There aren't many Americans who will admit this, but there are real benefits to constitutional monarchy, and the Queen is a shining example of them. Stability, impartiality, experience, judgment. It's a hell of a package.

Oh, of course not. I suppose there's some small comfort that he'll be getting the counsel of the woman who is unquestionably the most experienced global head of state since Queen Victoria, but (and this is the descendant of a revolutionary speaking) the inequality of experience and judgment is breathtaking, and I'd feel better if she had a bit more actual power.

Oh, I know. I just mean that what she will say to this particular upper-class twerp would probably be very entertaining. ;-)

Imagine having had Winston Churchill as her first PM, and BoJo as the next one. Staggering.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the first private audience PM Boris Johnson has with the Queen.

I was 3 and I remember it clear as day. Might be because my dad worked for a contractor for the space program (as did most of my friends' dads) and he clearly wanted me to see it and remember it. It's my second-oldest memory.


They're still using the same logo as in Soviet times.

Just had a conversation with an elderly neighbor whose English, while fluent, is starting to fail, as is she. I think I better brush up on my French.

Being a child of the Cold War, when looking at a list of apps that accept Google Pay, this one was a bit jarring.


Indeed. The internet was in its infancy in 1997. The pace of everything has accelerated in unexpected and unpredictable ways.


From here, it looks like Beijing is having second thoughts about "One country, two systems." I always figured this point would be reached around 2040 or so. Looks like we're 20 years early.

When people start yearning for the days when the former colonial power was in control, it says something about their current government.