Colin Hawksley

Announcing the Official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee £5 Coin!

It is our great honour to present the Official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK £5 coin design, fully approved by Her Majesty The Queen and the Treasury. 

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 will be a remarkable moment in our history, she being one of only two British monarchs – to have reigned for 60 years - the other being Queen Victoria.

This beautiful new £5 coin, struck to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, pays tribute to a Queen who has reigned with grace and dignity for 60 years.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year - only the second such Jubilee in Britain’s long history - will be a truly historic milestone in the life of the nation. To celebrate this grand royal occasion, the Royal Mint has struck a beautiful new £5 coin with two new portraits of Her Majesty spanning her long reign.

It is the first coin ever struck to commemorate a Diamond Jubilee - there were no special coins for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887 - and is certainly worthy of the occasion. A must for every collector, the coin, expertly struck and in mint condition, is presented in a specially designed display folder – ideal, too, for street parties and a fabulous souvenir of this special time in our lives.

http://www.royalmint.com/store/BritishBase/UK12DJBU.aspx

One of my favourites. This is an absolutely beautiful version!

I Vow to Thee, My Country is a British patriotic song created in 1921 when a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice was set to music by Gustav Holst.

 

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde
Painted this today

Painted this today

A Royal Air Force dog who braved bombs and bullets over five operational tours of duty is retiring a military hero. 
Air Dog Buster, a nine-year-old English springer spaniel, has earned a row of campaign medals for his service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The arms and explosives sniffer dog now lives with his handler RAF Police Sergeant Michael ‘Will’ Barrow, 45, and his wife, Tracy, in Cranwell,Lincolnshire.

A Royal Air Force dog who braved bombs and bullets over five operational tours of duty is retiring a military hero.

Air Dog Buster, a nine-year-old English springer spaniel, has earned a row of campaign medals for his service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The arms and explosives sniffer dog now lives with his handler RAF Police Sergeant Michael ‘Will’ Barrow, 45, and his wife, Tracy, in Cranwell,
Lincolnshire.

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) 

Harpsichord Suite II In F Major (1720)

I. Adagio

IV. Fugue

Recorded on 6 June 2011

I sure do miss my harpsichord and my little ensemble I formed with my friends back in England, we’ve done several recordings, just for fun. Here I recorded Handel’s harpsichord suites I-VIII from 1720 on a period harpsichord. This is suite II, parts I and IV. Please excuse my not very good recording equipment, but its the best we had at the time. 

Though I have many, these probably have to be my favourite photos of Her Majesty. She is really a remarkable woman; so full of grace, dedication and love for her people and country. Next year will mark 60 years on the throne, she has more than fulfilled her duty and service to her people. 

Thank you for 60 wonderful and glorious years of true dedication, duty, honor, love and grace.