Lasting in lockdown.

Happy New Year to you! We spend Christmas and New Years hunkered around the television binge-watching The Crown on Netflix.  Nobody got our seasons greetings because just when I was about to send them, my computer died. Between Amazon, Best Buy and Costco, I found I could not buy a computer on-line because my e-mail was not working. Without being able to respond to e-mails, I could not prove who I was.

Luckily, I have a wonderful extended family spread over North America and my problems with computers became a cause celeb. It was like being on the receiving end of a ‘go-fund-me’ effort. Cheques have been arriving from the next generation to more than pay for the computer and software I am now using. I could not be more pleased. I feel they are now complicit in encouraging me to keep writing my scurrilous commentaries.

And speaking of that, please do not get the wrong idea because I have been watching Netflix’s opus about the British crown. I am still vehemently opposed to the idea of Canada having a sovereign.

While I must admit that Peter Morgan and the other writers did an excellent job of putting some intelligent words into the mouths of their callow characters, the royals still came across to me as vain, shallow, self-indulgent people. Let’s face it, there are those who already believed the Queen Mother was a lush, Margaret a slut, Phillip a philanderer, Charles a self-obsessed whiner, Anne a bitch, Andrew a pompous ass and Edward a poof. And they consider themselves our betters?

And if you think the Brit royals are a disappointment, you should meet some of their counterparts on the continent. You have to admit that Queen Victoria did nobody any favours repopulating the royal houses of Europe.

The only thing I think the writers got wrong was some of the details of the Falklands War. It was not exactly the ideal legacy for prime minister Margaret Thatcher. There were some very amusing aspects of that war, as well as the heartless and needless deaths, that the writers could have mentioned.

But we appreciate the gift of Netflix from a niece and her husband to help us get through the lockdown. It is a difficult time for everybody. Let’s get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible and get back to enjoying a full life in this wonderful country.

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