putting a face on can't hide what happens beneath St. Louis' broken heart
n.b. In a city with many elegantly carved superstructures that are all boarded up, this building in the city centre has been cleverly painted to look as if it has a facade carved from stone. It is merely make up that is beginning to flake off. It is initially impressive, but like The Arch, it’s just a hollow sham.
woman pulls on rope each fourth second of this hour toll echoes through gorge
that night, drunks in street try out new anthem for size irreverent laughs
n.b. Since the collapse of the English Revolution in 1660, the wealthiest landowners have firmly stuck together to ensure they get to choose the head of state. There is no likelihood of another civil war, (literally or figuratively), between competing groups of landowners in the UK ever again.
Scottish, Dutch and Germanaristocrats have been drafted into the postsince 1603when the Welsh Tudor family, (who seized power with the help of French allies in 1485) ran out of offspring.
Therefore, it could be argued that the late queen’s greatest achievement was to have four children, who have had children of their own, thereby ensuring very little will changein how the UK is run and by whomfor a few generations yet.
The people of the UK get to vote for the servants of the crown, but the monarchy, (this iteration descended from an obscure Hanoverian protestant family of aristocrats invited to take on the throne in 1714), keeps the jewellery and ensures that the keys to much needed change remain at arm’s length.
n.n.b. The gorge referred to above is the Ironbridge gorge, one day likely to be identified as the original source of human-driven climate disruption.
n.n.n.b. The new anthem contains the unfamiliar line “God save the king.”
p.s. The people of Ukraine continue fighting for their lives. Day 199.