Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II with her corgis Credit: Videograb
Regular readers may have noticed that this blog with its constant reference to obits appears to be somewhat over fixated on death! This may be because my constant admonitions to God/Mother Nature/Fate (delete accordingly) that I will, indeed, be the first man born on earth who will reach the age of 150, do not appear to be taken seriously. Each morning my twinges and twangs feel worse rather than better and act as a constant reminder of my mortality.
However, today brings a truly sad obit, that of 'Willow', the last of Her Maj's Welsh Corgis descended in a line from the first one given to her on her 18th birthday. The Queen deserves admiration for a whole variety of reasons but the fact that she sticks, er, doggedly to her love for these ugly, misshapen animals is surely a sign of English eccentricity at its very best. For the benefit of my foreign readers, the photo above, with Her Maj, her corgis and 'James Bond', was taken from a short but exceedingly witty 'promo' film released just prior to the Olympic games held in London.
Anyway, I extend my commiserations to Her Maj because there is a particular sadness in losing a well-loved pet.