Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Living up to the challenge

In comments today, HW cries out: "I expect you to rise above the detritus of today's news and to give us some intellectual stimulation."

If only.

Instead you are going to get the height of kitsch for an incomer to Edinburgh. Attendance by Bondwoman this afternoon at the Royal Garden Party at Holyroodhouse, along with 8000 people (and Junior Bond). What a wonderful experience for a unionist! What can we tell you? Well not much. The blogger's favourite instrument, the digital camera, is banned. As is the mobile phone (but that didn't stop people). The Queen wore some sort of pale green with a sort of salmon pink top to her hat (and she is so short you can definitely see that). Phil the Greek was in grey, and looks quite grey. The Queen is much as she looks on the telly, but then we were about the same distance away from her... Couldn't see any other famous royals, but I'm quite sure there were many many pillars of Edinburgh and Scottish society there...

Junior Bond saw, and chatted to, people he knew. He is obviously integrated in Edinburgh society. I saw someone in my School at a distance, but no one to chat to. I am a failure.

It rained, it thundered, and people got quite wet. We had some sarnies, some mini scones, and some profiteroles, drank a couple of lemonades but none of the de rigueur tea, contemplated the long queues for the "luxury" portaloos, and split the scene after a couple of hours to go to the Regent, up Abbey Hill, which I have visited previously with BB. We chilled out there for a while, and then found a taxi home.

Actually there is another post in the making on what is "left" and what is "right" in Central Europe these days, after the Polish, Hungarian and Slovakian general elections. That'll have to wait until after the France/Portugal match. We're rooting for France. Unsurprisingly...


Blogger HW said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie still exerts its attractions. I bet you even had a new hat. You'll be moving to Morningside next.

Still, everyone should attend a Garden Party once. (After all, I did.)

Thursday, July 06, 2006  
Blogger MilliGoon said...

HW - BW did indeed have a new hat and a pic will be forthcoming very shortly...

Thursday, July 06, 2006  

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