Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee


Picture of a young Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen. Queen Elizabeth II.
 What a wonderful woman, eighty-six years old and governs Great Britain as well as being the head of state to fifteen other commonwealth realms!

This weekend we celebrate her wondrous sixty-year reign. In three years time she will be drawing with Queen Victoria's reign, who was the longest reigning monarch yet. I know Elizabeth will get there, I believe she will continue until she is one hundred years old.
The day she became queen was when she was a mere twenty-five years old. I cannot imagine how she must have felt when her father (George VI) died very suddenly and she was rushed back to Britain from a tour. This time she was entering her country as Queen, can you imagine?
Isn't it amazing to think that through her blood stretches down to the lineage of Henry the VIII and Elizabeth I?!!

Every village and town though out Britain at this time, is celebrating our sovereign's reign. In each village that I have visited, bunting hangs from the rooftops and flags are placed along the tops of the shops and houses. It is a time for celebration. Today my family and I are going to see jousting (a great medieval war method on horses using long poles). Some people are having street parties, when all the town bring out tables and they join together to form one massive feast, sharing with neighbours and friends. It brings to mind celebrations that took place after the WWII had ended, when all got together and were proud to be British.
On Monday, we are going to light a beacon at the top of the common, other villages near by will light their own beacons and the fiery lights will be seen through the valley. These beacons were first built many centuries ago and were lit in the dead of night to warn the country of invasion!
I am so proud of our history and how great our country has been, by the grace of God, what we have achieved through-out the world. It is God's divine blessing upon this country, it perhaps is not quite as it was, but the wonder will live on I hope, and the history will survive the ages.


But this is a special time. A time that will never come again. And no matter where I go in the world, where I end up living, I shall never forget my roots that are deeply grounded in this country and joined by the blood of my ancestors.


On this day and many more to come, I shall be proud to be called British- A child of the Queen's homeland.


                                                       God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And give us ever cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.

Not in this land alone,
But be God's mercies known,
From shore to shore!
Lord make the nations see,
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world over

From every latent foe,
From the assassins blow,
God save the Queen!
O'er her thine arm extend,
For Britain's sake defend,
Our mother, prince, and friend,
God save the Queen!

-Our National Anthem first performed in 1745.


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  2. Hi again Jo,

    to make this clear from the beginning I support your monarchy only for cultural reasons.

    Then again, I am a foreigner... where we kicked our German kings away so maybe my opinion is not that impartial.

    I was in London last week and I noticed that there were flags in high streets and all over which is rather unusual. Not a very flag-waving country Britain is unlike the US of A, where every house has a flag outside.

    How can you compare E II to Victoria though? Victoria actually reigned the country. And she reigned a country that was progressing. Britain today is a dump. My father went to Britain for better money and I ... fled Britain because let's be honest; Britain nowadays is CRAP and everyone would leave if they could ... unless you are some third worlder and want to do nothing and live on welfare; then Britain is perfect. Even you plan to leave Britain and you are a native...

    Other than that as long as LibLabCon run that country you are deeply screwed cos nothing is going to change. Guess the Scotch are gonna do themselves a favor in 2014 and ditch the westminster tirany.

    As for the Queen, Elisabeth is a machine with a teleprompter... she has no real power and if she ever attempted to use her "powers," you'd be a Republic the next day. Of course, if she is using her powers now to run that place then she is not doing a very good job if I may.

    Sorry for the rant Jo.

    MK

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    2. MK

      You just ruined a very nice post, I was going to ask about the jousting because it sounds very intriguing. Instead I now have to advise you on your civility. Whenever you have an opinion that is unpleasant to another person, it is best to keep it to yourself.

      As for the queen not having any power. I admire the British Parliamentary/Monarchy system. There is a reason why the French Revolution did not spread into GB. Because ever since the Magna Carta the British system has progressed into a system that is ruled by the people and for the people. As far as the queen goes, she plays a huge role on the country. For one she is the apolitical embodiment of the nation. 2) She is the best diplomat any country could want. 3) People from all over the world travel to Britain just to see the mundane objects with the ER stamped on them.

      Britain is not crap they are the international finance capital of the world. They produce some of the best bands in history. They created the universal language of the world. And as an Anglo-Saxon American I am proud that I can trace my ancestry to such a great country. Surely our political systems are different, but we do what works for us, and they do what works for them. In the end we know that GB is our closest friend, and brothers from across the pond.

      God save the Queen, and God bless America.

