Ruse is a ruse is a ruse is a ruse. When you cannot celebrate the lives of the dead, some will look for alternatives. Shindig and shenanigans. That popular tome of this time ‘The Artifice of Wine and Cheese’ with its teasing narrative lines. Post-Brexit: a sovereignty of sham regret is delivered when standing before the Union Jack. Fast-tracking Very Important Parties. A soirée at the heart of this rhythm / a sorrow at the beat of its deceit. The Royal Parden me, Parden me. They say a cartoon pig danced with a scarecrow all night.