The film glosses over the bigotry Mercury faced as a queer man with HIV.
In the film, the real tensions of gay life in the 1980s – from government apathy towards the AIDS crisis, to rampant anti-gay prejudice – don't get their due.
Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, came from a family of Zoroastrians.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Queen has been central to the achievements of the Commonwealth. Her son can do the same, if he stops being quite so petulant about it.
Australia’s Constitution vests executive power in the Queen and says that that power is exercised ‘on her behalf’ by the governor-general.
Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
Taking physick – or – the news of shooting the King of Sweden!, by James Gillray (died 1815), published 1792.
British society takes monarchy far more seriously than they did two centuries ago. Far too seriously.
63 not out.
The Queen has now been on the throne for 63 years and 217 days. As the embodiment of Britain, it has been certainly been a role that's out of the ordinary.
The popularity of the Queen and the Royal Family mean the republic movement is going nowhere fast.
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