Birthday Boomer

I just know Slugger will want to mark the 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales. As I’m a year and three months older, I resent all this talk of retirement.

“I think he is finally coasting home, perhaps coming to the realisation that he will never be king or, if he does, he’ll be like one of those elderly leaders at the end of the Soviet era – a sort of royal Andropov, with only a few years.”

Let’s concentrate instead on his tribute to Paddy Bogside ( Doherty), who first rode to fame during the events of August 1969 and went on to touch the Prince’s Trust for funds to rehab part of the old Georgian centre of Derry within the walls, earning this tribute form the prince.

“Those communities which, against all odds, have succeeded in reversing a spiral of decline have done so, in my experience, because of local characters like Paddy Doherty in Londonderry who, in 1981, started to revitalise the bombed-out and rundown centre of his city. The results are spectacular.”

In this week’s BBC documentary he came across as quite a decent bloke not the “preening mannequin” of legend who talks to trees ( and why not?) Some of the legends about him are just that apparently:

There is wincing at mention of the famous allegation that Charles has a man to squeeze out his toothpaste for him – no, no, no, that was just once after he had broken his wrist.”

As to the future when he becomes King, the Daily Telegraph predicts he’ll want to break out from the narrow identification with the Church of England to become “Defender of Faith” rather than the Faith. The Constitution Unit in a new book out this week, thinks there may be a multifaith ceremony as well as the traditional Coronation rites and if the Queen can no longer perform her duties, a regency as a kind of joint monarchy.

Pressure on Charles since Diana’s death has eased. The Belfast Telegraph reports that 53% believe he should become King and only 20% not, an improvement of 22% inhis position since 2005. Approval for a “Queen Camilla” however has slumped to only 17%.

The whole business of monarchy may seem Ruritanian but it continues to evoke the “pageant of British history” and exercise an undoubted fascination, not least in the Republic.

  • kensei

    The whole business of monarchy may seem Ruritanian but it continues to evoke the “pageant of British history” and exercise an undoubted fascination, not least in the Republic.

    People are also fascinated by Big Brother and the idiots that turn up on the X Factor that can’t sing. I’m to really sure it qualifies as interest or admiration for the “pageant of British History”.

    Monarchy still dips its poison into the UK system. hence Parliament is sovereign, and the general populace gets no direct say in Constitutional matters, unlike in Ireland or the US. So no EU referendum for you, plebs.

    Since it is his 60th, and since he wants to do right by everyone in the UK and since he dislikes his job, they should gift him a republic for his birthday. He can even keep his head on.

  • RepublicanStones

    I watched some of the programme myself and throughout it there was an increasing feeling of unease…… (with myself) ……as I gradually came to realise….. the old codger seemed like a thoroughly nice bloke. I particularly liked his rebuttal of previous attempts to mollycoddle him. There is a person behind the crown, but theres still no need for the crown.

  • “As I’m a year and three months older, I resent all this talk of retirement.”

    I quite agree. He might decide to inundate a website with crap blogs.

  • michael

    Given Charles’ tribute to Paddy Doherty, perhaps he could use this occaison to do another service to the people of Derry. Among his many titles, Charles is also the commander in chief of the parachute regiment. An apology for thier murdeous actions on Bloody Sunday is long overdue.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    Yeah Michael, the Paras murdered, oh, a dozen Derry wans. Think how much work they’ve still got to do to catch up with the number Murderin’ Mart accounted for. The lazy sods.

    But a bazillion hear, hears to Chekov. And I repeat what I think I’ve said before: how much do I need to pay Slugger to *stop* Walkbore?

  • Dec

    But a bazillion hear, hears to Chekov. And I repeat what I think I’ve said before: how much do I need to pay Slugger to *stop* Walkbore?

    Simple solution: don’t read it. Brian’s interests are a bit anglo-centric for my tastes but he’s a million light years ahead of the utter bollocks (“Interpreting the Book of Revelations from an Episcopalian perspective”) Turgid inflicts on us.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    Jeez, don’t read something I don’t like? Good God, why on earth didn’t I think on that? Cripes, thanks for sharing the insight with us Dec. Not merely profound, but searingly honest and original too.

  • kensei

    Why am I still a UUP voter?

    Here is a better one. See if you can come up with a Greasemonkey or Chickenfoot script in Firefox to block out all the posts you don’t like.

    Or indeed pay someone to do it, if it is that vital to you.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Charles and the crown he stands for might not be to everyone’s taste in N.Ireland, but at least he doesn’t go around castigating a large percentage of his subjects as Nazi’s. Not unlike the democratically voted in president of the Republic of Ireland. Was she speaking on behalf of her people or was it a personal thing?

  • Big Maggie

    kensei

    You’re missing the point. It’s more fun to slag off Brian.

  • smcgiff

    ‘no, no, no, that was just once after he had broken his wrist.’

    Oh, that explains another myth!

  • Dec

    Not merely profound, but searingly honest and original too.

    I never claimed the solution was profound. The clue to my intentions was in my selection of the words “simple” & “solution”. Aside from that your contribution to this thread has been fascinating.

  • bolies

    Aye, quite a decent guy. So what. He’s still traipsin’ around the world on my taxes, powering one of his several cars on “left-over wine from entertaining”. He doesn’t like his job…how sad for him. How absolutely heart-rendering.

