The Royal Chronicles

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Archive for January, 2007

Where did Marilyn’s Royal Forum go?

Posted by Marilyn on January 22, 2007

Marilyn’s Royal Forum seems to have disappeared. I guess a lack of visitors, myself included will do that. Just thought I’d pass on the sad news. Unless you already did so while visiting, let us take a moment to mourn the loss.

One question – where will the spammers go now?

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Royal Sweden

Posted by Marilyn on January 15, 2007

Previously I wrote a post called What happened to Swedish Royalty Insight.

Today I received an answer and I’m quite happy to share the new link¬† for this site

Royal Sweden

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Re: Marilyn’s Royal…”I’ll be there in a moment”

Posted by Marilyn on January 12, 2007

He’s a brutal and unsympathetic taskmaster.

Sometimes I can’t even get a cup of coffee..forget even going to the bathroom…”I’ll be there in a moment”

He’s taking a nap so I’m free to postfor now…”You don’t have to be so loud…sheesh..”

He’s one month old. And I’m powerless to his demands..

Duty will call shortly, but I thought I would take this time to talk about Marilyn’s Royal Blog and the lack of new posts. As I’ve mentioned in my post Ruler of rulers, it’s hard to type with a newborn in one hand and a bottle in the other. Add to that restraining an active and jealous toddler and I’ve become adept at typing with my feet. If you’re a regular visitor to that blog or even this one, I thank you for visiting and I hope that you’ll bear with me while I adapt to the lack of sleep.

I’m working on more articles, many of which I began shortly before my son was born. Those were the days…

The point is, I’m still around and I’ll be back.

“Okay, okay…” *sigh*

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Spam – Is it the thought that counts?

Posted by Marilyn on January 9, 2007

I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned this or not, but I have my own forum called Marilyn’s Royal Forum. I started this in July with the hopes that it would be a stimulating, intellectual and profound place to discuss royalty. Unfortunately I didn’t realize the amount of work (and no doubt publicity) that needs to go into something like Marilyn’s Royal Forum, in order for it to gain momentum. I have watched dismally at the lack of visitors to Marilyn’s Royal Forum but yet, despite my lack of effort to publicize my forum, I’ve been heartened by the new members which seems to grow daily – at the moment it’s at number 74. Yet, imagine my disappointment that these new members have not participated in any meaningful way.

However, all is not lost as these members have provided links to a variety of services. Ergo, I would like to take this moment to say how deeply touched I am by their concern for my medical, travel, cell phone, financial, accessories, and entertainment needs. I would pass along these links to the greater forum community except that I’ve decided to be selfish and keep them to myself. I don’t like waiting in line, why should other people get first dibs on these services? I do believe that it’s better to give than to receive, however the “oh no, you shouldn’t have” posts I might receive in return would just depress me in the long run. So much so, that I might actually have to use some of the links I’ve been given. But where to begin? There’s just so much choice! Which would depress me all the more. Maybe a video would help me forget how depressed I would be. But yet, once again, so much choice!

In order to avoid this dilemma, I would like to take this moment to give some tips to those who keep sending me all of this “help”.

1) Although I’m not under a doctor’s care at the moment, should I require help in this area, I’m sure I could find someone qualified to help me.

2) The selection of videos is truly astounding yet I’m more into the classics such as The Wizard of Oz and the Sound of Music. I do also like action adventure (you know, movies where things get blown up) and people do unrealistic stunts and drive really fast. Yet, I’m open to suggestions of course, it’s good to try new things but it’s..ummm… just not ME – do you know what I mean? However, I don’t hold it against anyone who does decide to entertain themselves this way. As the song goes, “whatever gets you through the night”.

3) I’m really not into accessories, especially not knock-off stuff. I’m sure the people from What Not to Wear would have a field day with me. If I’ve learned anything from that show is it’s best to go for good quality stuff and mini skirts after 35 are just wrong. Not to hurt anyones feelings but once again, it’s…ummm…just not ME.

4) I already have a cell phone and I’m perfectly happy with it. All that fancy add-on stuff like internet, photo taking, and fancy ring tones is just not for me. I can’t even stand it on other peoples phones. If I hear “Baby hit me one more time”…..

5) So many tempting sites for my financial and travel needs. They just look so trustworthy, why would anyone go with a reputable banking institution or travel agent? it just seems too good to be true. Maybe you can believe everything you read on the internet!

So, just to recap, I do appreciate your concern but I’ve got things covered in these areas. However, do feel free to participate in Marilyn’s Royal Forum.

© Marilyn Braun 2007

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India Hicks – more than just a bridesmaid

Posted by Marilyn on January 4, 2007

The daughter of Lady Pamela Hicks and granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten, India Hicks is probably best known to royal watchers as a bridesmaid at the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana.

Since then she has modelled, written books, decorated homes, and invested in the hotel business. Now she has come out with a line of beauty products through Crabtree and Evelyn called the Island Living collection.

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