Then came along two Prince William stories; the first his semi-secret visit to Ireland yesterday, Shrove Tuesday (the beginning of the "Easter Resurrection " season); the second an announcement that he is to visit both New Zealand and Oz to see the disaster zones of Christchurch and Queensland respectively.
Meanwhile, a third story reported that over in California, a marine disaster has occurred: millions of sardines, anchovies and mackerel washed up dead at King Harbor Marina, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles.
Now, Morrissey released a cover version of a track, Redondo Beach, on a double A side along with "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" in 2005 - the latter being originally featuring on the Smith's album, The Queen is Dead. From the link above re this particular song:
Here, on the only Smiths single released exclusively to France, we have two people on a romantic date, at night, in the city, driving in a car. They fantasize about getting killed together in a car crash and mention is made of being gripped by fear in an underpass. The song concludes with Morrissey repeating that “there is a light that never goes out”.
Ten years later, we have Princess Diana with Mr. Dodi Fayed in France: two people on a romantic date, at night, in the city, driving in a car. They actually do get killed together in a car crash and the fearful event does occur in an underpass. It happens to be the underpass that goes directly beneath the Flame of Liberty, “a light that never goes out”.
So, we have the Prince out and about in Ireland for Lent and an announcement he is to visit disaster-zones Christchurch and Queensland, whilst a sardine disaster occurs in King's Harbour, Los Angeles, on a beach which gives title to a song which Morrissey covered as a double AA side with "There is a Light which never goes out".
Someone else who's light never extinguishes is St. Lucy, a Christian martyr who's name is derived from lux, lucis, "light" (wiki) . Her "Day" is the 13th of December, once thought to be the shortest day of the year and hence celebrated as a "lightbringing" event. The original version of Redondo Beach was by Patti Smith (nothing to do with The Smiths), and released on her album, Horses, on December 13th 1975.
At the back of my mind is this terrible thought that come 21/12/2012 and the end of the age of Pisces (the fishes), light loving Lucifer (Prince William) will appear on TV, reassuring people that the giant alien craft which hovers above the Earth is benevolent. Humans are soon gathered up to it by an unknown force, where upon extra-terrestrials grab, butcher, and deep fry them. Once they have cooled they are squashed together in tins and oil added. Within a couple of alien months (2000 of our years), they will be on a supermarket shelf, somewhere in another solar system.