Just be glad you weren’t born with the name Rodger Bumpass, Your Majesty…

1992 was an Annus Horribilis for Her Majesty but things could have been worse...

I know you are all wondering about the key events that have taken place today.  No doubt there will minor news items about it being the wedding anniversary of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh and maybe even mention of today being the day of the great fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, but I want to mention a voice you will all be familiar with, if not the name.

Rodger Bumpass, who must surely come second only to Randy Bumgardner in the competition for the world’s most ridiculous name. Nonetheless you, or perhaps a younger member of your family, are familiar with his work.

Bumpass started work on The Jetsons in the 1960s, but now he is famous for being the voice of Squidward Tentacles in SpongeBob Squarepants, so look out for his name next time the credits scream past on your screen.  You know you watch really.

Even though today is Her Majesty’s wedding anniversary which is no doubt always a reminder of the fire at Windsor in 1992, things could always be worse!


If C.B. Fry can be offered the Kingship of Albania, surely we can offer President of Europe to the last Tsar of Bulgaria?!


Is the last Tsar of Bulgaria the most qualified man for the job as European President?

There are many people who have been mentioned as potential new Presidents of the European Union, but none sparked my interest more than Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.  He has an impressive CV, which I challenge anyone to match.

Starting at the age of 6 he was the last Tsar if Bulgaria, supported by the Germans, then invaded by the Russians, his reign was not entirely successful, leading to the Communist abolition of the monarchy in 1946, leading to his, and his family’s exile.

As well as living in Bulgaria Simeon has good links with the rest of Europe, he has lived in Spain, marrying a Spanish aristocrat whilst there, as well as Egypt and the United States, but his family connections are the ones that really make him pre-eminently suitable for the job.

His mother was the daughter of Victor Emmanuel III, the King of Italy and briefly Albania and Ethiopia, and his grandmother was a Princess from Montenegro.

So tea with Berlusconi would not be a problem.

He has great links with both Great Britain and Germany being directly related to the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg Gotha and, as a consequence, the British royal family and that of Belgium.

His credentials are not just restricted to his family ties however.  His main qualification for the role is that he has been a Prime Minister of Bulgaria, since its turn to democracy, following the Communist era, but he even has at least five knighthoods, from Italy, Belgium and the Catholic Church.  He’s even a Grand Officer of the Legion d’honneur, improving his republican and French connections.

He has excellent connections and can be assured to stop the traffic at any international occasion.

Apart from the Queen of England, can there be any more qualified contender for the job?

He even makes C. B. Fry look ordinary, and unlike him, instead of just being offered the job like C. B., he was actually related to the King of Albania!