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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Torches and Jubilees

I feel as though something big is about to happen and I am not quite 'there'. Any other year this weekend would have been the late May bank holiday. It almost always coincides with Memorial Day in America. However, this year, in case you've been even more 'elsewhere' than I feel, the bank holiday weekend is a very special one to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne.

In addition, on Friday 1 June, the Olympic torch is coming to Southport -- and The Man and I actually and amazingly enough, know two of the torch bearers! One of them, Hilda, who is 81, will bring the flame a block down the road from our house to had over a block further down. Only it's not a 'hand-over' is it? It's a 'kiss' when one torch 'kisses' the next torch down the line. Then it will be a mad rush to wherever along the route Ben is to watch this young man who we have known since he was in diapers nappies 26 or so years ago! The plan is to go to Liverpool that night for a special extravaganza at the Pier Head, which will feature a performance of a song composed by Ben called 'White Light'.

Saturday, The Man, leaves on the long trek to our house in France. And later that day my sister-in-law and a close friend, Kate arrive for the rest of the special 4-day weekend. Guess I'll have to plan dinner! Oh, and they are also bringing their dogs... Woof! Woof!

Sunday there is a special Diamond Jubilee Service at our church which promises to be quite an extravaganza. I am sure the place will be packed. I'll wear red, white and blue and get to sing My Country Tis of Thee  God Save the Queen!;-)

I have absolutely no idea what to do with Monday and Tuesday. I only know what I won't be doing -- basking in the sun -- starting on Friday and for the entire 4 days the high is predicted to be 14C (58F). Brrrrr...

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  1. I'll take that 58F right now. It was 97F here today with humidity.
    I've only seen the torch go by once but loved it so much. Your weekend sounds like it will be wonderful. Have fun!

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    1. You are absolutely about the temperature, Rubye. I don't envy you those mid-western summer temperatures at all! Thanks for the best wishes!

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  2. Here in the "colony" of Canada, we've had rain and about 10C for the last few days. We'll be up to 20C by mid-week, in the sunshine. A decided improvement. (Not RJ's temperature, around 36C.)

    Seems that everyone I know in Britain is all excited about the Olympic Torch Relay. And the Queen's jubilee service will, I expect, be wonderful. Prince Charles and Lady Camilla have been and gone, so we've done it up right.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

    TTFN.

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    1. Well it's definitely a more cool Britannia for the next several days -- which is rather better than 36/97 I must admit. I've just seen a girl walk past our house on her way to work in a sleeveless summer dress -- it's 8C/48F at the moment!

      Blessings and hugs to you, too, Bear!

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  3. What a pity you can't join 'The Man' in France, because of the passport issue. I hope it is settled rapidly, before the summer is over and you need to head back to the UK. It would be such a shame to misse summer in France. Good luck - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Martine

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    1. I'm not planning to get there before the end of July -- so anything earlier will be a pleasant surprise. The best part is The Man will have everything ship-shape -- all the spiders' webs will be cleared away and our new and expanded bedroom will be finished!

      Many thanks for the crossed fingers, Martine -- very gratefully received!

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  4. Hello Katherine:
    How very splendid to know not one, but two people taking part in the Olympic torch procession. Ben, whose music is to be publicly played, sounds to be a most talented person.

    Whilst we have not interest, if truth is to be told, in either the Queen or the Royal Family, the occasion of the Jubilee does provide a good opportunity for people to get together and have fun. And this can be no bad thing. We do hope that you will have a wonderful weekend with your friends.

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    1. Ben is so very talented -- from a very young age he has been a talent waiting to be discovered. So we were all thrilled when he was accepted at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA). We are of course biased, but do believe he will be a very famous name one of these days!

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  5. Quite pleasant over here. Swimming has started, and the Swallows have arrived. I don't envy your husband that drive down.... I dread to think how many times I've done it, and every one a nightmare.

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    1. When I go with him I insist on staying a night in a hotel -- but he won't do that on his own (Is this a 'man thing'?)and instead stops in various lay-by's along the way. I would think your drive is almost twice the distance. Not a happy thought...

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    2. I always did the same... 11 hrs non-stop.

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  6. It's a bank holiday, so weatherwise surely you didn't expect anything good? :o)

    Enjoy your celebrations. We'll be celebrating in France and have been invited to a Jubillee BBQ.

