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

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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

Saturday, 3 November 2007

For Queen and Cricket

Monarchist of the Month: “The monarchy stands for everything that makes me proud to be English...I listen to all these republicans...If it was down to me I'd hang 'em! I honestly would. It's a traitor's game for me.” - Cricket legend Ian Botham.

Arise, Sir Beefy: Sir Ian collecting his knighthood on 10 October 2007 from the Queen for services to Charity and to Cricket. Nicknamed Beefy, Botham finished his career as England's leading Test wicket-taker with 383 victims and over 5,000 Test runs. The 51-year-old former all-rounder remarked: "I've had some great moments in sport and other walks of life but nothing matches this."

Looking back over his cricketing career, the sportsman-turned-commentator said: "The highlight has to be any time we beat Australia particularly when we beat them in Australia, but today puts that all into insignificance when you get an achievement like this."

Asked if he has been addressed as Sir Beefy yet, he added: "No I haven't, but I have been called Sir Loin of Beef." Speaking of which, note that he is not flanked by Beefeaters in the photo above. They are Yeoman of the Guard, which is not to be confused with Yeoman Warders, who are the real Beefeaters. It's all rather confusing, I know.


Neil Welton said...

Sir Ian is a true British hero.

He be admired throughout this Realm and Commonwealth and, even though his own life be full of "ups and downs", he still be smiling and spreading hope, happiness and pleasure to those less fortunate.

Note also and note it well.

He saith: "I listen to all these republicans."

He has my sympathy.