With some slightly better luck s/he might have got got Balding and Snow with a single shot. Anybody seen a pair more up themselves outside Westminster than those two at Putney?
Snow was brought in to tie the TV Boat Race coverage into the BBC’s sanitised, soapified, glorified account of the industrialised slaughter of 1914-18 (BBCTV and radio, 2014, all channels, all months). He mentioned the Thames being a landmark which made London a sitting duck for for the German air-raids on London not only in 14-18 but also in WW2. Aah — the Spirit of the Blitz, all those salt of-the-earth plucky Cockneys! Wonder if Snow’ll ever mention the then Home Life of the Family of Our Own Dear Father-in-Law on their 400 acre spread, which lies just up the river in Belgravia, smack in the middle of London yet famously and mysteriously left standing while the East End was flattened… If only the East Enders — nightly bombed out, bombed dead, bombed mad, crammed and suffocated down the foodless, water-less, toilet-less Tube, and even bombed there — had known that just a tuppenny bus ride away, right throughout the war, all would be light and air, and safe as… a duke’s houses!
They should have known; after all, what are wars for, if not to keep the rich rich — eh, Dan?
They even padlocked the Tube gates initially, until people smashed them open
Balding and Snow: what a happy pair. She the Palace mascot/roving flunky — pony from the Queen on her fourth birthday, champion lady jockey 1989-90, commentating from the royal rowboat — HM was elsewhere — at the jubilee, OBE last year. He the Duke of Westminster’s son-in-law.
Representatives of the two richest families in Britain — the Windsors and the Grosvenors. And they deny the Boat Race is an elitist occasion.
Three hours or so after the blurry pictures of the rowers of 1914 and earlier who took and/or lost lives in WW1 filled our TV screens, we had another watery episode connected with the Great Bloodbath, this time on the Antiques Road Show. Interest here focused on memorabilia belonging to the family of some survivors of the sinking of the British ship Lusitania in 1915, leading to 1,195 deaths out of 1,959 passengers and crew, including 128 out of 139 Americans.
It is a pity that given the occasion Hilary Kay, an antiques expert who in the past has had warm things to say about William Morris and The Clash, was less than forthcoming on the subject. She said that this incident was ultimately one of the justifications by Wilson to take the USA into the war two years later, but failed to mention the notorious figure of 6,000.
This was both the number of American dead in the war in Europe, and the number of millionaires produced by the war industries back in the States.
“Over there, over there,
“Send the word, send the word over there
“That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming —
” And we won’t come back, we’ll be buried over there…”
–Song by George M. Cohan, with last line as amended by US war resisters 1917-18 (and sung in “Oh! What a Lovely War!”)
Correction: There were 117,000 US war deaths and 21,000 war millionaires — that’s a millionaire for every approx. 6 deaths. (My memory was up the spout, except I knew there was a 6 in it somewhere…). Apologies to all including Hilary.
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