A rogues' gallery of mountebanks, charlatans and scoundrels
Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
George Alexander Louis
The thing about being a royal is that, should you ascend the throne, you may choose which of your impressive collection of names you will attach to your monarchy.
After Charles Philip Arthur George has made his choice, we will have William Philip Arthur Louis and now George Alexander Louis.
One day, maybe, just maybe...
(I deferred this post briefly because, had the name been announced as a tribute to Lord Mountbatten, it would have been in poor taste. However, since palace officials have apparently said the names were chosen 'because they liked them...no more no less', it seems reasonable to publish.)
Macheath, the notorious highwayman, has retired from a life of crime and can now be found behind the bar of Peachum's Tavern, favourite haunt of the rakes, rogues and vagabonds of 18th century Newgate and setting of 'The Beggars' Opera'. Visitors are always welcome; help yourself to a virtual tankard of ale and read on...