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A Royal Birthday [May. 11th, 2019|06:24 pm]
Tony Grist
I hadn't realised it was Queen Victoria's 200th birthday until I switched my mother's TV to BBC 2 and there was Lucy Worsley gossiping away about Victoria and Albert.

After the documentary, the fiction: 2009's Young Victoria- the movie with Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend in which Albert takes a bullet for her.

It's a good story I suppose- young Queen, handsome prince, fairy tale wedding; leastways we don't seem to mind hearing it again and again.

Only 200 years? The stretch of time between the early 19th century and the early 21st seems so much longer.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-05-11 07:28 pm (UTC)
So much progress (I guess you can call it that) has happened in that amount of time. Telephones, electricity....television, Radio...and the ensuing stuff that came afer that. Indeed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 07:15 am (UTC)
And those of us who have turned 60 have lived through over a quarter of it.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-05-12 12:11 pm (UTC)
The place I just moved into is populated with seniors - I am the youngest one here (which is strange.) The 92 year old I as talking to yesterday told me when she started 'keeping house' they didn't have a refrigerator, they had an ice box. Just imagine...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 02:54 pm (UTC)
I suppose you'd have to keep renewing the ice. I assume there were tradespeople who sold it.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-05-12 03:55 pm (UTC)
They would cut the ice in the winter, store it somewhere with lots of sawdust and yes, there were tradespeople who sold it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 05:03 pm (UTC)
Great houses in the pre-modern era used to have ice houses- underground chambers which they filled with ice from their lakes.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-05-12 05:17 pm (UTC)
right. And ice houses in the woods, too, right down from the spring houses....
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-05-11 07:57 pm (UTC)
It sure appears that long because there's been so much stuff that happened in the meantime. Technologically as well as socially.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 07:17 am (UTC)
I don't believe there's ever been an era which has seen more change.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-05-11 10:35 pm (UTC)
As the others point out...they have been a very full and fast-paced 200 years. I still can't quite grasp how much has happened in just my lifetime.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-12 07:19 am (UTC)
Its been an exciting time to be alive- and who knows what's yet to come...
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-05-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
She's not quite 200 yet. I know that because I share a birthday with her. When I was very young, I remember us celebrating Empire Day on the 24th of May, which soon became Commonwealth Day and gradually disappeared and was moved to our present Queen's birthday and completely forgotten.

No one else seems to remember Empire/Commonwealth Day so perhaps I was born into a Victorian time warp in my bit of NE Manchester?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-05-13 05:06 pm (UTC)
I see that Harold Macmillan- that implausible progressive- was the one who changed Empire Day to Commonwealth Day. I can't remember celebrating it under either name, but I suppose I may have done.
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