“Ninety Gaffes in Ninety Years”?

Dear Independent.UK: a “gaffe” is something that occurs when a CERTIFIED VILLAGE IDIOT (like Joe Biden) opens his mouth, and DAMN near every time.
Lucky us.

Your precious, ninety year old Prince Philip is downright refreshing. He’s the product of a society, the rare, last vestiges of which are fluttering tattered from the battlements, that had exceptionally rigid social lines, not to mention that he’s now NINETY YEARS OLD. Who doesn’t have a cringe-inducing older relative? Plus, he’s NOT one errant golfball away from the presidency throne, so WHO CARES?
Try appreciating him.

Among the “Holy sh*t!”s, I’ve picked out a couple of personal favorites:

1. “Ghastly.” Prince Philip’s opinion of Beijing, during a 1986 tour of China.

2. “Ghastly.” Prince Philip’s opinion of Stoke-on-Trent, as offered to the city’s Labour MP Joan Walley at Buckingham Palace in 1997.

5. “You managed not to get eaten then?” To a British student who had trekked in Papua New Guinea, during an official visit in 1998.

7. “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” Asked of a Scottish driving instructor in 1995. [ths:BWHAHAHahaha!]

14. “It was part of the fortunes of war. We didn’t have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, asking ‘Are you all right – are you sure you don’t have a ghastly problem?’ You just got on with it!” On the issue of stress counselling for servicemen in a TV documentary marking the 50th Anniversary of V-J Day in 1995.

22. “I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family.” In 1967, asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.

41. “Where’s the Southern Comfort?” On being presented with a hamper of southern goods by the American ambassador in London in 1999.

46. “You have mosquitoes. I have the Press.” To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean in 1966.

53. “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.

Quelle horreur. 🙂

11 Responses to ““Ninety Gaffes in Ninety Years”?”

  1. I think I’m in love…deep, deep, commitment kind of love… 😉

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  3. major dad says:

    What’s that book; “Shit my Dad says?”

  4. aelfheld says:

    As I’ve said elsewhere, anyone who so outrages the bien pensants is someone I hope sticks around for a good, long time.

  5. Mike Talley says:

    Those are funny!!!! #5 cracked me up the most 🙂

  6. Yojimbo says:

    Beats Prince Charles all to heck. 22&41 are not half-bad at all.

  7. NJSue says:

    I love him. He’s awesome. And see how much Prince Harry looks like him?

  8. JeffS says:

    Sounds like he’s a hoot!

  9. Ave says:

    And then there’s:

    “He’s a romantic, and I’m a pragmatist. That means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m `unfeeling.’ ”

    — Prince Philip, talking about his son, Prince Charles, to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph

  10. Mori says:

    Aw, he sounds like the only Brit in that family with a sense of humor… Being 3/4 British I can well relate to being related to those with no sense of humor.

  11. Dr Alice says:

    That’s precious. I wish I were related to him. He sounds like someone whose worldview I could appreciate.

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