Friday, May 20, 2011

THE KING'S SPEECH: A Follow Up On Westminster Abby Blog

Julie, my wife, insisted that I watch a movie, The King's Speech with her.  I really did not want to, knowing that it was about a person with speech problems.

Having suffered thoroughout my life with a speech impediment, watching someone else with the same problem did not sound enjoyable.

As I so often am, I was wrong!

It was a great movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  A great part of the enjoyment was in that I lived through that part of history, and also that I have visited the site of the movie.

Like in the movie The Quiet Man, the first movie filmed on site, overseas, where I visited the little village of Cong in County Mayo, Ireland, called Innisfree in the movie.
THE QUIET MAN, FILMED IN CONG, COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND
Last week I wrote a blog about visiting Westminister Abby.  In the blog I mentioned seeing the Throne of England, KING EDWARD'S THRONE OVER THE STONE OF SCONE.  In this movie, The King's Speech, the Throne of England plays a part.

     
KING EDWARD'S THRONE
Really, it didn't look this fancy in person or in the movie
We also visited the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels.  The official Crown of England seemed small and insignificant compared to the other jewels on display.
THE TOWER OF LONDON WHERE THE CROWN JEWELS ARE KEPT


If you read my previous blog you may recall that I said it was just a plain wooden chair over a big stone.  The speech therapist, in the movie,  commented that it was just an "old wooden chair with some writing on it over a rock".  In indignation, King George VI informed him, in the movie, that it was the Throne of King Edward and that it was the Stone of Scone. When you see the movie, and I bet you will, watch for this scene.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II VISIT TO IRELAND DRESSED IN GREEN
At one time the English would hang the Irish if they wore green.
Bye the bye, did you notice last weeks visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II?  She is the first English Monarch to visit Ireland in 100 years and the first to visit a "freed" Ireland.  In the above mentioned movie about her father, King George VI, she is the oldest of his two young daughters.

Life is good!

God Bless!


2 comments:

Mark Pierce said...

I'm sure you remember, but I also has speech therapy for 5 years, often teased for my inability to say my r's and s's... A problem when one's name is Mark Pierce. So I have great joy now at the thought of being a professional communicator.

Anonymous said...

I loved The King's Speech; superb acting and message. ~Amy