An historical first

An historical first, this weekend (June 2022) we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


In 2007 the Queen poked fun at President George W. Bush when he accidentally said she had celebrated the US bicentennial in 1776 instead of 1976.

After Bush misspoke, adding 200 to Queen Elizabeth’s age, at a welcome ceremony at the White House, he winked and said, “she gave me a look that only a mother could give a child.”

At dinner hosted by the British ambassador’s residence two days later, the Queen joked, “I wondered whether I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776…..’.”

Bridge Question

You opened 1Heart.#

Partner responded 2Diamonds.

What do you re-bid?

Bridge Card Table

This watercolour of a bridge table, split into four sections, showing 4 different players with their cards by Will Assheton Artist

Platinum Offer

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, use offer code: Platinum15 at the checkout to get 15% off your purchases.

Bridge Answer

Answer: 2NoTrumps.

To show a balanced hand of 15-16 points.

This is a better description than re-bidding Hearts.

Book 1

I wanted to ready Small Pleasures as slowly as possible so it didn’t finish.

Book 2

The Way We Live Now is a wonderful book, extraordinary that, although set in the 1870s, not much has changed in the world of media and politics!


On an unobtrusive visit by car to Balmoral, the Queen stopped at a village shop to buy travel sweets.

The shop keeper commented that she looked awfully like the queen.

“How very reassuring”, she replied.