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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


To think that it took me until November 11, 2015, to realize, by reading in the NYRB, that in 1603,  James VI of Scotland becme James I of England. All because Henry VIII's sister Margaret married into the Scottish Stuarts. That sums up so much history I can never wrap my mind around. All the numerals throw me off, and how a VI becomes a I is unfathomable to me, and I only know the VIII because of being nominally an Episcopalian, so part of the (whatever is happening to it now) Church of England. And I have a British passport, never mind that the new one has too few women on its pages and all that, and that if Brexit takes place, I lose my very precious European nationality. Apart from that, it is now November in New York, and that is something else again!

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