If you happen to be watching television on Sunday 3 June 2012 you might see coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, an event in London to celebrate 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. “What on earth does this have to do with Regional Studies?”, you might ask. Well, if you look more closely at the flotilla moving down the Thames you might just notice a certain Sally Hardy in her Kayak! The RSA Chief Executive is a bit of a fitness-fanatic and has extensive experience of the canoeing disciplines so it’s only natural that she’s there. The RSA blog squad have not been able to confirm whether she’ll be asking fellow participants to become RSA members but we suspect that – for once – this is not the case.
As the Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne and Sally celebrates 25 years on her ‘throne’, we hear a whisper that there is another Sally-related celebration occurring on 3 June. Rumour has it that Sally celebrates her birthday that day, but given data protection rules we can’t possibly reveal the figure (though we hear it rhymes with ‘nifty’).