Watching The Wedding in my pyjamas at 11 this morning I was rather surprised to see a face at the window. Nothing unusual about this, you might say, but my daughter's flat is on the first floor. Or second floor to our American cousins. Turned out to be the window cleaner, of course. Presumably a republican. And the only person in the country not watching the TV.
The Wedding was, it has to be said, was a huge success. But I was rather surprised by the comment that “This is all about two people starting life together.” After 8 years of cohabitation? Hardly.
Another extract from Bill Bryson's “Mother Tongue” - “It is a cherishable irony that a language that succeeded almost by stealth, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants, should one day become the most important and successful language in the world."