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AT THE PALACE….

By David Vance On February 15th, 2020

“And what do you do…Charles”?

11 Responses to “AT THE PALACE….”

  1. Who is it? Declan McManus?

    Did Charles actually earn thar winged arm patch or is it ceremonial?

  2. Prince Charles earned the wings. He might talk to plants now but he was an operational Royal Navy pilot in his young days and passed the parachute training.

    It’s a well deserved OBE for Elvis Costello, though CBE (one rank above) is more fitting. You can get an OBE for anything now.

  3. I wasn’t sure Pete. I can’t imagine Charlie on a jump but I suppose if you’re a pilot you need to take the para course.

  4. Mr Costello now looks like a boring middle aged bank manager. But then again he always did look like an awkward geek.

  5. OBE = Order of the British Empire
    CBE = Commander of the British Empire

    The British Empire has not existed for decades, so why do these imperial baubles survive?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire#End_of_empire

  6. Peter –

    Because mankind needs reminders of better days and higher ideals.

    We can always strive to be better, we can always reach out to improve the planet, as the British Empire – the best thing that ever happened to an undeserving world – once did.

    Whenever you’re feeling down, whenever you need strength, whenever you need guidance, remember to ask yourself the key question: what would the British Empire have done?

  7. the British Empire – the best thing that ever happened to an undeserving world

    You mean like the 12 Indian famines between 1765 and 1858? Great days for sure.

    “The 1901 Famine Commission found that twelve famines and four “severe scarcities” took place between 1765 and 1858.[34]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famine_in_India#British_rule

  8. How many took place before then?

  9. Who knows? But one famine every eight years under the Raj is not a great look.

  10. //You mean like the 12 Indian famines between 1765 and 1858? Great days for sure.//

    And a few massacres and multiple rapes thrown in (including, it has to be said, by Irishmen of all traditions in Irish regiments)

  11. Elvis had a comment to the effect the honor confirmed his belief that no one listens to the words of the songs.