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  1. The Queen is really going to miss him, among the continuing problems with Harry and Andrew. As she said years ago, he's been her strength and stay for decades. We've been fortunate to have him there to give her so much support. Looks as though he's going to have a very scaled-back funeral. https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-grants/news/item/187-hrh-the-duke-of-edinburgh On another note, this article confirms that Prince Philip's titles have been inherited by the Prince of Wales. When Charles becomes king and the titles revert to the crown, they'll be a
  2. Interesting long interview with Zenaida Yanowsky.
  3. Melody

    Erdem fashion

    Not that fashion is my thing, but why base a collection on ballet and put the models on platforms that look more like what you'd see on Japanese oiran? That sort of heavy footwear is the antithesis of what you'd expect from ballet. Some lovely outfits apart from that, though. Glad to see the taller dancers coming into their own! BTW, I think this was the 2021/2022 show, not 2020/2021.
  4. I just found this film on YouTube. What a fascinating and also infuriating piece of work. I suppose it's too much to hope that it'll herald the turning point in the way ballet has been morphing into soulless "artistic" gymnastics and destroying dancers' bodies in the process, but sooner or later something will have to or ballet will pretty much disappear. As she said, if Anna Pavlova turned up at an audition at a leading ballet school today, she'd be rejected out of hand - I have a feeling Margot Fonteyn wouldn't make the cut either. I suppose the companies have to cater to what a
  5. Extreme radical mums? Okay then...
  6. David Mitchell in The Observer has a hilarious response to what he calls, among other things, "a spectacularly bad mistake." https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/18/the-cyber-jobs-ad-is-a-laughing-matter
  7. Not living in the UK I didn't realise this was an old ad that's been resurrected so I'm a bit less furious than I was when I saw it, but even so, it seems to be very tone deaf. It's just sad when someone who's been training for a vocation for years and years is blithely told to go and do "something" in cyber. When we were in Florida two or three years ago, a golf pro was telling us that he's having to give up his job to go and be a computer repairman because Florida was overpopulated with golf courses; it seemed like such a waste.
  8. Introducing the Joey Cam. Joey is a young sea otter whose mother died when he was a few days old and was rescued and being rehabilitated. He's very cute when he's awake.
  9. Here's a wonderfully uplifting Twitter account. https://twitter.com/daily__hedgehog Here's Tuesday's entry, which is particularly cute. https://twitter.com/daily__hedgehog/status/1293286636051193856?s=20
  10. The Earl of Wessex has been chatting with some of the Northern Ballet dancers and administrators. Nice to see their Patron keeping in touch.
  11. Melody

    Marble racing

    In the absence of live sporting events over the last few months, an online substitute is becoming quite popular - marble racing, specifically the YouTube channel Jelle's Marble Runs. John Oliver gave it some publicity about a month ago when his programme decided to sponsor the 2020 Marble League, and in the meantime there's been a shorter event sponsored by Arla Cravendale, which is a British milk manufacturer (which didn't exist when I lived over there but seems to be quite a thing nowadays). These events are quite addictive in their way. If anyone is starved of sporting excitement, here's a
  12. You'd think, with the lockdown and social distancing and whatnot, that littering wouldn't be so much of a thing these days, but I suppose that would be optimistic. In the meantime, with the lockdown we're getting stuff delivered from Amazon rather than going over to the garden centre - I can only imagine what the Amazon drivers think of having to deliver great heavy bags of bird seed and boxes of suet, but we didn't want to deprive the birds just because of coronavirus.
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