I know two people whose first name is Engelbert – well, one I really know and the other I know from TV. One is a former colleague from my time in the army, and although he is nearly seven feet tall, his name is not so heroic.
Engelbert is more suitable for a singer: to be precise, Engelbert Humperdinck, born 1936, but not for a secret agent: ‘Humperdinck... Engelbert Humperdinck’.
Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Well, if only Italy would enter Giuseppe Verdi in the Song Contest, with some instrument – a guitar, perhaps.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a metaphor for the relationship between the UK and Europe; if it weren’t, they would have sent Birdy.
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