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Archive for August, 2007

Okay, now I’m going to go and climb on the roof yet again!

Posted by Marilyn on August 31, 2007

I haven’t even recovered from yesterday and now I find out about this!

Thanks to Cinderella for letting me know about this article.

I also just found out that the CNN website has included this site and Marilyn’s Royal Blog in their list of links to one of their articles. Scroll down and look under Blogs.

I don’t know whether it’s anything to brag about but it’s cool to me!

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One of the most awesome things I’ve seen today..

Posted by Marilyn on August 30, 2007

I can’t believe this! So cool!!

My article The sad day Camilla pandered to you, is on USA today’s website.

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Why I enjoy royal anniversaries

Posted by Marilyn on August 30, 2007

This year will mark two significant royal anniversaries – the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. While both anniversaries are somewhat at the end of each spectrum, I will still mark these events in the way I traditionally commemorate them.

Buying books.

Some people deal with their grief in different ways, for me it’s buying books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad that Diana died and all, but when a book comes out – and this year promises to be a windfall of books and magazine covers – I feel totally compelled to add them to my collection. I prefer weddings and births but wedding anniversaries and deaths bring out the collector in me.

Last year, on July 29th, in what would have been the 25th wedding anniversary of Charles and Diana had things not gone so horribly wrong, I was disappointed, if only for reminding me just how many books could have been written about it. It really was unfortunate. That and the end of the fairytale too.

There will be several books coming out, After Diana by Christofer Andersen, The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown, to name a few. Probably less significant to the media will be the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip in November . I love royal weddings so I just had to buy the souvenir book – Five Gold Rings. Hopefully there will be more than just stamps and a coin to mark the occasion, but somehow I doubt it.

I’ll be honest, I will miss all of the coverage surrounding the 10th anniversary; no more magazine covers (for a while), probably less books written. In other words, less to collect.

On the bright side, all of these books will probably be in the bargin bin soon, so it’s not a complete loss.

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If this wasn’t so sad, I would laugh

Posted by Marilyn on August 28, 2007

As mentioned, Camilla has backed out of attending the Diana memorial service. Shunned it. Forced to back-out. Wisely recognized the mood of the public. Fill in whatever negative reason you want to make regarding Camilla in this situation.

But this article from the Daily Express just takes the cake, with Prince Charles accused of “hijacking” of the ceremony – making Camilla the focus of what was supposed to be a celebration of  Diana’s life.” That all the furor is about Charles bid to make Camilla his Queen. In this event, Charles has shown a ‘lack of judgement’ and questions have been raised regarding his ‘suitability as a future king.’

So what else is new?

Yes, the media has started to shift the blame. Raised the red herring of Charles’ suitability to become king. That old chestnut never gets tired, does it?

Here’s an article from the Telegraph with a complaint about the timing of the service, that “They should have done this six months after her death, not 10 years later.” Everyone has an opinion and a complaint, don’t they?

I hope that wherever Diana is right now. She’s laughing.

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Why use the word ‘shun?’

Posted by Marilyn on August 27, 2007

CNN has just reported that Camilla has decided not to attend the Diana memorial on Friday. The front page of CNN calls this article ‘Camilla shuns the Diana memorial’, but yet the actual article is called ‘Camilla to stay away from Diana memorial’.

I don’t understand the use of the word ‘shun’. Why not simply state that she has decided not to attend? Shun makes it sound negative, like she’s slighting Diana and her memory. It makes it sound cowardly.

Camilla can’t win either way, can she?

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