The terror of being trolled by morally bankrupt newspaper editors has prompted many organisations & institutions to cancel events that should clearly be going ahead. This tyranny of bullies who routinely whine about ‘cancel culture’ & profess their ‘patriotism’ insults us all.
Reports are coming in that Kupyansk has fallen, and also, just now, early reports that Izyum has been abandoned with Russian troops fleeing.
Battle of Cannae: best battle of all time.
Battle of Kherson: hold my gorilka...
This is what Buckingham Palace has announced:
There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.
If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions. As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.
He apparently still makes a living out of it, though.
I was kinda joking when I suggested this a couple of days ago. Sad to see it coming true. It’s a helpless cul de sac of impotent rage
My experience, both at work, home, locally and with my friends, is that this is on virtually everyone's minds, with one or naysayers, and most are feeling some level of sombreness and emotion over it. Some will mourn more personally than others, and it's hit me hard, but we are all thinking about it.
Time and time again I read about the monarchy that no-one's interested and no-one cares (we had it most recently over the Platinum Jubilee) and it's always the same people: they're basically projecting sentiments about themselves, not others.
Where they’re now bottled up.
In other news this is pretty remarkable stuff from Russian TV. Acknowledging the Ukrainian advances with hints of existential angst. Also pointing out that the Ukrainian troops on the advance were the ones trained in Britain. They are doing an awful lot of work promoting global Britain.
I think she thought it said something about me. It actually says everything about her.
Usually his opponents, which is why I was a bit surprised by the header.
If Izium has fallen, that sounds like mass surrender - hard to imagine how the Russians could have pulled their forces out so quickly with all the escape routes blocked. Certainly a mass capture of equipment.
Re Kherson, no need to do anything - Russians are hemmed in by the Dnipro, the routes in are under Ukrainian fire control,, there are no bridges etc - you can let them run out of supplies and then surrender.
Seriously. What is the problem. Has Prince Andrew superglued you to the TV with the Bakelite switch set to “the BBC from London. London calling”???
They'd placed all their hopes for a Republic onto the personal unpopularity of King Charles III.
Though Champions league and Europa league matches will continue next week involving British clubs
That's got to hurt.
Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Queen.
What you have linked to and are quoting is the cabinet office's pronouncement on it from the gov.uk website.
The occasion is being marked and as it's a head of state that means days of stuff, which even the majority of monarchist like myself will not pay attention to.
It's really not hard to avoid, and there'll be some disruptions to regular events for like a week. We'll manage. As casino notes it's practically a tradition to go a bit over the top, others moan that no one cares, but clearly some really do, and it all happens quite smoothly.
People just need to relax, and not let it bother them if they dont care, and dont judge others for not caring if you do care.
Transferring soldiers from the East to Kherson was just folly. It would have been better to retreat from that city and hold the East bank of the Dinipro.
Bonus points, that all the enemy troops in Kherson are now stuck there, they’ll be slowly starved out in the coming days and weeks as they have only the river to resupply them.
A great few days for Ukraine, the best news of a sad week. 🇺🇦
But, they've shot their bolt now.
But there was also the option of ignoring England and remaining in Scotland - declaring the Treaty of Union null and void (which it was of course from his dynastic point of view).
Of course, as you say, it could have ended up with revolutions in both Scotland and/or England, albeit for somewhat different reasons (as indeed happened with his great-grandfather Charles 1, who triggered both).
Putin is achieving that in 8 months
So there is an enormous safe space for the republicans
Might make the Russians think twice about anything bad happening there.
Seems barely credible, but after the last few days…
If they were to take it, that might even finish the war.
Most people haven’t experienced a full national mourning before, this is what it is.
Nexflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube are all still working, for those who wish to avoid it.
Both sides have their pro Putin voices, too
I see the Labour Party conference fringe is having a “stop the Ukraine war” event with Corbyn and Andrew Murray and the usual vile Trots. Have they invited any actual Ukrainians? No
But they have invited someone from the Muslim Council of GB
He thinks his job is to be lucidly angry in opposition to anything that happens or doesn't happen.
Dead. Injured. These can be hidden, at least in the short term.
But captured troops in Ukraine is a massive problem. Because those troops can speak. And their mothers will agitate for their return.
If there are mass captures, then I think Putin's days are numbered.
Guardian Australia understands the very few remaining Qantas seats from Australian capital cities to London have been quickly booked since the news of the Queen’s death, while Peter Hosper, the commercial director of Travel Authority Group, said the group was preparing for more inquiries on Monday.
Why cricket and not football. Or vice versa.
Which is not the answer that the tabloids wanted. And some of the fuckups on the way have been blown up into great evil as a result.
You’ve been suggesting a possible Russian collapse for a couple of weeks. You made me sit up and read, and realise you could be right. So: chapeau
Whatever is happening in Ukraine, it does not look like martial Russian greatness
Won a Pulitzer.
Let’s hope the current Ukrainian operations become more Bagration than Tet.
But I can dig up my remarks if you like. It might be fun
I suspect your remarks will be more “ambiguous”
Instead, he (and his wife) has built his ‘career’ on criticising his own family - something which was quickly wearing off before the events of this week.
Dear Mr Lord,
I am writing to you regarding the postponement of football matches this weekend (10 to 11 September). I appreciate that this isn't the most important matter (though, I'd argue, neither is the death of a ninety-six-year-old - and I say that as a supporter of the monarchy), so I won't be offended if you don't have time to respond.
I know (or thought I knew!) that a lot of planning went into preparing for the change of monarch. I had always expected that football would cease from the announcement of the death until after the funeral. However, I was expecting all other major (note that even non-league football has been postponed - it doesn't matter to the Premier League clubs, but those clubs lower down the pyramid are losing real money because of this) sporting and cultural events would be stopping too. I was shocked to learn on Friday 9 September that the government had not mandated this and instead left it up to individual organisations.
It irritates me greatly that rugby, cricket and golf are continuing this weekend, whilst I am unable to watch my team play football.
I'm sure the government would say that it was up to the football authorities to decide. However, football is subject to much greater scrutiny than other sports and cultural events. The government is (or, at least, was) looking at setting up a football regulator (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-takes-next-steps-towards-delivering-major-reform-of-football-in-england). The football authorities worry about how things would look in a way that other sports do not.
If the government wasn't going to mandate the shutdown of "fun" things until after the funeral, they should have encouraged events to carry on. If the government wants to help football fans, they can start by apologising for not ensuring that football went ahead this weekend.
I'm also concerned for next weekend. The reaction to the postponements this weekend has not been good. But next weekend, I fear that some matches will have to be postponed due to police resourcing issues. From time to time that kind of thing happens anyway (see the postponement of Brighton v Crystal Palace due to rail strikes, for example), but it won't go down well a week after games were unnecessarily postponed.
As I said at the start, there are far bigger things going on at the moment. However, this was something that the government could have prepared for. This was something the government could have sorted out, but when it came to it, they didn't.
Thank you for your time.
"Putin's invasion is a military disaster that will be studied for decades."