Monday, 4 June 2012

My jubilant two cents...

As I type this, I'm watching the Queen's Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on our national channel SABC 3. The wonders of technology hey. Two decades ago and I would have had to wait at least a week or three to watch it. Now it's like I'm there.

Firstly, who doesn't know Queen Elizabeth? Of course most of us are well aware of her existence since it was her ancestors who plodded through most of our lands claiming it as their own. In many ways, for most of us colonized slaves, Britain is the Motherland. I don't, however, care much for the institution they call the Monarchy and I'm quite indifferent to the British Monarchy and their shenanigans.

Secondly, it does strike me quite odd that they would commission such a diverse group of musicians - mostly contemporary artists - for the occasion. Perhaps I'm the only one in the world that imagines them sitting around in one of their huge immaculately manicured lush gardens or lounging in their massive libraries overlooking said gardens, sipping on Earl Grey and listening to Bach or Mozart or Tchaikovsky. It never occurs to me that they could very well be listening to Robbie Williams. And Grace Jones doesn't feature anywhere in that Royal reverie. I wonder how many of them are there under duress...

Speaking of Robbie, its been ages since I've seen him live. And I thought Gary Barlow was retired. And Cheryl Cole looks stunning, but she's not very good live. And my Mother is quite pleased to see Cliff Richard, who incidentally looks wonderfully botoxed.

Anyway, my favourite part of these celebrations is getting to watch ancient footage and looking at really old photos of the family. Although, come to think of it, I've never seen any photo of the Queen while she was pregnant. I love looking at how times have progressed in some areas, and regressed in others. It's quite fascinating being allowed to follow these people's lives from birth until old age.

So that's my 2 cents for tonight. I am neither for or against the Monarchy. To each his own. If you're in Britain and you're out feeling all patriotic, then enjoy yourself. If you're sitting at home and think it's all a load of hogwash, then enjoy your two extra days off. For the rest of us that are indifferent, have some chocolate, sit back and enjoy the show.

I'm just about done singing along to Tom Jones' Delilah...


  1. I'm against monarchies, but so in favor of the term "jubilee"!

  2. thats a good point. i've never seen a photo of the Queen, pregnant :)

  3. I missed the Jubilee completely. I don't think that I'd have had the patience to just sit there and watch the whole thing on television even if I'd known about it.

    The monarchy is especially good at scandals, which make better copy than the Jubilee (IMHO).

    I may be in South Africa within the month. Let me know if it's going to be re-run.

  4. I love the old pictures too Azra. She was a very beautiful young girl. What I do appreciate is how tirelessly she has worked in a position she wasn't supposed to be in. She has shown dedication, commitment and sacrifice. She's done that with grace and style for 60 years. Plus when she goes to Bora Bora, she can't kick off her shoes and get wasted on Margaritas, she has to behave in twinset and pearls! She has my support for that alone!

  5. I'm sure there are collectors of pregnant queen pictures... Maybe we should contact them hahaha. Or maybe it's because royalty never do it the traditional (=fun) way but, instead, prefer Huxley's method. What I do know is these people are loaded and, my dear Az, it makes them very happy.

    And I watched the entire thing, too. Too bad Cliff can't sing anymore. But Tom Jones... he's got a voice that makes me want to take off my Armani underwear right now! (I know, too much information) Just trying to make a point.

  6. Roving Retorter
    I get how some Monarchs provide a sense of stability and therein a sense of comfort and consistency for the people. The Queen has reigned for 60 years, and many Presidents and Prime Ministers have come and gone since then.

    I suppose it goes against her should never show ones tummy when one is with child lol!

    Oh that is excellent news! Let me know when you're herewith bound and where you'll be. It would be nice to say hi :)

    She gets 10 points for always maintaining that composure. I have no doubt that I wouldn't be able to do it for that long, even if someone paid me to.

    Truth be told Randy, I'd be just as happy if I was loaded. If happiness existed, money would certainly be able to buy it. Money however can't buy self-esteem and self-worth. But that's a whole other topic on it's own :)

  7. You get two days off?? I sometimes wish I had both Spanish AND American holidays days off (paid of course), independent of where my current location is. One can dream, right?

    I'm indifferent to any sort of monarchy as well, though am occasionally outraged at what the Spanish monarchy continues to receive from our precious taxes. They haven't had a single cut, despite the overwhelming financial crisis. The prince needs to go shoot himself in the foot again.

  8. Michi

    Only Britain got two days off Mich, the rest of us watched them have two days off ;)
    Haha, I read about that Prince in the news.

  9. Listen, Az, you don't need to buy self-esteem and self-worth. Call it intuition... Just take a look in the mirror and see what I've seen.

  10. I must admit, guiltily, that I love too see what Kate wears, I find her tres elegant! :) Bit on the thin side though. Can you believe I did not get a chance to see any bit of the Jubillee? **waves fist in the air damning work!**

  11. Prixie
    I also enjoy stalking Kate haha. She is elegant - too skinny but elegant :)