It’s Like This

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Updated: June 8, 2018

Rule Britannia in 3 verses

By Bob Palmer

Just because the Windsor Castle mice have carried away the last crumbs of Meg and Harry’s wedding cake is no reason to ignore events across the pond.

I confess a bi-polar affection for the Brits. I am a devout egalitarian but harbor (or harbour) misty-eyed fondness for historic pomp and circumstance.

Three stories caught my eye and I thought you might appreciate them as well.

The Game Is Afoot

I suppose the important question that no one asked, Was he wearing a cape or a deerstalker hat?

Back in November, Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter in route to a London club when they stumbled on a mugging.

Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Homes in the BBC series “Sherlock” as well as Dr. Strange in “Avenger” movies, jumped out of the vehicle.

Uber driver Manuel Diaz told “The Sun” what happened.

“I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist,” Diaz recalled. “My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like they were getting worse, so I joined in. He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’ ”

“Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” Dias continued. “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest. They tried to hit him, but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognized it was Benedict and ran away.”

Deliveroo delivers take-out food to London residents.

A Scrap of Verse

A nationwide competition, sponsored by Prince William, is underway to identify a poem from this century honoring those who served and sacrificed in the same way the soldier poets of World War I wrote of their time.

Wilfred Own perhaps best typified the genre:

“Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.”

Owen was killed in action seven days before the armistice.

A committee including luminaries such as Stephen Fry have narrowed the 5,000 submissions down to five.

“It has been wonderful to see the encouraging response to this competition with more than 5,000 people submitting poems,” the future king said.

To read all five poems and for more information on how to vote visit: www.poemtoremember.co.uk

Bachelor Party

The story supposedly escaped from Prince Harry’s bachelor party. I am not sure I believe it totally, but it does ring of soldier comradery and humor.

At one point, Harry confessed, “It is a bit eerie when you are at a strip club and stuffing money in a girl’s G-string and every bill has your grandmother’s face on it.”