Monday Morning Smile L – God Save the Queen!!Posted: June 3, 2013
Well, it rained Sunday preventing me from cutting the grass – darn. The pool filter acted up again – darn. And it cost about nine thousand dollars to fill the car up with gas – darn. Such are the problems of suburban life. I guess things are all right after all!
Did you catch the news on the weekend? Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her sixtieth annivesary of her coronation. Sixty! Unbelievable. Either she really, really,really likes being Queen or she doesn’t trust her son with the job. Now there are lots of celebrities out there, Oprah is big, Celine Dion is big, but they don’t have their picture on money in dozens of countires around the world! Now that is BIG.
Got me thinking…… surely she is the longest reigning monarch in the world today….well, turns out she’s not. The King of Thailand has her beat by almost 5 years. Rama IX – he came to the throne at the age of 19 in 1946 and has been going strong ever since. Is he famous? Well in Thailand he is! Is he rich? Yep. At over $30B he is the world’s richest monarch. (Queen Liz is not even close. Although these things are notoriously hard to measure, the middle east oil
shieks kings are way up the Richie Rich list). How revered is he? Hard to tell, in Thailand if you speak, write, or otherwise call the monarchy into disrepute, you are thrown in the slammer – it true! Can you imagine if we had that here? The opponents of Toronto’s King Mayor Rob Ford would have the jails overflowing!
So, today, let’s tip our cap, have some chips (yes, ‘chips’ don’t call them fries) for lunch, and maybe later a pint at the pub, and make sure we spell everything with a ‘u’ in it. In honour of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Long Live the Queen.