295 • Startling

295 • Startling

Please note that your patron, Earl Spenser,
Will not be admitted to Mensa.
His Lordship’s IQ
Is quite startling, it’s true.
We have never met anyone denser.

This rhyme concerns a fictional Earl Spenser, not to be confused with the orator who on 6 September 1997 – while eulogising ‘the most bizarre-like life’ of his late sister – shared with a grieving nation the ironic insight that ‘a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.’ In a further proof of sagacity, the real Earl resisted any temptation to dilate upon Diana’s other attributes … goddess of chastity / fertility / the moon, sometime consort of Lucifer, etc etc.

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