An hour ago I post on the secret and sacred Eel Ritual of Glasgow, then I am reading that the Duchess of Cambridge will sponsor a new battleship called…..THE HMS GLASGOW!
Say – what?
I rest my case. There are several possibilities. The most logical one is that Queen Elizabeth reads my blog in the morning with tea and a scone, because, I am the only one who has a clue how these things go. I could be a Futurian. as I have contended, or, a real prophet. How about me being…..Merlin?
May I suggest the Duchess of Sussex be the sponsor of America’s new battleship built for the all black navy?
All new U.S. Navy ships will be launched by Widow Easton, wearing a black veil. Afterwards she will be whisked away to a top secret location where the Royal Paranoid of The American Britania, is made to feel safe if at all possible! After all, we are in the middle of a new cold war.
John Presco ‘The Royal Blogger’
Queen Elizabeth has “approved” the Duchess of Cambridge as the sponsor of a new naval battleship.
Catherine’s husband, Prince William, revealed the 39-year-old royal will have an enduring relationship with HMS Glasgow, which is currently being built in Scotland, meaning she will “strong and enduring personal connection to the vessel and her crew, often supporting milestones, events and deployments”.
Speaking on a visit to the BAE Systems shipyard where the vessel is being built, William – who is on a tour of Scotland with his grandmother, the queen – said on Tuesday (29.06.21): “Today, I’m very pleased to announce that my family’s connection with Type 26 will endure for many years to come. Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of my wife Catherine as Sponsor of the superb ship we see taking shape outside — HMS Glasgow. I know that Catherine will be delighted to join you here in Glasgow for the naming ceremony in due course.”
The prince also reflected on how much his late grandfather, Prince Philip – who died in April aged 99 – would have enjoyed seeing the innovations at the shipyard.
He said: “My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known, and as I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. He would have been fascinated and very excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.”
During his visit, William was taken on a tour by electrical apprentice Cara Shannon and spoke with some other apprentices and graduates in training.
He also attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction on HMS Belfast and officially cut the first plate of steel for the vessel, which is the third Type 26 Global Combat Ship to be manufactured by the shipyard and is designed to help protect the nation.
He said: “It is my great honour to play my own small part in the continued advances of the Royal Navy, by cutting the very first steel for Ship 3 – the HMS Belfast of the future.
“She will be only the second ship to have carried this name, her predecessor having conducted her duties with distinction and honour throughout the Second World War. The city of Belfast has always stood alongside Glasgow with a superb heritage of ship building, but now the city can once again become synonymous with Royal Naval power and maritime excellence.
“Catherine and I feel extremely privileged to become part of Team Type 26, and we look forward to following the journey of the ships, and their future crews, in the years to come.”
Last week pupils from Lanarkshire became the first in Scotland to release European eels into the wild in a pilot of a new project called Scotland to Sargasso. Based on the Avon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Spawn to be Wild’ project, Scotland to Sargasso involves placing a part of the life cycle of the eel directly into schools to raise awareness of this critically endangered species. Pupils from Chryston Primary School (P3/4) and St Dominic’s Primary in Airdrie (P6) reared eels in class for a few weeks before releasing them into their local rivers to allow them to continue their life cycle.
A plan to harvest baby eels from the river Clyde for export as gourmet food has turned into a race to save the stocks from collapse.
The U-turn from exploitation to conservation follows initial research findings into the potential for farming the tiny eels – a delicacy on the Continent and in the Far East.
They command astronomical prices, especially in Japan, with prices up to (pounds) 150 a kilo – more than 20 times the average price of salmon.
However, the findings suggest the ”glass eels” – so-called because they are still transparent – are not nearly as prolific in the Clyde as first thought, with future populations endangered.
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