Sunday, January 1st, 2017

lethargic_man: (Default)
Just because I'm knowledgeable about the Royal Family and interested in their history, [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m seems to think I'm pro-monarchist. Well, I don't think you have to be in favour of something which is important to express an interest in it.

It's true that I value tradition, and I appreciate the tourist dollars the Royal Family bring in to the UK, but still, those who know me will have heard me say many times "God save the Queen: she's the only thing keeping Prince Charles off the throne", and I have sympathy for Prince William's years of raging against the predestination of his life before he finally came to accept it.

If I got to refashion the British constitution, I think I'd actually keep the constitutional monarchy, but I'd revert to the pre-Norman system where the Witenagemot (or today, the electorate) chose the next monarch from among members of the Royal Family (or those who stood for the post). I'd also thoroughly purge the monarchy of any political power whatsoever: something that unfortunately the reaction of the establishment to the Black Spider Letters debacle shows isn't going to happen in the UK any time soon.

Anyhow, I didn't take part in any street parties during the Queen's Golden Jubilee or her Diamond Jubilee, and indeed laughed a bit at my parents for so doing. (My streets didn't hold parties anyway.) Afterwards, I regretted this a bit: unless the Queen is lucky enough to make it to her Platinum Jubilee at the age of 95, there aren't going to be any more jubilees until I'm an old man (and in any case, I've taken myself out of the running for any more such by removing myself to a different country, where I won't even get a Bank Holiday to celebrate them).

So I thought I'd post a picture here of myself at the one jubilee of the Queen where I really did join in the celebrations, and the street party, wholeheartedly. But then, I was a bit young for political thinking at the time of the Silver Jubilee.

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Fame at last!

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 01:41 pm
lethargic_man: (capel)
This is the new flier from Masorti Judaism in Germany—and look who they chose a photo of to illustrate the back page.

(This was taken on my first trip to Berlin, for a Marom Olami seminar in 2005; points to [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m for spotting this on Friday night.)

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Rabbit menorah

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 01:44 pm
lethargic_man: (beardy)
Today is the last day of Chanukah; the rabbits have been lighting their menorah every day and uploading each photo to Facebook. Here at the end is the complete collection crossposted to DW and LJ: View piccies ) It's always sad to see Chanukah end, but at least I'm not going to have to do any more grubbing around on the rug looking for dropped ball bearings for the next year. (The rabbits response is similar to this one.)

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