Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independence Day notes: Ditching the queen to take in some golf

Comings and goings of the royal family:
Queen Elizabeth is following us. But we escaped Glasgow before she got there. This is Royal Week in Scotland, so we might have another chance in Edinburgh later this week.

Crowds in Glasgow gather  in St. George Square to bid us farewell ... or maybe it was to welcome a certain matriarch of the royal family.  

Meanwhile, we arrived at St. Andrews, home of the university where Prince Williams attended and met Kate Middleton. The woman at the table next to us at dinner said she was at St. Andrews getting her PhD while William was here and "wanted to see him desperately." Alas, she never did.  Kate and William, as it happens, were at Wimbledon today watching Scotsman Andy Murray make it to the semifinals. We're watching the highlights of the match on the BBC at the University of St. Andrews New Hall bar as we blog. And they're showing that Kate reacting to Murray's match will be on the cover of four major papers in the morning.

Sign of the day:
Old people crossing -- slower than deer, more amusing than children.

Seriously? They get their own sign?

Snapshot of the day: Magic buses
Antique buses lined up in a salute to Queen Elizabeth at Glasgow's St. George Square ahead of her visit. We passed by on the way to the train station. 

Shot of the day: 
We arrived in St. Andrews in time to see part of the 75th Annual World Open One Armed Golf Championship on the Old Course along the ocean.

It was rather impressive watching a foursome tackle the 18th hole. Elizabeth and I followed them all the way from the tee to the green.

This gentleman got within a few feet of the green on that shot with one arm. 

And in other news ...
On Independence Day, Brits get their revenge on an American - Boston-bred Bob Diamond got sacked from Barclays bank on Tuesday amid a rate-setting scandal and faced a government committee on Wednesday, July 4. While Diamond refused to admit any guilt, the news coverage has not been favorable.

Bob Diamond is in the rough. 

Note: This is the second year in a row we arrived in the UK in time to catch a scandal. Last year it was Rupert Murdoch's media empire, this year the banks. We're not sure if it's us or them.

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