Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Monday, 8 October 2007

Royal Canadian Air Farce drops the 'Royal Canadian' to become just a Farce

THE CANADIAN COMEDY TROUPE that's been on the air off the air since 1973, has apparently decided to drop the 'Royal Canadian' from its corporate identity and go with just Air Farce Live. I have only three things to say about this turn of events:

First, they never had a royal charter to begin with, so it's not an insult to the Crown; second, Royal Canadian Air Force veterans will probably not be disappointed to see this play on words disappear, since intended or not they could not have appreciated the indirect insult on the proud record of the RCAF; and thirdly, despite the show's past popularity, they now apparently believe they have a branding problem, when in fact the show's attempt at political and cultural satire has descended into rank mediocrity and with few exceptions is no longer funny. Methinks they are in a state of denial.

Still, for a nation that is becoming less and less cognisant of its status as a constitutional realm, the Royal Canadian Air Farce at least reminded us that this was so. The Crown exists, but it unfortunately does so outside the popular imagination of an apathetic public.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

They should have changed to "Canadian Farces Live" if they wanted to be funny.

Beaverbrook said...

Now that would have been funny.