Posts Tagged ‘Queen Elizabeth II’
via the always-enlightening Criggo.
As we recall that we all have to go sometime, we might recall that it was on this date in 2003 that Queen Elizabeth II created Hellen Mirren a Dame of the Realm in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Roll (a list that included Roger Moore, David Beckham, and Sting). Three years later Dame Helen returned the favor with her Academy Award-winning portrayal in The Queen.
Even Walt Whitman might have quibbled (“what about Tom Petty for Florida?”, he might have asked… ZZ Top for Texas?); still, it’s cool to be reminded that every corner of the Union is tuneful…
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As we crank it up to 11, we might recall that it was on this date in 2006 that “The Wail from Wales” (aka “The Voice” and “Tiger”) became Sir Tom Jones. His benefactress, Queen Elizabeth II, was a 38-year-old mother of four when Jones burst onto the scene in 1965.
It’s May, and readers are no doubt beginning to make notes for the commencement wisdom they’re soon due to dispense. Here, inspiration: from the helpful folks at Online Universities, five graduation addresses (including JFK’s famous 1963 American University speech, pictured above) and 45 other exemplars of the rhetorical arts: “50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online.”
As we clear our throats, we might recall that it was on this date in 1994 that Queen Elizabeth II of the UK and French President François Mitterrand spoke at the opening of one of “the Seven Wonders of the Modern World,” the Channel Tunnel.