'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Poppies

There She is.  Opening the Flanders Memorial Garden.  And, out of interest, that's my distant cousin in the black coat.  I bask in the reflected glory shine on his helmet.



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  1. The guardsmen in grey look a rather ill-matched group; that would never happen in China.

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  2. Yes Cro. I must say I was amused by the one that is making no effort to hide that he is interested in the goings on. He reminds me of a drawing of Spike Milligan's. Of Ekkles.

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    1. He also forgot to look in the mirror before leaving barracks.

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  3. I do hope they keep the sea of poppies at the Tower a little longer...I would love to see it

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    1. It wasn't long ago completed John. Surely it will be around a while yet?

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    2. It had better not be! We have ordered one of those poppies and I don't want any delay regarding its dispatch.

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    3. Oh how interesting! You are the first person I know who is actually buying one. My I see it if I am ever invited to cross the hallowed portal of Pudding Towers?

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  4. Who? Oh. You mean The Queen. (Not having one, other than Michelle Obama, we U.S.A. folk can be slow on the uptake.) I finally recognized her by her hat, her hair, and her shoes. But where is the ever-present purse?

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    1. Purse? You mean handbag you daft Yank!

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  5. She of The Purse.
    Perhaps someone's holding it for her.

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  6. Hi again Kate!
    Your cousin looks fine and dandy, ready for action! What's with the grey coats on the other guys, surely a nice bright red outfit would be better! Government cutbacks ? :)

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    1. Hi Brian I suppose the colour of the coats is a nice indicator of rank… you have to have something to aspire to I guess. I expect Grey-Coats lie in bed at night under their grey blankets thinking 'O it will be so much better when I am a Black-Coat and have a black blanket to sleep under at night.'

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  7. Pleased to see that you used a capital "S" when referring to Her Majesty as "She". In so doing you have avoided beheading.

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    1. That's a relief. Actually, I wouldn't dream of doing otherwise. I was well brought up by two English parents, remember. The first words I said were 'Shall we go UP to London today Mother and Father?'

      Actually they were probably more likely to be a poem from AA Milne. Which is much the same, really.

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