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Servants
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:59:34 AM »
Not much has been written about the present servants who work for the BRF. I know they are sworn to secrecy and such but do we actually know anything about the comings and goings of the royal servants? Obviously there are some that live within the palace walls and then there are some that go home to a normal family life.
Has anyone ever seen them approaching the palaces as they arrive for their shift?
Has anyone ever seen them leaving through the side gates (servants gates)?
Do they walk to work or take the bus?

So many questions.
Hope this can become a subject of discussion. And neither does it matter which palace - I'm as much a sticky beak as the rest. ;)

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Re: Servants
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 09:49:37 AM »
Do they walk to work or take the bus?

Those who live in the upscale areas in walking distance of the palaces are not servants, they have servants themselves.
The servants at Windsor Castle probably live in Slough, lol.
Берёзы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и берёзы, 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Servants
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 11:26:53 PM »
Slough? Is that a nearby place to BP?

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Re: Servants
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 01:47:51 AM »
Slough? Is that a nearby place to BP?

It's close to Windsor and infamous from Betjeman's poem:


    Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!
    It isn't fit for humans now,
    There isn't grass to graze a cow.
    Swarm over, Death!

    Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
    Those air-conditioned, bright canteens,
    Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
    Tinned minds, tinned breath.

    Mess up the mess they call a town -
    A house for ninety-seven down
    And once a week a half a crown
    For twenty years,

    And get that man with double chin
    Who'll always cheat and always win,
    Who washes his repulsive skin
    In women's tears,

    And smash his desk of polished oak
    And smash his hands so used to stroke
    And stop his boring dirty joke
    And make him yell.

    But spare the bald young clerks who add
    The profits of the stinking cad;
    It's not their fault that they are mad,
    They've tasted Hell.

    It's not their fault they do not know
    The birdsong from the radio,
    It's not their fault they often go
    To Maidenhead

    And talk of sport and makes of cars
    In various bogus-Tudor bars
    And daren't look up and see the stars
    But belch instead.

    In labour-saving homes, with care
    Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
    And dry it in synthetic air
    And paint their nails.

    Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
    To get it ready for the plough.
    The cabbages are coming now;
    The earth exhales.
Берёзы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и берёзы, 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Servants
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 02:27:40 AM »
Thankyou

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Re: Servants
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 10:40:39 AM »
Oh, and "The Office" is set in Slough too. Slough is the epitome of lower-middle class drearyness, the total contrast to the buccolic England represented by Windsor.
Берёзы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и берёзы, 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Servants
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 12:59:33 PM »
Hahaha, you beat me to it.
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