Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Trafalgar 200

The celebrations surrounding the bicentennial of Trafalgar will kick off today with the Trafalgar 200 Naval Review at Portsmouth. The Queen and Prince Phillip will view the ships from HMS Endurance. The French are displaying "no hard feelings" by sending the largest unit in their fleet, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, to participate. The US Navy is sending all of one ship, the assault carrier USS Saipan, to this major naval review. Presumably too busy at the Mess in Mesopotamia.... A fake battle will end the day in which the "red team" will fight the "blue team" (!); one of Nelson's descendents is unimpressed:

Anna Tribe, 75 and the great, great, great granddaughter of the admiral, criticised a mock-up of the 1805 sea battle as "politically correct".
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"I am sure the French and Spanish are adult enough to appreciate we did win that battle."

Indeed! Also joining in the festivities will be around 200 Nelson descendents who have gathered for the event.

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