      Martin

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    3. Thank you Martin for the post!
      I love the Queen - full stop. And I'm sure you will find some people who are young and like her also, like you and I. Culture is fascinating, where would we be without it!
      We are all good with the flooding now, thanks. And as for jousting... Well it's wonderful take a look at this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z64AzHIdgKw
      It is quite incredible. And I can't believe I actually got to see some of this.

      Thanks again,

      Jo

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  3. Hi mk, I know you didn't mean to be rude, but to me your comment was rather. You cannot expect any country to be better than another, people move here and there for lots a different reasons. I know Britain is surly not what it was when Victoria ruled, of course it isn't! But neither is this world what it was back then.
    Times change and with it the people want new things, the Government runs this country now and I don't see why it had to change. If I could I would make the Queen rule over it all as it once was, she doesn't have much power anymore, but I don't blame her for that. If anything I have more respect that she is bold enough to stand up for what is right when there so many that are trying to change things completely. I don't think anyone can judge what the Queen does or doesn't do- because we have no idea what goes on behind the Public eyes and ears.
    As for me wanting to leave, yes I admit Britain has slipped, but the culture and place is my homeland, but times change. I will never forget how great Britain once was and how beautiful it is now away from London, I won't forget that it taught the world to speak, and how great Christianity was here. Anyway people are entitled to their own opinions but I wish before they did state what they want they could try to understand first. But I don't think it deserves such a hard title as 'crap' if only for history, let it rest.

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    1. I am sorry if I offended you. I honestly did not mean to.

      I think you got me wrong if you think I do not respect Britain. I have the greatest admiration for your history and real British culture (that is not Tracey Emin, Heston Blumenthal, Damien Hirsch, etc), as I think that in your prime times you achieved the greatest civilization known to mankind and I am not only referring to the once vast borders of the empire, but also progress in unity, law, science, freedom, quality of life, arts and architecture, army, medicine etc. Today, you can find many of the accomplishments of your great civilization spread across the globe, mostly in countries where the local stock was replaced by British and Irish stock, as Machiavelli -apparently wrongly- thought this is the best way to colonize.

      I guess you can blame liberalism for all the change.

      Christianity in Britain was part of the identity and still is in paper. When identity (love of country, religion, family) was corrupted, christianity lost ground. Same thing goes on all over Germanic Europe (protestants except for Austria.) In Norway, the Church of Norway stopped being the official religion a few days ago, for example.

      My description as 'crap' only expresses my disappointment at the current situation. I even love London in a way, as I think it has the nicest city planning in the world and much of the architecture is magnificent.

      Also, of course, you can expect a country to be better than another. Not many flocking into North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, etc these days, are they. :P

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  4. Miss Burgess,
    You have every right to be very proud of your heritage. Remember, most of the world was jealous of the British Empire for centuries. And now, as the rest of the world focuses their jealousy of the U.S.,---- it seems the Germans still have a problem with the UK :-)
    BTW- you are a very smart young lady.
    -Max

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    1. Jealous would be the wrong word to describe it. Competitive with them sure, and they really did succeed in taking Britain down in the end. Kinda like Samson, who basically devoted his life protecting the Israelites from the Philistines, and in the end he was betrayed by an Israelite woman. Same way Britain spent centuries to fight off French, Germans, Americans, Russians, Dutch, Turks, aboriginals, you-name-it in the long quest for 'land of hope and glory' and was betrayed by workers rights and all the things they were tied to.

      And not many are jealous of the US; people do not hate America (the government, not Americans) because they are jealous of it (as Dubya put it in 2001) but because their government is screwing the world. If you do not side with the Americans today, your existence is at risk. But America's days are limited probably as well, and by that I do not mean the existence of the US of A, but rather the existence of the 'land of the free,' the New Europe as I like to put it. Then even 'Americans' will hate America.

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  5. Hi Jo,
    I'm very interested in accents and languages.

    I notice your accent in one of your youtube videos is very "standard" to my foreign ears. Do you consider yourself speak RP? May I know which part of England are you from? Thank you.

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    1. Hi there,
      Yes, my accent is a standard RP, it isn't as pronounced as it should be or could be, but that is probably due to where I have been raised which is in the South West of England.

      Kind regards!

      Jo

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  6. Gosh, I would never dream of disrespecting someone else's country, especially when that person Is meant to be your friend. Well, you are my friend Jo Jo, so I am going to state my opinion here If this server will let me.

