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Old letter to Queen E.

So, I thought about my historic letter to the English Queen. Thought I’d post it again… I also still have the decline-letter I received back from Buckingham Palace. The nicest decline-letter I ever got.

Thursday, November 8, 2008

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

Your Royal Highness,

I would be honored if you would take a moment of your valuable time to read the story of a young traveller in England.

I try to be a good and patriotic citizen of The Netherlands, where sometimes I have the liberty of travelling to other countries.
Last June, on the 14th, I decided to travel to London, England.

I arrived early saturday morning at one of London’s lovely airports, named Stansted, where I rented a car from AVIS car rentals.
Despite the malfunctioning GPS system AVIS rented to me, I found my way into the centre of London perfectly. 

I parked my car near the Dolphin hotel where I decided to stay and walked into the hotel to get change for the parking metre.
I must not have been away from the car for longer than 5 minutes.
When I arrived back at my car with the change for the parking metre I saw a penalty charge notice for 40 POUNDS on my front window.
I did not find that fair. I was away for only 5 minutes.

I talked to a Civil Enforcement Officer walking around in the area. He said I could sort everything out and all would be fine.
He told me to call the City of Westminster. So, I called the City of Westminster.
The nice lady on the telephone said I should write the City of Westminster. I wrote the City of Westminster the following wednesday. They wrote me back saying they would process my dispute.

I never heard from them again.

Not more than a month later AVIS debits my credit card 109,38 POUNDS. They write me the following:
“Please be kindly informed that we have paid this charge on your behalf and it has been added to your rental costs as per
our terms and conditions of rental, Clauses 6(d) and 2(f). We have debited your account accordingly.”

I call AVIS right away. They cannot help me with my problem.

AVIS tells me I have to go to the City Of Westminster. I write the City of Westminster.
They write me back weeks later:
“I have rejected your challenge because you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle.”

Fine. I go to you, the Queen. You must have some kind of control over these people. Can you get me my money back?

To this end, and if you can not get me my money back, I would like to volunteer for a title of some sort. Nothing dramatic like a baron or duke, but a nice knighthood would suit me just fine!

If you feel I am worthy, just send the appropriate paperwork or whatever (I’m not really sure how this works).

I would love to sign this letter “Your humble subject,” but until my titles arrive “sincerely” will have to do.


Luke C.J. Kiers

Happy Day

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
The Bible : 1 Corinthians 13:4

The Lessons We Learn From Geese

Fact 1:
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Fact 2:
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Fact 3:
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
Fact 4:
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
Fact 5:
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.