It was once reported that when the German poet Goethe and Beethoven were walking along the streets of Vienna, Goethe suggested to Beethoven they should stand aside to allow an approaching member the of the Austrian royal family to pass. 

Beethoven is said to have replied “Let them stand aside – there are hundreds of them and two of us”.

I just wonder what Beethoven would think today of all the public adulation for Prince Harry (private wealth $40m) or Meghan Markle ($5m).

I shall certainly be hoping to watch the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 19.

Gordon Cann
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