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My respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II
Everything this week has been overshadowed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II who has been part of our lives for as long as most of us can remember. No-one, whether a supporter of the monarchy or not, could fail to be impressed by her dedication to duty - the extraordinary fact that she was greeting our new Prime Minister a mere 48 hours before her death.
It really marks a monumental turning point for this country which, as so many commentators have said, simply won’t feel the same without her. It was just a comforting constant that whatever was happening in the world she was always there.
Food and wine recommendations seem trivial by comparison and it just seems a bit inappropriate to do the normal Friday 5. So I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t.
Normal service will resume in a couple of days.