Liz was up late last night hosting a State Banquet for Indonesia's visiting President Susilo Bambang which consisted of a slap up Halal Dinner.
Now, why the likes of Muslim Kings, Queen's, Presidents etc prefer a Halal meal down at the Palace rather than an all expenses Halal meal at Chicken Cottage in Southall with LM escapes me but hang on a second what is Bambang drinking?
Initially, when LM read this report my mouth watered with mention of sumptuous food which is slightly out of my price range as LM's pallet and taste buds mostly consist of a halal Zinger Burger and chips for £1.99. However, on closer inspection it appears that while the meal was Halal, sadly French Wine was being served for a President of the largest Muslim country in the world. In addition, music was part of the entertainment. Now, LM as you all know is no scholar but when I last checked music and alcohol are generally considered to be Haram for Muslims so do please enlighten me about why the evening seemed to have the hallmarks of Greek Phil's approach to cultural sensitivity.
What did make LM cringe was the gracious present Liz gave to Bambang, apparently a framed photograph. When Muslim Head's of States from the Middle East visit its so amusing to see them bringing diamonds and Jewell's as presents while in Austerity Britain, Liz hands them a photograph from Snappy Snaps. However, the best part of the evening has to be Bambang's speech which caused LM no end of laughter as in Indonesian he hilariously praised Liz "as an inspiration for perseverance", which has to be the best description of clapped out royalty LM has heard in a long time.
Next in town is the Emir of Kuwait who after he locks up more opposition activists like Musallam Al Barrak simply calling for democracy then has the charm and grace to teargas Kuwaitis calling for his release arrives in London in late November. Apart from more sumptuous food, alcohol & music somehow the rather cynical LM reckons arms deals for tyrants may also be on the Menu down at the Palace in November along with an invite for the Emir of Kuwait's favourite former British PM.