Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Clarence House has announced that the happy couple are to marry in either Spring or Summer next year. After all the grim news recently about cutbacks and Britain heading back into recession, it’s nice to have some happy news for a change. A Royal wedding is just what Britain needs to raise public morale again. It will be also bring a tremendous boost to Britain’s economy breathing life into the beleaguered tourism industry.
The couple first met more than 8 years ago at St Andrew’s University in Scotland and have actually been engaged since October when Prince William proposed to Kate during a private holiday in Kenya. He gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring, joking she would be in “big trouble” if she ever lost it. Prince William stated that giving Kate his mother Diana’s beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring was his way of making sure that his mother didn’t miss out on the excitement and joy of the day. I’m sure Diana would have been very happy and proud of her son’s choice of bride. It is believed the ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey. The happy couple will live in North Wales after their wedding where William, who is second in line to the throne, will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.
The Duchess of Cornwall described the engagement as “brilliant news”, saying, “I’m so happy for both of them”, whilst Prince Charles said he was “thrilled” and that they had been “practising” long enough. Prince William’s brother Prince Harry said he was happy to be gaining a sister.
The Queen has joined the Facebook generation with her own page on the social networking site. Now age 84, her Majesty has always been keen to embrace the latest technology and has her own email address and enjoys surfing the net. There is also a Royal You Tube Channel and Royal Twitter and Flickr pages.
Facebook fans can “like” the British Monarchy page and get regular updates and news on the Queen and other members of the Royal family. It will feature a copy of the Court Circular, giving details of the Royal family’s official engagements. However they can’t send her Majesty a friend request or “poke” her. After all one has to have some standards – doesn’t one?
As the new series of Britain's Got Talent gets underway, there are many popular new acts being showcased as always. It's hard to believe this lady is 80 years old. She looks great and has a wonderful singing voice. Susan Boyle definitely has a rival. Follow the link shown below to hear the beautiful voice of Janey Cutler:-
Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos, Nigel Kennedy is without doubt one of Britain’s finest and most unpredictable musicians. His latest album Shhh! recorded with the Polish musicians who make up the Nigel Kennedy Quintet surely confirms this. There is a surprising guest appearance by Boy George who collaborates on one of the album’s tracks, a cover version of the Nick Drake song, ‘River Man’. George’s delicate vocal on ‘River Man’ points Kennedy’s music into a new direction, a gentle chamber pop which brings out the understated lyrical tone in his violin playing. The remaining songs on the album are all Kennedy originals. The album begins with a long instrumental opener, ‘Transfiguration’ which resembles the airborne songs of the orchestra. The moods on the album are very diverse, making the transition from one style of music to another. We have the sparse and desolate calm of ‘The Empty Bottle’ and the uplifting track, ‘Silver Lining’, whilst the album ends with the funk rock track, ‘Oy!.
Shhh! is due for release on 10th May. Nigel Kennedy will be officially unveiling the album during Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Weekend, a bank holiday festival celebrating all things Polish at London’s Southbank Centre from 29th – 31st May. You can pre-order Shhh! now at Amazon and watch a clip about the album by clicking on the player shown below:-
The new film Avatar has enjoyed great success over here. They said on the radio that many people are now naming their babies after some of the characters in the film. One of the popular ones is Neytiri after the character of the warrior princess. Should make for interesting school registers in years to come! And I thought I had an unusual name! Ha ha
Hello to all my readers after a long absence. Due to pressure of work I have been unable to post on here as often as I would like. It's so difficult sometimes trying to find enough hours in a day to get everything done. As most of you know, I'm one of those people if I can't give 100% to something then I won't do it. However I'm going to try and post at least once a week or even a month from now on.