Saturday, July 28, 2012

Home of Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys, plus an unprecedented moment in the history of sports

(Photo © Copyright by Chris Downer on April 17, 2010, and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Licence)

This photo is part of a montage [mon-tahzh; Fr. mawn-tazh] of photographs of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England that includes photographs by Nigel Chadwick, Paul Harrop, Graham Hogg, and Neal Theasby as well.

Rumour has it that everyone in Sheffield is thinks he is a big wheel.

In other news, 86-year-old Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (the former Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) of the House of Hanover Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Windsor Windsor-Mountbatten picked her nails in public while (Brit. whilst) the team of Great Britain entered Olympic Stadium.

Ho hum.

That is not the real news.

The real news is her hat. Never before in her entire 60-year reign has Her Majesty etc. ever been seen wearing such a trivial chapeau. For her it has always been either dazzling crowns or great big wide-brimmed picture hats, just as it was for her mother before her, the late, lamented Queen Mum (the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and widow of King George VI, the former Prince Albert, Duke of York).

Change is always good, though, especially when mixing with the hoi polloi.

Barack Obama is the exception that proves the rule.


  1. how could there be news of other interest while the summer games are going on...except maybe the queen bursting out of a plane with a parachute...

  2. Putz, I think that was a stunt double.

  3. I think you were on my wavelength HERE

  4. Yes, I too was so excited (devastated is a better word) by the queen's hat that I could scarcely sleep last night. Would you join me in starting a support group for all of us who are so afflicted?

  5. Well... she did jump out of a helicopter, so she probably thought it would be best not to wear a wide-brimmed hat. I imagine she landed on hands and knees, hence the necessary nail-picking. Queen E. rocks!

  6. One of the Sheffield photographers you mentioned is an exceptional talent.
    Queen Elizabeth II proved that she is a damned good sport but I found the opening ceremony of our Olympic Games too rich and elaborate - like a feast you just can't eat even though some of the elements were quite wonderful.

  7. yes the queen did do a double stunt bob. she lnot only parachuted out of the helecopter but she accomplished her misssion by being all pink