Sunday Afternoon at the Duke’s
March 20, 2016 6 Comments
Well, the best thing I’ve done lately is to convince Jess to write for us again. I had come to the end of the road with politics. I had said all that it was useful to say, mostly several times, and much of the campaign has become toxic to me, especially the nonsense that the campaigns (pretty much all of them) spew like a broken sewer pipe. So it was time to quit, and do it cold turkey (although I actually prefer Wild Turkey).
So, I think we’re going to talk about almost anything else, it will undoubtedly have a bearing on politics, here, and on the Brexit campaign in the UK, but we’re mostly going to let you draw your own conclusions on how to apply what we say.
Jess, was talking about the Duke this morning and I thought I’d return the favor although with a different duke.
They say the Duke of Wellington, after he retired, pretty much chose to not talk about politics. I’ve heard that, anyway, that doesn’t make it true. But I think it makes sense, politics gets old, doesn’t it, and eventually, one wants to talk about important things instead. By my lights, that makes him a wise man.
What are important things? Well, whoever they are, they say that for the Iron Duke it was horses, guns, hunting, and pretty Tory women. Sounds pretty sensible to me.
Well, I don’t know much about horses, but cars will work, or trucks, I think: guns, well we can, but we do that pretty regular: hunting leaves me kind of blah, at the moment. But a history video might be good. And while I have no idea if she’s a Tory, I’m pretty confident that Susannah Lipscholm’s looks would please the Duke (and the rest of us) although as I’ve said since Jess first told me about her, I can think of a prettier woman. The fact that she is, in fact, a brilliant historian is even more pleasing to me, and I hope the Duke would agree. Probably he would, after all, Tories, like our conservatives, are supposed to be the smart party. (Somebody please tell the party!)
Why Henry VIII? Glad you asked. Here is where modern England begins. The Navy, the Church, the Empire, they all start here, with Henry and Ann. Given that, this is the real start of America, Canada, Australia, and all the rest as well. It took a while, but this is the first step on the road to our world.