Tuesday, 25 December 2007

One year ago

One year ago precisely, I posted my first post. It's hard to tell now, because I've back-dated Papillon's blog translations by a year so that makes it look as though I am older than I really am! I realise too, I've gone fairly off-track as far as my original intentions were, but still, evolution is the name of the game.

It appears that I share my moment of glory with the Queen, who has today posted her Christmas message on YouTube, though I haven't watched it myself. Not only is she now the oldest reigning British monarch, but modern too! She overtook her great-grandmother's record on 21 December 2007. There are some interesting statistics on British monarchs and longevity in Wikipedia.

Surprisingly I remember my staunchly Irish grandmother insisting on the Christmas meal being over in time to watch or listen to the Queen's Christmas broadcast. In the past this was a tradition for many British families though I doubt it's the case nowadays. The YouTube venture is intended to reach out to more people, though I'm not convinced that it will.


  1. Looks like a remenisese from the past, but it was in historical prospective a very interesting vid - thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you Merry Christmas, or: God Jul as we say it in Norway :-)

  2. We always watched the Queen's speech before dinner, mainly for the benefit of my grandmother who was the only one who cared.

    I watched it this year but mainly because I was waiting on Finding Nemo coming on! It was interesting seeing the old footage though!

  3. Am feeling old beyond my years as ze do finish eating just in time for Queenie. Am not of your Grandma's generation. Not particularly monarchist either, just one of those Xmas traditions.

  4. Hi A,
    Congratulations on your birthday.I have never been a fan of the Christmas message , I always found them ever so patronising.

    Cheers Mark

  5. Congrats on your blogging anniversary and seasons greetings to you as well! :)

  6. Congratulations!

    You do seem to have settled in this blog.

  7. Congrats to your blogaversery!

    *opening a bottle of Dom*

    CHEERS :-)

    Well, there is a place of many historical videos for sure. I could watch many of them if I had the time!

  8. Thank you all for visiting and for your wishes while I've been away.


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