Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lydia Languish and some thoughts on royalty

Goodness me but today I have been the Lydia Languish of Godalming. It's the only way to be, m'dears. I had a lovely lie-in, followed by an equally long bath and a Lemsip. All utterly exhausting of course - which may explain why breakfast was such an intellectually challenging exercise. The layout of the flat means that the kitchen is actually the furthest room away from the dining room (almost), and in the course of breakfast preparation, I managed to forget the milk, the spoon, the Lucozade (fruit juice replacement when ill) and the Lemsip (see above). So I seemed to have to make eight trips before I could actually sit down and eat rather than one. That's the week's exercise done then ...

This led me nicely into a lovely two-hour nap in the middle of the day and, indeed, I was only woken up by what seemed to be an enormously loud buzzing next to my ear which turned out to be from an insect the size of a pin-head. How do they make so much noise? Do they carry microphones? Project their voices? It's a mystery.

Anyway, as I was up, I decided finally to watch my DVD of "The Queen", which Lord H kindly bought me for my birthday a couple of months back. Marvellous - really classy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Almost made me think about liking Diana - but, really, as she was such a manipulative cow (pause for brickbats and hate mail, no doubt, but it's true!...), that would be a bridge too far of course. My sympathies were with Prince Philip. And the boys. Dreadful to lose a parent at that age, no matter how irritating they are. Anyway, I must have been one of only four people in the country (including Lord H) who really couldn't have cared either way - and I know about the other two as we met them when we were out walking on the day of the wretched woman's funeral: wry smiles exchanged all round on that occasion. Oh no, that's not true - my stepfather never trusted her either. Five of us then!

Actually, I really like Camilla. Much more dignity and she'll make a far better queen. And besides it's always lovely to see a man choose the less outwardly attractive woman. It gives hope to the rest of us normals ... Go, Camilla, go girl!

Tonight, it's "Mock the Week" (I love Hugh Dennis - he's the best!) and "My Name is Earl", so I shall be glued. And I might even have a sherry - I was too ill for Sherry Night last night - but we'll see. After all, I don't want to have a relapse ...

Today's nice things:

1. Napping
2. DVDs
3. TV.

Anne Brooke
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Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you've been poorly but jealous you managed an afternoon nap!

Hugh Dennis is great. Is there an available part for him in Pink Champers?

Hope you feel better soon.


Sue xx

Cathy said...

(whispers) I liked Diana....OK she might have been manipulative but somehow she seemed more 'normal' than most of them. She certainly had an easy warmth and empathy which thankfully her sons seem to have inherited.

Camilla...well I can understand why people don't like her, though I think it is a reflection of the triangle she was involved in, rather than of her personally. I mean, whatever happened to sisterhood? But then again, I very much doubt that it was all her fault...

Cathy said...

Ooops...sorry, meant to add get well soon!


Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, both - am trying to make myself well(er!) for the upcoming Glyndebourne weekend! Ooh, and I think Hugh Dennis for The Den barman, don't you? The one with the circus skills ...

Tee hee, Cathy - can hear the whispering ...! Maybe we should just get rid of them all and go for the Republic option??!



Jackie Luben said...

Mm. What a good idea, Anne. We could have George W as our head of state.

I felt very sorry for Diana. She started out as an innocent, who was in a way seduced into thinking she was marrying into a fairy tale world. When Ch & Di got engaged, she looked at him absolutely adoringly, and he said(chillingly) ...'whatever love is ..' when asked if he loved her. Whatever sort of person she turned into, her early experiences (broken home) and her marital experiences must have had a huge impact. I thought it was tragic she died when she did, because she seemed to be turning her attention to some worthwhile projects. And as Cathy says, she was a real human being - and a proper mother to her children.

Anne Brooke said...

Actually, I was more thinking along the lines of me, Jackie - I'd be ace!

And I did think everyone was a real human being! Though can't agree at all about the good mother thing - I truly lost all vestiges of sympathy for the wretched woman when she went on TV to slag off her children's (or one of them) father - what sort of mother does that???!!

Big sigh!!


Jackie Luben said...

Lots and lots of women, I suspect, although the majority wouldn't have the option of going on TV. But I suspect in the throes of bitterness they would say all sorts of things about the man in that particular situation. I don't think all that many women would think, 'Ah well, he's the father of my children, so I'll be nice about him.'

Anne Brooke said...

Sorry - still no excuse for saying it on national TV. Of course you can say what you like in private, but Diana was a public figure. She knew perfectly well that would get back to the boys. It was utterly appalling behaviour and extremely bad motherhood. I don't even like children and don't much care what happens to them, but even I (even I!!!) wouldn't ever have done that!!!



Nik Perring said...


Anne Brooke said...

I'm trying, Nik, I'm trying!! (yes, well, we knew that, didn't we ...??!)