Thursday, March 14, 2013

— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "Q" / Thursday Two Questions —

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
"Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?"
"I've been up to London to visit the Queen."
"Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?"
"I frightened a little mouse under her chair"
[ Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins ]

"Q" is for Queen ~~ Not very original and neither is this post.  It is a rework from one I did last Spring.  We were in London to visit our daughter, two granddaughters, and SIL, all of whom are living there as ex-Pats.  Karen was to run the Paris Marathon (she finished!) on April 15th so cheering her on was our excuse for going at that time.  I wish we could go this April but that is up for discussion right now.   .two
Above left are Mrs. Jim, KP, and myself, all dressed up for tea at the Ritz Hotel.  Karen (her account of the tea) was with us as she sprung for the tea as a Mother's Day and Father's Day present from their family.  Right is KP's school.  She is in the three-and-a-half-year-old class.  This is her 'fancy dress' in the hotel picture.   To school she wears a blue uniform with white shirt to class.
We didn't see the little mouse but we did see the Queen.  I tell people that she waved to me.  She was in her carriage, waving all her way to address Parliament on their opening day.  I had brought my camera but wouldn't you know on this particular day I left the battery at the flat in its charger.  .
So this picture I did not take but rather it is a press release photo which I photographed with my camera.  I read an editorial about whether or not the royalty is covering its expenses with admission fees to the palaces, etc.  There was another about doing away with royalty like most other countries have done. 

[BTW, my new camera did come yesterday.  I've charged the battery but haven't read the book or turned it on yesterday.  The shipping was lousy (an Amazon dot Com supplier.  It rattled all the way from Lexington, KY, to our house in a box large enough to hold three cameras with NO PACKING paper or peanuts, etc.  We will see.  Amazon will hear.  I will give poor rating (or return it).]
Judging from the size of the crowd we saw there for her that day, a measure like that would never get enough votes.  I think royalty is here to stay for a long while in Britain.  They love their Queen..
The rest of these pictures are typical London tourist type pictures we took on other days.  On this particular day we went on to visit St. Paul's Cathedral.  Sorry, no pictures from their either.  Our English friends from Northampton accompanied us and were showing us the sites and had found a good place for all of us to stand to watch the Queen's carriage ride on her way to the ceremonies..
Our holiday lasted one month, from April 11 to May 11 (2012).  We flew directly from Houston to London and stayed with our daughter, Karen.  That Saturday we took the Eurostar RR through the Chunnel to Paris.  On Sunday we cheered her on as she ran the Paris Marathon.  We came back to London that evening.  On the following Saturday we began an 11 day Princess cruise from South Hampton to the Canary Islands, returning to London on May 3rd.

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==>  You can see other "Q" letter posts by visiting Jenny's blog post, Alphabe- Thursday. My letter "Q" portion of this post will be critiqued by Head Mistress Jenny. I always hope for a good grade from her.
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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.

My last post last week was about an "P" word, Player.  It referred to my golfing handicap and about my playing golf.

My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):.

1. What royalty or governmental leaders have you been up close with and what were the happenings for you then?
I was fortunate to have shaken hands with President Johnson when when he visited the Control Center at the Johnson Space Center (NASA) in Houston.  I worked in the Control Center in my third career which lasted seventeen years.
Later in my 4th career, Business Professor at San Jacinto College, it almost happened again.  I did get to touch the 'hem of his gown' as President Clinton walked by after a presentation to some (a ticket affair, I had the luck of the draw) there with some of the students and faculty.

2. Tell if and why or why not you think that our country (U.S.A.) or yours needs a king or other royalty?
I think it would be nice and might give more prestige to our national leaders.  As of late our presidents have become the but of nasty criticism regardless of what party might be in power.  I think the worst probably started at the Viet Nam War period and has continued since. 
If I were king I would hope to rule and not be a figure head.  Do you know that the Queen of England is the Commander-in-chief of the Britsh Armed Forces? .

Bonus Question:

1. What is your favorite "Q" word?  

==> My Questions here are for Amanda at her Thursday Two Questions blog, Self Sagacity.  Please visit her there for here questions and links to other partakers of her fun blogging idea.

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1. When I was still working I ran into our state folks a lot. The Governor (Pete Wilson) and many senators. It was just the nature of being in county government. I wasn't impressed with any of them. Pete Wilson was the nicest. Most were arrogant and pushy.

2. NO! The crop that we've had in Washington D. C. have been awful for a very long time. I can't imagine having one for as long as they live. Especially the one we have now. We wouldn't have a dime left in pretty short order. Scary thought.

3. Quest is a fine Q word.

Have a terrific day. ☺
i've never been around any type of royalty at all! Utah is pretty far off the beaten path and I like it that way.

Great "Q" post!
I love your post.
My grandmothused to be friends with lady fermoy and once cooked for the queenin Kings Lynn
I have hadnacouple of letters from the queen as has one of my daughters.
I also have photographs of the royal family passing on the mall on the way to Diana and prince Charles wedding

My favorite Q word is Quilt because I am dreaming of making one.

I hope the Queen does not find out you are responsible for the mouse. You sure do know a lot about London. I know your family lives there. And the people seem to love their royalty!

How fun! and how great to have an excuse to visit London. I would love to go. I was there once very long ago.
1. George Mc Govern was at my relatives' party when I was young.
2. hmmm...probably not....
3. I like the word quiddity right now since I wrote about it for my Q word.
This is an interesting and fun post. Great to meet all of you "alphabet" folks thanks to Jenny Matlock.
I love the photo for Q is for Queen. I sometimes think that Queen Elizabeth is almost the iconic image of the word queen.

Jim, you commented on Horse Pucky, wondering how to get a bar code for your blog or website. Go to and follow the instructions. Should be easy. Let me know how you make out. ~Pam
How fun! I love the photos. Here you are, the camera thing! If you decide to keep sure not to wash it;) haha
You make me want to visit England, but then again I've always wanted to visit England!

Very nice post.

I've not met any Royalties, but I think it would be interesting.

Happy Weekend Jim.
"MEOWWW" in response to your poem, Dr Jim :)
My favorite Q word is quiet.

Which I am on almost all political subjects!

Unless you catch me on a rare day.

And out!


I remember reading that nursery rhyme to my kids, Jim but I don't remember it in the newer poetry books I've bought for our Grandlittles!

Isn't that odd?

Thanks for linking.


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