debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
This afternoon I was stuck in traffic for a short time not far from where I live (I was taking Jiffy for his annual jab).  Anyway, 2 things I saw amused me.  I see them all the time, but today I am obviously warped ....

1)    They are building a new retirement complex ... backing onto the crematorium!!!   (They obviously don't expect people to have a long retirement!)

2)   Just across from the hos[ital is a small parade of shops.  5 shops, 2 of them are funeral directors   (They obviously don't trust the doctors!!)

Well, as I said - madness abounds today!

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On a more normal note, let me wish Queen Elizabeth a lovely 91st birthday.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 05:12 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
At long last I get time to sit and type.

Last week I ended up with another week off work with a virus. It started as sinusitis that was quite mild, but went onto my chest again! So this week it's been busy to be back at work, catching up.

Well my conservatory is up (vinyl to come next week) ... so now I shall spend this weekend trying to get my house looking like a home again. Once that's done I shall take some photos so you can see what has been happening.

This afternoon Misty and I went for a walk around the city ... and payed for my holiday, so now it's all ready to go.

As I said it's Maundy Thursday, and as you can see here, The Queen has been handing out the Maundy money. Here are a couple of photos to show how well the Royal Couple are looking.

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And here she is with money -
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Well that's me up to date again. Hope you are all well
debris4spike: (Queen)
50 - Someone who fascinates you and why?

No one in particular.  Although some of the great commanders of the centuries.  People like Nelson, Napolean, Sir Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, etc.  How did those men manage to gain the followings that they did ... and to be able to change and adapt as the conflicts progressed.

And all without Google!



51 - Who would you love to trade places with for a day and why?

The Queen's personal secretary/bodyguard.

To follow in Her Majesty's footsteps for a day.  To see her work, keep up to date, etc.



The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Queen)
For those who thought I had finished ... sorry, more London photos.

The last time I had been to Madame Tusauds was 1976, so not suprisingly things had changed.  However I did enjoy myself.  There were a few things that suprised me, the first being there were about 7 or 8 people who I had never heard of ... yes, a huge Bolleywood display.  Seemed slightly weird for a London museum.  The other thing that I was suprised was that of the chamber of horrors ... missing, although we had some sort of "whodunnit" talk.  Which seemed do false, but I suppose doing it every 5 mins must ve hard to keep exciting.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, especially the tour of the history of London, which was great, although not enough time to take it all in.

A few of the celebs )

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 07:40 pm
debris4spike: (Queen)
The Queen has marked Maundy Thursday with a moving ceremony, reducing members of the congregation to tears as she handed out commemorative coins.

The monarch beamed as she undertook the tradition of giving red and white purses containing Maundy money to pensioners, who were chosen in recognition of their service to the community and the Church.

The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for the Royal Maundy service, which was held in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the first time since 1959.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after the Royal Maundy service


She wore a turquoise wool crepe dress and turquoise tweed coat by Karl Ludwig and a matching hat with a lace trim by Angela Kelly.

The service broke from tradition to mark the Queen's upcoming 90th birthday.

Some 90 men and 90 women received Maundy Money - each coin representing one of the monarch's years - and were selected from across the country, not the local diocese as is usual.

The Queen handed two purses - one white and one red - to each person during a procession of the Chapel, while the choir sang.

Recipients and their guests could be seen wiping away tears after spending a brief moment with the monarch.

The red purse contained a £5 coin commemorating the Queen's 90th birthday and a 50p coin marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, while the white purse contained uniquely minted Maundy coins, equating in pence to her age.

Among the 180 recipients was Tim O'Donovan, 84, who has authored the annual survey of Royal Family engagements published in The Times since 1979.

Mr O'Donovan, who is also a retired lay steward for St George's Chapel, said he began keeping the record "out of curiosity" after thinking "perhaps one should know what the Royal Family are doing".

He said it was a "privilege" and "marvellous" to be part of the service, instead of watching on.

The bells of the Chapel rang out as the Queen's procession, which included the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David David Conner and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend John Inge, left the service.

Excited well-wishers cheered as the group posed on the steps of the Chapel for photos.

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which originated in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples the day before Good Friday.

It appears to have been custom for members of the Royal Family to take part in the service since the 13th century, the Royal Mint said.

The Queen marked Maundy Thursday by distributing commemorative coins to 90 men and 90 women - each representing one of her 90 years. The 180 recipients of the Maundy money are retired pensioners who were recommended in recognition of their service to the Church and community

The service was held in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the first time since 1959. The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which originated in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples the day before Good Friday.


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debris4spike: (Queen)
Yesterday, at 17:30 BST she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Read the full article here on the BBC web page.

I am a Royalist so was pleased to see her reach this milestone ... but whatever your political views, it is great to see how fit and active she still is (and Prince Philip) ... Especially as I see my parents going downhill.

