Royal Installed in Bath

After my last few posts, the Royals seem like a light relief, almost a relaxing bit of soap opera entertainment. But do not be deceived by appearances! Regular readers will know how easily I get diverted by the Royals, and this is despite not watching tele, reading newspapers etc etc.

Prince Edward…
I was just innocently passing Bath Abbey today after my swim, when I saw a big poppy wearing crowd. A bit early for Poppy Day. Lots of police, probably tax payer funded. Something going on here! Prince Edward is in town. With Sophie. He is being installed in the Abbey as the Vth (V is the next William number) Chancellor of Bath University. He is also Earl of Wessex, Wessex is round here too. Bit by bit, the Royals are moving this way.

Pass the baton…
Edward takes over the baton from Kate, as Witchy Kate’s portrait returns to London today from her one and only outing to Bath. Edward’s installation is a bit more long term I guess, and will pave the way for something else.

The Cambridge link…
And on the subject of Edward and Universe Cities, Edward studied at Cambridge Uni, the town that Kate and Wills have duchiness over. Apparently Edward wanted to be Duke of Cambridge, but was given Earl of Wessex instead. Maybe Cambridge was reserved for someone else bigger than him.

The first monarch…
Edgar was the first Monarch of the current Monarchic regime, crowned at Bath, on the site of the current Abbey, and I notice the similarity in names here. Edgar, Edward, as if we are being reminded of something.

Wessex Water…
Wessex Water owns all the water, including the Hot Spring sources. And something else owns Wessex Water, a Malaysian transglobal leisure company called YTL. Wessex Water HQ is in Bath, where else? Things are very watery in Bath. You will notice that WW is a bit like World War, and their staff buses were once labelled WW1 etc.

Glastonbury…
Michael Eavis, founder of Glastonbury Festival, is now so high profile with the Royals that he was one of the honoured guests at Edward’s installation. Glasto was also linked to the Royals when Harry went to the Festival this year, and when Glastonbury Tor featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Oh not the Olympics again…
Bath is very Olympiadic. The Uni sports supports several Olympic Teams, including the watery swimming one, and has hosted the Paralympic Games in the past. And a leading paralympic swimming medallist, Ellie Simmons, was also a high profile guest at Edward’s installation. After the installation ceremony, Edward went to the University, to the Sports Village part of it. You can see what the important bits of the story are.

Royal Wessex bus…
Royal and Wessex. These buses are sounding a bit Edwardian to me. I have been curious as to how this bus company have survived, for a few years now, when First usually drives out competition very swiftly. Bath University is now served by one of the few buses that is not part of the FirstBus monopoly. Wessex buses have “Royal Bath” stamped over the side, and run a circular route taking in the Royal United Hospital, passing Ralph Allen’s Mansion, Ralph Allen School, Wessex Water HQ, and the University of Bath which is now installed with Royal Wessex Edward.

The Box Line…
The BOX line is an alignment that goes through Bath Oxford, and Cambridge. It also passes through BOX, a village near Bath that is known for being Churchill’s underground HQ during the war, and it is riddled with tunnels that extend to Oxford one way, and to Bath the other, and on to Bristol. So who is chancellor of the other two Unis on this line, I wonder?

Other interesting Uni Chancellors…
Prince Philip was Cambridge until Kate and Wills took on the duchy, carrying on the Royal baton with Cambridge. Now the chancellor is Lord Sainsbury, Orange like William of Orange, the next King. Oxford’s Chancellor is Lord Patten, Chris Patten, the last MP of Bath, by coincidence, before he was voted out by voters and promoted to run a whole country instead, Hong Kong. Now he is a Lord. Despite his unpopularity with the people, he seems to have gone on to be a much bigger player in ruling the world and the country.

King of Wessex…
The 7th Marquis of Bath is also Lord Bath, so he will be in our democratically elected government along with Patten and Sainsbury. He lives out in the sticks in a massive mansion called Longleat House. His name is Alexander George. Have we heard these names and numbers somewhere else? Oh yes, the new Royal baby, George Alexander Louis. George the 7th to be. But the reason Lord Bath came to mind is his fondness for all things Wessex. The very powerful and large Kingdom of Wessex of Saxon times, and I would estimate that Longleat House is fairly centrally located within Wessex. Is Wessex returning too? Longleat is famous for lions, and the lions are the symbols on the Royal Coat of Arms.

