Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Saturday, 27 June 2015

"This Blessed Plot. This Earth. This Realm. This England."

Bikes for District Nurses.
Illustration: TE ARA

The District Nurse.
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The English Village Green.

"When I Grow Too Old To Dream".
Sung by Very Lynn.
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Igtham Mote, Kent.

London-on-Sea: A mother and her two children enjoy a beach picnic on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge, London, in 1955. Photograph: John Drysdale/Getty Images.
Illustration: THE GUARDIAN

Terry's Confectionery Shop,
York, England.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, 
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, 

This other Eden, demi-paradise, 
This fortress built by Nature for herself 

Against infection and the hand of war, 
This happy breed of men, this little world, 

This precious stone set in the silver sea, 
Which serves it in the office of a wall 

Or as a moat defensive to a house, 
Against the envy of less happier lands,-- 

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm,
this England.

William Shakespeare, "King Richard II", Act 2 scene 1
Greatest English dramatist & poet (1564 - 1616).

"Land of Hope and Glory".
Sung by Vera Lynn.
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  1. Some good 'ole First Class Cricket, I take it? Back in the days before T-20 is existed, yuck.

  2. Thank you, Victimae Paschali Laudes, for your welcome Comment.

    Indeed, First-Class Cricket it is/was, when played upon The Village Green. Played for the enjoyment of the game. Good Sportsmanship on both sides. And splendid cucumber sandwiches (thinly-sliced) during "Tea".

    In addition, one can always dream that one's team is thrashing The Aussies in an Ashes Test Match.

    Much better than the modern game which is offered to the pubic, and which reminds me of the game of Rounders.

    1. Indeed. The modern game has little to no strategy whatsoever. Pretty soon many cricket fans will have no idea what it means to have a "nightwatchman", a "follow-on", or why does a team have five slips?!?

    2. Not to mention "a Googly" or a "Backward Short-Leg".

  3. My friend, I think we lost a good number of them already!


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