Making an evening G&T in the kitchen of Stately Prick Manor last night, young Nick With a Fork wanders in and starts examining the bottle of Bombay Sapphire on the counter.
“Dad, this doesn’t make any sense. It says on the back that they make this from a 1761 recipe , but Queen Victoria’s on the front. Wasn’t George king back then?”
Indeed, son, and well spotted. It was George III, in fact, but who’s counting? In a day and age when everyone is worried alcohol companies are sneakily marketing their wares to children, it’s nice to have a kid who sees through the booze lobby’s lies.
And in case anyone is concerned the boy might be learning about such reactionary tosh as kings and queens in school rather than important topics like colonial dispossession and climate change, don’t worry. He picked it up off the excellent Horrible Histories.