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 on: Today at 01:39:16 AM 
Started by Aubiette - Last post by Celia
Yesterday one of the basic cable channels (in the US) played Grease all day.  Commercial breaks, sure, but unedited otherwise.  They would put a title card at the end of a break --dates, IMO, and "Hopelessly Devoted To You" on each card.  I got all teary. 

I watched the music video for Xanadu on Youtube the other day.  What a beautiful song!  Her voice just soared.

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 on: Today at 01:36:56 AM 
Started by bumbershoot - Last post by Emac0914
Countess of Cows, I use a mix of sharp NY cheddar, Parmesan and Jarlsburg (or a Swiss, if I donít have).  And I use a mix of Mayo and Miracle Whip (type of salad dressing), much to my husbandís chagrin - heís a Hellmanís Mayo guy, not even Dukeís works for him.  I try to duplicate tomato pie from Leeís Market in Murrellís Inlet, South Carolina but havenít duplicated their recipe.

We got a boatload of tomatoes but bugs got my cantaloupes, zucchini and summer squash.  We had 3 nice cantaloupe that we cut open to holes and big, grubby looking caterpillars!  I was so proud to get them so will have to further investigate handling my bug problem. Weíve also had some okra and salad greens but the heat affected so much. 

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 on: Today at 01:19:25 AM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
An English jester entertaining Spanish ladies during a visit by Prince Charles of England to Madrid, Spain in February 1623     
http://www.alamy.com/stoc...oto-a-visit-87359320.html

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 on: Today at 01:15:37 AM 
Started by Marie - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Louis, Duke of Burgundy (1682-1712) was the eldest son of Louis, Grand Dauphin.   
http://www.alamy.com/loui...gundy-image155017444.html

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 on: Today at 01:12:12 AM 
Started by bumbershoot - Last post by Countess of Cows
No one around here got a good garden, it was too hot, too soon. So I missed out on juicy garden tomatoes  Cry store boughts just aren't the same.   I sure am craving some good ole Tomato Pie!  Emac, do you use parmesan or cheddar? or both  Wink

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 on: Today at 12:46:38 AM 
Started by bumbershoot - Last post by Emac0914
Agree with everyone - this has been a terribly slow summer.  Even some photos would be better than nothing.  QEII jubilee is mostly over, Queen Margretheís will be fairly small in September.  All the major families are married off, babied out (except B & E) and many teenagers that probably donít want to be photographed with their parents.  Even the Belgian RF trip to Croatia didnít become a photo-op but good for them to have some privacy during a family vacation trip.

Agree on the long, hot, hot, humid, soupy and pretty dry summer (here in North Carolina).  I have a bumper crop of tomatoes so Iíve made tomato pies, eaten a ton of eggs/omelets with cherry and grape tomatoes.  Love the fresh corn, tomato, avocado thought for a salad (or tacos, burritos).  Am currently slow-cooking a huge pot of pasta sauce - had like 8-9 huge German Johnson (beefsteak) tomatoes ripe, very juicy!! 

Everyone stay cool 😎, hope for an cooler, early fall with some rain and some ROYAL NEWS and photos!

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 on: Today at 12:41:57 AM 
Started by Maria - Last post by luvcharles
The only family that normally attend are Charles and Anne (along with The Queen and Philip). As school will be back by the first weekend in September the younger royals will be south for their kids, as will Edward and Sophie due to James being back at school and them all being day students. Most of the royals only spend a few days to a week in Scotland, other than Charles and Camilla and Anne and Tim.

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 on: Today at 12:01:53 AM 
Started by PeDe - Last post by PeDe
Whilst I love Marge's subtle shade by not lending Mares any tiaras (I wouldn't lend her a dime after she "upcycled" the Ruby tiara) it does feel a bit weird that the future Queen consort is having to buy her own jewellery. I admire Mary's initiative for buying her own stuff, but does the DRF have a shortage of jewels in the way the Belgian royal family do, or is Marge just stingy?

A little of both. Denmark doesn't have the biggest collection of crown jewels, and what they do have can only be worn by the Queen. So for example, the Pearl poire is part of this collection and can't be loaned. As said above, two of the most significant (and beautiful) tiaras, most significantly the Khedive, were left to A-M and Bene by Queen Ingrid, so left Denmark. And of course, the Alexandrine was given to Alex as a wedding gift. I personally think this should have been returned when they divorced (if I had heirloom jewellery from my ex-husband's family I couldn't keep it).

Outside those, Marge has really only 3 personal tiaras (if you don't count the awful Naasut or Poppies), and two of them are quite small (especially the turquoise bandeau). Marge has also lent tiaras to her nieces at times - maybe she has offered the smaller ones to Mary, and she has declined?

I think they felt, with Mary having the use of the rubies, plus her wedding tiara, that would be enough. The spinel brings her total to 3 (since the midnight is not hers, but can be loaned when requested). I am surprised she went with the spinel, since she already has the rubies - an aqua or sapphire would have been a better option IMO.

It will be interesting to see what happens when Marge dies, if she will leave her personal property to the Danish Royal Property Trust. There really isn't much need for Athena to have a tiara, unless something new is bought for her? Maybe she will inherit the turquoise? Izzy could get the baden palmette, and Josie the spiky wedding tiara.

I am also not of the camp that says Mary "ruined" the ruby tiara. It has been through a number of changes throughout it's life, with every owner putting their personal spin on it. I would like to see what she does with the floral aigrette, if it ends up with her.

Iím not sure why Marie got such a nice tiara ... even as a loan ... and Mary got the cheap 3rd rate dinkie one. Yes the rubies but they were not a wedding thing. Iíd be embarrassed to wear that.... and not a good look for the royals to think that was ok ... Alexandra had a beautiful delicate tiara and wife 2 a more substantial one which apparently will be hers permanently....


Mary got a dinky tiara on her wedding day bought at an auction house because she and Fred behaved like idiots up to the wedding, and even afterwards. Because of Daisy's experience with losing a historic piece after Alexandra's divorce and Mary's behaviour, she didn't want to see another family heirloom go.

With Marie, Daisy had a different feeling and therefore deservedly so, bequeathed the Dagmar Floral tiara to her.


Surely if lessons were learned, Mary would have been loaned something more fitting for her status as the wife of the Crown Prince, on the clear understanding that it was not hers and would remain in the family? As far as I understand it, everyone adored Alexandra at the beginning, and look how that turned out, so regardless of attitudes to Mary and Marie as people, a new ďregimeĒ, for want of a better expression, of bestowing tiaras should have been introduced, regardless of the personalities involved.


Bolded: that's right, that's exactly what happened > The Ruby Parure. The parure doesn't belong to Yrma, but to Fred. Queen Ingrid bestowed the whole parure to Fred to be used by his wife, the crown princess. Princess Ingrid of Sweden received the parure from Queen Alexandrine as a wedding gift when she married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, making her a crown princess. Following that tradition, Yrma should give it to Christin upon his marriage, so his wife (the future crown princess) can use it.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:25:46 PM 
Started by CountessMeOut - Last post by fairy
My father in law too and my grandfather as well. Both had a firstname that run in the family and a middle name that was more personal to them. Both my grandfathers have always gone by their nicknames - to the point that on my paternal grandfather's death notice from the war department only the nickname Billy was stated not the correct "William". When I once pointed that out to my Granny, she was surprised at my question: "Why? He has always been Billy to everybody".
And my Dad's twin's official name was simply Bill.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:16:53 PM 
Started by bitterblueheart1 - Last post by fairy
Not enough info yet. Just started the second season... However my daughter called bassoonist pretty early on....so either she read it somewhere or she is good at guessing... Angel

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