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The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
Well, we'd probably all agree it would have been much more convenient, weather-wise, if the celebrations had been last weekend rather than this. I don't feel strongly one way or the other on the subject of monarchy; I can see the argument that "accident of birth" isn't a satisfactory way of selecting a head of state, but the thought of President Blair (or heaven help us, Thatcher) leaves me cold to say the least. I find some merit in not having to choose who should fill a position where the main function is not to do anything.

It may have been busy in London over the past few days, but I can tell you, in 1977 the village of Wideopen was heaving with literally handfulls of people as the Royal motorcade sped by. If you look carefully you'll see that the Special Branch chap in the front passenger seat isn't actually wearing a silly blue hat at all, he's obscuring the line of view to someone else who is. At least we got a wave from Prince Philip (though he probably is muttering something along the lines of "Bloody natives, can't understand a word they say").

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