Monday, June 04, 2012

Jubilee Jive Aces

Today is all about the music. As a stellar line-up of pop celebrities prepare to pay tribute to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace, it is known that Her Majesty has always been an ardent supporter of the Arts. Her personal tastes, however, are unknown. Gary Barlow's efforts to forge a Jubilee song were laudable, but 'Sing' is dire (especially the irksome lyric rhyme of 'clearer' with 'hear ya': you'd think, in this Jubilee year, they'd at least respect the Queen's English [though this might explain something]).

As His Grace's ashes reconstitute today and trundle off to the Palace, he would like to offer a little light relief in continuing celebration. He gives you the Jive Aces. Enjoy.


Blogger RobHu said...

Your Grace, if I may beg your attention for a moment...

Are you aware that the Jive Aces are part of the evangelistic arm of the 'Church of Scientology'?

4 June 2012 at 10:53  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr RobHu,

Yes, indeed. And His Grace refers you to the answer he gave some time ago.

4 June 2012 at 10:56  
Blogger RobHu said...

Of course there is no question that you may post videos of whomever you wish on your blog.

My concern is that this group is rather different to the Beatles being in to Krishna, or the Shadows being JWs. The issue is that this group fundamentally exists to evangelise their religion, and that this religious is exceedingly insidious, trapping the weak and disadvantaged (I have seen it happen).

I would not think that this video would attract people to Scientology, but clearly their music does do so, otherwise they would not be an evangelistic group.

4 June 2012 at 11:09  
Blogger The Jive Aces said...

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4 June 2012 at 11:53  
Blogger Paddy Briggs said...

Email from Republic Campaign which I support

Dear Paddy

What a great day! With around 1200 protesters down at the Thames yesterday we staged a loud and proud demonstration at the jubilee pageant.

The jubilee protest has been widely covered in the press and - despite the BBC's best efforts - was visible and reported on by the broadcast media.

Access to the protest site

Many protesters were stopped from accessing the main site near City Hall by the More London corporation's private security. This meant we organised a large impromptu protest on the edge of the site in nearby Tooley Street. Despite having met with More London previously the company made no-one aware of their intention to restrict access and even the police were frustrated with their behaviour on the day.

A great day for the movement

Despite splitting the protest in two we had a great day and there was real excitement in the crowd. In the face of a barage of media fawning we have stood our ground and promoted the democratic alternative, showing the country there is a growing republican movement.

Now the work really begins

Over the next days and weeks I'll let you know about events, protests and local activity that you can get involved with. The past eighteen months have left Republic stronger than ever before, with groups and networks setting up around the country. Find out more at

Yesterday made me really proud to be a part of this movement and I want to thank all our supporters - whether you were able to get to the protest or not - for turning Republic into a growing movement for change.

More protests tomorrow!

See the website for details of our June 5 protests at St Pauls and Whitehall.

Thank you for your support.

All the best

Graham Smith
Chief Executive Officer

4 June 2012 at 12:39  
Blogger Marcus Foxall said...

"Her personal tastes, however, are unknown".

Any clue in those who have been knighted ? Probably not !

Maybe Her Majesty would enjoy music from a group which reflects her own life ? Forged in adversity , enduring , energetic , admired worldwide and typically British ? And not "jiving" with American accents ? Yes , of course - it just has to be the one and only Motorhead (with the umlaut,if she pleases,as a nod to her ancestry).

Arise , Sir Lemmy !

4 June 2012 at 13:03  
Blogger Peter O said...

Your Grace,

Do we really have to promote Scientologists?

4 June 2012 at 13:48  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Paddy Briggs wrote ...

With around 1200 protesters down at the Thames yesterday we staged a loud and proud demonstration at the jubilee pageant.

How incredibly disrespectful. There is a time and place for making your case. This ain't it.


Who btw thinks it quite a nice tribute to the 'colonies' that Britain uses the tune to 'My Country Tis of Thee' for the British National Anthem.

4 June 2012 at 14:03  
Blogger IanCad said...


It's a nice tribute to the "Home Country" that America uses the British tune "To Anacreon in Heaven" for its National Anthem.
(The Star Spangled Banner.)


