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This is a stupid rant, but something that always bugs me. Having watched 'Trooping the Colour', as I do every year, why does Princess Anne and Prince Edward dress in military gear? Frank?
This is a stupid rant, but something that always bugs me. Having watched 'Trooping the Colour', as I do every year, why does Princess Anne and Prince Edward dress in military gear?
Tina it is not stupid as I also wonder. Prince Edward spent two weeks in the Marines, if it had been me I would have been ashamed to ever wear uniform again, apparently honour does not apply in some cases.Princess Anne has worked her way up through the Honorary ranks accepting roles in the many military events no one ever hears about though I can assure you they happen often. The reason she did is not obvious although strong rumours did fly, enough said.My own brush with Royalty was a Royal Duke now dead who arrived drank the Mess dry took the salute being supported on each side and I think from behind as we marched past. The other one was the old Princess Royal who was a very good age even then, she inspected us talking to some of us and I found myself looking down at a small birdlike Lady and her gazing up at me, six foot to her four foot something, at least she was showing interest and did not drink the Mess dry.Large Parades are the culmination of weeks of rehearsal and in our case REME we still had to keep the work going, funnily the Troops in the main enjoyed them, it was show off time, strut your stuff and be proud. One I did right marker for the whole Parade which meant having every one in the right place at all times during the Parade and one spectacular Parade the CO had been in the mess nearly all night and he mouthed all the orders whilst I in stentorian voice gave them. I often wondered if the General taking the salute ever wondered why the CO's loud voice seemed to come from the back of the ranks when the CO was at the front, we got away with it and the CO bought the drinks in our Mess so another long hard night ensued.
I really love to watch all the ceremonial occasions. The precision of the soldiers is magnificant. I'm sure that, deep down, even though there's plenty of rehearsals, they wouldn't swap their places. Do wonder whether those shouting the orders suffer from sore throats for a few days!
I do know that Princess Anne has 'connections' with the uniform she dons, but I still don't think it's correct. As for Edward, enough said. I think it's an insult to whatever uniform he decides to wear at any particular event. My daughter met him many years ago when she was on work experience at The Really Useful Company. Don't think she was that impressed. She was eating a bag of hula hoops at the time and he asked what she was doing. Fortunately, being a very well brought up girl, she was polite. He was in his theatrical mode at the time. That lasted well too didn't it.
Do remember the late Princess Mary. Austere looking lady.
I don't like all the hangers on and wish they would be made to go out and earn their own living but I like the main players. Been a fan since the Queen married in 1947. She was simply my Fairy Princess.
You oiled the sore throats with best Single malt at 7 pence a glass in many long and tuneful nights in the mess, well they did start tuneful.It was years of practice as you worked up the ranks, I often took what we called singing lessons on the square with the very young Officers, six in the morning they would line up and I would tell them "you will call me Sir, I will call you Sir but you will mean it" then make them give orders with the men at the far end so they had to project the voice. Remarks from me such as "well at least wave them goodbye or for goodness sake do something even if it is fall down dead" would get them flustered.I once had a reasonable Tenor voice having come up through Church and School choirs to singing in the Troop Concerts we had at the time, that soon went once I got to be a WO, larger troops of men and even bigger Parades, the best oil in the world would not cure that.
Think my children would agree I would have made a good Sergeant Major, Frank.
Tina, I have a mantleshelf full of cards, the best dad in the world??? Thank you for being the dad you are??? so my children and grandchildren must think me soft!!!
What's wrong with that Frank. It's their way of letting you know what they feel about you. I know they probably show it all the time but it's that special day.
Two of mine have a competition as to who can get the showiest, slushiest card imaginable. The mantlepiece is the first thing they aim for when they come in and the first words are 'Let's see what he/she has managed this year'. Then they have a row - a friendly one, of course.
My MD cards are still up! I suppose I will have to take them down now so FD ones can be on display.
Tina, I think the Princess Royal who spoke to me was Alice, she died in 1981 97 years old it was in the late sixties I saw her so she would be in her 70's then.
My lot try to get the biggest card until Sandra started into making her own, you could call them wall murals.
Frank, I wouldn't argue with you.
What is it about these offspring that they have to compete, in a friendly way. I'm always being told that middle child is my favourite. I go along with it now and so does he, so when we are altogether we really play up to it, while the other two look at each other with the 'see what I mean' face.
