British actor and historian Robert Hardy dies at aged 91 – 3 August 2017

Robert Hardy (pictured centre), the star of All Creatures Great and Small who appeared as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 91, his family has announced.

Source: Actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91 | Daily Mail Online

Robert Hardy passed from this life and onto a farther shore and into a greater light yesterday, 3 August 2017. A greater loss, in my opinion, than many who are better known:

“The family of All Creatures Great and Small star Robert Hardy have paid tribute to the ‘gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified’ actor following his death aged 91.

“The actor was best known for his roles as vet Siegfried Farnon in the BBC show, which was popular in the Seventies and Eighties, and as Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter franchise.”

The late Mr. Hardy was more than just an actor, however gifted:

“Paying tribute, Hardy’s children said: ‘Dad is remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well as a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow.

‘He was an essential part of the team that raised the great Tudor warship The Mary Rose.

‘He is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.'”

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon him.

A traditional Englishman speaks out on immigration

Source: Democracy NEEDS Borders 2 – Taking Back Control

“We were never asked!”

Live and Let Die – Maccabee Society

 

What does the decision of Charlie Gard say about society today? Parents should have every right to save their children. How did this become negotiable?

Source: Live and Let Die – Maccabee Society

I have not heretofore chosen to say much about the Charlie Gard situation, in which the parents of a child with a rare and typically-fatal disease were prevented by the authorities in the British health system from seeking experimental medical assistance which – though without guarantees – might have extended, or even saved, his life, if tried soon enough.

They prevented this even though the family had received more than ample donations to ensure that there would be no cost to the state, and even though the child, Charlie, had been granted permanent resident status here in the States, where doctors waited to do what they could for him.

And at the end, they even prevented the parents from taking him home to die – despite the fact that their argument had been, originally, that he deserved to “die with dignity.”

A British professor of law and legal ethics even went so far as to argue, in an op-ed piece in The Guardian (UK), that “children do not belong to their parents,” asserting that parents have no rights with respect to their children (!!!), only duties – “the principal duty being to act in their children’s best interests.”

Well, even if one buys the whole “no rights” argument – which I emphatically do not – the fact is that Charlie’s parents were attempting to do precisely that: since he was an infant, and not able to speak for himself, they were attempting to give him the best possible fighting chance for survival. In this they were actively, emphatically, and repeatedly hamstrung and blocked by the authorities.

Stemming from these specific circumstances of Charlie Gard, this Maccabee Society article points out the wider implications of this incident, and the precedent it has set. I found this an especially cogent warning:

“The cause for alarm behind the death of Charlie Gard lies in the fact that the court actively stopped the parents from seeking treatment. This marks a shift in attitude from one of permitting a parent to kill his or her child to one that orders the parent to kill the child. This obviously sets a dangerous precedent: if the state does not think it is worth it to save a life, even if it does not bear the cost, it can deny treatment.

“This bodes nothing less than death for so many others, especially the majority who do not have the moral and financial support that Charlie’s parents had.”

It is very far down the “slippery slope” to go from “you must not kill your child” (traditional viewpoint / classical Christian morality) to “okay, you can allow your child to die (‘death with dignity’) / kill your child (abortion) if that’s what you think is best,” to “you must allow your child to die, and you may not seek treatment to prolong his life!”

What are we becoming? May God help us.

The Duke of Cambridge completes his last shift as an air ambulance helicopter pilot | The Royal Family

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has completed his last shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on 27 July, 2017 at Cambridge Airport.

Source: The Duke of Cambridge completes his last shift as an air ambulance helicopter pilot | The Royal Family

Throughout his service, The Duke has been based out of Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

EAAA helicopters can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. They provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury, and transport patients directly to hospital if required. Regular landing areas for EAAA helicopters include residential gardens, carparks, beaches, roadsides, and any open space deemed possible by the captain. Last year, the EAAA carried out 2361 missions.

Castle Combe: a picturesque medieval village in England and one of the loveliest in the country

Oh boy, do we love medieval villages which look like they’ve been taken out of a fairy tale! … Castle Combe, a civil parish [in the Cotswolds], and a tiny village with a population of about 350, is considered as one the most photographed places in England, and we totally understand why.

Source: Castle Combe: a picturesque medieval village in England and one of the loveliest in the country

An example of what we could lose. Can you imagine this place overrun with third-world immigrants and their descendants…? Europe, defend yourself!

Spain State Visit 2017 Highlights | The Royal Family

Today The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh said goodbye to The King and Queen of Spain after this week’s State Visit. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia started their visit with a welcome at Horse Guards Parade – showing British Pageantry at its best. The visit also included a State Banquet involving three generations of The Royal Family.

(Text from The Royal Family Facebook page.)

The Duke of Cambridge marks 60 years of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Source: The Duke of Cambridge marks 60 years of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The Duke Cambridge has visited RAF Coningsby to help celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), who today celebrated their 60th Anniversary. The BBMF acts a living tribute to those who served, and lost their lives, in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in the Battle of the Britain. At a reception to celebrate this milestone, The Duke was able to meet a number of veterans who flew and worked on the aircraft during the Second World War.