All looking forward to the Royal Wedding

Mar 16th, 2011, 08:21 AM
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OK, I'll admit it. I'm looking forward to it.
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Mar 16th, 2011, 08:40 AM
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>.YOu could still have sundry things like the Changing of the Guard - B Palace guards, etc and the royal trappings without actually having them officially be royals (i e the Head of State)<<

Exactly. So why make such a song and dance about the fact that we do? It simply doesn't matter that much, one way or the other - the point is, it's not about them - we know that, they know that.
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Mar 16th, 2011, 08:53 AM
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Patrick- I could care less if you do it but to give as a reason that it draws American tourists is to me, as an American tourist, belittling

You all do it because you like it - the tradition that harks back to when England was really a great country, etc. Fine

But when some say the reason or a big reason is to draw American tourists that even cheapens the monarchy and royals as a circus side show IMO.

My only point this time here is that I think the drawing American tourists thing is lame - we'd still come even if the royals were not officially royal.
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Mar 16th, 2011, 09:53 AM
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"the tradition that harks back to when England was really a great country,"

Flipping heck....when was that?
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Mar 16th, 2011, 11:23 AM
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"Patrick- I could care less if you do it but to give as a reason that it draws American tourists is to me, as an American tourist, belittling"

When I traveled to the US regularly (worked for IBM), as soon as an American eventually worked out that I was English and not Australian, the first questions they asked were ALWAYS about the Royal Family, so much so that I firmly believe they are obsessed about it. As for the other questions that I was often asked, it's probably not a good idea to mention them only to say that it often involved fog, Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and rain!!
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Mar 16th, 2011, 12:57 PM
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As an American, I can say some folks in the US are interested, others could care less. Even though I indicated I am looking forward to the wedding, at the moment, I think more of us are focused on what is happening in Japan.
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Mar 16th, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Being interested and going there mainly because they have royals are two different things.
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Mar 16th, 2011, 01:26 PM
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How many people living in the London area plan to be out of town during next year's Olympics?
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Mar 16th, 2011, 02:26 PM
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Americans obsessed about the Royals? That's nuts. We may have an interest, but obsession is reserved for important things like the Super Bowl, Opening Day, and March Madness (unrelated to King George III).

Obsessing over the Royals would be as daft as living and dying with every match of an obscure minor football team. [http://brookmyre.co.uk/].
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Mar 16th, 2011, 03:19 PM
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"Obsessing over the Royals would be as daft as living and dying with every match of an obscure minor football team. [http://brookmyre.co.uk/]."

???????
Don't get me started on football.
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Mar 17th, 2011, 02:51 AM
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Sorry PQ and BigRuss, but I doubt very much if any UK TV station is doing anything like what'sdescribed in this article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...-austen-dating
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Mar 17th, 2011, 03:16 AM
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Quote PalenQ: "I could care less if you do it..."

Quote KTtravel: "As an American, I can say some folks in the US are interested, others could care less."

Presumably those that are interested are also the very same ones who "could care less"; since logically there are others who couldn't care less who aren't interested at all. I thought that included PalenQ but apparently not - he apparently could care less but doesn't, so therefore, by deduction, maintains a level of interest.

Honestly people, will you please stop mangling this idiom! I find myself caring a great deal more about your illogical phraseology than I do about the bleedin' carnival and hoopla planned for April, of which I could not care less!
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Mar 17th, 2011, 04:40 AM
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...."the tradition that harks back to when England was really a great country,"....

At the time of King Arthur?
BTW, are those mugs actually on sale.
They'd be collectors' items.

Dr. I haven't go no interest in my myself.
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Mar 17th, 2011, 04:56 AM
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Whoops!
That should really read
"I haven't got no interest in it me myself personally"
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Mar 17th, 2011, 05:13 AM
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if it brings in the money for London, then that's a plus. Personally, I'm not really interested, which is odd because my sis and I woke up at 4:30am to watch Chuck and Di's wedding. Though I was a ten-year old romantic then and more interested in the pomp and circumstance than the main characters.

I'll probably read about it but that's about it, though i have American friends who are coming over especially for the wedding!!

But does this mean the news will carry endless stories about Kate's clothing, dress style and ad nausea stories about how a mere commoner became a princess?! cough**BBC**cough.
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Mar 17th, 2011, 05:38 AM
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I haven't noticed many, in fact precisely two short segments about their first public events together. But the programmes that might make more fuss about it aren't the news programmes that I'd normally watch anyway (and not breakfast or daytime fluffyshow TV, either).
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Mar 17th, 2011, 06:36 AM
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Wow, what a bunch of cynics!

I'm looking forward to watching. I think the world needs something happy to celebrate right now.

And William and Kate are a very attractive young couple who I believe have a sense of social consciousness. They seem to be trying to keep it as low key as possible - as much as the palace will allow - and they have requested that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to a number of charities.

I probably wouldn't go to England to see it, but I'll be watching in my living room. And I wish them well.
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Mar 17th, 2011, 06:38 AM
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"does this mean the news will carry endless stories about Kate's clothing, "

No. The BBC news - the 10pm version for grownups and the earlier versions for the feebler-minded - generally shares Patrick's and Chris Patten's (the chairman of the BBC Trust, who recently boasted he last watched Eastenders the same time he last ate a McD Grottburger) priorities.

It's that there Sky you've got to watch (or rather got to avoid). Not because the Dirty Digger's got better insight into what Brits want to watch. Rather, as its pathetic audiences demonstrate, much worse insight, but he lives too far away to notice
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Mar 17th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Dr. Do, regarding the expression I used above, the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms states: "This expression originated about 1940 in Britain and for a time invariably used couldn’t. About 1960 could was occasionally substituted, and today both versions are used with approximately equal frequency, despite their being antonyms."
The Oxford Dictionary also recognizes the phrase as being written either way.
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Mar 17th, 2011, 07:43 AM
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Perhaps it's just the Breakfast programme that seems to be dumbing down into GMTV levels. Though Carole the weather lady isn't too bad.


As for the day off, is that only for public sector workers or do private companies outside London give it off as well? Guess this will be a dry run for the Olympics.
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