OK, be honest now. Did you watch the Royal Wedding ?
I'm neither. But I did watch it.
I would sooner have watched "Here's Lucy" re runs.
I'm a Royalist. Would not have missed it.
I'm a Republican. Would never have watched it.
OK, be honest now. Did you watch the Royal Wedding ?
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Not sure how to answer here, I ended up watching maybe 30 minutes of it, in about 5 min lots. I was on AP, channel surfing(there was crap on most channels), and ended up watching "Mrs Browns Boy's" on DVD.. Funniest tv series to come out of Ireland..ever!
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I had more interesting things to do : such as rip out my own toe nails or contemplate how the cost of this wedding (for over-privileged twats) could feed several third world countries for several years.
It is disgusting when you think about it.
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The only thing we watched was the highlights on the news this morning. Just thought it was boring and preferred to be post processing photos from a family shoot at Easter.
I saw bits and pieces, live. Some of the outfits that people wore gave you a good laugh. I think it was better TV than an "Oscars" telecast. Maybe I should have also polled, " Would you have gone to photograph the wedding " ?
Until the football started.
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I lost interest in the whole thing when they didn't reply to my email in which I offered to photograph the entire event ----- unlimited images burned to disc for $250.00 AUD ----- considering the state of the pommie economy and all that I thought it was a pretty good offer.
Now, i don't recall exact figures but, he claimed that the cost of the royal family (civil list, maintaining property, security, etc. etc.) far out-weighs any charitable benefit. The argument is that it is stupid to spent $10 (on the royals) to have those royals raise $5 for charity... better to give the $5 (or $10) to charity. Hard to argue. Scrap the royals and charity could be far better served.
The other self-serving arguments the royals give is tourism. However, of the top 20 British tourist attractions, only the 17th (Windsor Castle) even makes the list.
Yes, their are many other super-priviledged out their - if they have earned their money then it is hard to begrudge them - but if they were simply born into a castle maintained by tax-payers... that is disgusting that they expect others to maintain their lifestyle.
Rick makes a good point. Star power is a big thing. Just look at how much money governments are willing to pay the likes of Tiger Woods just to appear in a golf tournament. All royal appearances are done for free. I for one do not envy their lifestyle. Under the public microscope 24 hours a day. Even Liz is a tireless worker, now at 81 years of age. Like they say. "It is a job that thay did not choose, and it is for life".
Seen a few shorts of Mrs Brown, great show, where did you get your DVD from?
I saw some of it. I also agree with Rick and PH005, I think the Royal Family contribute much to the British economy in the way of tourism and in less evident ways that cannot really be measured. Removing them and believing this will somehow cure third world debt or asist any country out of their third world status is fanciful at best.
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I was at my Grandmothers place, so we had to endure watching it....well, I was into it but my hubby was a bit peeved he couldn't watch the footy (real footy that is - AFL! ).
I am not a monarchist BUT I feel that they serve a purpose for Australia and without them, geez, could you imagine us trying to work out who would be President??? OMG, I would hate to think....we can't seem to even get PM right half the time! Anyway, not really a political person myself, so I will stop talking now before it gets over my head!!
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I "watched" while browsing the net & "listening" to my partner chattering on about how rediculous it all is ...
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I hope I dont sound too one sided, but, put yourslf in their ( the royals ) place. Would you want to see your family heritage suddenly ended ? I can just see William sitting his first born down and telling him/her, " well daddy was going to be a King and you were going to be a prince /ss, but I just drive a lorry now and mummy takes in some washing to make ends meet ". The English Monarchy has stood the test of time throughout the ages and I personally hope they are there right to the end. Whatever that may be .
Oh. Poor William will cope.
No one said that ending the dynasty will end third world debt/hunger. I just think that such extravagance should be paid for by those enjoying the extravagance.
As for Australia, how can we still pretend to be an egalitarian democracy when we support a hideous class system in which your choice of parents give a public title etc.
Egalitarian? Who said we all wanted to be egalitarian? I don't think that philosophy works.As for Australia, how can we still pretend to be an egalitarian democracy when we support a hideous class system in which your choice of parents give a public title etc.