Regular readers, if at all perceptive and/or paying attention, will have noticed my love-hate relationship with England, Great Britain, London, etc.
Most of writings have been rants about the hate side, so I feel the need to add a bit of balance. (After all, I am not like Fox News!)
An elderly lady, aka The Queen, has been receiving an unusual amount of attention this week. Seems like she is unable to retire, perhaps because of the economy, and keeps trucking away at living in her bubble, costing taxpayers a bundle, waving to crowds, and reigning over a dysfunctional family.
Anyways, I must write something positive about the English, which was sparked by brief glimpses of a big concert last night on the front drive of her London home. A bunch of folks showed up to hear much of Britain's and the Commonwealth's musical talent. This is something they do well, and have done so for years. All songs were from the past, with one exception: something written to commemorate the occasion. Most, if not all songs, seemed to appeal the crowd, but might not have been familiar to someone living in the past, by which I mean the Victorian Age.
Back to positive comments...In my opinion, the English are the best at staging, lighting, camera work, and television graphics (not to mention advertising, which is another topic for another day...perhaps). The show was a spectacle, which few, if any other country could replicate (without stealing bits from the Brits or hiring them to do it).
Of course, we all know that creativity has its roots in rebellion. The best (perhaps only) creative talent comes from the non-aristocratic segments of society. The toffs (English word) remain out of touch with reality, so are unable to question, change, or create. The Lady in White might have reigned over the decline of the British Empire, but her subjects rose in the eyes of the world (open ones of discerning folks) in the creative arts. I, for one, have benefited from that trade-off, as have many that suffered from earlier indignities at the hands of Liz's relatives and cronies.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.