The official photo of her
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The red box is a weekly tradition of all the government papers etc.

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debris4spike: (Queen)
When I trained to be an osteopath I spent 4 years commuting each day to London ... for the first year my college was near Buckingham Palace, and then it moved to Trafalgar Square.  Each nice lunchtime we used to go to St James Park.  The first year we had the advantage of hearing the Bands play (until the IRA bombing) and one winter we even built a snowman there.

So these photos bring back a host of memories, as well as being fantastic places to visit.

Wandering round the Queens driveway )
debris4spike: (London - Dr Who (+ James lyrics))
On my wanders I saw The Guild Hall, Mansion House and The Bank of England

The City of London )

And, I saw the Queen! Didn't get a photo other than the car .... she was wearing powder blue.

Congratulations!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (Queen)

Comments by ZingerBug.com

Congratulations Your Majesty .... 60 years ago today here were my parents -

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(in the crowd!), and the phrase used a lot at the time was "Long may she *rain*" ... mum and dad got soaked, but had a memorable day.

Today the sun has shone and I am sure there were a lot of special memories going though many people's minds.

5 Question Meme

Friday, March 1st, 2013 08:24 pm
debris4spike: (Eternal Refuge gif + my name)
I went to my friend Pete's funeral today - it was "lovely" to see the Church full, and to meet up with friends form orchestra.  I left Bude 18months ago and will admit that it is one thing I still miss.  I haven't found anywhere still to play and just wish I was a bit nearer, or at least that petrol was free on Mondays, then I would go back.  Pete had died travelling in Peru, a place he loved, so the practical logistics were a nightmare, but for him his last few days were in doing the things he loved.

I am meant to be sorting out why dad's printer has stopped printing, but it is now telling me that he doesn't have a printer, so before throwing something at the computer I thought I would answer one of my set of 5 questions.  I challenged a couple of my closer friends to ask things they didn't know - and both managed to find 5 questions to ask.

[livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie asked:-

1: Second favourite actor or singer do you admire most?

2: Is there a TV show you would wipe from history completely?

3: You could be ANY person alive today for a day, who?

4: Relating to question 3, why?

5: Why are you a Royalist?


And here are my answers )


If anyone wants me to ask them 5 questions then all you have to do is ask.
debris4spike: (Queen)
Mine has been pretty good - but very cold!

I have (at long last) begun to feel better - actually staying awake till 10, rather than falling asleep at 7 as I had done for weeks now.

Did 3 shifts at work (in the same department) - a clinic, so no patient continuity.  On Tuesday I had my annual update training day ... 2 years on, which was hard to realise that I had been at the hospital that long.  So a busy 4 days - then today I took the day off to meet my friend form Church as it's her birthday today.  She came over on the bus and we drove into Sidmouth, had lunch and a walk.  It was freezing cold, but we were both glad we had made the effort rather than just waste the day.  (Photos to follow)

I also heard yesterday that I had got a ticket to attend the 175th Anniversary Services of the Christian charity SASRA (Soldiers and Airmen Scripture Readers Association)  - I have supported the charity since being a teenager so was nice to know that I was offered the chance of a place at the service, which is in The Guards Chapel in London ... and, the Queen will be attending!)  So I am excited about that event - it is wonderful to think of the charity working that long, but the event will be something special - I now have to work out what to wear!!  (Sad thing is that I am not allowed to even have my camera near the event ... but the memories will be special)

Well Friday evening and so a chance to get some icons made ... so I had better get busy!
debris4spike: (Default)
LJ seems down - so have had to post here, and cross-post!


What a year – Wish I could focus more on writing this, but sadly the bugs are still fighting!

Anyway – 2012 has been an amazing year. Internationally we had the Olympics, and Nationally the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee … and for our family, it was Mum & Dad’s 60th Wedding Anniversary.

It was wonderful to see Annemarie again after a gap of 18years. Her trip in May was super, both to see her again, but also in the boost it gave Mum & Dad. Other than that my time off was my mini trip to London, with a few local day trips thrown in.

I have now been living in my house for a year and have just over 1/3rd decorated … and I plan to do my kitchen and lounge before Easter! I got very lazy with writing; craft and art work … so I really want to get that back into focus next year.

Health wise it has been more about Mum & Dad’s slowly declining health. They are doing well, really, but it is still sad to see what this year has brought them. For me, a torn calf muscle ruined the summer, and now this viral chest infection has wiped out December.

But when I look at others I realise that life is good – so much to thankful for.

Mostly, my friends here that have continued to support me – Thank you so much … you are amazing.

I hope and pray that 2013 will be wonderful and that you will see your dreams coming true – I have a few wishes, but like with the blowing out of birthday candles, I don’t want to say, as I know they won’t come true!!

