Friday, 29 April 2011
God Save The Queen
Nope. it's on there, there too, what about over on...nope they're doing it there also. Radio 3, what a blessed relief - music plain and simple - even if it appears to be Royal Wedding themed.
Exactly how many reporters do you need to describe the events today. The BBC, which is having to make substantial financial sacrifices, is doing its bit with coverage of the Royals on its popular radio and TV channels only. That doesn't stop them from having cart loads of reporters describing the same thing from the BBC compound in the PortaCabin media centre in the Mall.
Marriage is an honourable estate. When many are concerned about the health of this institution and the apparently unstoppable breakdown of the family, Will and Kate's commitment is seen as a timely public endorsement of this ancient bond.
For many today's pomp and circumstance is a blessed break from the unremitting bad news and restraint. For a nation that often appears to have lost any sense of identity, the wedding provides a welcomed focus in what appears to be an increasingly fragmented and atomised society.
Others will hark back to Will's mum's wedding 30 years ago and recall the sense of relief that provided at a time of real economic hardship. Less charitable souls may question whether today is just an excuse for self indulgence and crass irrelevance.
Today, I'll not be watching it live, I've loads of stuff to plant out and re-pot.
I'll be thinking of the programme I saw last night on a real cause for celebration. The life of Sir Bobby Charlton. A man whose modesty is matched by his own sense of gratitude for the life he's be privileged to lead.
A quiet man whose actions thundered around stadia and thrilled a nation in that glorious summer of '66.
Maybe after all, we need tradition and a past to know who we are.
"God Save The Queen"