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RIP Memoriam thread?

#901 User is offline   y66 

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Posted 2022-September-12, 07:36

The Irish Times view on Queen Elizabeth II: the illusion of permanence:

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The one good argument for hereditary monarchy is that a long reign sustains, through radical changes, a sense of continuity. Few figures in history can be said to have achieved this as effectively as Queen Elizabeth II. Her 70-year reign formed the bedrock beneath a series of transformations as the United Kingdom adjusted to its loss of empire and its diminished status as a world power.

It entered and then eventually left the European Union. It destroyed its own industrial base and became a service economy. It experienced the rise of increasingly separate identities within its component nations.

Through it all, she remained a steady and reassuring presence. With her death, we will discover how much, or how little, the notion of a “united kingdom” depended on the illusion of permanence she embodied so skilfully.

It could be said with some justice that Elizabeth’s great gift was for doing, and saying, almost nothing. The Beatles caught this truth in their affectionately mocking lines: “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl/ But she doesn’t have a lot to say.” Yet, as we learned during her historic visit in 2011 – the first by a reigning British monarch to independent Ireland – not saying much gives what is said, and even what is merely gestured, an unusual weight of meaning.

Her decision to bow towards the monument in the Garden of Remembrance to those who had fought against her ancestors, and her use of a few words of Irish at a State dinner in Dublin Castle may have been small things in themselves. But they carried a heavy freight of symbolism that, paradoxically, seemed to lift centuries of condescension and resentment off Anglo-Irish relations. That she managed all of this with dignity and seriousness gave even Irish republicans a sense of why her subjects might have regarded her, not just with devotion, but with affection.

This is also, however, why her death is so unpropitious. Dignity and seriousness have been in short supply in British politics in recent years. The squandering of so much of the goodwill she helped to create in Anglo-Irish relations is just one token of a wider crisis of governance in the UK. The accession of Liz Truss as the last prime minister of a monarch whose first was Winston Churchill carries its own weight of symbolism, none of it flattering to the state of her kingdom.

Britain’s last living official link to empire, to the second World War, to a former ideal of greatness, has now been broken. The figure who carried, just by virtue of her quiet endurance, the reassurance that everything in this increasingly troubled polity, was as it should be, has departed.

The very longevity that made Elizabeth such a potent symbol now has its downside: no one quite knows how the idea of the UK can carry on without her.

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Posted 2022-September-14, 20:33

Jean-Luc Godard
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Posted 2022-September-23, 06:41

Hilary Mantel - of a stroke.
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Posted 2022-October-04, 09:59

Loretta Lynn




Well I like my lovin' done country style and this little girl would walk a country mile
To find her a good ole slow talkin' country boy I said a country boy
I'm about as old fashioned as I can be and I hope you're likin' what you see
Cause if you're lookin' at me you're lookin' at country
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Posted 2022-October-05, 09:32

I always thought Loretta did a fine Sissy Spacek impersonation.
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Posted 2022-October-11, 14:19

Angela Lansbury - "All talent and no looks".
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Posted 2022-October-28, 15:38

No more shakin goin on - Jerry Lee Lewis
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Posted 2022-October-28, 17:22

View Postpilowsky, on 2022-October-28, 15:38, said:


Well Great Balls of Fire
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Posted 2022-November-08, 06:35

Leslie Phillips https://en.wikipedia...Leslie_Phillips
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Posted 2022-November-14, 02:35

Keith Levene left the Casbah a few days ago.
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Posted 2022-November-30, 15:08

Christine McVie https://www.youtube....h?v=kBYHwH1Vb-c
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Posted 2022-November-30, 16:20

View PostCyberyeti, on 2022-November-30, 15:08, said:


Tell me lies.
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Posted 2022-November-30, 16:56

View PostWinstonm, on 2022-November-30, 16:20, said:

Tell me lies.


Rumours she's Gone her own way
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Posted 2022-November-30, 17:38

View PostCyberyeti, on 2022-November-30, 16:56, said:

Rumours she's Gone her own way

Tusk, tusk. tusk.
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Posted 2022-December-08, 13:48

Jet Black, one of the members of one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager

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Posted 2022-December-08, 14:32

View PostCyberyeti, on 2022-December-08, 13:48, said:

Jet Black, one of the members of one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager

https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Jet_Black

https://www.youtube....h?v=2B4bsqYxwo0


The golden brown drummer - maybe one of the best songs ever.
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Posted 2022-December-09, 03:45

View PostCyberyeti, on 2022-December-08, 13:48, said:

Jet Black, one of the members of one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager

https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Jet_Black

https://www.youtube....h?v=2B4bsqYxwo0


One of my favourite bands of all time, especially given my age at the time

Below is one of my favourite performances giving a popular TV show the treatment it deserved

Some may say they gave everything the treatment it deserved

No More Heroes
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Posted 2022-December-10, 02:20

View Postpilowsky, on 2022-December-08, 14:32, said:

The golden brown drummer - maybe one of the best songs ever.

My wife's favourite band, who always says that they were the one punk band that could actually play.

I've seen them live twice, on our first and thirtieth wedding anniversaries. My ears had recovered by the second time, but they had aged as the support band were louder. They do have a great catalogue and are used surprisingly often in film and media.
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Posted 2022-December-11, 19:17

Many would argue they weren't a punk band but they certainly were very good musicians
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Posted 2022-December-19, 17:06

Another voice of my teenage years gone Terry Hall (the Specials, Funboy three) dated Jane Wiedlin of the go-gos and wrote "Our lips are sealed" with her

https://www.youtube....h?v=PD9NvKKY7W0
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