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Today is a special day for the Brits.
It is the State opening of Parliament…
All the troops are marched out, bands are pooping out the usual melodies, horses are groomed and trotting in line, chomping at the bit…

This is what all that practice in the park has been for, why all the Beef Eaters have been eating their beef…
It puts a shine on ‘ buttons and ever mans well-groomed shoes.
It puts the brilliance in British.

Let the show begin.
And God, do the Brits know how to do drama!

Everything is organised to the minute in this ceremony.
(I was very honoured to attend it two years ago)

Bling it on!

All people have a role, a timing, an action, a position and posture to go with it. (dont forget the tiara’s on the ladies of the lords)
The guards come to clear the perimeter, the Beef Eaters (Yeomen of the Guard) repeat the same to check for explosives and bring on the Bling.
Then all people are made ready for the arrival of Lizzie and her gang.
(in the meantime Mr. Black Rod (not Rod Stewart) goes to ask/order the Commons to common-on over to the house if lords. Lizzie cant do this herself as 1. she is busy, 2. they wont listen to her anyway)

You go girl!

Then Lizzie pops on her hat takes a deep breath and gets ready to face the music.
(not her own music either… and she has to read it in one tone to remain neutral…)

Even if it is in a self-effacing way the Brits are extremely proud of their lands and culture and on a day like this you can see it in its brightest form. Or forgive me… ehrm Hierarchy in its purest form.
This is a court in full action, doing exactly what it has been doing for millennia.

It is an amazing sight to behold.
Every one at court has a wand/rod/mace representing the length and the width of their power/authority.

And guess who has the biggest one?

Does size really matter? How Common...

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I wake up with it every morning…
and sometimes it is the last thing before I fall asleep.

BBC Radio 4. (for the ones in the UK, you can listen live here)

It really is the best mix of opinion, culture, politics and news.
And it really makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

Usually I wait until the daily ‘Thought of the Day’, which usually sends me out to work with a hopeful (, sometimes funny) and postive thought. (the whole of the Today programme is brilliant anyway)

But that is not all…
Eventhough Democracy has all her flaws, I truely think that listening to the roaring responses withing a disgruntled parliament is truely stunning. How about waking up in the morning with the laughter of the parliament? Is there any other country in the world where the MP’s are so eloquent and funny?
Indeed it is a sense of humour that makes politics so much more worth it…


And last but not least there is BBC iPlayer.  I really dont like television in its old form, especially now everything is littered with advertising… But video on demand makes it all come back to life for me again.

Compared to broadcasting in the tiny little Holland, the Beeb is really in a league of its own.

It was only last week that I saw the first Dutch costume drama about her Royal family online… But however much effort went into ‘De Troon’, it hardly mesures up to the expertise and seemingly effortless brilliance of the last production of ‘Little Dorrit’.
Ah well. How different US TV will be. I await with dread…

God Save the World Service!

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