God Bless England & St George


On this special day I thank Ben Jonson, Sir Francis Bacon, Dr John Dee, John Florio, Christopher Marlowe & the many others for their contribution to the great book of Enlightenment the 1623 First Folio of William Shakespeare. The great enigmatic bard adored by millions. I hope & pray that sonnets 144 & 86 will one day be seen through my eyes for the enrichment of man’s understanding.

I also thank my beautiful wife for having endured the tough road to enlightenment on this our wedding day. Twelve years ago this day we had the most magical, incredible medieval wedding with jousting knights & all. Our bringing together was truly destined as our magical wedding tale will testify.


We have never had a single date and have been married 12 years today. I predicted from seeing just a photograph of her in November 2002 that I would get engaged to her on the 14th Feb 2003 and we would be married on the 23rd April 2004 in a televised medieval wedding. I even bought an engagement ring and booked two flight tickets to Edinburgh (Rosslyn Chapel) for the special occasion of which she knew absolutely nothing about. Without even having had a date or being a couple. Could it really happen? A millions to one shot. What a mad fool I was! However fate was kind and it became reality. It was indeed televised by both the BBC & ITV on a glorious sunny day. If you think predicting the future is nonsense, well we are living proof it isn’t! Lucky I am indeed to have such a beautiful wife.

And Life has fired, and Death not shaded, All Time’s uncounted bliss, And the height o’ the world has flamed and faded, Love, that our love be this! – Rupert Brooke

May God bless England & St George!

*for all those who think St George is not English, he isn’t. He like the dragon is allegorical!

Kim Riley & the TV crew




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