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Archive for August, 2008

The Royal Report for Sunday August 31st, 2008: Diana – Have we finally moved on?

Posted by Marilyn on August 31, 2008

On this episode I discussed the 11th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and whether people have finally moved on.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Books mentioned:

The People’s Princess by Larry King
Diana by Sarah Bradford
The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown

Websites mentioned:

The World of Royalty Message Board

There will be no Royal Report on Sunday September 7th. The show will return on Sunday September 14th, 2008. Topic TBD.

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The Royal Report: A review of the worst Official Royal Websites

Posted by Marilyn on August 23, 2008

On this episode I reviewed what I consider to be the worst official royal websites for Monaco, Belgium and Japan.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Good sites mentioned:

The Royal Representative
Forbes: The World’s Richest Royals

Links for the worst sites:

Prince’s Palace of Monaco
Official site for the Belgian Monarchy
The Imperial Household Agency Homepage

The next episode of The Royal Report will be on Sunday August 31st, 2008 9:00PM EST (North America)

The topic will be: This year will mark the 11th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Have we finally moved on?

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The Royal Report: A Review of the Official Scandinavian Royal Websites

Posted by Marilyn on August 17, 2008

On this episode I review the Official Sites for the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish monarchies. Included is a review of the official site for the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark.

You can listen to the show here.

Books mentioned in this podcast:

Queen Victoria A Biography in Word and Picture by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim

Anne & Mark: Photographs by Srdja Djukanovic Text by Judith Campbell

Splendour at Court: Dressing for Royal Occasions since 1700 by Nigel Arch and Joanna Marschner

Tune in to The Royal Report on Sunday August 24th, 2008 9:00PM EST.

The topic will be a review of the Official Royal Websites that I loathe.

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The Royal Report turns One!!

Posted by Marilyn on August 6, 2008

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How hard can it be?

Posted by Marilyn on August 4, 2008

I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote a personal post on this blog but I don’t feel that I have anywhere else to vent about this, so here is my venting.

I’ve wanted to redesign Marilyn’s Royal Blog for a long time. The templates on Blogger are horrible. WP is better but they don’t allow ads or the ability to customize the blog. When I started MRB I didn’t think beyond just writing, I didn’t think of the way the blog looked. Now I almost can’t stand it.

I’ve been trying to find people to design custom blogs. I know what I want but geez, the prices are high. I don’t want to insult anyone’s qualifications, especially if someone is good at what they do, but how hard is it to find someone who can do a reasonable job for less than $500? Even less than $400 would be good.

True, you get what you pay for but I just find this tremendously frustrating. I’d love to do this myself but I can’t, I don’t have the technical expertise. Why is it that the features available in WP (like pages) are so expensive to do in Blogger? I don’t understand this at all.

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