Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Sun Never Sets On The British Empire - In Space


Intrigued by the genius of AI, I typed in "British Empire in space, Union Jack, stars," half expecting a scene from Grand Zimbabwe on the Moon, but no, out came a pretty creditable Imperial Fleet Station. But what about "Imperial British Space Navy in battle"?

Not bad! Inspirational, in fact, and here's another:

Join up, boys, and see the stars.

For King and Country. Speaking of which, here's Lord Curzon, on the sands of Mars:

And it's Tommy this and Tommy that:

Stand strong, soldier, for the Empire.

Ad Astra,



Wild, wild west said...

Sorry, Rudyard, and all the rest of you lot:

The Young British Space Soldier

When you're wounded and left out on Sedona's plains,
And the Martian women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Space ~ soldier ~of~ the Queen!

Dr. Swankenstein said...

Rule, Britannia! rule the space...

When Britain first, at Heaven's command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space:
"Britons never will be slaves."

The nations, not so blest as thee,
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space,
"Britons never will be slaves."

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful, from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space,
"Britons never will be slaves."

Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame:
All their attempts to bend thee down,
Will but arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space,
"Britons never will be slaves."

To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine:
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space,
"Britons never will be slaves."

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crowned,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.
"Rule, Britannia! rule the space,
"Britons never will be slaves."

Jim said...

Mars must have been terraformed since it appears no suit is needed.

LL said...

Have the British ever put a human being into orbit on a British spacecraft? Outside of a sci-fi film? What about the Canadians?

Ritchie said...

Shades of Red Dwarf!

Mike_C said...

Join up boys, and you might see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. Or watch C-beams glitter in the darkness by Tannhauser Gate.

seamus1962 said...

When I see the Union Jack I take notice in the same way as when I see the Stars and Stripes. It's in my blood (literally). Cool artwork!

LSP said...

Wild, you excel yourself! Well worth posting.

LSP said...

Swankenstein, I love that.

LSP said...

Right, that's what I was thinking, Jim.

LSP said...

LL, this timeline is not all timelines.

LSP said...

Whoa, Ritchie, yes!

LSP said...

Mike -- What. A. Film.

Like wow, it still captivates, at least for me.

LSP said...

Hey, Seamus, makes us want to stand up and salute, at least it does me.