Saturday, 16 April 2011

Royal wedding : infeftments and feudal disposition


Lord Obreption has been hermeneutically sealed within a Lead Chamber, a process well known to those prone to making acid remarks, wind and dyspepsia.  Obreption is guarded for world safety reasons by security conscious nuns, who have allowed five tweets per day and a choice of Arabella Weir or Professor Ratzinger for reading material.  Quo Vadis?


This presentation is brought to you by GOWF, Greater Obreption World Faith, led by the Dean of the Faculty of Monetisation of the Royal Wedding, Lady Jean Bridie-Bowes-Lyon of Forfar and Glamis.  We invite Lady Jean to make her presentation.

Thank you.  We welcome all of you who have been wondering why this blog has not been covering the pre-nuptials nuptials and post-nuptials of a certain couple about to enter Holy Matrimony. 

It appears that the Great British Public having realised that they may have 17 days of voluntary time off (as well as some involuntary time off) and some involuntary administrative leave.  The Royal Wedding allows many old commentators from anthropologists, genealogists liturgical pedants and heraldic pedants, to celebrity news, court reports and news of impending cataclysmic events.  At this point we would like to wish Wiliam and Kate all the best on their happy day. 

For academic discussion on line of succession, Act of Settlement we suggest you look at the following links:

We would also recommend you try and find the defining interview between Mr Partridge and the Duchess of Stranaer – widely regarded as authoritative, coming from a Norfolk celebrity and academic. 

After this issue we’re going to check the statistics on the blog to establish whether our outreach programme is succeeding. 

Let me introduce our panel of experts covering the royal wedding from aspects of faith, ethics, fertility, genealogy, privilege, democracy and God.  We would like to point out that god has two faces within the unwritten British constitution.  The one which is most familiar to constitutional experts is Gus O’Donnell.  You might like to share your opinions about this god with Obreption in the comments column of Standpoint magazine. 

Meanwhile, our panel includes the following:

The etics trio – that’s Polly, Ester and Cynthia Etics from Lake Balaton in Hungary.  They’re a very happy bunch and are known for their festive and glowing demeanour around the spa town of Heviz.  Please note, Etic is not the same as emic.  (Link here for more information on Heviz and Lake Balaton:

Next we welcome the married duo Thea and Genny Hessiod whose acclaimed poetry about god gave us a model for Homer’s Illiad, where you will recall that Paris ran off with Helen and started the 10 year Trojan War (citation Illiad, Sparta, Trojan Horse, Hector). 

Bhurca Nic-Amhac Domhnallach, Celtic fashion and inter-faith advisor to Radio Nan Gaidheal (RNG) (

Lady Jean:
Our set of lawyers has been following the royal wedding story with much thought on monetisation theory and practice.  A lot of insurance policies have been issued for street parties, which may be ruined by inclement weather or Acts of God.  Sales of material culture are moving very slowly within the UK retail sector and the British retail consortium has noted that the High Street has tanked, though hopefully many mugs will be sold over-priced souvenirs; and many hard pressed journalists, facing huge legal costs in the phone hacking scandal, are having to upskill and multimedia their commentaries all over twitter, all over the internet, all over facebook, and even in hard copy on the China Wall! 

The LDS is looking at the legitimacy of baptism and confirmation within the Royal family.  Some very unkind words have been said against Mr Clegg, who has incidentally been put in charge of negotiating changes in the line of succession and possibly the Act of Settlement with other countries.  Will he succeed and what's more are the British public ready for a change?

Theo and Genny: 
We didn’t think much of the religious output on Standpoint, and we agree with Obreption that this theological professor must have had a problem with his sources or possibly he was multi-skillling on the Telegraph blog, which had a really ugly piece about the new Bishop of Salisbury and the fact that he had married someone who had been divorced.  Trust them to raise the issue of divorce, marriage, church, and confirmation in the blogosphere. 

The Etics Trio:
Polly, Ester and Cynthia have been inspiring much of the church, synagogue, Sikh festivals, Hindu festivals and even some of the more Presbyterian non-festivals with their musical interpretations and frugal derangements of epi-phanic proportions.  Their comment has so far been to listen again to BBC Radio 3 CD Review and enjoy the music coming round your place of worship over the next few weeks - a lot of Bach (Easter and Ascension), a lot of Passion (John, Matthew, some Heinrich Schutz), thankfully no Samuel Scheidt so far, and quite a lot of Tallis, Bird and Handel.

The Etics Trio are going to review the review in Gramophone magazine (May issue 2011) of the 100th Anniversary of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.  We know this to be one off Obreption’s favourite operas, but we’re not quite sure of the style of English used in the review by Mike Ashman.  We think Mr Ashman may be over familiar with the Arabella Weir canon as exemplified by her work Stupid Cupid - an interesting stylistic approach to English, though we much preferred the comments of Rene Fleming: very reflective and well-written.  We think that although she played Britannia last year on the Last Night of the Proms, she should be used more often.  Certainly better than a Lenten talk!

