Friday, June 06, 2008

Of course you did, you saucy minx

Who would you say this was, offhand?


12 comments:

Fyodor said...

Margaret Thatcher, on her wedding day.

P.S. I strongly encourage you to watch "Flight of the Conchords" this Sunday night at 10.40pm on Channel 10. Best episode of the series - you may even get an insight* into the complex male psyche.

* Kinda sorta.

Pavlov's Cat said...

Yes yes, I know, I gave it away in the post heading. I am also guessing that you too have seen today's Huffington Post.

Re insight into male psyche: possibly. But are you sure I would want such an insight? 'After such knowledge, what forgiveness?' And will Persuasion have finished by 10.40?

Lucy Sussex said...

It's based on a Gainsborough painting of a noble lady. If you take a bride's dress as indicative of her ultimate intent (and I think you can) then it expresses unconventionality (not marrying in the style of the time, nor in white), conservatism and yes, sexiness. It is aspirational (Thatcher as 1700s maitresse or castle chatelaine?) and misleading, for here is a grocer's daughter from the sticks. All of which doesn't stop me from fictionalizing her as an android in a sf story.

ocky said...

Behind that smile and those sweet blue eyes she was plotting the oppression of the working classes and the brutal rule of neo-fascist demagoguery. What she didn't know, however, is that she had a lump of sea wrack stuck to the side of her head.

Fyodor said...

I'd actually seen the photo before...aaand I have a thing for gingers in blue velvet dresses.

"Re insight into male psyche: possibly. But are you sure I would want such an insight?"

Well, it's not secret men's business, if that's what you're implying. As for forgiveness, I think it's a bit late for that. The best we can hope for is mercy.

"And will Persuasion have finished by 10.40?"

YES. Rest assured, dear lady, I made quite sure of that.

genevieve said...

That's Hugh Grant in Love Actually you're quoting, innit. I can HEAR him. In my head.

lucy tartan said...

Fyodor's already confirmed that Persuasion will have finished by 10.40. I'm just standing here nodding, darkly. It will have bloody well finished all right. No bloody hurry or anything.

It's sea wrack is it? Good then. Thought it might have been a bowl of cold linguine. Who is the man in the corner, though? From what I can see of him it appears to be Jean-Paul Sartre.

M-H said...

We accidentally visited her home city of Grantham last week (we were staying in the country nearby and were looking for free wifi). It is a dismal and miserable hole, frankly, even compared to other similar towns in the area. The one-way/roundabout system is dire, almost the worst we'd encountered, and we were lost in a really awful suburb for ten minutes. When I enquired at a shop for the nearest road out of town the young man said he'd never been out of town and didn't know. Not that I'm trying to excuse her, of course, but I don't think you can underestimate the effect of growing up in a place like that on an intelligent woman.

Suse said...

D'you think 2 minute noodles as a hair accessory will ever make a come back?

ocky said...

It's a little-known fact that all of the periwigs worn by the royal houses of Stuart and Hanover were made from two-minute noodles. Megs here is just reflecting a long and venerable tradition, or there was a big fight with the caterer just before the photo was taken.

Ann O'Dyne said...

it was in a biog of her I read.
Gains Borough Thatcher

Anonymous said...

She is gorgeous, isn't she. And at least she had the courage of her (any) convictions.