The publicity juggernaut has been set in motion for a new book of the Duke's gaffes out in time for Christmas so the media royal-watchers have been put on high alert to capture any fresh, headline-worthy lapse in word or deed.
And, sure enough, he's come up with the goods again:
Prince Philip spotted with finger in his ears during Royal Variety PerformanceQuite understandable, really, given a line-up that includes the shrill, nasal tones of one Alicia Keys, presumably performing her latest single (here on youtube, if you must), a work of staggering monotony at a level of amplification designed to enhance the Bacchanalian frenzy of the short-skirts-and-stilettos Saturday night crowd.
And it gets worse:
She performed alongside British favourites Rod Stewart, Girls Aloud, One Direction and Britain’s Got Talent winners Pudsey and Ashleigh Butler.In the unlikely event of this assortment performing for the royals alone, Prince Philip's actions could have been seen as a slight, but as part of a huge audience, he should surely be allowed more leeway - after all, how many octogenarians would have chosen to sit through that lot?
What's more, I doubt that many of the performers or their agents were more thrilled at the prospect of Her Majesty's presence than at the TV exposure and column inches the event would give them.
I have to admit, I'm rather puzzled by the inclusion of the New York born-and-bred Ms Keys in any case; shouldn't the emphasis be on home-grown talent? Or is promoting the latest single in the hit machine the real purpose behind it all?
Frankly, the Royal Variety Performance is a bit of a mystery all round these days, given the diversity of entertainment on offer. What we are left with is a kind of national celebration of the convention that obliges grandparents to greet the antics of their infantile descendants with slightly baffled but indulgent and affectionate applause.
That being so, is it really a matter for comment when the nation's proxy grandfather finds the children just a bit too noisy for comfort? For goodness' sake, go and find some real news to report!
Here in the Tavern, we are raising our tankards to a man with a wicked sense of humour, a sharp tongue and a thoroughly impressive dedication to duty.
"a kind of national celebration of the convention that obliges grandparents to greet the antics of their infantile descendants with slightly baffled but indulgent and affectionate applause."ReplyDelete
Yes, that's exactly what it is. Too embarrassing.
Ageism? The Duke is elderly and at that age the hearing function and neural connections often become quite sensitive. Given the typical frequency range and decibel levels of amplification in auditoriums it is very likely for him to have discomfort or even physical pain. My vew is that he was not being rude nor making comment, but simply reacting in a way that was wise.ReplyDelete
AKH - I suspect it's only the interests of those with an album to sell at Christmas that keep it going.ReplyDelete
Demetrius, an interesting thought. Having listened to the song in question by way of research, I can vouch for its ear-splitting qualities for anyone whose faculties are not blunted by regular exposure to the level of noise found in clubs and bars.
The song consists, more or less, of a single repeated phrase delivered in a kind of sustained nasal howl that becomes painful after even a short period of time, so you may well be right.
"how many octogenarians would have chosen to sit through that lot?"ReplyDelete
He's 91 or something like that.
WY, you're quite right - he's a well-preserved 91.ReplyDelete
Unfortunately, unlike we mere mortals, HRH and Spouse are unable to ignore it. Frankly, having to attend such utter trite garbage would be purgatory for me.ReplyDelete
So, here's to Phil the Greek - always good for a smile. A tactless man who says what the rest of us are thinking.
When I was 16 I got a bad dose of psoriasisReplyDelete
Oh yes, absolutely - fingers in the ears.
Oh dear - I think I copied Bucko's text, tghen when I came here to copy yours, it didn't copy and when I pasted and put my comment and ... oh, never mind.ReplyDelete
Here's the intended thing:
Oh yes, absolutely - fingers in the ears.
LR, purgatory indeed; one could, I suppose, regard it as the modern equivalent of those ancient kings who were required to sacrifice themselves for the people.ReplyDelete
JH - we've all done it; luckily I'd read Bucko's OoL piece so I realised at once!
I did like his recent quote, when told by some foreign dignitary that his country had 200 MPs - 'Sounds about the right number, we have 600+ and most of 'em are useless!'ReplyDelete
Julia, I missed that one - brilliant!ReplyDelete
'Sounds about the right number, we have 600+ and most of 'em are useless!'ReplyDelete