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

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The Glorious Twelfth

For liberty and livelihood! Thousands of grouse shooting gentlemen and their smiling gamekeepers will take to the moors of Scotland and northern England today for the Glorious Twelfth. For the willing and well-disposed - a day of shooting will cost you only about £7,000 - you can experience this rarest of British sporting treats. Recommended reading before you go: Better to kill a fellow gun than wing a beater.



F.E. Smith said...

I love this passage from Warner:

A novice kitted out in brand-new knickerbockers and deerstalker might as well wear one of those conference badges saying “Hedge fund manager”. A gentleman will be wearing tweeds weathered to the same consistency as the suit of armour his ancestor wore at Agincourt.

If he has been obliged to replace his Barbour since last season, he may take the precaution of driving his tractor over it several times. Nor should the olfactory sense be neglected: if you cannot out-stink the wet gun-dogs, your bona fides may be suspect.

Splendor Sine Occasu said...

Hunting in a suit? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I think I'd rather go moose hunting!

Marlborough said...

Well its not a three piece banker suit and Oxfords - its a tough set of tweeds and your Wellingtons. Available at J. Barbour & Sons in North America every bit as much as they are sold in the U.K.

Neil Welton said...

I'm surprised this has not been banned by Labour on the grounds it encourages gun crime. For a blast is just like the thrill of a chase, it thus "compensates" for the foxy ban. Perhaps that's why Labour has not banned it (yet).