In stalls…
Is it theatre, or is it horses? I am feeling increasingly sorry for the Royals, as I think they are far bigger prisoners than we will ever be, trapped in their horsey stalls, acting out their theatre as they are told and bred to do. Of course we have a racecourse here in Bath, a modern one, and we have the first Theatre Royal outside London. Lots of stalls here for those that want to be installed.

The Stolen Racecourse Stone…
On the subject of Bath Uni, I recently noticed that there is a large ancient stone placed dramatically on its side on the grass stage of their amphitheatre. On closer inspection I can see that it has been taken from the nearby field where there are three remaining standing stones. You would think the National Trust would be jumping up and down about an ancient stone circle on their land in Bath, wouldn’t you? But they are only mentioning it very briefly in passing, and calling it a “racecourse”.

The Stolen Stone…
Much larger amounts of Stolen Stone were taken by Ralph Allen (RA) in Georgian Times from his quarries and mines. Ralph Allen’s business address is Claverton Manor, the American Museum, which is right next to the Stone Circle and the Uni. Ralph Allen is Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, and William is the returning Ra.

Oranges…
The Egyptian god Ra has an orange Sun on his head. William of Orange is an obelisk on Orange Grove next to Bath Abbey. Sainsbury’s are orange. Sainsbury’s HQ is at the head of the A4 which leads to Bath, and Sainsbury’s seem to be very influential in Bath. Things are getting very orange. And by coincidence, the hot springs water leaves a very orangey coloured trail as it bubbles out of the ground. A natural version of The Hot Springs would maybe look like a round orangey pool.

The Holy See…
Ralph Allen’s Mansion (his home address), Prior Park, was built to See over Bath, and be Seen. It is currently operating as a private Roman Catholic School, with a Vatican Cardinal on the control panel. Will the Holy See, the Bishops who are now in Wells, return to Bath to go with the increasing Royal presence? The Holy See of Bath and Wells includes…. Glastonbury ! What a coincidence. And who else do I notice on the control panel of this Vatican School?… Lord Chris Patten turns up again, how very curious.

Bath Theatre…
Wikipedia says that Bath is Bathe or Ba-theta. Theta being the Greek letter for t. Which makes it BAT. We have BATS here in all the tunnels, we have theatre here. Ba is the Egyptian word for spirit, and the Hot Springs seems to imply a spirit of some strength and importance. It is easy to forget the magnificence of what must lie underneath Bath when it is overlaid and obscured by endless shopping, eating, and entertainment. Theta is also the ancient symbol of the Earth.

The last Royals in Bath Abbey were…
As far as I can work out, it was in 1989, Charles, Diana, and their two little boys attending a wedding. For somewhere so elite, we don’t get many Royal visits. (I didn’t count Camilla, who is patron of the Knights Templar lot). In 1973, The Queen and Prince Philip visited to commemorate Edgar’s coronation 1000 years earlier.

The Crown sign…
This summer, Parade Gardens (by The Abbey) did a fancy bit of gardening as usual, and they made a giant Royal Crown out of flowers. It lined up perfectly with the East end of the Abbey, when viewed from the best spot across the river. Heralding something perhaps…

Swimming in Bath…
It always bugs me when I swim in Bath that I pay nearly £4 to enter an artificial bright noisy tunnelled building, and swim in chlorinated tap water, heated by gas or electric boilers, in a square shaped pool. The swimming pool is just across the river from the Abbey and the Roman Baths, the centre of the Hot Springs source. If it wasn’t for all the buildings and overlay, there would be hot water freely available for all, constantly freshly bubbling out over a really wide area, warm enough (44 degrees or more) to bathe outdoors all year round. But the elites are hogging it, piggily, as they do, in style, in their pig sty style.

No water today…
I tried to get some water today from the King’s Spring, where you can drink the Hot Springs water for free. It was dry. Not again, what is going on? Was it turned off for the installation of something new, a new part for Bath?

(See also: Bath Obelisks, Cull The Queen, Royal Georgian Bath, New Roman Times, Hot Springs Go Cold, Boring Bath, Killing Bath, The Harry Patch, Stories of The Borehole, Icehouse Story, The Lewis Key, The Bath Skull, Bath Alignments, Alf and The Vikings, Field of Fires, Twin Tunnels, Bath Standing Stone, Knights Templar of Bath, Godfrey of Jerusalem and Bath, Halloween Harmony, Killing The Hot Springs, The Dont Knows, The The, The Lion and The Unicorn, Bridle and Groom, The Georgian Empire)

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Prince-Edward-chancellor-University-Bath-today/story-20040316-detail/story.html

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