Month: April 2011

“Alles sal reg kom”: Churchill on the Royal Wedding

“Alles sal reg kom”: Churchill on the Royal Wedding

HOUSE OF COMMONS, 22 OCTOBER 1947— “I am in entire accord with what the Prime Min­is­ter has said about Princess Eliz­a­beth and about the qual­i­ties which she has already shown, to use his words, ‘of unerr­ing gra­cious­ness and under­stand­ing and of human sim­plic­i­ty.’ He is indeed right in declar­ing that these are among the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Roy­al House. I trust that every­thing that is appro­pri­ate will be done by His Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment to mark this occa­sion of nation­al rejoic­ing.  ‘One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,’ and mil­lions will wel­come this joy­ous event as a flash of colour on the hard road we have to trav­el.…

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Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Anoth­er gold­en oldie Churchill “quote” which Churchill nev­er uttered will soon be mak­ing the Twit­ter rounds, and this one is a bit off-col­or. Colum­nist Jon­ah Gold­berg uses it to reflect on “A Thorny Porn-y Issue for the New York Pub­lic Library.” No prob­lem with his point about the NY Pub­lic, but this quote is not Churchill’s in any way.

For col­lec­tors of Churchillian red her­rings, here’s the alleged exchange: Churchill report­ed­ly says to a woman at a par­ty, “Madam, would you sleep with me for 5 mil­lion pounds?” The woman stam­mers: “My good­ness, Mr. Churchill. Well, yes, I sup­pose …” Churchill inter­rupts: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” The woman responds imme­di­ate­ly: “What?…

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Arrington McCardy 1947-2011

Arrington McCardy 1947-2011

From "The Eleuther­an," 2010

You don’t real­ly know a road until you’ve bicy­cled it. On a bike, every­thing is mag­ni­fied: the sur­face, con­tour and cam­ber; the hills and val­leys; the ruts and pot­holes; even the shoul­der. Rid­ers pay atten­tion to the shoul­der, because it’s always pos­si­ble that we might quick­ly have to occu­py it.

Arring­ton McCardy, founder of the Eleuthera Long Rid­ers, who died of a total­ly unex­pect­ed heart attack on the April 9th “Ride for Hope,” joked that they should rename the Queen’s High­way for him because he knew every inch of it bet­ter than any­one else.…

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