Comment posted The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant by newsroom.
Difficult one. ‘Bread and circuses’ work because we need both.
As a Republican who actually doesn’t care that much either way and as someone who is aware what hard times are inevitably coming down the line just now, I thought the Thames River Pageant did a lot of good.
It paid tribute to a life that never had a choice but accepted the given role and has worked consistently to do no harm.
The rest of us live with uncertainties, more fundamental anxieties and room for choice, for the impromptu and the invisible. No one in their right mind would swop this to be a living totem with almost zero privacy of the kind we take for granted.
Many of the rest of us can work to trade up. The monarchical system leaves those born into it with no choice to trade down.
The river pageant was essentially about people and ordinary working lives elevated to the extraordinary because they were all brought together in one place at one time.
It reminded us of who we are and the majority responded to that.
In doing this, I personally felt that I was left better prepared for the bad times to come because it did lift the spirits in celebrating and staging the everyday with the majesty it deserves.
It’s not as if the money would have been spent on anything we would consider to be of substance. And sometimes substance is insubstantial.
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- What a fabulous photograph – and isn’t she a simply glorious boat?
- The TV coverage was the poorest yet – and most unreliably informed.
One commentator said HMS Belfast was 91,000 tonnes. The next to mention the ship said she was 11,500 tonnes, reduced from around 14,000 by having armature removed.
A commentator drew attention to The Edwardian, announcing that this was the boat with the Middleton family on it. That was actually The Elizabethan.
Then the person holding the rank of Lord High Admiral was said to be the Queen, It used to be – but she has, not too long ago, conferred it on the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Gloriana was said to be carrying some of the Royal family where, to the best of our understanding, it was not.
We accept that these things are relatively trivial and sometimes arcane but if facts are given they should be correct. The late Richard Dimbleby was authoritative because he was well and accurately informed.
No effort was made to capture the variety of musical barges and while pre-recorded interviews had picked up some of the boats with special stories to tell, the running commentary was very thinly informed on the participant craft – yet these were very interesting, many representing the old trade guilds, reminding us of a world organised differently.
This was lazy.
The commentary, in its preparation and professionalism, did not match the level of preparation and skill put into the event itself. And many of them looked ridiculous – eg Tess Daly.
Why do working reporters now routinely dress up to match the events they are reporting, rather than remain, as they should be, separate from them? Hence we have journo-faux-celebs on the red carpets at film premieres; and foolishly dressed reporters at Ascot – all a serious loss of perspective.
- Noticed a quite large black hulled working boat of some kind whose name seemed to be ‘Argyll…(something).
Looking for the full list.
Update: Found this – is this what you;re looking for, Hotbird?
‘Ulla Lieutenancy of Ross and Cromarty
Ulla is the first of four St Ayles Skiffs to be built in Ross‐shire and has led a resurgence in community involvement in coastal rowing. This boat was built by the club and repaired after
extensive damage last winter. ’
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The reading rate is high – but this saga is like being sandbagged by a black pantomine with more false endings than a Z-list thriller.
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Alan – we’ll try to get a message to the team for you – and will pass on your email to them for dir3ect contact.
The communications side of things is a weak link – not just with wifi and mobile signal problems but with accurate information on ETAs and even destinations.
We spent the afternoon today chasing around unsuccessfully to find them at their stated destination in Campbeltown – confirmed before we set off to drive – when in fact they finished at The Putechan Hotel, which is on the west coast of Kintyre and well short of Campbeltown. Very frustrating.
We did see the team doing the hard stuff though – passing them on the way south. They were cycling in two clusters, impressively easily and very disciplined in the way they were dealing with traffic streams behind them.
You should know that we now understand that they will row tomorrow from Campbeltown to Glenarm and not to Ballycastle; and that it looks as if they will row back not form Newcastle but from Bangor to Portpatrick.
They’ll be delighted to see you mi-channel. Great idea.
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The difference is that the new ferry to Campbeltown had an arrival time and actually arrived.
A major part of what we work to do is to support initiatives at all levels that are focused on regeneration and are driven by positive, creative energies that make things happen.
Campbeltown wins hands down over Kilmory any minute of any day on these criteria – and we never spare ourselves travelling and hard work on a cause that has some hope of going somewhere.
And just in case you are implying that this was a jolly – which we never do: I myself drove to Campbeltown – 1 hr 30m – did the work and drove back again immediately.
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This amusing spin disguises the fact that there was no political ‘speculation’.
There was formally recorded political realignment and manoeuvering by all councillors – which was done in some urgency before the council meeting, yet appears to have stalled – for some reason and for the time time being at least.
Councillors do not seem to realise that this adds to the alienation of voters rather than assuage concerns.
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