Monday, 9 April 2012
Eats, shoots, and leaves
Today, Easter Monday, 9/4, saw a spattering of Royal related stories.
First up Prince William, two stories about him. A giant piece of liquorice has been made by manufacturers Panda, slightly early, to commemorate his forthcoming 30th birthday on the sun drenched solstice. The other regards his skiing trip with the in-laws, apparently a belated Valentines gift given his recent military service in Argentina. Both of these dubiously connect to Scotland; given all the fuss last week about the Edinburgh Zoo pandas and their unsuccessful 2 day long mating event, plus Glasgow Rangers (Billy Boys/William of Orange) and their descent into administration on Valentines Day - the ramifications of which should be finalised early this week allowing a phoenix club to rise from the debt-strewn ashes.
The Queen also starred today, alongside Camilla, the latter being appointed a Dame Grand Cross by the former, in recognition of her many royal engagements at home and abroad over the last 7 years.
Last up is Prince Harry who apparently spent his Easter in Romania with Transylvanian Count, Tibor Kalnoky. The mail-online takes the opportunity to remind us that "it has been claimed that Britain’s Royal Family can be traced to Vlad the Impaler, the real-life ruler who inspired Transylvania’s Count Dracula vampire legend", although it does not say who made the claim. The further reading box to the right contains a text, From Transylvania to Tunbridge Wells, in which the author claims, amongst many other things, that the whole mythos of the vampire stems from the consumption of menstrual blood in order to gain "second sight". (There's allsorts in there). Which I suppose, scarily, takes us back to the Edinburgh Zoo pandas in a round-about sort of way.
BBC- Queen/Camilla story.
Mail on line - Harry story.
Mail on line - Pandas fail to mate.