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Funny Stuff…

On October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live debuted in New York City.

Newman, Belushi, Curtin, Radner, Aykroyd, Morris, Chase

They could have stopped after the first year, and it would have been enough.

But fortunately for us, they have continued on for 42 years.

Some were funny, some were … well, not so much.

But there was nothing like the first year.

Producer, creator, Lorne Michaels once said, “If you look around the room, and you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room” 

He also said, “It’s better when they laugh, isn’t it?”

It most certainly is!

Thanks for making us laugh!

House Rules

Seems Prince Charles , though he longs to be King, is in no hurry to move into Buckingham Palace when it’s his time to do so.

Why?

Apparently, it’s a dump.

If so, it certainly puts on a good face, er façade.

The place wasn’t always the home front for the British Royal Family, heck, it hasn’t even always been a palace at all.

It was originally the love child of the Duke of Buckingham.  He built it as a townhouse and called it Buckingham House.

King George III – the one who lost the colonies – bought the place in 1761 for £21,000 for his wife and Queen, Charlotte.  He of course made it even more grand by adding several new wings and an inner courtyard.

After his death, his extravagant, overbearing, spoiled son and heir, George IV went decorator crazy and gilded the place!

Queen Victoria, the current monarch’s great great grandmother was the first monarch to take UP residence in the place full time and even she didn’t really want to!

The façade of Buckingham Palace we have come to know as the face of the Monarchy wasn’t even there until Victoria’s husband Albert designed it in 1847.

Queen Elizabeth II resides there as her official residence, and occupies a nine room apartment in the place.  She pays for her own furnishing and the rest of the place is a 775 room museum which according to Charles is falling down, unsafe, and rat infested.

The staffers at the palace had been bucking the government for years for cash to fix the place.  Finally after a chunk of the roof line fell and nearly killed the Princess Royal, Parliament caved and coughed UP the equivalent of $500 million over the next ten years to refurbish the place.

Over the next decade, workers will replace 100 miles of electrical wiring, 30 miles of water pipes, 6,500 electrical outlets, 5,000 light fixtures, 2,500 radiators and 500 pieces of “sanitary ware.”

Some of the wiring is 60 years old and most of the plumbing pre-dates World WarII!

But, even with all this, Charles and his wife, Camillia, Duchess of Cornwall (she’s really the Princess of Wales, but no one has the nerve to say it) have no desire to move in.

Of course when there actually is a King Charles III, his official residence will be Buckingham Palace.  It’s unlikely he’ll spend much time there as he’ll inherit his mother’s private residences of Sandringham, Balmoral, and the Crown Estate of Windsor.

But to the world, Buckingham Palace is the residence of the British Monarch, dump or no dump!

Buck UP Charlie, life could be worse!

Good Fortune…

Lafayette was born on September 6, 1757.  He was 19 when he came to fight in the American Revolution.

It’s Wordless Wednesday, which I do very badly. Here’s a quote from the French Marquis…

“The good fortune of America is closely tied to the good fortune of all humanity.”

Clearly the man was a genius.

I’ve attached a post on, among other things, Lafayette.

The Hero of Two Worlds

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Much will be written about it over the next week, and of course much has.

Rather than go through that, I’ll leave it at this.

Diana once said, “…The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.”

Not much has changed.

She also offered this advice…“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Possibly if we had more of the latter, we’d have less of the first.

Be kind today.