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Once again, a quick post. Once again, it's quick for excellent reasons, though it's not going but staying in that forms my excuse this time. A month ago, with a few mouse clicks, I set set in train events that would lead, inexorably, to the loss of a good many otherwise productive evening, beginning with tonight's; for that was the night that I ordered Guitar Hero: World Tour. It's now waiting in my office (its arrival today having no doubt marginally increased my sexiness in the receptionist's eyes) and within minutes tinyjo will be back from Guides and demanding that we drive out and pick it up forthwith. I only hope that my key card will let me into the building after office hours as promised, or it's going to be a difficult weekend. Frankly, there's going to be some kind of tortured whining in our household tonight, so here's hoping it's guitars and not girlfriends...

She's not back yet, though, so I have time to share a weird experience: on the radio this morning, between the weather forecast and the news headlines, they simply announced "Today is the sixtieth birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales", followed by an orchestral verse of the national anthem. I feel like we're living in the olden days, or an American's view of what quaint little olde Englande is like. I mean, for fuck's sake. He's our emergency back-up figurehead, a century too late to be a death away from relevance.

OK, she's back, I'm gone. Peace out, y'all.


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Nov. 14th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised they didn't play 'God Bless The Prince Of Wales'
http://www.dewolfe.co.uk/musicsearch/track_detail.php?primaryid=18350 (actually that is a feeble rhetorical device, I'm not surprised).

Of course, Thai TV plays the national anthem (or possibly it is the royal anthem, I am pretty sure they have two anthems) on all channels every day at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DLOhfo0MO00

Mind you, this is what you get for listening to Radio 4 :-)

Anthems are funny things. We went to T In The Park once and at the end a piper came on and played Flower Of Scotland. Clearly the idea of someone coming on and playing our lovely anthem at, say, Glasto would be laughed out of court (or maybe they do? never been). Flower Of Scotland is particularly unlovely. I would personally go for Alba by Runrig (check out the 80's-tastic hair-styles http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LOgEZbtg7dM )
Obviously like all anthems it is improved by not being in a language I speak, but the lyrics are less irksome than most contenders, though 'And the empty house in Edinburgh
Without authority or voice' would obviously need updating.

Edited at 2008-11-14 11:37 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I will say this, all I've learned about England I've learned from steampunk novels, a hazy recollection of a "Monty Python" skit involving colonels in Africa shooting tigers, and mid-period Kinks albums, and that sounds perfectly modern to me.
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Damn, I wish I lived in your version of England.
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