GREAT BRITAIN: Scrappy Birthday

In its enthusiasm and gratitude, Britain seemed ready last week to deify Sir Winston Churchill on the spot as he made his stately progress toward his 80th birthday. Birthday gifts poured into 10 Downing Street; his birthday fund passed $300,000 and was still rising. Debrett's editor rummaged through Churchill's female ancestry and announced happily that Churchill was of blood royal, through Henry VII, and therefore a descendant of Charlemagne, Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror. Parliament itself bustled over preparations for the unprecedented ceremony this week in the great hall...

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