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The Royal Family, the House of Windsor, in the news and on a horse
The story of Prince Andrew and the allegedly underage “sex slave” Virginia Roberts is back in the news.
The front pages are full of lurid allegations against the Duke of York, formerly known as Randy Andy.
The story can be summed up simply. The BBC does a decent job:
Buckingham Palace has denied “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by Prince Andrew, after he was named in US court papers. A woman named him in documents she filed in a Florida court over how prosecutors handled a case against financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The woman is 30-year-old Virginia Roberts. The story is not new.
She claims that between 1999 and 2002 she was forced by Epstein to have sex with the prince when she was a minor.
Avoiding Christmas Holiday Headaches
We have this idea that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it doesn’t take long for the Xmas shopping and TV ads to weigh you down. And then you have to preheat the oven and manage a hectic Christmas Kitchen – as well as your guests. Or even if you escape the cooking duties, someone needs to play referee and calm the obligatory family bust up.
Let’s face it, Christmas isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and just when you’re ready to sleep off the drinks and roast turkey it’s time to count down the new year. While 18 million UK adults worry about how they will fund Christmas as the cost of living and financial pressures increase. However the holiday season doesn’t have to be a headache if you follow these simple guidelines.
Avoid the queues
Christmas shopping is enough to drain the festive spirit out of anyone – before holiday season even begins. Not only do you have to buy the gifts themselves but you always face that awkward moment when someone hands you a present and you have nothing in return.
You may not be able to please everyone this Christmas, but you can save yourself some seasonal stress by hitting the shops early. There’s nothing worse than leaving it all the last minute and having to wrestle the queues on Christmas eve. Better yet, you can start early and get your gifts online to save those cold winter shopping trips altogether.
Gear up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
You can even save yourself a bundle if you get involved in the retail phenomenon called Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Borrowed from our friends in the States, these are the two biggest days on the shopping calendar. The concept is still fairly new over here, but you can bag yourself some early bargains on Friday 28 November and Monday 1 December.
Last year Amazon slashed prices on over 2,000 products and John Lewis took up to £200 off selected laptops and TVs. More UK retailers are getting involved in the action this year too – so be sure to make your Xmas budget go further with some holiday discounts.
Cut down the kitchen hours
When it comes to Christmas and Boxing Day nobody has it harder than the poor souls in the kitchen. But these days there’s no need to slave away over the festive season. Supermarkets offer up some stunning Christmas food to order – from Norfolk Black free range Turkey dishes to luxurious deserts.
You’ll be amazed by the quality of food available and – more importantly – it comes with less stress and more quality time to spend with the family. Of course you don’t have to give up on the kitchen entirely, but a helping hand means you can focus on enjoying your holidays.
Families can be a funny thing and it almost wouldn’t be Christmas without the odd argument. Full glasses and festive stress can be a toxic combination and there’s no hiding when the whole family gets together. Unresolved issues, different political views and previous holiday bust-ups can resurface in a flash. And we all have that one relative who specialises in upsetting everyone at the dinner table.
So try to sort out any running problems before the family meets up. Get in touch with any confrontational individuals early on and get them on board. Involve them in the build up and preparation on the day to make them feel a part of things. You never know, a peaceful day may become just as important to them as it is you – while they’ll have less time to top up on the Bucks Fizz.
Don’t forget to enjoy it!
The holiday season is supposed to be a joy for everyone – and that includes you! So don’t get so caught up in creating the perfect Christmas that you can’t enjoy it yourself. Plan ahead and get things moving early so you have plenty of time and no reason to panic. While it pays to pencil in some time to yourself so you can get away form it all – even if it’s just a quiet bath before everyone arrives.
Make a point of doing the things you want to do over the festive period as well – and don’t mind others if they don’t want join you. If you fancy a Christmas Day walk with the dog, go for it and welcome anyone who wants to join. Those who don’t can stay behind and everyone will have a better time for it. If everybody gets to do their thing over the holiday season and things are planned out carefully, there’s no reason you can’t make it through to the new year without the usual headaches. Except from the night before perhaps.
This week columnists have been earning their crust by talking about Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who was on a money-raising mission to New York:
Louise Mensch in the Sun:
KATE MIDDLETON has taken over New York City – and just like Diana with Charles before her, NOBODY is looking at Prince William. But pity our poor princess. Like many pregnant women, she’s being treated as public property and expected to smile coyly if all and sundry poke and grab her without permission.
Much-loved Kate was the subject of snooty headlines going “Oooh-la-la — Hoity-Toity Royal Protocol” because she didn’t LOVE it when a basketball star not only hugged her but then casually slid his hand down the small of her back and grabbed her waist.
As she wrapped gifts for charity in a Harlem pit-stop, some woman rudely tapped her on the shoulder and said: “Keep wrapping.”
What, had she stopped? Is she a naughty schoolgirl you have to keep in line?…
It isn’t fawning to treat another country’s dignitaries with respect, it’s an extension of our regard for their citizens.
That’s why we don’t say “Wotcha Bozza” to the President or “Hey Short Stuff, your girlfriend is mad as a box of frogs, no pun intended” when Francois Hollande meets David Cameron at a summit.
Sun readers hear you, Louise:
Sure, Delors was then President of the European Commission, but he was also foreign and used to make a point.
But mostly, the insistence that Kate is public property is rude and unacceptable beyond the fact that she is in line to be Queen one day. It’s rude because she’s a woman. LeBron, you may be big and famous but she just met you. Did she ASK you to grab her waist or run your hands down her back? You are a complete stranger.
