The 21st April was Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. There were amazing scenes around the UK and a plethora of good wishes. At the end of the day 1000 beacons were left around the country. However, there was one very special moment that matched up with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, and celebrated the Queen's birthday - a quote from a play by the bard given by Prince Charles.
Charles chose an extract from a speech by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to King Henry VIII after the birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I.
The reading from act 5, scene 5 (edited) begins: “Let me speak, sir.
For heaven now bids me; and the words I utter
Let none think flattery, for they’ll find ’em truth”.
“She shall be, to the happiness of England,
An aged princess; many days shall see her,
And yet no day without a deed to crown it”
It was this latter part of the quotation that the Prince used.
How wonderful for your words to be of value.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.