EVENTS: On this day in 1953, after being handed the four symbols of authority—the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies—Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. Watching the Coronation parade, Noel Coward and David Niven wondered who the diminutive man sharing a carriage with the 400 lb Queen of Tonga might be. According to Niven, Coward suggested: “Her lunch”.
Times Online June 2, 2003
52 years later, a new mystery has emerged and you, gentle readers, may be able to supply some creative answers. The new mystery concerns the object in Douglas Martin’s hand. There’s a high-resolution picture available to help you identify the mystery object. You have seven days to solve this conundrum, so get in quick and file your answers using the submission form at the bottom of the page.
Oh, and while you’re examining that high-resolution photograph, have a close look at what’s going on in the background. No, not Susan Maneck having a full and frank exchange of views with Ian Kluge in the buffet room. Look to the left—through the window of Douglas Martin’s guest-room—and check out the top secret plans for a Rainbow Arc pinned to the wall.
Cal E. Rollins wrote:
I think it would be a mistake for Baha’i youth to wear rainbow uniforms to reflect the proposed color scheme for the buildings in the Baha’i conglomerate on Mt. Carmel. The rainbow is reflective of Gay Pride here in San Francisco, and some non-Baha’i youths’ lives would be put in grave jeopardy should they mistake the uniforms as symbolizing affirmation of or support for gay persons or lifestyle. Also they might symbolize to Rev. Jesse Jackson’s group that uses the rainbow to symbolize their organization to help the poor and the socially disenfranchised around the world. This could well lead to suits for infringement and false advertising on the part of the Faith. Also like the tiny trees the Guardian planted years back and grew to monstrous proportions, the colors will eventually fade, so why not leave them white to save money for the coming war effort. They’d certainly be easier to look at as they’re being hosed down, plus less vulnerable to inevitable and anticipated air attack.
What the Arc needs, to go along with its rainbow make-over, is a contingent of Swiss Guards. On January 21 2006 the Swiss Guards will have been doing guard duty at the Vatican for exactly 500 years. I’d be ready for a change of job about then.
In 1998 the Swiss Guards had a spot of bother when one of them apparently killed his commanding officer, the officer’s wife, and himself. But you just want to forgive them for anything they’ve done when you look at those uniforms. Aren’t they stunning? And doesn’t Haifa need a bit of colour just as much as the Vatican?
My thanks to an as-yet-un-named contributor for suggesting the Papal Swiss Guards as delightful accessories for the Arc.
“Although the pure white marble of surviving Ancient Greek temples appeals to the modern aesthetic, the Parthenon, like all ancient buildings, was at least partly painted, though scholars dispute the extent and the colour scheme. It is known that the internal ceilings were painted a deep blue, and that the statuary groups on the pediments were painted in bright colours. Some scholars believe that the upper parts of the Parthenon were painted bright red and blue, so that the sculptures would stand out in greater relief when seen from below.”
“Parthenon – Decorations”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Fascinating, huh? I reckon the buildings on the Arc would look great painted in rainbow shades!
Top right is a model of the proposed new Centre for the Study of Unity in Diversity.
Think of the benefits! Young folk thinking of doing their year of service at the Baha’i World Centre will really be enticed by photos like this one…
…particularly when the new uniforms arrive.