Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Dozen Years

Today is the duodecennial anniversary of this weblog. A dozen years ago today, this blog was launched. It's the silk anniversary.

This blog was launched on the day of the promulgation of the constitutional amendment making parliamentarism a part of the written Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, and that is also a dozen years ago. The amendment was passed in Parliament on February 20.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Feldkirch a Century Ago

A century ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family arrived at the Austro-Swiss border in an Imperial train and departed Austria – under the protection of the icon of this weblog, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.

The day before, the family had departed Eckartsau, where they had been in internal exile.

At Feldkirch by the Austro-Swiss border, the Emperor proclaimed the Feldkirch Manifesto.

Hundert Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Zita Passing

Thirty years ago today, Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Empress-Queen Zita passed from this world in her 97th year. She had lived roughly half a month short of 67 years as Empress-Queen Dowager.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fitzjames Stephen

Sir James Fitzjames Stephen125 years ago today, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen passed on.

Wrote Chilton Williamson, Jr.:

Even so, [Stephen] -- believing as he did, with Tocqueville, that mass democracy was the inevitable future, whether it worked or not -- maintains that he has nothing to recommend as a substitute for universal suffrage. The old ways, many of them as bad in their own time as new ones are in ours, were being swept away "like haycoocks in a flood." "The waters are out and no human force can turn them back." Only, "I do not see see why as we go with the stream we need sing Hallelujah to the river god."