>Sixty years ago George VI died of his lung cancer at Sandringham Palace out in Kenya the young Princess didn’t know for some hours. She returned by plane a week after he had seen her off. To mark that Diamond Jubilee here is how, the event was reported.

Here is some footage of her coronation the following year.

The public perception of the Queen has often been one of seriousness of purpose, but of course over her 85 years and 60 years as Monarch there have been occasional glimpses of some of her lighter side.


When I was one
I had just begun
When I was two
I was nearly new
When I was three
I was hardly me
When I was four
I was not much more
When I was five
I was just alive
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever;
so I think I’ll be six now
for ever and ever

By A. A. Milne

Yes it was indeed six years ago that I first sat in front a keyboard and wrote this. It was the aftermath of my first General Election as a Parliamentary candidate something readers would have got a sense of last year when I did it all again.

>Yeah it is that time of year again when all of the UK will watch some singing then, in all possibility shout at the screen when the votes come in. Or will we see Blue give us all reason to smile.

One person who of course always managed to give us something to smile about even when things were tough was our Terry, well actually Ireland’s Terry, which is our for me, but you know what I mean. So here is Terry doing what he did best, passing comment on the acts.

From the 2006, final’s run down, especially love how off the mark he is with Lordi who managed a 12 point score from the UK.

There was always rumours that Terry had a wee bottle of alcohol up in his commentary booth. Although I think this Swedish guy might have been trying to drink Terry under the table during the contest and failing.

Terry was certainly the bringer of joility, which is what the intermission piece was called the last time Terry was able to show off his multi-lingual skills on the Eurovision stage when the UK hosted in 1998.

>Seriously earlier this evening this was how we found out which Government departments were being chosen by which party in the Northern Ireland Executive. Though the Official NI Assembly Twitter feed came a number of Tweets.

So there we have it. Via Twitter we were informed that:

  • DUP will informally take Department of Finance and Personel
  • Sinn Féin Department of Education
  • DUP Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment
  • UUP Department of Regional Development
  • Sinn Féin Departmenf of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • SDLP Department of the Environment
  • DUP Department of Social Development
  • Sinn Féin Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
  • DUP Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  • Alliance Department of Employment and Learning

>Last Friday my dear friends and fellow Northern Ireland Liberal Democrat Members Michael and Andrew got were civil partnered. Today there is a rather special occaion. There have been husband and wife teams in the House of Commons before but I don’t think any of them have got married while both were members, for example only Yvette Cooper was an MP when she and Ed Balls got married in 1998. (I’m prepared to be proven wrong). So congratulations to Jo Swinson and Duncan Hames.

However, it seems fitting that at Michael and Andrew’s Ceremony of Commitment last Saturday at All Souls’ Church in Belfast last Saturday that I was wearing Highland Dress as was one of the grooms, and some of the other guests that I keep my promise last Friday of the pictures to follow.

Here is me on the left in my Donegal tartan, with Kyle and Rory two of the Marshals, Kyle is wearing Red Ulster.

And here is one of last weekend’s happy couple with family, yes that is the Campbell tartan on Michael.

>Early today Andy May National Manager of the Regional Staff for the Yes Campaign, and  therefore my direct line manager posted on Liberal Conspiracy a detailed account of the failings within the yes campaign. 

Due to the issues on Blogger earlier today this was something I wanted to have posted earlier.

I’m glad that somebody at his level has said this. Often the regional organisers did feel we were coming up against a brick wall. There was a lot that we knew that we didn’t share the full details of with our volunteerss, because we had to give them confidence that we were going to win this. The fact that the Northern Irish team actually did so well is in spite off some of the things that are written below, once again I want to think everyone who came so close to getting Norn Iron to say Yes!

I’ve embedded the full article as Andy wrote it.

Yes to Fairer Votes – An Insiders View [published on Liberal Conspiracy http://bit.ly/lgw3Bk]http://www.scribd.com/embeds/55322336/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-2by7r2voqjlmornsg716(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js”; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();

>I did have my weekend fun all planned earlier but blogger as we all know wouldn’t let us play.

However to get us going here is what the Royal Wedding would have been like if the couple had gone South to Scotland’s oldest University from the Granite City of Aberdeen.

On that note all the best to my friend Kristian Chapman who is standing in the by election for the Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone by election in Aberdeen.

Of course if it were in Aberdeen we made not have got a long enough look at Princess Beatrice’s hat and then the legend that follows would not have come to be.

People may or may not have complained that while I was running Yes! operations here in Northern Ireland there was a serious lack of gratuitous male chest exposure. Fear not my female followers and fellow gay compadres the wait is over.

The delay in this Friday fun being posted, may or may not have been due to a major c*** up by a programmer at Blogger.