View-Master with Reel (Photo credit: Museum of Hartlepool)
In 1952 when I was 10 years old, I attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth via View Master. Do you recall the View Master reels of yesterday? I loved them. I had dozens of them, but don’t remember exactly how many. As I lived in the rural South, View Master was my key to the world until television was invented and featured You Are There for arm-chair travelers. My generation has come a long way.
I was reminded of these View Master reels by the Tilly the Laughing Housewife in Manchester England, who has been celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee all weekend.
Tilly says the British love pomp and circumstance. Well so do many Americans. Who do you think drove up those high TV ratings for Kate and William’s wedding? Why none other than all those ex-pats and former colonials living all over the world, that’s who.
Oh sure, we drove the Red Coats out of the colonies, but many of us love Elizabeth, and not just because she keeps Corgis, although that helps a lot. We love Elizabeth, because we figure she could do at least as well at governing as her ancestor the first Elizabeth, and a better job than some of the men who run the world today. I mean, come on, men have had their chance, give the women a turn. For goodness sake, every time a woman has been on the throne in England good things have happened. Sure, I know a few bad things too, but remember women were off the throne when we had those two world wars in the Twentieth Century. The simple truth is that male world leaders have too much testosterone, and testosterone gets people into trouble. Not for nothing did I study British history.
Rumor has it that Hillary may try again in 2016. She says no, but Bill says otherwise. He loves a spirited campaign. David worked in Hillary’s campaign and then when she lost her bid, he worked in John McCain’s campaign. We are very shallow I suppose, we vote for people we like. Obviously we did not like the guy who won. However I must say this, I really like his wife.
Oh that’s my spiel for today. Have scallops and mushrooms marinating for lunch. Sill on my diet and holding my own. Meanwhile, God Save the Queen.