The Etics trio have also engaged in the syncretism of Mairi’s wedding and Der Rosenkavalier.  It’s not quite what Hugo von Hofmannsthal thought of! 

Bhurca Nic-Amhac Domhnallch: 
I am the fashion expert and inter-faith researcher on Radio Nan Gaidheal (RNG).  We know Obreption’s fondness for our radio station, especially the request show and the political discussions concerning worldwide issues.  Our radio discussions can be difficult for the non-Celtic aware amongst our audience.  For example, our ancient language only has eighteen letters so we have a device known as ‘aspiration‘, which converts the letters ‘b’ and ‘m’ to ‘v’, the letters ‘d’ and ‘g’ to ‘gha’, letter ‘p’ to ‘f’ , the letter ‘f’ to ‘h’, and the letters ‘t’ and ‘s’ to another ‘h’.  There are some exceptions, but if you listen to RNG, they’ve been discussing faith issues in Islam, Sikhism as well as music, politics and celebrity.  (
Bearing in mind the above, you can listen out for the (RNG) approach to Dolly Parton, Taliban and burka.   We all look forward to discussing Miss Universal, Highland Wedding and anthropological issues concerned with evolution on the shores of Loch Torridon.  It’s not the same as Gneiss from the Isle of Lewis.

With these Lenten thoughts we leave you with happy holidays.  After we’ve tweeted this, we’re going to check the statistics on the blog.   Comments are now moderated, and we wish our followers from all over the world happy holidays happy weddings, given this day in Kanton Glarus, Switzerland.

Our research programme includes possible obreptions regarding breaches of privacy, alien torts, the bursting of the soap cartel bubble in the EU, and the continuing story of asbestos.  Any thoughts are as usual welcome.

Quentin Cooper on the podcast concerning fossils from Loch Torridon has been awarded a Gold Star for pronunciation.  Well done, Quentin!


This link to Radio nan Gaidheal contains Allelulia - or the A word as it is known to some Christians.  This is a forbidden word during Lenten observance, but today's Sunday worship on Radio nan Gaidheal includes items for all tastes ranging from psalm singing in Crossbost, in Lewis, to some services with added music (i.e. instruments) from Castlebay, Barra, Outer Hebrides.  This wins the award of the week for inspiration on the BBC radio Palm Sunday networks.  Enjoy!

Our team of researchers has been enriched with material culture and we are pleased to report that many Christian churches are thinking of others  and not their fabric during this Holy Week. 

It is with sadness that we report the death of Ishbel MacAskill.  Her obituary appeared in the Guardian on 14th April, 2011: 

Ishbel was also mentioned on the BBC R4's Last word.  This was another example of what the BBC does best.

As mentioned in the blog, there can be a problem with some Gaelic spelling of names, so you will find variations.  We have a link to a YouTube performance of Isbbel:

Commercial recordings are available which include some intrumental arrangement.  One of Obreption's favourite is the Mermaid's song:


  1. Dear Professor

    Does this mean that my chances of becoming the Queen of England are scuppered? Is the English Constitution so anti-Catholic? And why are so many Anglicans leaving in waves to join people of God?

  2. Anon

    Thank you very much for giving us a plug on Lake Balaton. We remember with great joy your monetisation theory based on our spa treatments. This has taken away some of the pain from the alumina plant disaster.

  3. Anon: Morag

    What's this rubbish about Mairi's wedding? Haven't you been reading better stuff than Arabella Weir? What is the connection regarding feudal dispositions and asbestos? You're not wearing asbestos gloves are you? I saw that remark you made about Templetonium. Why don't you rename Scandium? It could be after a scandal, though I can't think of any just now.

  4. Dear Professor Obreption

    This is Vanessa again. I hope you have taken note of the Archbishop of Westminster in his call for the Church's ideas in the Big Society. We don't think much of your vestment specialist, however we do admire your investment theories on monetisation. It looks as if the IOR could do with some assistance in assessing norms of behaviour. I trust that your references to administration leave are not a euphemism for something else. Please contact the Chancery for official statements.

  5. Thank you all for your varied comments.

    Vanessa: Are you the cheer leader at St Andrew's? I think your chances of becoming queen are definitely scuppered. As for investment advice, I don't think we're approved by the necessary authority and would have to advise that your bank goes elsewhere.

    Morag: Thanks for your comments regarding asbestos. This was not a reference to having to use asbestos gloves with Clegg and the Constitution. It's much more serious. It refers to a terrible saga concerning asbestos related diseases and long and protracted legal arguments which are beyond this blog's reach, other than to air them as worthy of further comment. You can find the relevant documents from the Court of Session Inner House CSIH case:

    This opinion has implications for UK law and the devolved governments as well as a series of claims. Without wishing to put another plug in for Standpoint, you may find some interesting articles there. As mentioned on the blog post, it is on our radar along with other long term cases and investigations.

  6. Dear Obreption
    I found the following links regarding asbestos. I thought you might be interested.

    Insurance industry loses asbestos battle, but only in Scotland

    Asbestos compensation case begins

    I’m no lawyer but this looks like a long drawn out case with many people dying before settlement.