Isn’t it funny how these full-body hugs and affection gestures never go towards the MEN in our royal family?
Princess Beatrice has been ‘HACKED”.
Not to death. Her phone calls have been recorded. This hacking has to do with her salary.
As the Mirror reports:
Hackers working for North Korea are thought to have been behind the security breach in revenge for a new film The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. It mocks the country’s leader Kim Jong-un.
A FIRST look at The Queen’s first tweet, with the BBC and @WolfgangDikface:
KATE Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. You might have heard. She gets morning sickness, which means she doesn’t fancy being on display as Prince William’s ‘brood mare’. But now she’s back! And it’s presented by the media as being a kind of magick:
Like the grinning Cheshire Cat, Kate Middleton “reappears” in the Times:
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 10:
The BBC has ” BREAKING NEWS”.
Shares in Dulux/brasso in Malta go through floor!
THE Express led with a photograph of Pricness Diana in the slot reserved for Harvey Nichol’s most famous resident and Madeleiene McCann. And the headline: “Hollywood film to claim Diana was murdered.”
James Murray has an “EXCLUSIVE”:
EXCLUSIVE: Hitchcock darling Tippi Hedren looking to back Princess Diana conspiracy film
Yes. The film has yet to be made. It’s yet to be funded. It’s non-filmed film that exists only as an idea.
HOLLYWOOD star Tippi Hedren is considering backing a film suggesting Princess Diana was murdered.
TUC leader Frances O’Grady was talking about the ficional TV show Downton Abbey and was about to mention the fictional book Bridehead Revisisted when the BBC interrupted her culture review for breaking news that Kate Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant.
Always good when the satire writes itself.
KATE Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her second child. The media reacts:
The spare is on its way. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby, it was announced today in a public statement that came close to repeating the drama of the news of her first pregnancy two years ago. Once more the Duchess is suffering from acute morning sickness – and once more the couple have been bounced into revealing the news earlier than they would have liked.
The 1995 Canada Referendum Hoax: Listen To The Queen Talking To A Radio DJ She Thought Was The Prime Minister
IN 1995, Canada was saved from destruction by the desperation of Canada’s prime minister, Jean Chrétien, and a sudden and passionate mobilisation of the “No” vote. The country voted. And Quebec would not leave Canada.
But it was close. The “No” campaign won, but only by a small margin — 50.6% to 49.4%.
Her Majesty The Queen had been worried, commenting, “It sounds as though the referendum may go the wrong way”. We know she said that because her telephone conversation with a radio DJ pretending to be Chrétien was broadcast to the nation.
THIS is a memo on British newspapers by American diplomat for King George VI’s 1939 visit to the US:
WHAT are we to make of the news that Prince Charles likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler? Charles didn’t make his views known in a public address. He was, as the BBC put it, “privately conversing” in Nova Scotia, Canada, where one day he hopes to be head of State. Charles told a woman whose relations were murdered in the Holocaust: “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.”
A senior Russian diplomatic source tells the Telegraph:
“We are seeking clarification [from the FCO] at a working level. It’s not clear if it is an official position. The response from Clarence House is it was a private talk. We hope there is nothing behind it. But it is unclear to us: what does it mean? He is the future king, after all… It is very serious. Every family in our country lost someone in that war.”
Over 20millions Russian died in World War 2.
HUZZAH! prince Harry Baseball Cap and Cressida Bonas (fnar) are back on. The Mail tells readers:
But after just three weeks apart, the pair have had a secret reunion and are now back in ‘constant touch’.
THE Sun says “CHEEKY restaurant staff cleaned up after a visit from Princes William and Harry — by flogging their dirty dishes.”
So. Plates and glasses touched by the princes’s honeyed lips at Memphis’ Rendevous eatery “started a bidding war to the 100-strong crowd outside.”
IN their wisdom, Titan have invited us to promote their gambling service with their infographic “5 Premier League players who wouldn’t do well in the Celebrity Big Brother Betting”. The writer of the article has, of course, got it utterly wrong. They’ve plumped for the five people you’d most like to see in the TV house, although we’d replace the charmless Diouf with John Terry.
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A BIG (helping) hand please for the fall guys…
A month of extreme weather and Winter Olympics has brought the downfall of members of the public…
PRINCE William has told the Guardian’s reporter (and others): “Why don’t you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?” Wills and Prince Harry have been moving sandbags in flood-hit Datchet, Berkshire.
The reporters said they would help. But Royal aides said they could not because of their ‘inappropriate clothing’.
FLASHBACK to August 5, 1953: Exiled Egyptian King Farouk strolls in the sun by the swimming pool at singer Gracie Fields’ restaurant, Canzone del Mare, on the Isle of Capri, Italy. King Farouk and his family spent time as guests of the British star. With Farouk is his wife, Queen Narriman, their young son, the new King Ahmed Faud II, and three daughters of Farouk from a previous marriage. (AP Photo)
CHERYL Cole has ago but role of “nation’s sweetheart”. But now thank to Max Clifford Solution, you can hark back to those halcyon days of Princess Diana and Jade Goody in “Together Forever” – features “two Princesses from opposite side of the track, joined forever in happiness in the hereafter.
“From the authentic matchplay-grade table tennis table, to the bats backed with genuine dimpled rubber, to the intricately sculpted angel wings, every details of this collectors’ heirloom figurine is designed to give you joy”