Sunday, February 25, 2018

King Charles III ( spoiler alert)

 I have quite scrupulously avoided seeing this play for 4 years,  since I first heard of its existence in its premiere at The Almeida in London. I am a staunch monarchist and even though I see a lot of plays , I knew this one would upset me.  I bought a Mirvish subscription, as I have for many years , and it was part of the season.
  The play takes place after the death of Our Sovereign Lady. ( an event that I pray will be many years in the future) and the succession of Prince Charles. It is Our Monarchy , the game of thrones edition.
 The sets were fairly simple and the script is written in sometimes rhyming free verse.  It makes the members of the Royal Family look weak and venal.  That the obvious bonds of family and fealty are non existent. That the sons would unseat the father. That Kate is Lady Macbeth.  That the armed services would not obey their oaths of fealty.
 I guess is was meant to be more of a Shakespearean fable, complete with maternal ghost.
Rhe Prince off Wales knows his constitutional role very well.  I doubt he would allow th events of the play, after all he was schooled by Elizabeth the Great.
 I did not enjoy this play, but mostly because of its plot. The acting was good. It is just not a play for anyone who knows anything about The Crown.

Friday, June 30, 2017

#DominionDay2017

 Its is the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Great Dominion. I arrived in Canada in 1963 from Kerala India with my Mom Dr Rachel Eappen. My father came to Canada to complete his PhD in Physics.
 I am extraordinarily grateful to this wonderful land. My family and I have  prospered here. I have made many friends here and have enjoyed the beauty and generosity of the Canadian people. My loyalty to the Monarchy is part of my love for tithe Great Dominion. I was taught that The Sovereign is the living embodiment of Canada. I used to sing God Save the Queen daily in the first few years of  primary school.




 I remember the 100th anniversary of Confederation. I was 6 in 1967. I remember expo 1967 and the wonders of that great year.



 The celebrations this year seem a little muted. They shouldn't be. We are a great Dominion. WE are prosperous , welcoming  and have been a major force for good in the world.  I see more greatness coming , especially if he increase our ties with the Commonwealth starting with the senior Realms ( #Canzuk) and then the wider Commonwealth.




 I wish all of my fellow Canadians a wonderful Dominion day. We will prosper and succeed together. We are all brothers and sisters.




God Save the Queen, 
Our loved Dominion bless, 
With peace and happiness,
From shore to shore;
And let our Nation be Loyal, united, free
True to herself and Thee
God save the Queen.

Friday, June 09, 2017

#UKelection2017

I am somewhat shocked by the UK election results. I had expected a 130 seat Tory majority.I am a Canadian Tory, but I want conservative governments through out the senior Realms of the Commonwealth.  I would not have backed May for leader. Andrea Leadsome seemed the better choice and she was a Brexiteer. May kind of grew on me. I enjoyed watching her  spar with the communist corbyn.  So what happened?
 1.As Canadian politicos have learned don't call an election when you already have a mandate.
2. The Tory manifesto was horrible. As a Canadian friend living in London told me, it could have been written by the NDP ( Canadian socialist party)
3. May over estimated her personal popularity. The Tories won huge gains in local elections a few weeks ago. In this election the branding was all MRS May  very little sign of the Tory brand. I m surprised by this,  Lynton Crosby.
4. The Tory campaign was a gong show. May refused to debate!!! Was she afraid? She did it in the house frequently. She should have taken on Corbyn anywhere.
5, kids seem to want free stuff. A lot of the young seem to have come out to support the crazy corbyn manifesto.
5. Given 1-4 a lot of people voted to give MRS May a bloody nise( in the words of one of my Uk friends) I think more people did it thinking the Tories would still get a majority. [NDP election in Alberta]
So what now . I am a Unionist!!! Sturgeon has been defanged. The Scots do not want another divisive pointless referendum. I suspect Sturgeons "leadership " is ar risk. It was great seeing Alex Salmond  being defeated by a Tory. The DUP  is pretty conservative and the despise the IRA loving corbyn.  I met Lord Trimble ( former DUP leade) at a Thatcher dinner . He is pretty conservative.  I expect they will be a stable partner. They voted Tory in the past , I don't see that happening.
 It's time for a new leader and a real conservative manifesto. The UK  Tories could learn from their Canadian cousins. Have policies proposed from the grass roots.
Brexit must happen . It should be a Hard Brexit. The Uk must return to the family they abandoned The Commonwealth . The reaction of the EU has shown the contempt that f the EU for the British people,  There is still a massive mandate for Brexit.  I think this arrangement may be stable ( DUNN fein dont sit so a majority is 321) but if it is not a better leader and Manifesto will win a Tory majority.

Finally I wish only the best for the UKas do the vast majority of Canadians , Australians and New Zealand's . You are our Ally Our friends and our family. # Canzuk

God Save Our Queen!!! God Bless the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

UK votes Leave

#Brexit!!!!! I have not hidden my view that The United Kingdom would be better off out of the bureaucratic, over reaching eu. The sheer arrogance of the eu officials during the campaign was enough to drive the people of the UK out.
 Now is the time for Britain's traditional allies in the Commonwealth and the United States to immediately negotiate free trade deals with our UK brothers and sisters.  This is an historic time, the Uk turned its back on the Commonwealth in 1975 , but now the time has come to reunite with old friends and family.
 The hysteria of some in the UK is over the top.  The sun will continue to shine on UK that is more free outside the eu. The eu has no one to blame but itself. I expect votes by many other states  to leave this bureaucratic nightmare.
 God Save the Queen!!!!! God Bless the people of a free Britain.



Monday, May 16, 2016

Watch Happy and Glorious!!! A Celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday

Happy and Glorious: A Celebration of The Queen’s 90th Birthday Date Mon, May 16 2016 7:20 PM EDT — Mon, May 16 2016 9:00 PM EDT About A tribute to Her Majesty The Queen in words, images, and song, compiled by historian Hugh Brewster, and narrated by him and actress Fiona Reid. The event brings together the artistic talent of many great Canadians, featuring performances by singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark, actor and singer Brent Carver, singer Matt Dusk, parliamentarian and pianist Bob Rae, actress Fiona Reid, the Elora Festival Singers and soloists, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir directed by Noel Edison, and the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums. Following the performances, guests are invited to enjoy a special birthday cake and refreshments during a reception.

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