So this weekend it's the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Actually she became queen on Feb 6th 1952 and the coronation was on Jun 2nd 1953 so this is a pretty strange date to pick for the official celebrations.
For the last year or so, the media have been carefully managing our expectations of the event, pointing out that celebrations wouldn't be as big as the silver jubilee in 1977. But then the Queen Mum died and put back the republican cause by a good ten or twenty years with the result that we have had wall-to-wall coverage of people packing into the area around Buckingham Palace waving cheap plastic flags.
And last night there was a big concert in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The cream of the British music industry entertained 120,000 members of the public who had won tickets in a national competition. Apparently the Queen only saw the last half hour of the show. She turned up just in time to see Eric Clapton play Layla - which gives you an idea of just how "cutting edge" the music was
The idea that we should celebrate the life of someone simply because their family had the biggest army hundreds of years ago appalls me. I made sure I was out of the country for the silver jubilee - perhaps I should have doen the same this year.
 I decide against writing those dates as numbers as there was far too much scope for confusion. Is Jun 2nd 2/6 or 6/2. Or is that Feb 6th