Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Happy birthday Ma'am

Today is the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and this post is simply to express my loyal and warm good wishes on the 87th anniversary of her birth.

As so often when sending birthday wishes to my own friends I find I have missed those of others, and this is true of two other recent birthdays of public figures I admire and respect, and who happen to share the same birthday on April 16th. So I would also wish to express my good wishes also to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was 86 that day, and to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, who was 73.

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