4 June 2012 at 14:40  
Blogger Oswin said...

Paddy Briggs/Graham Smith @12:39 :

This this how you and yours behave when invited to a party?

Why not give it another try, in some place like downtown Damascus?

Yes, we all saw the 'protestors' -they were a joke in themselves; a bunch of tedious farts making a bit of an arse of themselves. Well, I suppose it makes a change from Morris dancers...

4 June 2012 at 17:04  
Blogger Oswin said...

My apologies, the above intended no slur upon Morris dancing per se!

4 June 2012 at 17:15  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Graham Smith|STOP|Please advise next republican AGM|STOP|Paddy|STOP|

Paddy Briggs|STOP|Let us know which day suits|STOP|Graham|STOP|

4 June 2012 at 21:12  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Is that the Archbish in the Royal Box there? The beardy one, I mean.

4 June 2012 at 21:22  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Paddy Briggs glosses over the fact that there were millions there in support of HM the Queen, not to mention the massive intergalactic following HM Queen has!

4 June 2012 at 23:56  
Blogger anna anglican said...

Your Grace, given that Carl and Ian Chad have given us different versions of the tune of God save the Queen, all I have to say is :

Rise, O voices of Rhodesia,
God may we Thy bounty share.
Give us strength to face all danger,
And where challenge is, to dare.
Guide us, Lord, to wise decision,
Ever of Thy grace aware,
Oh, let our hearts beat bravely always
For this land within Thy care.

Rise, O voices of Rhodesia,
Bringing her your proud acclaim,
Grandly echoing through the mountains,
Rolling o'er the far flung plain.
Roaring in the mighty rivers,
Joining in one grand refrain,
Ascending to the sunlit heavens,
Telling of her honoured name.

5 June 2012 at 00:08  
Blogger anna anglican said...

and let's not leave our new masters out either, in German :

"Heil dir im Siegerkranz,
Herrscher des Vaterlands!
Heil, Kaiser, dir!
Fühl in des Thrones Glanz
Die hohe Wonne ganz,
Liebling des Volks zu sein!
Heil Kaiser, dir!"

5 June 2012 at 00:10  
Blogger anna anglican said...

Your Grace,

The Queen is Monarch of many other countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamacia, The Falkands and many other places. It's a pity that my own birthplace of Rhodesia doesn't also share this, I think the Republicans like Paddy Briggs should consider if they prefer HM Queen or a dictator as in Zimbabwe (as it is now called).

So :

"God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

From France and Pretender
Great Britain defend her,
Foes let them fall;
From foreign slavery,
Priests and their knavery,
And Popish Reverie,
God save us all.

Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy mighty aid,
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush,
and like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen!"


5 June 2012 at 00:19  
Blogger Oswin said...

Anna Anglican @ 00:08: in my day we still sang ''God Save the Queen'' - but I have since proudly sang ''Voices of Rhodesia'' on several occasions.

There's nothing like a bit of Beethoven to stuff it up both ZANLA, ZIPRA and, Harold Wilson!

5 June 2012 at 02:56  
Blogger non mouse said...

I don't know what these republicans think they're on about. We already live in a republic, replete with a singular (and unelected) presidential personage, known by various monnikers including "Ol' Rumpy."

But this weekend the rest of us are letting the alien masters know that we're not rightly their property: we are our own people, we know our identity, and we like it that way. We owe them no loyalty.

As a bumper sticker I recently saw said: "I'll take the guns, the freedom, and the money; you can keep the Change."


5 June 2012 at 06:40  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you, Your Grace. I plucked up the courage to run the video, and it wasn't bad- except for the Afro-American accent! I was a bit bothered about the saluting soldier who fell to a pointing finger, though...


PS to mine @ 06:40 - for those who accuse HM of being "German"

... I am reminded that her line goes back to Alfred the Great (r. 871-899), an Anglo-Saxon: the nothern mix that gave its name to Engla-lond and our English language. Regarding them, we tend to distinguish between germanic and modern "German," and HM's bloodline certainly reflects political alliances with other northern types, including even one or two Britons!! My point: We were all here together for quite a while, building on our homeland and our identity.

5 June 2012 at 07:06  
Blogger Oswin said...

Good on yer, non mouse!

5 June 2012 at 16:31  

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