Chickens! In Versailles!

A la Française | Graduation movie from Supinfocom Arles 2012 A la Française from à la Française on Vimeo. By Julien Hazebroucq, Emmanuelle Leleu, Morrigane Boyer, William Lorton, and Ren Hsien Hsu. I just think it’s wonderful. (This would have been a Funniest Item but I’ve had it open for more than a week. Got […]

Categories: History

Lucky Number VII

I don’t think a name announcement necessarily deserves a blog post, but I wanted to use the headline before anyone else does CUZ IT WAS MY IDEA. The Times – Royal baby is named George Alexander Louis Kensington Palace said in a short statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Boy Cambridge

I really thought it would be a girl. I kind of hoped it would be a boy so we could avoid all the endless gnashing of teeth over the law changing and whatnot, but I didn’t even think what boy name I’d place a bet on (I was kind of thinking Alexandra would be in […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Death on the Nile

Mark Steyn: The Princess and the Brotherhood For nine decades, Egypt has fled modernity. For my part, I would bet Egypt’s fate will be largely driven by its fiscal ruin. Morsi is a good example of what happens when full-blown Islamic rule is put into effect in a country without the benefit of oil. He’s […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Oof, He’s Certainly Let Himself Go Since We Started Tracking His Comings and Goings

Daily Mail – King of Swaziland wants to make me his (14th) virgin bride… so you must let me stay in the UK: Woman’s plea for asylum after fleeing African monarch Oof.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

That Poor Nurse

I certainly hope that it doesn’t turn out that the poor lady who accidentally talked to those two silly DJs about Kate’s hospital stay was hounded by the press to an extent that that’s what turned out to put her over the edge. For one thing, our royal father-to-be will be severely cheesed off, as […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXC

I love Zara Phillips, really I do, and not in a ridiculous “Zomg she’s nearly a princess!” sort of way, but in a “Gosh she’s cool, and so talented, and so nice seeming, and just like a real person,” but still, this is really, really funny. From a tweet, which said: This Guardian picture caption […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Thrilling Developments in Saxon History

An overlooked area of history, I think: BBC (video) – Archaeologists ‘find palace site’ at Kingsholm

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXXXVIII

Slate – How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem. By Torie Bosch “Depressing,” quoth Peter. Interesting, sayeth I. It is depressing, but I think it’s interesting given trends I’ve noticed in the past few years on Wiki (oh Wiki, my sun, my stars, my brain). Time was, if you wanted to look something […]

Categories: Electronics


I am feeling so desperately fond of Prince Charles right now: Sky News (with a 13 minute video, starting with his closing remarks) – Queen Lights Last Of 4,250 Jubilee Beacons Highlight: Yeah that’s Tom Jones (and Cheryl Cole) standing next to Camilla behind HMQ belting out God Save the Queen. Sublime.

Categories: People and Current Events


I have spent most of this weekend collecting historical-minded stories and downloading photos of the river pageant (why not meeee), and perhaps I’ll do a recap for the external memory drive when the weekend’s over, but in the meantime, the Sunday Times (free this weekend!) has published its Coronation Issue from 1953, and there’s just […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Jubilee Song

Schmaltz! But effective schmaltz! Sing – Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives I mean bagpipes? Really? (Plus the little girls in the African Children’s Choir (in Uganda) are wearing necklaces just like one I stole from my mother 20 years ago, and I still can’t figure out what they’re called.)

Categories: People and Current Events

I Don’t Know If Anybody’s Pointed This Out Lately

But Windsor is a damned fine looking castle.

Categories: Art and Literature

On Matters South American

What’s funny is he looks like such a great little film-quality British villain colonial twerp. But I digress. Three items: HuffPo – Sean Penn Talks Falklands Dispute, Takes Argentina’s Side Penn met with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Monday and then urged Britain to join U.N.-sponsored talks over what he called “the Malvinas Islands of […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Someday I’d Like to Understand What Any of This Means

I’m reading about the Queen’s entry in today’s Epsom Derby (her horse came in third). All this “ten-to-one” and “half past four” talk. I wish I could rattle along like that. Think of how meetings would go, eh?

Categories: Sports and Leisure

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