Gilly, I've only just spotted your post about dressing up box. Very apt remark. He looked a right plonker and as for Princess Anne, why does she dress like a man? Mmm.
Why does she dress like a man you ask, because she lives in her horsey clothes most of the time and cannot find the only dress in the cupboard full of saddles whips etc. Do not ask me why all the whips?
Frank I actually thought she looked like one today. Ouch, that was bitchy.
You are allowed one Tina, it is Saturday night nowt on't tele and the large glass of Malt and water makes the tongue acidic, well three wee drops of it, do not want to dilute the golden dram do we.Just had a horrendous downpour here it rattled everything, glad I got my heating fixed will need some tonight methinks.
Had my heating on today Frank. Got to keep warm. I've had torrential rain today too. Have to say it was much needed.
Enjoy your tipple and hope you are seeing the family tomorrow.
I think we've forgotten this the 'rant' thread.
Morning ranters, a quick wander round the mails etc whilst the oven warms up for the lamb today it is with port wine sauce, using up bottles.
Rant one:- What happened to good old Kellogs flakes? my Daughter tells me I need more roughage so I invest in a packet of mixed grain flakes with a multitude of dry fruits and nuts.It is like eating what is left on the Wynyard floor after threshing, we bedded the cattle on it and did not make them eat it. My normal breakfast is porridge surely enough roughage there, at my age too much can turn you into a methane making engine, you propel yourself along by jumping in the air then turning on the jet forward motion.
Rant two:- does anyone find those bathroom spray cleaners actually work?Five minutes to shower ten minutes to wipe down and dry, I use a hand squeegy and still it dries with a mist on it, it takes the steam cleaner to bring back the shine which slowly mists again just using the shower spray. I sometimes lose my temper and go in with a bucket of Domestos that gets it bright again, the glass spray does not work either, does anything modern work, we never had this problem with the old tin bath and good old block Sunlight soap "aaaagh"
Rant 3. The size of Wagon Wheels, really they have certainly been downsized since those I purchased in the 1960s (there given an idea of my age)
Anybody else agree, dispite what the manufacturer states, that they are in fact the same size?
Ah - but you can now fit one easily in your mouth sideways in one go Jon.
Or so I'm told
Don't like 'em but get then for girls now and again!
Can't beat soapy water and a squeegee Frank/Dad - I use it for windows too. Sprays are hopeless aren't they?
Hope you have a lovely roast lunch today - you shouldn't be doing the cooking though
Wagon wheels hve def shrunk. It used to need two hands to hold one. Mars bars have also shrunk, I never used to be able to eat a whole 6d worth.
Frank, I clean our shower with white vinegar, leave it to soak for a couple of minutes, then clean off with a rubber window scraper, and polish off with balled-up kitchen roll - always seems to work well. Certainly all the bathroom and kitchen sprays seem ineffective - just like most of the garden sprays and powders nowadays. Shall we blame it on Health and Safety or the EU?
A rant about the wastage within the NHS.
Whilst I was at hospital yesterday, sipped away at my coffee, I listened to the nurses chatting about what was going on within the hospital. This is my local one where they have already closed A&E and Maternity and, anyone with any sense can see, will eventually close. Unfortunately, we were linked up with 2 PFI hospitals which are seriously in debt. Both pieces of land on which these buildings stand will be sold off to try and bring the debt down. Just setting the stage. Quite obviously, admin bods are trying to implement all sorts of cuts within the medical side which isn't going down well. More admin than medical staff!! This is all leading to misuse of hospital coffers. Always wear the wonderful hospital gown which is supplied but now you are issued with another 'throw away' piece of attire. Have had the same procedure 4 times over 9 years and they were never thought necessary before. At what cost to the ailing NHS. Who thought that one up, I wonder?
One government after another doesn't seem to know what to do with the ailing NHS. How is it that we, the ordinary Joe Public, can see what needs to be done. I watched a programme some years back now, where Gerry Robinson went in and turned a hospital round. It's a shame they don't take someone in the know to implement changes and get shot of all these overpaid admin bods who know nothing.
the thing with wagon wheels.. have they got smaller.. or have our hands just got bigger???
i also use white vinegar for my cleaning.. it is amazing.. mixed with bleach (thou pongs and open all windows) it can be pasted on the grout and rinse after time and whoopie!! clean and white and fresh.