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Paddle Your Own Canute


Of course you will remember that some of the funniest parts of 1066 and All That referred to that monarch, whose name is more traditionally and less dangerously spelled Canute:

Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet…

Canute had two sons, Halfacanute and Partacanute, and two other offspring, Rathacanute and Hardlicanute, whom, however, he would never acknowledge, denying to the last that he was their Fathacanute.

And, of course, the test question:

What would have happened if Canute had succeeded in sitting on the waves?  Does it matter?

Returning to the matter at hand, my day to celebrate Britishness would be January 30.

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