    I am an American, and I was born In the United States. I was born In to An American Mother, and from an English Father. This makes me half American, and half English. I was also schooled through a Summer School In London when I was just a child, and It taught me many things as I was growing up. My Grandparents live In Windsor, and I have spent many summers vacating there. In my understanding the United Kingdom Is a beautiful country. I have also worked In the United Kingdom. I worked there for almost thirteen months, and I loved every breathing moment. The only thing that I missed the most was my family. If I had a way, or a choice I would move back tomorrow. I love England because I know that my Father was born there, and his parents before him. To me England Is my second home, and just because I am here, It makes no difference as wherever you look Inside of my house you will see England everywhere, but most Importantly, It Is Inside of my heart.

    I also love England because my friends live there, and the people I love live there. I love the history, the architecture, the museums, the stately homes, the art galleries, the city's, the towns, the villages, the castles, the green fields, the cute accents, the writers of past, the fine colleges, and I even love driving on the other side of the street. To me this Is home, because when I was a child I would visit most of these, and It Is still fresh In my memory. I forgot to mention to that they own one of the finest navy's In the world who survived TWO world wars which evidently Is the Royal Navy, And last but least the famous Greenwich mean time where everyone In every nation uses this for accuracy of a latitude, and a longitude by the Meridian Line. This Is our center of the world's time keeping, so thank you England. We salute you, and no doubt we will always stand next to you no matter where your at.

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    1. You really don't know Europe. Blaming each others' nations for everything is like a national hobby over here.

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  7. There are two downfalls to England? The first one Is that England Is very highly taxed, and most things you will buy are expensive. The second Is that England has let their doors open for too long to non UK Citizens, and by doing this aliens have abused the nation In taking from them what rightly Is there’s

    (IE) Employment, houses, and money off the state. Therefore, the working class will pay more Into the Government and for them to hand It back to the people who are unemployed, and the Immigrants that bleeds the system dry. I should not say this because I do not live In England, but less we forget my Grandparents does, and this has risen on numerous occasions through telephone conversations stretched outright, So thank you Grandpappy for your useful Information.

    The good side Is that England has not adopted In to the Euro, and In my understanding It never will too. The Euro Is the worst thing that has ever happened throughout Europe. A friend of mine visited Ireland while I lived In England, and he had told me that In Ireland you could be filling up your car with gas for say thirty pounds, and just across the border where the Euro Is, that same amount of gas would cost you a further 3-4 pounds. (Sorry I can’t find the pound sign on my keyboard) so evidentially England opted out, but furthermore to this conversation. England Is not crap at all, but It Is a dump I agree, a dumping ground.
    We do wave our flags here, and no matter where you go, you will always see a flag. We are proud of our flag. I can say this now because I am an adult, but when I was a child at School I did not understand what I was pledging to each morning as I spoke out the Pledge Of Allegiance. To me I should have been given a choice. I should not of even spoke it. I was a minor. I was not allowed to vote, but nowadays, you have a choice In most US schools.

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    1. The Euro is not as bad as you think it is. The eurozone is in a crisis now and as this is the first crisis they need to develop a way to cope with it. Other than that, most countries beg to get into the Eurozone because the euro is a consumer currency which means it gives power to the consumer as it has a strong value and has been steadily growing against the USD since it was first introduced. England is probably the most expensive country in Europe.

      Their tax system is not that bad either. It has a lot of loopholes that every of their governments vows to end but none do. If you are rich, generally, don't expect to be paying much tax. Employees pay most taxes.

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    2. And you are very right about their welfare system. In America welfare systems differ across states. The deep south has the poorest, California gives the most. But none of them is as generous as the UK's! And imagine that they are borrowing billions every month on the back of the taxpayer and the taxpayer's children and grandchildren to fund this nonsense!

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  8. My Mother loved “The Queen Of England” she always watched her on TV through the Holidays. She Is a fine Lady, and looking at the TV just the other day she still looked lovely. I watched the Royal Wedding last year as It was screened worldwide, and they all looked beautiful. I know some people are just pure spiteful when It comes to any Royal family, In any country, but to me that Is petty, Immature, and self-centered. Jealously for the most part comes In here when they hate on them. Also, my Mother was a follower of Princess Diana. Did you know that? My Mother even traveled to England to see the wedding of Lady Diana Spenser, to Prince Charles. She was a collector too. Books, memorabilia, anything. Princess Diana was a lovely Lady, a great person for charities, a peoples person, and I would of loved to have met her myself, but she was taken so soon.

    To end this conversation on a nice note. I do hope that “The Queen Of England” does reign for a lot more years yet, and I hope also that you had a nice weekend, celebrating.

    And Jo Jo, you live In England, your parents do as-well, so does your grandparents, ancestors, and your friends. England Is your home no matter where you go. No one can ever take that from you. I am on your side darling. I always have been. Forgive me for the above. Stand proud, and strong.

    End of subject!!

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