Another passing

The last time we were in London, we found a pile of flowers and candles in front of the Regent Street Apple Store and discovered that Steve Jobs had died that day. This time, we found the flags flying at half mast on all of the government buildings, and learned that Margaret Thatcher had died.

Perhaps we should stop coming to London.

Half mast

The Union Jack at half mast above the Palace of Westminster’s Victoria Tower.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to Another passing

  1. Carys says:

    Even if flying flags at half-mast weren’t a recognised tradition, it’s particularly apt for Margaret Thatcher. Half the country loved her and half the country (mainly the northern half) still hate her.

    • Paulo says:

      Ha! Great take. 🙂
      Me no fan of Maggie but yes, she was – for better and for worse – *the* national figure of the 80s for Britain, so it totally makes sense that the country pays its respects.
      Somebody told me Morrissey had something to say about her, but I’m not sure I want to read one more of his rants, especially when it includes pearls like “a terror without an atom of humanity”. Or maybe I do, but not today.

      • Paulo says:

        But speaking of over the top… This is from the Independent yesterday:

        “Judy Garland’s “Ding Dong The Witch is Dead” is set to enter the UK official top 40 this week after a campaign was launched to get it to number one.”

  2. Jason Cleaver says:

    Not just the North. And hate her to the extent that at least one former miners union leader said (and I’m paraphrasing): “This is a good day. I’ve outlived Thatcher. May she burn in hell.” Not to mention all the parties that were quickly put together to celebrate her death.

    They want to have a Ceremonial Funeral next week for her. I am a fan of hers and even I think that’s a bit much.

  3. Paulo says:

    When I read “Perhaps we should stop coming to London.”, I couldn’t help but thinking about that story that has Bono on a stage clapping his hands every 3 seconds and saying “Every time I clap my hands a child dies from starvation”, up to the point when someone yelled from the audience “Then stop bloody clapping, you jerk!”


  4. oregon expat says:

    Loved the Bono story because that totally sounds like Bono.

    Anybody who thinks the Brits have a stiff upper lip and repress their emotions ought to be reading the British papers from the last few days. I’ve rarely seen such venom, even in the US where people pride themselves on making their personal hatreds publicly known. Carys is right, there really is a gigantic schism running through the nation, with no middle ground to be seen.

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