  I was named after her, “Elizabeth,” and–for my middle name–after my grandmother who was to die when I was only a… Continue reading We Saw Her. We Believed. And Now She’s Gone.

Britishness, Culture, History, Medieval, Quote of the Day

“My Kingdom for a Horse!”

Those are the last words spoken by Shakespeare's villainous King Richard III, as he desperately dashed about Bosworth Field, just before being hacked to smithereens by by the opposition--the soldiers of Henry Tudor--after which (IRL, now) Richard's naked body was thrown across a horse (presumably not his own) and taken to Leicester, where he was… Continue reading “My Kingdom for a Horse!”

Britishness, Plain Speaking, Politics

Dear Prince William: Put a Sock in it. Please

I've mentioned before that I subscribe to only one online "mainstream" publication, and that's The Daily Telegraph.  Fond memories from my childhood of its being rolled up in a paper sleeve and posted to us, first in Nigeria, then in the States.  Arriving weeks late, but still interesting and informative, and with excellent features and… Continue reading Dear Prince William: Put a Sock in it. Please