Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day, Mary my wife and I went into town and visited a shop.
When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and I said, ‘Come on, man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?’
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
I called him an “asshole”. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tires.
So Mary called him a “shit head”.
He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.
Then he started writing more tickets.
This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home.
We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired.
It’s important at our age.
I can see it now. After half an hour of build-up, with the Royal family and assorted dignitaries arriving at St Paul’s this morning for the Service of Thanksgiving, the choir will rise to begin Vaughan Williams’s Te Deum.
And at that precise moment the BBC will cut across to more important matters: Fearne Cotton interviewing the members of boy band One Direction on how they’ve been marking the Jubilee. If the BBC’s coverage of Sunday’s flotilla is anything to go by, the last thing we will get this morning is coverage of the service itself. Or perhaps, if the producer does consent to allow some pictures to come from inside the cathedral, there’ll be a commentary from a daytime TV presenter explaining that a cathedral is a big church with lots of people and although the service might go on a little while, don’t worry, there’s some music with nice tunes.
Like many viewers, I watched the BBC on Sunday with incredulity and mounting anger. It has become a truism that our national culture has been infantilised and made stupid. But if ever anything could be relied on to provide a temporary halt in that slide it would, surely, be the BBC’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee.
The Open Europe think tank predicted that a new Greek government could eventually conclude that leaving the single currency was an attractive option.
The bail-out which would follow would be equivalent to a 1p rise in income tax, its experts believe.
Greece votes in a second general election later this month, with polls suggesting big gains for parties that reject the terms of the country’s current international support package. Other European Union governments have warned the Greeks that rejecting the current deal would mean leaving the single currency.
Raoul Ruparel, of Open Europe, said that any new government emerging from the June 17 elections was likely to reach a deal with Greece’s creditors allowing the country to stay in the euro for now.
Later, however, “as Greece approaches a balanced budget and a more stable banking sector, though still messy, an exit will look increasingly attractive – particularly if the only alternative for Athens is to permanently give up economic and political sovereignty”.
The Prime Minister asked for an inquiry into Lady Warsi’s conduct after she admitted not fully declaring the facts about her trip to Pakistan with Abid Hussain
Sir Alex Allan, the independent adviser on the Ministerial Code, will now examine the minister’s actions and decide whether she has breached the rules. The inquiry could lead to her dismissal.
Mr Cameron’s swift referral of Lady Warsi to Sir Alex is likely to raise allegations of double standards against the Prime Minister, who has repeatedly refused to refer Jeremy Hunt for investigation over his controversial dealings with the Murdoch media empire.
The Sunday Telegraph this week revealed that Lady Warsi and Mr Hussain were both directors of a company called Rupert’s Recipes.
That arrangement led Labour to compare her behaviour to that of Liam Fox, who quit as defence secretary last year over foreign trips he made with a lobbyist.
It was Madness at Buckingham Palace, as the much loved nutty boys of ska took to the roof of Her Majesty’s residence. For the Golden Jubilee, they only had Brian May up there, playing the national anthem. This time the roof had to take the weight of a seven strong band doing silly dancing. They were one of the highlights of the Diamond Jubilee Concert delivering a rambunctious performance of Our House, a song more usually associated with humble terraces rather than grandiose palaces.
Everything about this year’s show had been planned to upstage its predecessor, from the massive purpose built stage surrounding the Victoria Monument to the dazzling laser mapped projections that turned the palace itself into an ever-changing backdrop. The staging was actually more ambitious and cutting edge than the line-up.
Perhaps inevitably, the show tread lightly around the edges of pop culture. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over psychedelia, heavy rock, punk, indie, hip hop, electro, rave and Britpop, but there was nobody on the bill at the Palace who was likely to upset the corgis. “We forgot to invite The Sex Pistols,” joked Gary Barlow backstage. The Take That frontman was heavily involved in setting the concert up, and it reflected his middle-of-the-road, light entertainment tastes.
Despite forecasts of chilly temperatures and light rain, Buckingham Palace said the Queen still intended to use an open-topped landau so the crowds which are expected to line Whitehall and The Mall could get the best possible view.
The Queen will be joined in her carriage by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will follow in a second carriage.
The Queen will give a message of thanks for this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in a special address broadcast this evening, Buckingham Palace said.
The broadcast, lasting just over two minutes, was recorded in the Presence Room in Buckingham Palace yesterday before the Jubilee Concert.
It will be transmitted on television and radio at 6pm today in the UK and across the Commonwealth, and will also be available on the Royal Channel on YouTube.