764 – Queen Elizabeth & Winston Churchill

30 January 1965

Super Car was made between 1961 & 1962. Fireball XL5 was first shown after 1962. Both of these series were (are) iconic to me, I can remember watching them as a young child. It’s worth noting that Thunderbirds wasn’t broadcast until September 1965, nine months after the header date, so what is significant about 30 January 1965?

The date of Winston Churchill’s Funeral. I was quite young at the time, as you might guess. The 30th of Jan 65 was a Saturday, which would account for my being able to watch the funeral rather than being at school. I have a distinct memory of a fuzzy black and white image showing the gun carriage and the riverboat. I can only guess that either my memory about the quality of the TV image is flawed or the TV (which obviously was in black and white) just wasn’t very good.

The memory remains very strong today, Monday 19 September 2022, 57 years later.

19 September 2022

Today was a bank holiday. Parliament pretty much had to make it so because of they hadn’t the country probably would have gone on strike. Today, we saw the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The 2nd Elizabethan era has been a part of my life, all of my life – until 8th of September 2022 – or was it the 9th, when the council of accession Formally declared Prince Charles to be King Charles III. How will his era be termed?

It turns out that King Charles era may be termed the third Carolean era. Carolus is the Latin version of Charles.

Differences between the funeral of Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II are stark in my eyes. The early digital era ( that is now – I think digital tech has a long, long way to go before it can be call mature – I hope so anyway) means small highly manoeuvrable high definition cameras, drones and mobile camera technology makes our involvement in the ceremony almost immersive, and of course whilst Churchill’s funeral was filmed in colour, it could only be broadcast in mono. Routine colour broadcasting would not start until 4 years later. Even the most most basic of today’s televisions can show vibrant colours in enchanting detail.

Elizabeths funeral was just lovely (in so far as funerals can be lovely). I have such admiration in particular for the pall bearers. They conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism. The ceremonials were lovely. I was so pleased that the public showed spectacular restraint, and the respect shown whilst the Queen was laying in state was moving in the extreme. It was a sad but most impressive day.

Tomorrow, we will awaken to the Third Carolean Era – as will King Charles III.

A brief comment on yesterdays post a little bit about proof reading, here’s the link; https://localitystories.com/2022/09/18/763-proof-reading-by-the-seaside/. I still can’t get it right can I? For example, in the third paragraph, I talk about the resilience of the plan – what I meant was the resilience of the plant! As Homer Simpson would say “D’Oh!” I am now going to read this one through – I bet there will still be something wrong with it.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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