Hey, this is a birthday and reminiscence thread, can we have some war stories from the old timers? As a newbie I sometimes wonder what it must have been like in the wild, wild west of RD history
There were some crazy folk on Royal Blue! We had a pair of kindergarten teacher twins in Canada, who moderated with extreme fury, as did Toni, and Lady L.
We had Linda H, responsible for our obsession with Happy Clappy Banana Thinggies
There was a bizarre Norwegian member who invented an entire life including several sets of stillborn twins - after much sympathy from the board, none of which turned out to be true.
Here on RD we had the genius of Cece, and of Patricia B whose wicked gifs etc are still sadly missed.
And who could overlook all the sleuthing? Who would have thought that a Crown Princess would have invited a convicted child rapist relative to her wedding? John Cockburn - yep! Her cousin by marriage.
And the endless Amber sagas: bitchslapped in a pub - ran away with a bikie when his baby was a few weeks old - was photographed with her arms around Rodney Monk who was shot dead over a drug deal a few months later. Amber was the gift that kept on giving.
The photo sleuthing has been incredible. All those members with photographic memories for fashion, and can spot and remember when Mary has recycled an outfit. Speaking of outfits: the revelations that Mary sells her old clothes through Haberdash - gold!
My favourite photos: Max's disbelief when Mary overcame Fred at the gala table and planted a kiss on his mouth, at which he went "whaaaaa"? to Max straight after; the presque-zizi through the red silk ballgown; Madame with her hand over Christian's mouth at Hobart airport; the endless bunion candids; wearing f***-me shoes for Mr B's benefit in a refugee camp among modestly dressed women; stroking her neck when gazing at Mr B; stroking her stomach when gazing at Mr B .... Mary's fake cutesie-poo waves at the opera ...
And Cece's photo of "Crown Princess Katya"!
It has been great being among the Bannedshees for all this time! We've warded off concerted Sugar attacks many times.
Highlight expressions that entered our lexicon:
"Presque-zizi" - from Cece!
"The Dumbling" Frederick
the "Freckled Gargoyles" - Mary's nieces and nephews
And Mary's dad's moniker: Papa "Half-Mast" Sluurrrpson - based on his undone fly at some do or other, and his habit of turning up uninvited to events (such as a society funeral) and being carefully shepherded away from Margarethe by her friends, and being spotted carrying a carton of Henrik's wines to load into his car at Cayx ....
Here's to a fantastic 10 years with some sorrow and some losses.
I may post more as things come to mind!
Love Youse All!