Month: June 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Secret Plot to Unseat The Queen

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The Queen’s sixty years of the throne have been a byword for stability. She has always been there, always reliable, always uncontroversial; she has represented this country with an understated grace and an unfaltering sense of duty for as long as the majority of people can remember. She has reigned for so long, in fact, it is hard to believe that this woman who seems so fixed at the centre of our national life was […]

The Eccentropedia – Chris Mikul – A Book Review

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Being the morbid type I recently whiled away a spring Parisian afternoon wandering aimlessly around Pere Lachaise cemetery in the 20th arrondissement. This rambling space is home to many illustrious old bones, including those of literary dandy Oscar Wilde. His tomb, newly restored by a grant from the Irish government, is protected by a glass screen, the graveyard equivalent of a buffet sneeze guard, shielding it, like a force-field around a holy-relic, from devotees who […]