Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Diamond Jubilee and the BDG

I don't watch that much television, but I did catch a bit of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee over the weekend. My, my, no one does this sort of thing better than our British friends, and I love them for it. I don't think I've enjoyed an occasion on television as much since watching the night the Berliners tore down that wall. It would have been a joy to have attended either event.

As it happened, I once had the pleasure of seeing Queen Elizabeth in Berlin. It was at the end of her visit there in May of 1965. I watched the short departure ceremony from my second floor office window at Tempelhof Central Airport, overlooking the Queen's airplane parked just outside.

So, watching the London celebrations and remembering that day in Berlin warmed the old man's heart, and then I turned to Monday's TWIC and found, what else, a Blackmar-Diemer played at the Diamond Jubilee Premier. It would have been grand if the BDG had carried the day, but we take what we can.

May God save the Queen, and the BDG.