Archive for the ‘Royalty’ Category

Will the US reinstitute the Feudal System next?

Canada, the US’s northern neighbour has begun to restore the Canadian head of state profile of Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented in Canada by a Governor-General, to full Canadian monarch status.

Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government, particularly the monarchist Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, have been working to restore the Queen as the de jure Head of State of Canada. The government began the process last month by restoring “royal” to the names of the Canadian navy and air force. Baird has now issued an order for all 150 Canadian diplomatic missions abroad to place a portrait of Elizabeth II in the public lobbies of the embassies and missions, alongside those of the Governor-General and Harper.

Toronto’s Globe and Mail reported in its September 8 issue that some Canadian embassies balked at having a portrait of the Queen in their lobbies. The article did not specify which embassies were the hold-outs. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa has also removed modern art work by Quebec painter Alfred Pellan and replaced it with a portrait of the Queen.

Harper has gone beyond the amount of royalism of previous conservative governments and there are questions as to how far Canada could go toward returning to monarchism.  Many Canadian Tories were never happy that in 1965 the Liberal government of Prime Minister Lester Pearson scrapped the old Union Flag, the red ensign with the British Union Jack in its canton, and replaced it with the current red and white Maple Leaf flag, without the Union Jack. Some Tories would like to see the Maple Leaf replaced by the old British standard. And other Tories would have no problem with replacing the national anthem, “O Canada” with “God Save the Queen.”

Fortunately, the US will never become a monarchy because of constitutional considerations, but there is a trend where the feudal system could be revived.  The question in the US is not whether it will return to a monarchy, but whether the feudal system will be revived. Will the US big business become feudal overlords?  Will US citizens become serfs of big business working for low pay?

Let’s here it for US reactionary politics!

Alternate reality

Diana Spencer would have been 50 this past 1st of July had she have lived, but this cover of Life magazine makes it appear that she survived.

I do wish that she were still alive, but I am not sure how that reality would have played out.

Happy Birthday, Diana!

Welcome to the REAL Magic Kingdom

Governments are running low on money, but don’t want to raise taxes. They are cutting services to the bone? What next?

According to BBC News: Parliament could become wedding reception venue

Well, Take that Mr. White Rabbit Republican! By being a Kingdom, the United Kingdom has a built in tourist factor that EuroDisney just can’t compete against. Why go to a fake-o Disney castle when you can have some REAL history going for you? If we get rid of the Royal Family, then what to do? Get people in funny costumes to play royalty? Personally, I prefer the real thing.

Lesser Toff have been opening their homes to the public for ages. Now, it’s time that “the Firm” catches up with the rest of British nobility and starts opening up their castles for tacky peasant weddings! Those annoying Texans can rent Windsor Castle for the real dream wedding.

It makes so much more sense than creating jobs and getting people to work.

Royal Wedding Pic

Even though I am a royalist and not a republican,as is White Rabbit, I have to admit that I did my best to ignore the Royal Wedding. Except this picture seems to show that Kate was pretty anxious to start the “festivities”.

Did someone sneak her into the Gents at the Goring Hotel for a peek at the erotica and get her a bit randy?

Irate letter sent to Goring Hotel complaining about the erotica in the Gents.

OH GAAAWWWWWDDDDDDDD!!!!

The Royal Wedding Oyster Card

While I am a monarchist, I have to admit that this takes grockle fare to new extremes. What is it about recent Big Royal Weddings that means tasteless trash is cranked out in the form of memorabilia?

I have only best wishes for William and Catherine. I hope their marriage is happier than his parents, but I think I’ll go into hiding until this is over.

The Tudors are back!

I've always wanted to put this picture in the window of my loo.

Not the real dynasty, but the TV costume drama, pseudohistorical soap opera version–The Tudors. There is enough attention to history that you can keep up with the show after missing a series (or two, or three), but it takes enough liberty that it drives anyone with a background in history barmy.

There is supposed to be salacious and kinky story of a “may-December” love. Modern minds are shocked by the fact that Catherine Howard was 17 when she married Henry VIII, who was 33 at the time. Add in the allegations that she had a sexual relationship with Henry Mannox, her music teacher, when she was between the ages of 11 and 16.

When Catherine was learning on the spinet to play…

Come on, Henry’s Grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, was married for the first time at age 7 (and you thought that was a joke in Blackadder I). Talk about playing house! That marriage was annulled and Lady Margaret was deemed to have “married” for the “first” time when she married Edmund Tudor at 14.

The age of consent is a fairly modern concept which was set in the victorian times at 13 years old in the UK and the age was set at 18 in the US in 1920![1]

There is enough juice in the real story that it doesn’t need too much embellishment. After all, there was that messy divorce between Henry and Ann Boleyn which led to a really screwed up daughter. You really buy that all that “I’m married to England” came from being a strong woman instead of seeing how divorce can ruin a family?

I’m just waiting for cousin Tenpole to show up in the series.  I can see the series’s Henry and him getting wild–‘oorah, ‘oorah, ‘oorah, Yea!

I do have to add that Edward Tudor-Pole did a great job as Spike Milligan in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent#History_and_social_attitudes

Posted 19/02/2011 by lacithedog in Royalty, The Tudors

More political beer

I tend to like a brew called Lord Chesterfield Ale brewed by Yuengling. Rather an interesting name for an beer brewed in the United States. I’ve been trying to figure out how it received its name. Yuengling wasn’t very helpful since they said the owner knew Lord Chesterfield. Although the beer is named for Named for Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 – 24 March 1773).

According to Yuengling’s write up:

One of our distinct classic beers brewed since 1829, Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale has as much rich heritage as it does flavor and appeal. Crafted in a unique two-stage European brewing style for enhanced bitterness, it utilizes both conventional kettle hopping and dry hopping after fermentation resulting in a dry sharp finish. Brewed with select hops, its distinct robust flavor is derived from a delicate combination of sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness. Lord Chesterfield Ale’s bright gold color is complemented by a lightly laced foam head and fragrant zesty aroma. This fine Ale compares with the very best crafty-style beers. It pairs flawlessly with many foods including seafood dishes and fine cheeses.

A nice inexpensive alternative to British beers if I am stuck in the colonies. However, given the dates between Chesterfield’s death and when the beer was first brewed, I doubt the Yuengling account for the name is correct. Perhaps it has something to do with Chesterfield’s service as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

I have to admit that I like the name given its royalist-monarchistic bent.

There is this fantasy that Sam Adams would have the same connotation as Young’s Old Nick in my ideal world: A treasonably good ale. Loyalists viewed Adams as a sinister figure. Peter Oliver, the exiled chief justice of Massachusetts, characterized him as devious Machiavellian with a “cloven Foot”. I guess there is some hope as there were negative assessments of Adams in the first half of the 20th century where he was portrayed as a master of propaganda who provoked mob violence to achieve his goals.

Posted 05/08/2009 by lacithedog in Ale, Beer, monarchy, Political beer., Royalty