THE FUNERAL OF HRH PRINCE PHILIP THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH.

How sad to be watching the funeral of HRH Prince Philip but what a splendid event it was especially considering the restrictions that the current Covid pandemic had put on proceedings.

The whole thing was class from the word go with the Military bands marching into position in Windsor Castle and then playing some of the most wonderful pieces of music all chosen by the Duke himself.

Starting with three of my personal favourites, firstly the hymn, I vow to thee my country followed by Jerusalem and then Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, I wouldn’t have thought there was a dry eye in the house as they say, I know there was a tear in mine.

How wonderful to see the coffin with his sword, military cap and a wreath of white roses and lilies on the back of a converted Land Rover, once again Prince Philip’s idea followed by his children walking behind and lastly Her Majesty the Queen in the Royal Bentley, sadly now both vehicle manufacturers foreign owned but still British icons.

The cortege stopped outside St George’s Chapel for one minutes silence before Prince Philip’s coffin was carried into the Chapel being piped aboard by members of the Royal Navy on bosun’s whistles.

The Dean of Windsor took precedence over the Archbishop of Canterbury for the service, once again marked by the splendid music chosen, the first hymn being “Eternal father, strong to save,” better known I suspect as, “for those in peril on the sea,” another influence by Prince Philip.

There were very few shots of the Queen during the service but after a rather moving bugle rendition of the last post and the Royal Navy’s call to action, the service finished with a lone piper slowly marching through the Chapel door as the final cords of his lament gradually faded.

What a wonderful send off for a rather splendid man which leaves me to post my own small tribute although I have no recollection of where the expression came from, I imagine it may be Cockney slang in the first instance.

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh; “Diamond Geezer.”

Prince Philip funeral: Service under way at St George's Chapel as Queen  sits alone

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BLM AND TAKING THE KNEE.

I have been thinking about posting on this subject for some time but it’s such a controversial subject that I have steered clear as it’s so easy to write something in this day and age and offend half the world and it’s mother.

It is obvious that Black Lives Matter and I can see many of the injustices that this campaign complains about and agree with them, where I have trouble is why on earth do we in Great Britain follow this awful American habit of kneeling down to show support.

I would have thought the old fashioned British way of showing respect for a cause by standing proudly to attention for two minutes silence is a far more dignified way of doing things and one I would personally feel much more at home with should I be asked to join in.

Recently I saw the news which had the start of a football match where all the players stood to attention and did not take the knee, where it was suggested this might be a trend for all the matches but as I don’t watch football I have no idea if this was the case.

Sadly my favourite sport of motor racing is still a mishmash of those kneeling and those standing and looks very untidy, which leaves me with my final thought on the matter.

It seems strange to me that the BLM movement is one that complains that black people are being subjugated and treated poorly and yet the action they choose to complain with is an action of subjugation, so I say standing up proudly for your rights is a much better way of going about things when in Great Britain.

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HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH DIES AGED 99.

The following statement was issued by Buckingham Palace this morning;

 “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Quite a shock to awake to the news this morning of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh the longest serving consort to a British monarch who was at times outspoken, ahead of his time with many issues, fellow with a splendid sense of humour and all round good egg.

Condolences to his family, especially Her Majesty the Queen and I think it safe to repeat the old saying “a nation mourns” and know that it does.

God save The Queen.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has  announced | ITV News

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TEXTING ETIQUETTE AND THE FULL STOP.

I had occasion to communicate with a workman on behalf of a friend of mine to inquire when said workman would be back to remove his rubbish and decided a text message would be the best option.

Some considerable time ago in Victorian times the postal service in London was so quick and reliable that one could write to a maiden Aunt in the morning inviting her to afternoon tea and receive her reply in plenty of time to send your man to the market for some cucumbers for the sandwiches, assuming one had some ready money about oneself to pay for the transaction.

Alas, this is no longer the case hence the proliferation of text messages one is currently bombarded with especially if one has any contact with the younger members of the community.

