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.

Monday, 6 April 2020

The Queen speaking to the nation

Together with, I gather, twenty four million other people I watched Her Majesty The Queen’s address to the nation last night. It was, as one would expect and, as had been indicated in advance, classically restrained and appropriate. Magisterial in all the right ways but also suitably maternal in speaking to her people.

I was interested this morning to see a piece from HuffPost giving popular US reaction to it alongside some comments from the UK. On that basis it clearly hit the mark. The post can be read at Twitter Fans Yearn For A Leader Like The Queen After Moving Speech — HuffPost UK

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