    He really is a feckin’ dullard too if he’s patting Paddy Bogside on the back. That boy’s some good steam. Hmmm…

    “Craft Village” – FAILURE
    “O’Doherty’s Tower” – FAILURE
    “Calgach Centre” – FAILURE

    This is the man who proposed an enormous £15m Statue of Liberty-esque St. Columba in the middle of the Foyle. What about stop pissing money out yer hole Paddy, with your egotistical Mickey Mouse plans, we need a decent train line….
    Thankfully after years of humouring Paddy the council are starting to back away from him slowly.

    No offence Brian I quite like some of your posts, much more than some of the loquacious horse-sh*t that we get from that guy, hmmmm, whats his name again….but this fascination with the “pageant of British History” certainly doesn’t pertain to any degree of envy. People in Britain have always been sold that aul snake oil from horse faced monarchists, “look how the world observes our ‘pomp'”. Yeah they’re taking photos but the world’s not jealous. Not if they knew how much it would cost them.

    WAISAUUPV- 14, have a bit of decency and get it right. As if all the people marching on Bloody Sunday were Republicans, as if those people who were killed before McGuinness made his ascent are just interchangeable with Murderin’ Mart, as you so wittily call him. I don’t know why your still a UUP voter, with that level of spite I can think of a few other places for ye.

  • William

    Hi folks…..As one who was once a CEO of one of Paddy’s companies, old ‘Bogside’ once told me he soft-soaped the Prince to get money out of the Princes’ Trust for some of his ‘follies’, mentioned above. However, the O’Doherty Tower isn’t quite a failure, but only because of the City Council taking it over for the Tower Museum. The Craft Village is now rather run-down and the Calgach Centre, is much underused, but still a fine building.
    Paddy did lots of good work but unfortunately our Deputy First Minister had a big hand, through his sactioned bombing of the buildings around Butcher Street, in clearing the sites for ‘Bogside’s’ regeneration work.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    Kid someone else Bolies – the ‘taxes’ you pay [sic] wouldn’t clad a gnat in ermine, let alone polish HRH’s Bentleys. And before you slabber on next about ‘decency’, try and extend your tender concern on behalf of someone other than Murderous McMarty. You might not seem quite so vilely absurd that way.

  • The Raven

    “Not if they knew how much it would cost them.”

    I understand Her Majesty and her entourage, including the palaces upkeep is around £38m per annum, without including security costs. Let’s assume we take that up to £60m.

    So, we’re down to a £ per person in the UK.
    Each year.

    And of all the shit I’ve seen my taxes get paid out on, opinion on monarchy aside, and having thoroughly enjoyed the time I got a tour of Windsor Castle, I really don’t begrudge this.

    Just an opinion.

  • Llamedos

    We make a profit out of the civil list and the tourist revenues will increase with our devalued pound. Michael, A Colonel in Chief in an industrial environment would be the convenor of the Parachute Regiments shop stewards. Do some research and then your republican bile might be truly effective.

  • bolies

    Fair point Raven, still, a pound too much for me.

    WAISAUUPV Thank you for for illuminating me as to how little my taxes are likely to pay of his ridiculous, oh no, sorry “frugal” lifestyle. I’m loathe to spend penny one on him out of principle.

    About the other thing, I don’t have any concern for McGuinness whatsoever. Michael made a reasonable point, not that I think it would ever happen, but it wasn’t lacking in rationale. Then you retort with some trite little moral equation, seemingly justifying everyone shot and/or killed because of what McMurderin’ Marty McGunshot (or whatever f*ckin stupid Daily Mail name you care to think up) would go on to do. Trust me I don’t give a fiddler’s what you do call him, it just purveyed a smugness that sealed off an obnoxious comment.

    I just think those shot in the back by those who were supposed to protect deserve a wee bit more respect. But i suppose that’s vilely absurd of me, apparently it won’t matter though because I’m just another “wan” and the parachute regiment have to play “catch-up.”

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “[i]Aye, quite a decent guy. So what. He’s still traipsin’ around the world on my taxes, powering one of his several cars on “left-over wine from entertaining”. He doesn’t like his job…how sad for him. How absolutely heart-rendering.

    He really is a feckin’ dullard too if he’s patting Paddy Bogside on the back. That boy’s some good steam. Hmmm…

    “Craft Village” – FAILURE
    “O’Doherty’s Tower” – FAILURE
    “Calgach Centre” – FAILURE

    This is the man who proposed an enormous £15m Statue of Liberty-esque St. Columba in the middle of the Foyle. What about stop pissing money out yer hole Paddy, with your egotistical Mickey Mouse plans, we need a decent train line….
    Thankfully after years of humouring Paddy the council are starting to back away from him slowly.

    No offence Brian I quite like some of your posts, much more than some of the loquacious horse-sh*t that we get from that guy, hmmmm, whats his name again….but this fascination with the “pageant of British History” certainly doesn’t pertain to any degree of envy. People in Britain have always been sold that aul snake oil from horse faced monarchists, “look how the world observes our ‘pomp’”. Yeah they’re taking photos but the world’s not jealous. Not if they knew how much it would cost them.

    WAISAUUPV- 14, have a bit of decency and get it right. As if all the people marching on Bloody Sunday were Republicans, as if those people who were killed before McGuinness made his ascent are just interchangeable with Murderin’ Mart, as you so wittily call him. I don’t know why your still a UUP voter, with that level of spite I can think of a few other places for ye.

    Posted by bolies”[/i]

    do people like you still exist?

  • James MacLochlainn

    There is wincing at mention of the famous allegation that Charles has a man to squeeze out his toothpaste for him – no, no, no, that was just once after he had broken his wrist.”

    So he only has one hand.

  • Enrolled A Myth’s Sum

    do people like you?
    still exist?