Having decided to use text for my communication my wife informed me it was considered bad form to use a full stop at the end of the sentence, which caused a somewhat heated debate as to how to write a text message.

Apparently my wife had been informed by friends of hers who had been told by their young children who I believe also said it was wrong to use a question mark at the end of a sentence which I personally thought was all very peculiar as when I text I tend to use full punctuation as one might when writing a letter.

It seems to me that with punctuation one can translate the full meaning of the text unlike a communication from the young with absolutely no punctuation which can take some considerable amount of time before one can make sense of it.

Modern life is a constant minefield of dilemmas as indeed with this current post which I was unsure how to end but decided in the end to finish with the tried and tested full stop.

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Algernon. [Picking up empty plate in horror.] Good heavens! Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches? I ordered them specially

Lane. [Gravely.] There were no cucumbers in the market this morning, sir. I went down twice.

Algernon. No cucumbers!

Lane. No, sir. Not even for ready money.

Algernon. That will do, Lane, thank you.

Lane. Thank you, sir. [Goes out.]

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION COVID REPORT.

The World Health Organisation has concluded its report on their visit to China and cannot categorically say where the Covid pandemic started although they do believe it came from bats who infected another species which then passed it on to man.

During their visit to China it seems they were restricted as to access to all the places they wished to go and they have left the the door open as to whether it started in a Chinese laboratory.

Thankfully the rollout of the Covid vaccine is going fairly well but there is always a chance of another outbreak of some sort, so with that in mind I have some advice for the Chinese, STOP EATING BATS AND RATS! THANK YOU.

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GO LEFT ON THE MOTORWAY.

Highways England have a new campaign with information should you find yourself in the situation where you are breaking down on the motorway with the following advice for motorists.

If you break down on the motorway:

  1. Put your LEFT indicators on.
  2. Move into the LEFT lane.
  3. Exit LEFT at the next junction/services, or.
  4. Exit LEFT into an emergency area or hard shoulder.
  5. Put your hazard lights on.
  6. Get behind a safety barrier where there is one; keep well away from moving traffic.

What a sad reflection on the current standard of driving we have in this country that Highways England feel they need to impart this information to the drivers of today who presumably when breaking down must think, “I’ll just stop here in the outside lane where most vehicles are proceeding at at least 70 mph, what can possibly go wrong with that?”

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO COMMON SENSE?

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MODERN LIFE AND MY MENTAL HEALTH.

I HAVE JUST COME BACK FROM THE HOSPITAL WHERE I ATTEMPTED TO HAVE MY YEARLY BLOOD TEST AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE FACT THAT I AM COMPUTER SHOUTING, I AM EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY.

Luckily I am very healthy and one of the things I don’t have is high blood pressure but modern life is going out of its way to see that I do have it; and breath…………………

Thinking calming thoughts I think I am in a position to continue, now where was I?

Everyone nowadays seems to have to have a yearly check up with the Doctor, although as I have mentioned before in a previous post I would have thought the appointment would be better taken up by someone who is ill, however I digress.

The consultation with the Doctor was done on the telephone due to Coronavirus and when it was finished he requested that I come to the surgery and pick up the form for my blood test at the local hospital which I did the next day.

Once again due to Coronavirus one was not allowed into the surgery and I was given my form at the door by what I assume was a receptionist and following the usual procedure I had nothing to eat or drink 12 hours before the test the next day.

When I arrived at the Hospital I found like the person in front of me who had just been sent by her Doctor that they were no longer doing walk in blood tests whereby you take a ticket and when your number is called in you pop, they take the sample and you bugger off home, simples!

Having gone to the bother of fasting from last night I was BLOODY LIVID AND COULD FEEL MY BLOOD PRESSURE RISING ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS HANDED A PIECE OF PAPER WITH THE DETAILS OF WHERE I COULD BOOK AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At no time did the Doctor or the receptionist mention I had to make an appointment so I assumed they would have some sort of socially distanced queuing system, I would have appreciated being told before and what made matters worse was the nurse informed me the booking system had been in force for a year now and I feel certain that if the Doctor were to check my notes he would see no mention of a psychic ability.