    On Thursday I'm making special red white and blue muffins and cupcakes with my class at school. Wish me luck ...

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    1. Wow! Red, white and blue muffins -- raspberries and blueberries? That give me an idea! Have fun in class and Good Luck -- though I'm sure you won't need it!

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  7. Hope the weather isn't too bad for the long weekend....its gorgeous here in the Languedoc now, and to be honest I'm not unhappy to be missing the jubilee happenings. The pool gained 9 degrees in 4 days, it's just perfect now. Good luck with the passport saga.

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    1. You don't happen to live anywhere near St. Gervais-sur-Mare, do you?

      Your pool and warm weather sound like heaven to me!

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  8. Ah, with all that celebration going on you need to plan Nothing!

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    1. 'Nothing' sounds just right to me!

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  9. Of course the weather is changing, Broad. It's a British bank holiday, isn't it, plus the Jubilee and we have the two elder grandsons visiting next week to boot. Sigh... If only they's been here this week as they would have been in any other year.

    What fun to know not just one but two torch bearers. The torch hasn't passed close enough to us for easy access, but people are obviously having great fun turning out to watch it go by. We have a special service on Sunday to mark the Jubilee and it should be great. Bon voyage to The Man.

    PS I have something for you on my blog if you'd like to pick it up.

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    1. Perpetua, you know very well that if last week were the normal bank holiday the weather would have been rainy or cold or both and the good weather would be the one coming up! ;-)

      It is amazing -- and it will be even more amazing if we get to see both of them!

      Your bon voyage message to The Man will be delivered...

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  10. How extremely exciting to actually know someone carrying the torch! Great honor!

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    1. I know! I'm really pleased about that!! Both of them are especially deserving of the honour, too...

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  11. What a busy weekend you have ahead of you...but so much fun too. I remember when the Queen and Duke came to Australia on one of their tours...I was a kid and so in awe that their car passed within three feet of where I was hanging onto a lamp post...I thought I could have reached out and touched them.

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    1. I've never seen the Queen. But I saw the Duke of Edinburgh once. It was on the route of JFK's funeral in Washington and there was an amazing group of world leaders before me: King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece; Prince Philip; Charles de Gaulle; Haile Salassie; Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, President Johnson plus all the Kennedy's including Jackie. And the riderless horse... Wow! This 'reply' of mine went in an unexpected direction, didn't it?

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    2. Impressive though Broad...I would have been in tears.

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  12. Oh dear, I live in the UK and can't be bothered to partake of any of the festivities. I didn't go to see the torch; somebody told me today that they stood around for an hour before it was carried past them in a few seconds. The Queen's jubilee may be a fine and honourable thing, but here too I will be standing on the outside looking in. The village isn't doing anything I know of, although various communities round about, even smaller, are celebrating with tea parties.

    I don't do public enthusiasm. (I know, I'm KIlljoy personified) Enjoy your lovely weekend.

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    1. I don't know if I'd be making the effort to see the torch if it weren't to see the people I know. But I am looking forward to the church service as I know it will be something special and fitting. I remember the 50th anniversary and the weather was so dire that all the tables that had been set up for only the children to sit at, were in fact taken down and stacked up along the side of the pavement -- which I saw only because late in the day when the sun came out between rain showers I went to see what was happening -- it was a complete washout! Anyway, this year in Southport I don't know of anything of a public nature going on. Mostly we'll probably watch what's happening in London on the telly. Hilda says she intends to walk with her torch at a leisurely pace and that she is looking forward to seeing her friends in the crowd -- so we should get a good look and maybe even a wave!!

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  13. Err relax??? ;-) Hope you have a great time! And like Martine I'll keep my fingers crossed you get your passport sorted soon.

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    1. Too bad the relaxing may have to be done in front of the fire! ;-)

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  14. I loved to see the torch when it came through Los Angeles on its way to Salt Lake City. To see an 81 year old woman be given the honor of carrying it should be very special. I guess I will catch some of the Jubilee on TV, if there aren't some basketball playoffs going on. I could always record it.

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  15. We are all so thrilled for her and the delight on her face is exquisite to see! I'm really looking forward to it...

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  16. Dear Broad, it's Sunday here now. I would have loved to see all the Jubilee celebrations. Only Queen Victoria, we were told yesterday on the television news, ruled longer. Wow! Peace.

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