So, now it’s Sir Ringo. Do you think John would have relented in his republicanism and knelt for a knighthood? I think he might have kept the faith, but he was a pretty flaky dude.
I can think of some 200 odd princelings who need to be stripped of their title. And this here fund that’s split between all eventual Democratic nominees in House districts currently held by Republicans is just the man for the job.
Richard Starkey has always been a nice guy. Good for him.
If they had made him a baronet, would he be Lord of the Ringos?
He shall be playing croquet with Baron Guest at Windsor.
Stop it. Right now.
Don’t be talking smack about Ringo. I grew up with Beatle-mania. I was devestated when they broke up.
Paul has it so giving it to Ringo is cool. George and John deserve them although I don’t think they give these things posthumously.
I just wonder if John would still have all his hair.
Also: John sent back his MBE, so that would have dinged his chances.
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BeeGees co-founder Barry Gibb was honored as well.
Saturday Knighthood Fever.
@TenguPhule: Irony: no one is competing for the ANWR leases. Too expensive with the current price of oil. It would have to sneak back into the $75-80 a barrel range before that will happen. And even then with the warming climate it might not happen.
@Brachiator: Okay stahp!
@Yutsano: Yep. If drilling in ANWR was easy and worth doing, it would have been done a long time ago. It wasn’t, so the drilling ban served as an easy political talking point to get voters riled up.
So nowadays does the Queen get up in the ermine-trimmed red cape and crown ensemble for these things, or does she do the sword-tapping in her fuddy-wear?
Oh yay, I love him too.
@different-church-lady: Whatever she feels like, cause she’s the fucking Queen.
@different-church-lady: based on the article I think she just has Prince William do the job.
@different-church-lady: Yeah, that’s what made me think of it.
@different-church-lady: from the link…
It was William. Pic at link
@Yarrow: Oh fuck that guy. He managed to lose to Charlie Crist during the 2016 election.
@Yarrow: Can’t see tweets at work. What’s the gist of it?
@different-church-lady: She’s the Queen. She doesn’t do fuddy!!
@prufrock: True, but for a Florida Republican, Jolly ain’t half bad.
The Smithsonian special about her coronation was pretty funny, because they had an archivist come out with the crown of state, holding it carefully with gloves on, and she just plucks it out of his hands and starts turning it around to show different jewels to the camera. Because she’s the queen, and it’s her crown, damn it.
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Hell yes he would have. His “republicanism” was a cynical act at best. He was one of the 1%ers and lived like one.
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@The Moar You Know:
What? You can’t be referring to John “imagine no possessions” Lennon!
“Pretty flaky dude?”
I wonder how John Lennon or Jimi or Janis would have changed in the 40 years or so since they passed……but some people think nobody every changes. I guess they will always be considered “pretty flaky people” by some.
@The Moar You Know:
John Winston Lennon returned his MBE. They still have an index card noting it, as noted in this little video documentary on the Queen’s Honours.
@Yutsano: That’s it. There’s an image of a “bull moose” but he’s a Republican/NeverTrumper who is saying it’s time to bring back the Bull Moose party.
@Mnemosyne: Saw that and also found it amusing.
@The Moar You Know:
The sad history of her sister’s ruined romance was one of the things that made me wonder if that’s another factor in why the royal family has been nothing but supportive of William and Harry’s choices.
There was also a weird detail about Prince Andrew and Fergie — although they’re divorced and have been for years, apparently they still live together and have some kind of relationship. Open non-marriage? Nobody really knows.
@Paul T: Definitely flaky dude. He was an enthusiast in the worst sense of the word. He would take up a belief or idea thinking it was going to solve all of his problems. According to Philip Norman, shortly before he died, he took a trip around the world to different locations in order to channel energies or avoid bad karma or something on the advice of a psychic. He and Yoko credulously believed in all that shit. I think Yoko still does.
@Mnemosyne: Classic EC zinger! One of his best songs, I always thought.
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The story I’ve heard is that they wanted to remain married (she possibly had an affair but such things are sometimes forgiven) but the other royals thought it was too much of a scandal and they were forced to divorce. So, they divorced, but stayed in the same house “for the children”. Now their youngest is 28 and they’re still living together. Whatever their actual relationship, if they weren’t royals they’d probably still be officially married.
I don’t recall much about rumored relationships for either for many years, so I’m inclined to guess they do have a relationship and don’t just live together for convenience or something like that.
There have been hints that Andrew and Fergie will re-marry after the deaths of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
J R in WV
Wow, that’s actually romantic. They basically did what the Royalty said to do, but remained together nonetheless. Royalty can screw up anything, even love!
I hate hereditary power situations, like royalty. So despicable. Do not understand Americans who admire the British Royals. Just weird to me.
My point is he died when he was 40. How would he have changed in the 38 years since then?
@J R in WV:
The House of Windsor is a motley crew like any family of humans. Some of them are indeed admirable people, ar at least have an admirable side.
John lives in West Virginia and has already given up his republicanism over the Schiavo incident.:-) I don’t think he’s gonna get a knighthood anyway.
@Paul T: So what do you think? Would he have made amends and gone for the knighthood?
@patroclus: It’s not too late. We have no idea what kinds of services he may be rendering to the Queen when he’s not battling his irritable animal menagerie.
My wife and I recently watched the two Beatles movies, “A Hard Days Night” and “Help”, for the first time in decades. we were in our late teens and soon to be married when they came out. I had purchased a definitive edition of “A Hard Days Night” a few years ago, and found a good restored edition of “Help” from about seven years ago on Amazon this year. Make sure you get restored and definitive editions, there are tons of cheap bootleg copies from China floating around, especially on Ebay, all of them horrible reproductions.
Anyway, I cannot describe adequately how much fun it was to watch those two movies, both of which flooded us with memories and nostalgia. We realized again that we had taken possession of lines from the movies and made them part of our lives forever, catch phrases we have been using for humor for fifty plus years.
Further, those two movies were a pivotal point in how popular music, movies, and then music videos evolved. Their influence simply cannot be overstated. They were seminal events.
Aside from the fact they were and remain damn good fun, and the music holds up as great as ever, fifty plus years later. And Sir Ringo was an integral part of both. One of the most serious poignant moments in “A Hard Days Night” was his meditative solo riverbank walk, to the tune “This Boy.” In fact, Ringo sort of can be given credit for inventing the selfie. He sets up his camera on a rock by the river, triggers the attached cable, and the camera hops off the rock into the river.
Do yourselves a favor, get both movies, and watch them.