Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tony Benn, the first peer... surrender an aristocratic title to remain in the House of Commons, died at age 88.

It's hard to find a picture of Benn without his ever-present pipe. But the one above also includes a "cuppa." Still, I couldn't resist this one as well:

It's so veddy, veddy, Briddish to have bad teeth -- even for an aristocrat like Benn. Don't they have dentists in the UK? Now, where have I seen that look before...

Oh, yeah.

Sir Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, the second Viscount Stansgate, renounced his title in 1963 to remain in the House of Commons. According to his obit in the Times:

From then on he was known simply as Tony Benn, or by the nickname Wedgie.

I wonder if that means the same thing in Britain as it does in the Colonies.

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