Saturday, 18 January 2020

The Ramblings Of A Silly Old Man - CHAPTER TWENTY


Do you know who The Right Honourable Gordon Bennett was ?

He was a member of Lord Melbourne's government in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. On the advice of Prince Albert Victoria planned to award Gordon Bennett with a knighthood but on the day of the investiture he missed the train to London. When he failed to turn up Victoria said SOD IT ! She then added he can XXX OFF before screaming at the top of her voice GORDON BENNETT !  As Albert tried to calm her down she said: We are NOT amused.

So it was The Right Honourable Gordon Bennett spent the rest of his life in obscurity.

Why did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert feel the subject of this silly old man's ramble deserved a knighthood ? Gordon Bennett was the one who steered Sod's Law through parliament.

When the lid falls off the cruet so it's more a case of chips with your salt that is down to Sod's Law.

When the battery in you shaver is dead ahead of you needing to spruce yourself up ahead of an important meeting that is Sod's Law.

Sod's Law is that everything tends to the maximum inconvenience.

There is no record of Gordon Bennett's death to be found in the National Archives. Logic says he kicked the bucket donkey's years ago but perhaps he is still hiding in a cave somewhere, an immortal recluse. More likely there is an undiscovered hermitage somewhere with a skeleton directing the activities of the ghost of The Right Honourable Gordon Bennett, directing its haunting to you and to me.

When you feel the effect of Sod's Law and see the ghost there is only one thing you can do to make it go away.  Follow the example of Queen Victoria and scream at the top of your voice; GORDON BENNETT !

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