ALL I CAN SAY IS IF THE DOCTOR IS UNABLE TO REMEMBER TO MENTION YOU HAVE TO BOOK AN OPPOINTMENT WHEN HE SENDS YOU FOR A BLOOD TEST HOW CAN I HAVE ANY FAITH IN HIS ABILITY TO REMEMBER TO LOOK AT THEM WHEN THEY COME BACK.

NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY THEY KEEP GOING ON ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, I HAD THOUGHT IT WAS JUST THE SNOWFLAKES BEING PRECIOUS BUT AT THIS RATE IF LIFE CONTINUES TO BE THIS RIDICULOUS, IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE I TOO AM AS MAD AS A HATTER!!!!!

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MEGHAM’S LATEST GAFF.

Meghan Markle has been accused of being confused when she said she had actually been married some days before the official ceremony took place.

Now call me old fashioned but if I’m not mistaken there would have been a rehearsal before an event of the magnitude of the wedding of Harry and Meghan as it would look dreadful had there been a faux pas on the actual day.

It seems therefore logical to assume that Meghan had thought the rehearsal was in fact the real thing which seems a tad odd as she must have come across the concept of a rehearsal during her time as an actress, although as she did no research into the Royal Family before taking the plunge with Harry perhaps she didn’t bother with rehearsals when she was an actress, these Americans can be a little slapdash so it seems.

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THE BRISTOL RIOTS.

I think this will be quite a short post today as there is not much one can say on this subject after one has stated the bleeding obvious; this was not a protest this was anarchy.

When I was young there were CND Ban the Bomb protest marches where an orderly bunch of well meaning middle class liberals, some Church leaders and a smattering of University students dressed in duffle coats with scarves would walk slowly along a predetermined route holding placards, stop at Trafalgar Square and listen to a couple of speeches and then go quietly home.

Gone are the days of the gentlemanly protest march, now we have protesters shouting “kill the bill” which may refer to the recent Parliamentary bill to give the Police more powers to deal with the sort of rioting which happened in Bristol or may literally refer to a desire to kill the Police, I have a nasty feeling in the case of many of the protesters it is the latter.

As I said this post will be quite short, so to sum up; we have a violent riot taking place where the Police have been attacked and injured, their vehicles have been set on fire and Police Stations have come under attack and Parliament is about to debate a new bill to help curb this sort of anarchistic behaviour.

I could be wrong but I can’t see this being a very long debate, well it wouldn’t be if I were in the Chair.

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PUTTING THE HARRY AND MEGHAN DEBACLE INTO PERSPECTIVE.

I recently came across some rather startling information which I think puts the recent Harry and Meghan debacle into perspective as a comparatively minor event not worthy of all the current press coverage compared to the following rather tragic story.

Whilst all the fuss and bother of Harry and his wife Meghan’s false claims have been taking the news headlines I came across a story of far more importance which has hardly been mentioned in the media at all.

The story I refer to is that of the 600 children in the UK who were arrested last year during the coronavirus pandemic for firearms offences, some as young as twelve years of age.

Figures which revealed two 12 year old boys were arrested for suspected firearms offences in the West Midlands, two 12 year old boys and a 13 year old boy were arrested in Hertfordshire for possession of firearms offences, a 14 year old girl was arrested for a suspected firearms offence in Merseyside all of which took place in 2020.

Further offences were committed in 2018/19, an 11 year old boy was arrested in Derbyshire on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and another 11 year old was charged with the same offence with an air weapon.

Amazingly enough more than two dozen suspected firearms were seized in a single week in London this February and Victim Support said it had seen an 85% increase in deaths from shootings in the last year.

Quite extraordinary that a child would carry a gun of any sort, be it imitation or real and leave themselves open to being shot by armed response Police teams who have no idea if the gun is real or fake.

I know I was born in simpler times but when I was an eleven year old the contents of my pocket were more likely to be a Wagon Wheel biscuit, a toy car and the most dangerous item might have be a conker on a string, my how times have changed.

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