The real issue facing
Europe and causing the most
acrimony is of course the Eurovision song contest which is to blast the ears
and boggle the eyes tomorrow night, Saturday, asteroids and ancient prophesies
Our fair nation is being represented by one of my contemporaries, yes he is that old, Arnold Dorsey, stage name Engelbert Humperdinck who might have been the oldest ever contestant but has been upstaged by some Russian ladies of even greater age.
The hot money is on the Russian Dancing Great Grannies. So whether there will more protests next year is an open question. But given the shady behind doors fixes and betting plans it might by anyone.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has taken an interest, not as a break from the usual stuff, but because its government, financing and human interest issues give it cause to raise questions about both the nature of regime and its closeness to people in
Although based in
California where he has spent much of
his life Arnold also had a pad, a big one, at
Kirby Muxloe by Leicester, once a decidedly
posh place to live. The people who lived
was a lad were the sort who owned cars, had full china tea sets and read newspapers
with a lot of big words in them. Arnold
It was a place to aspire to if you climbed the greasy, or greased pole of local life and commerce and like most of the villages and communities of the Shire had a long and complicated history.
During the time of the Wars of the Roses in the 15th Century it was the hands of the
family. These were one of the most
prominent families in the Hastings Midlands and it was
at Kirby that William Hastings began to build a major new home, above.
Unluckily, he was one of the losers in the vicious infighting that occurred during the reign of King Richard III, losing his head at the
in 1483 and the castle remained unfinished.
Tower of London
The King lost his life a few miles down the road at the Battle of Bosworth Field of 1485. When his remains were being conveyed into Leicester over the back of a horse the head was banged against the parapet on entering into
the road from Kirby.
Let us hope that
Arnold keeps his head and makes it back to or Kirby in
one piece. He might even get a booking
to appear with the Great Grannies in California . Moscow