Royal snobbery, in moderation, is rather a good thing, I think, and I am all in favour of it. The crown is a symbol and as such is, or should be, of tremendous importance. We are used to the tradition of royalty and have been brought up to believe in it and respect it and love it. I, being thoroughly British and sentimental to the core, would hate to live in a country in which there was no royal pageantry and no chance of suddenly seeing the Queen drive by. This I know can be described as reactionary emotionalism which perhaps it is, but reactionary or not I feel it very strongly, and when the gutter press alludes to our royal personages by their Christian names and smears their private affairs with its grubby little clichés, I feel deeply angry and somehow ashamed. I want the symbol to go on shining, to go on being out of reach, and I am thankful to say that in our country and its colonies and dominions, it still does, in spite of all efforts to belittle it. – A defense of quiet monarchism from Noël Coward, Pomp and Circumstance


Berkeley’s was the era when crooners whistled [and] wore billowing trousers…when chorus girls danced on acres of shiny black floor, were constantly caught in the rain, played neon-lit violins, formed jigsaw puzzles of the American flag, wore hooped tortillas of satin, waltzed on serpentine staircases, slid down water-chutes like medieval sinners on their way to hell, and were shot from above in concentric circles, at once floral and anal in design.

from Kenneth Tynan, Tynan Right & Left, p. 249.

“Erect?” said Ndidi, and he gave an emetic sign to his executioners. It was thus that Henry, in all ignorance, was largely responsible for the end of the Zulu nation. Noting the skull breaking advances of the executioners, Henry had risen to protest, “Damn it. I’ve played rugby at Doctor Arnold’s and it was definitely against the rules to raise the clubs above the shoulder, or to wear shorts above the knee. I say, this is all without discipline.” – from Vivian Stanshall, Sir Henry at Ndidi’s Kraal