Have a great day off


Let street parties thrive. I hope many  enjoy their extra day’s holiday, and wish the Prince and his bride a long and happy marriage. We should say “Thank you” to all who are working today to keep the country’s services running.

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  1. lifelogic
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I hope my twenty five odd staff enjoy their holiday and wish the couple every happiness. But I will have to work harder in order to find the £10,000 or so for the days non production – thanks to Cameron’s bank holiday – and I did not even get an invitation.

    • lifelogic
      Posted April 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      I see Chris Huhne, on any questions, is making much of the “lies” regarding the additional costs of running AV counting. He then however goes on to imply, in relation to his own departmental activities, that the fact the wind turbine fail to generate much of the time is not a problem. Surely he is intelligent enough to understand that electricity produced, not on demand, is worth far less than that which is available as needed on demand. The former needs on demands back up. So the electricity is expensive to generate and worth less when generated.

      He go on to say he has a turbine (green badge) on his house. Perhaps he could convince us by telling us the cost of his person turbine and how many net KWHours it has actually generated since installed. I would be very surprised if it exceeds 1% PA by (true) value as a proportion of the capital costs – even before depreciation and maintenance. Perhaps an engineer in his department could explain it to him.

  2. lifelogic
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Excellent wedding apart from the odd choice of Elgar good luck to them both.

    I was however very surprised that “green” Prince Charles and his friends did not arrive on foot or by bike or at the very least a Prius. And surely the fly past is not very green, or were they all fuelled by organic oatmeal biscuits, perhaps?

    Always amusing to see men in tall shiny gold mitres and gowns musing on God’s great “generosity” – have they not heard of the Japanese earth quake/tsunami, hurricanes, malaria, parasitic worms and all of the other generous gifts thus bestowed.

    It was even described as “an eco friendly and green wedding” on TV something to do with the flowers/trees I think – true satire I assume.

    • lifelogic
      Posted April 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      All great British style fun and endless amusement nevertheless.

      • lifelogic
        Posted April 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        I trust they will be going on a “Green” honeymoon camping and cycling in Norfolk or something similar.

  3. Mike Stallard
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I have very mixed reactions myself.
    I must confess that I was moved almost to tears by the historic pageant of the dear old CofE in full flood. What memories it brought back. How grateful I was that Mr T Blair did not use it to upstage HM the Queen again (millenium, Queen Mother’s lying in State, Lady Diana’s funeral). Or that I didn’t have to seen his wife yawning in the front seats. It was magnificent and it went back hundreds of years. In our village, there is bunting everywhere and people watched it all on TV.
    Just like the old times.
    Just like the old times????

  4. Alte Fritz
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Great example of social mobility!

    • lifelogic
      Posted April 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      Yes but perhaps next time the “Liberals” should surely ensure there is a fare racial, gender, class, degrees of disability and sexuality mix in the potential candidates for the position of spouse to the future potential King or Queen.

      Clearly some “Liberal” regulation needed to ensure any future prince only cavorts with a balanced selection of the above. A new department “A Royal Fairness Commission” is clearly urgently needed. Perhaps budget for £50M PA at least to deal with this vital pressing issue.

  5. Electro-Kevin
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    You don’t need to thank me.

    For once it’s nice to be paid for working a bank holiday.

    • lifelogic
      Posted April 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Alas paid by employers who will need to get it back somehow in higher prices perhaps or lost jobs.

  6. Javelin
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    For me the most poignant moment of the day was when William twisted the ring a little the moment after he put the ring on to make sure his wife was comfortable. The details say so much.

    Also just doing the math – if there are 200 working days a year – then taking the day off reduced GDP by 0.5%.

    • lifelogic
      Posted April 30, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      So as it is running at 0% for the past six months that might be -.5% not really surprising with such anti-growth policies in place.

    • Electro-Kevin
      Posted April 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha ha !

  7. forthurst
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Overheard at a thriving but dissident street party in the grauniad, “The Royals have to marry outside the family to avoid catastrophic inbreeding”.

  8. Stewart Knight
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to the happy Royal couple, and good luck to them.

    As an aside, what I saw, and felt, yesterday when the celebrations were in full flow, the flags waving, and people cheering and being happy as a NATION, was a large sigh of relief and outlet for frustrations after 13 years of Labour legislating and telling us we should be ashamed to be xenophobic little Britishers, flying the Union Jack was racist, and foreigners and ethnic minorities should take precedence; we were as a nation, for the first time in probably over a decade, OPENLY proud to be British and OPENLY proud to fly the Union flag. This is another reason why it was right that Brown and Blair were not there, amongst other notables of the same ilk.

    Never let Labour gain power again.

  9. rose
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I would particularly like to thank the Home Secretary and police, and all the other security services, for returning our country to us for one happy and glorious day.

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