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Another Milestone [Jan. 22nd, 2013|09:30 am]
Tony Grist
Well that was my birthday- my 62nd. We were snowed in for it. Ailz is afraid of slipping on the ice and I'm afraid of her slipping so we don't go anywhere in these conditions if we can help it. The binmen left the rubbish uncollected so I suppose they must be afraid of slipping too.

Barack Obama got himself re-inaugurated. I saw an estimate of what it cost and you could have made several Hollywood blockbusters for the price. Prince Harry is back from Afghanistan and footage has been released in which he talks all macho and says he's killed people. Finally Michael Winner died. I remember him as a pushy boy wonder. He made over 30 movies and I don't believe I've seen a single one of them. 
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2013-01-22 10:37 am (UTC)
Happy Belated birthday Tony! I'm sorry I let it slip by.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 10:42 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I do my best to ignore it myself :)
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-01-22 11:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday for yesterday! Cuspy Aquarians must stick together.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 11:54 am (UTC)
Yes indeed. The world is not worthy of us.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2013-01-22 12:25 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday wishes as well
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: cmcmck
2013-01-22 12:53 pm (UTC)
He's military and I'm a military historian.

It's what military types do- have done for as long as there've been military types.

Why do they think everyone will be surprised at this small factoid?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 01:52 pm (UTC)
We're used to Royal personages parading around in fancy uniforms, covered in medals that mean nothing so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that one of them has been doing some real soldiering.
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From: cmcmck
2013-01-22 02:05 pm (UTC)
True- the last of the royals to command forces in the field was George II.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-01-22 08:19 pm (UTC)
Prince Andrew? In the Falklands? Well, I suppose it was a helicopter rather than forces - but I thought something similar - what do people want? Damned if they do and damned if they don't?
Didn't the previous Duke of Kent do some soldiering in WW2?
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From: cmcmck
2013-01-23 08:58 am (UTC)
Yes they did, but not as field commanders. Phil the Greek also saw active service.

Given the attitudes of our print media they'll be wrong whatever they do and I speak as one of a republican tendency.

I'm also a military historian and the daughter of a bootneck and I'd rather see royals at the sharp end doing some real soldiering than standing around in uniforms they're not entitled to, covered with phoney orders and medals as our friend states above.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-01-23 02:22 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a good thing (from the republican P o V) that they didn't do it as field commanders?
I also lose patience with former National Servicemen, who parade around wearing medals, when they never came under fire, and spent most of their time drilling, or in offices and kitchens and servicing vehicles
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[User Picture]From: paulie123
2013-01-22 01:55 pm (UTC)
many happy returns for yesterday
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2013-01-22 02:38 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, kid! :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: thistle_chaser
2013-01-22 04:20 pm (UTC)
Happy happy birthday!

The estimated costs usually include security (can you imagine how many people would gleefully have shot Obama yesterday?), crowd control, cleanup, all that, so the number looks bad but has to cover a lot of things.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Yes, I can see why the ceremony costs so much. Even so...
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[User Picture]From: thistle_chaser
2013-01-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I wish it could be less...
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[User Picture]From: wlotusopenid
2013-01-22 05:14 pm (UTC)
A very happy birthday to you!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-01-22 08:20 pm (UTC)
You're a mere infant - 17 years younger than moi
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-22 09:07 pm (UTC)
I had no idea....
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-01-23 02:24 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, infant!
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[User Picture]From: spike7451
2013-01-23 11:57 am (UTC)
He made over 30 movies and I don't believe I've seen a single one of them.

... can't say I have either.

We are nearly the same age, I'll be 62 this year too.

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[User Picture]From: zephyrcrow
2013-01-27 01:41 pm (UTC)
Happy late birthday. (I stopped posting here, but came by your journal because I've been wondering what my old LJ friends were up to.)
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