Happy New Year – Thanks for being there in 2012 – Looking forward to spending time with you in 2013.
debris4spike: (Poppy Wreath)
As I said I caught the boat down to Westminster - and the first sight I had was of Boadicea ... an English Queen, who certainly knew how to deal with her enemies (when you see that chariot!!)

A Queen with attitude )

From there it was a short walk across the road to St Margaret's Church, and the churchyard. This time of year it is full of poppies ... The Thursday before Rememberance Sunday there is a dedication service for the filed of rememberance, which each regiment has it's own plot. For 15 consecutive years I attended the service and met with friends from my grandfather's regiment. This year I was able spend a few minutes of peace at The Nortamptonshire Regiment, and remember my grandfather's 4 years in WWI ... and my friends time serving in the same regiment during WWII. I also spent a moment at the Home Guard plot, to remember those who served (like my dad), but especially those who died.

Spend a moment to remember )


It was good to see the amazing buildings around Parliament Square )


From there it was just a short(ish) walk to The Cenotaph. On the day that the unknown warrior was buried in Westminster Abbey, the kit from my (other) grandfather was carried on the coffin, as he was in the Coldstream Guards, as his kit was chosen at random by the person organising the parade.

This day it was the Cenotaph, complete with wreathes ... including the Royal Family.

A final moment of reflection )

Hoping you are still all enjoying my tour round London.

7 Thing Meme

Friday, July 6th, 2012 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to ask someone elas for 7 words to talk about in this meme thingy.  [livejournal.com profile] edenskye gave me -

1. Faith (religious beliefs not vampire slayer LOL)
2. James Marsters
3. Jiffy
4. family
5. Queen Lizzie 2.0 (as Jamie calls her)
6. Classic Movies
7. Clarinet


And here is the long rambling answer )

Well, congratulations if you read even half of those! Thank you, Tommy, they were some great subjects.

Happy weekend everyone.

7 Thing Meme

Friday, July 6th, 2012 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to ask someone elas for 7 words to talk about in this meme thingy.  [livejournal.com profile] edenskye gave me -

1. Faith (religious beliefs not vampire slayer LOL)
2. James Marsters
3. Jiffy
4. family
5. Queen Lizzie 2.0 (as Jamie calls her)
6. Classic Movies
7. Clarinet


And here is the long rambling answer )

Well, congratulations if you read even half of those! Thank you, Tommy, they were some great subjects.

Happy weekend everyone.

debris4spike: (Queen)
Wow what a Bank Holiday weekend.

Yes, I waved my Union Flag (I had one on the car as well) ... it was great to wach the events, although sad to see the weather turn as it did (but to be expected in England!!).

I watched all the River Boat Pageant ... great, despite the weather. Saw all the concert, the last half I watched with Mum & Dad ... and watched the service this morning and the carriage ride this afternoon.

So proud to be English.

One of the bands, Madness, at the concert, Monday night.



(Yes, on Buckingham Palace!)

So, now I am back in Exeter and tomorrow another day "off" .... but I want to get some decorating done. I am about 1/2 way through my bedroom so want to get that mostly finished, if I can.

Now I have a meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl  and a promise that I will be a better friend again ... post my holiday pics, and get back on with my 100 meme.



A Personal Meme )

debris4spike: (Queen)
Wow what a Bank Holiday weekend.

Yes, I waved my Union Flag (I had one on the car as well) ... it was great to wach the events, although sad to see the weather turn as it did (but to be expected in England!!).

I watched all the River Boat Pageant ... great, despite the weather. Saw all the concert, the last half I watched with Mum & Dad ... and watched the service this morning and the carriage ride this afternoon.

So proud to be English.

One of the bands, Madness, at the concert, Monday night.



(Yes, on Buckingham Palace!)

So, now I am back in Exeter and tomorrow another day "off" .... but I want to get some decorating done. I am about 1/2 way through my bedroom so want to get that mostly finished, if I can.

Now I have a meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl  and a promise that I will be a better friend again ... post my holiday pics, and get back on with my 100 meme.



A Personal Meme )

debris4spike: (Queen)
Tim & Claire came over ... and with Mum & Dad (and Jiffy) we had a Jubilee tea, yesterday.  Starting, of course, with The National Anthem!

Before that it had been a nice afternoon and evening ... and watched part of the Jubilee River Pageant on TV ... great to see, just such a pity about the weather.

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Tea, fit for a Queen )
debris4spike: (Queen)
Tim & Claire came over ... and with Mum & Dad (and Jiffy) we had a Jubilee tea, yesterday.  Starting, of course, with The National Anthem!

Before that it had been a nice afternoon and evening ... and watched part of the Jubilee River Pageant on TV ... great to see, just such a pity about the weather.

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Tea, fit for a Queen )
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